Phil Hay (screenwriter)

Phil Hay is an American screenwriter. His credits include Destroyer, The Invitation, Æon Flux, Clash of the Titans, R.I.P.D. and Ride Along.

Phil Hay
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Karyn Kusama


Hay was raised outside of Akron, Ohio.[1] While in college at Brown University, he joined an improv comedy group where he met his future partner Matt Manfredi.[1]

All of his film screenwriting work has been with writing partner Matt Manfredi.[2] Their technique for joint screenwriting is to each write separate scenes and then trade them to each other for further rewrites.[3] In 2002, Hay and Manfredi directed the film Bug, with Manfredi being credited as the sole screenwriter of the film.

Hay has been married to filmmaker Karyn Kusama since 2006. Hay co-wrote the screenplays for Æon Flux, The Invitation and Destroyer, all directed by Kusama. They have one child together.



  1. ^ a b Myers, Scott. "Interview (Part 1): Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay ("The Invitation")". Go Into the Story.
  2. ^ Weintraub, Steve 'Frosty' (2013). "Screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay Talk R.I.P.D., THE BOYS, RIDE ALONG, BIG MAN JAPAN, Future Projects, and More". Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Bloomenthal, Andrew (August 3, 2013). "Matt Manfredi & Phil Hay on R.I.P.D." Creative Screenwriting.
  4. ^ "Ride Along 2". Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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