Mike Jones (screenwriter)

Mike Jones (born 1971) is an American screenwriter and journalist. He serves as the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios and is a writer on the studio's animated feature films Soul and Luca.

Mike Jones
Born1971 (age 50–51)
OccupationScreenwriter, journalist
Years active1995–present


Jones was born in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for film. He began his career as an entertainment journalist working as Filmmaker Magazine's Managing Editor and IndieWire's Executive Editor.[1]

His first screenplay, EvenHand, was produced in 2001 and screened at the AFI Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and South by Southwest.

Jones did an uncredited rewrite of City of Ghosts, directed by Matt Dillon,[2] and has since written scripts for Columbia Pictures, United Artists, HBO, Warner Bros. Pictures,[3] Sony Pictures Animation,[4] Fox Searchlight,[5] and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[6]

During the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike he became the Managing Editor of Film Festivals for Variety, where he covered the film festival and independent film beats in Variety, Daily Variety, and in a blog called The Circuit.

In 2011, his script In the Event of a Moon Disaster was featured on The Black List[7] and optioned by FilmNation Entertainment.[8]

In 2013–2014, Jones wrote the English adaptations of Studio Ghibli films The Wind Rises[9] and The Tale of Princess Kaguya,[10] as well as a feature adaptation of Sesame Street.[11]


  1. ^ "Independent Film Channel Mouths Off With ifcRANT | The Irish Film & Television Network". www.iftn.ie. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  2. ^ "City of Ghosts (2003) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2015-01-27). "Team Downey Enlists Tate Taylor For USS Indianapolis Shark Attack Ordeal Project". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  4. ^ "Sony Developing Popeye Computer Animated 3D Movie". /Film. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  5. ^ Brooks, Brian (2012-03-31). "Mike Jones To Write 'Second Act' For Fox Searchlight". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  6. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2015-12-10). "Mike Jones Closes Deal To Adapt George Saunders' The Very Persistent Gappers Of Frip' For MGM". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  7. ^ "Black List 2011: The Top 10 hottest scripts in Hollywood". LA Times Blogs - 24 Frames. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2011-08-22). "FilmNation Grabs Mike Jones Spec 'In The Event Of A Moon Disaster'". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  9. ^ The Wind Rises (2013) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-09-16
  10. ^ The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-09-16
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Director Shawn Levy on the 'Secret' Sequel to Real Steel". ComingSoon.net. 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-16.

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