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Peter Craig (born November 10, 1969) is an American novelist and screenwriter.

Peter Craig
Craig in 2012
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationNovelist, actor, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Amy Scattergood
Jennifer DeFrancisco
Parent(s)Sally Field (mother)
Steven Craig (father)
RelativesEli Craig (brother)
Margaret Field (grandmother)
Jock Mahoney (step-grandfather)



Craig's first novel, The Martini Shot, published by William Morrow in 1998, chronicles has-been action film star Charlie West's troubled relationship with his two children and received a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.[1] His second novel, Hot Plastic, published by Hyperion in 2004, portrays the complex relationship between credit card con artist Jerry Swift and his genius son, both of whom are attracted to the same woman.[2] His most recent novel, Blood Father, published by Hyperion in 2005, tells of aging biker John Link and his reckless teenage daughter, caught up in a drug bust gone wrong.[3]


As a screenwriter, Craig has written the Warner Bros. picture The Town (based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan) with Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard. He adapted the screenplays for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 with Danny Strong. The films were directed by Francis Lawrence.

In 2016, Craig adapted his own novel, Blood Father, into a film of the same name directed by Jean-François Richet and released by Lions Gate Entertainment. In 2018, Craig adapted the novel Horse Soldiers, Doug Stanton's nonfiction account of the war in Afghanistan, into the film 12 Strong, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Currently, he is adapting M.A. Bennett's novel S.T.A.G.S. for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment as well as re-imagining the 1976 film Logan's Run for Warner Bros. Top Gun: Maverick, the original screenplay for which Craig wrote alongside Justin Marks, began principal photography on May 31, 2018.

Craig has been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Craig attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and studied with authors Tobias Wolff and Marilynne Robinson.[5]

Craig grew up in Southern California and Oregon. He is the son of actress Sally Field and Steve Craig. He has two daughters from his first marriage, to poet and Los Angeles Times food writer Amy Scattergood, and a son from his second marriage to Jennifer DeFrancisco.[6] He has one full brother, two half-brothers and one half-sister. His brother John is a musician in Portland, Oregon; while his brother Eli Craig is the director of the cult-classic Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Hooper Pete
1988 Satisfaction Mig


Year Title Notes
2010 The Town with Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with Danny Strong
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with Danny Strong
2016 Blood Father
2018 12 Strong with Ted Tally
2020 Top Gun: Maverick with Justin Marks & Christopher McQuarrie and Eric Warren Singer


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