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Paul James De Meo (June 4, 1953 – February 26, 2018[1]) was an American screenwriter and producer for film, television and video games. He frequently worked with Danny Bilson. Together, they wrote The Rocketeer (1991), the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003), the television series Viper (1994, 1996), The Sentinel (1996), and both the television and comic book series of The Flash (1990).

Paul De Meo
Born
Paul James De Meo

(1953-06-04)June 4, 1953
DiedFebruary 26, 2018(2018-02-26) (aged 64)
Alma materCalifornia State University, San Bernardino
Occupationscreenwriter, producer
Known forThe Rocketeer
The Flash

He had written two comics based on the Red Faction series: Armegeddon and Red Faction: Guerrilla: A Fire On Mars produced by Wildstorm Comics.[2]

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CareerEdit

De Meo graduated from California State University, San Bernardino. There he met and teamed up with long-time writing partner Bilson, and together they formed Pet Fly Productions.

Bilson and DeMeo produced their first script, Trancers (1985), a noir tale about a time-travelling detective from the future. Five sequels were made. After, they did two comedies, Zone Troopers (1985) and The Wrong Guys (1988). Next, they undertook the adaptation of The Rocketeer in 1985. Writing for Disney, the partners were hired and fired several times during the five years of movie development.

Creator Dave Stevens liked that "their ideas for The Rocketeer were heartfelt and affectionate tributes to the 1930s serials with all the right dialogue and atmosphere. Most people would approach my characters contemporarily, but Danny and Paul saw them as pre-war mugs."[3] that same year, the trio approached William Dear to direct/co-write The Rocketeer, and they eventually dropped the low-budget idea.[4] Bilson, De Meo, and Dear kept the comic book's basic plot intact, but fleshed it out to include a Hollywood setting and a climactic battle against a Nazi Zeppelin.[3] They also tweaked Cliff's girlfriend to avoid comparisons to Bettie Page (Stevens' original inspiration), changing her name from Betty to Jenny and her profession from nude model to Hollywood extra (a change also made to make the film more family friendly).[4][3] The two had a rough executive experience, in which scenes were deleted only to be restored years later.[3] The film finally made it to theaters in 1991, where it underperformed at the box office but developed a cult following.

DeMeo would spend the rest of the 1990s working in television, creating programmes like Human Target, and would transition into video games in the 2000s, working on several James Bond games. He later wrote both the film adaptation and video game sequel to Company of Heroes.

The Flash and Red MenaceEdit

Bilson and De Meo returned to writing comics, co-writing The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive for DC Comics in 2006. They also wrote a mini-series for Wildstorm Comics named Red Menace with actor Adam Brody (who was dating Bilson's daughter Rachel Bilson at the time).

DeathEdit

De Meo died on February 26, 2018. Bilson was the first to report it on Twitter.[5]

Writing CreditsEdit

Award nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=188323865
  2. ^ Lee, Aaron (11 February 2011). "Wildstorm". aaronlee.co.uk. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Tom K Ranheim (1991-08-01). "Cinefantastique - The Authorized Dave Stevens Web Site". Davestevens.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  4. ^ a b "Comic Book Artist Magazine #15 - Dave Stevens Interview - TwoMorrows Publishing". Twomorrows.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  5. ^ Byrne, Craig. "Original Flash TV Series Co-Creator Paul DeMeo Has Passed Away". Flash TV News. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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