Will Beall is an American screenwriter and former Los Angeles Police Department detective. He is best known for writing the script for the films Gangster Squad (2013) and Aquaman (2018), and developing the TV series Training Day.

Will Beall
Elizabeth Davis (m. 2012)


Beall launched his writing career in 2006 with the publication of his acclaimed first novel LA REX, after working for 10 years as a homicide detective and gang investigator with the Los Angeles Police Department. Beall adapted the book for Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and the script was featured atop The Black List, Hollywood's annual survey of the industry's favorite screenplays. Between 2009 and 2011, he was a story editor for the ABC TV show Castle, writing several episodes exploring the show's overarching plotline of the hunt for Beckett's mother's killer. Beall wrote the feature film Gangster Squad, which was released in 2013 and starred Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. The film was based on former Los Angeles Times writer and editor Paul Lieberman's book, Gangster Squad, a non-fiction account of what he calls "the battle for Los Angeles" that took place between the police and Mickey Cohen's crew in the mid-1940s.

In June 2012, Beall was hired to write the screenplay for an upcoming Justice League film, in which Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were to be the main characters. However, his script was later scrapped by Warners, with Beall replaced with Academy Award-winner Argo and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter Chris Terrio.[1] The studio also hired him to write the script for Aquaman, but he was again replaced.[2] In July 2016, it was revealed that he was brought back on board to handle the 2018 film's screenwriting duties, with a story treatment from James Wan and Geoff Johns.[3]

Beall was also hired by Warner Bros. to write the screenplay for a reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise. According to IGN, Beall is writing the script to The Legend of Conan, the sequel to Conan the Barbarian.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Beall married Castle producer and writer Elizabeth Davis on June 30, 2012 at Beltane Ranch in Sonoma Valley, California.[5]



Year Film Credit Notes
2013 Gangster Squad Writer
2018 Aquaman Screenplay and Story Co-wrote screenplay with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Co-wrote story with James Wan & Geoff Johns


Year Film Credit
2009–2011 Castle Executive story editor, story editor and writer
2017 Training Day Developer, executive producer, teleplay and story writer
2020 Deputy Creator, executive producer and writer


  1. ^ Screenrant.com
  2. ^ "'TMNT' Filmmakers Talk Aliens & Dimension X in 'Ninja Turtles' Sequels". The Hollywood Reporter. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/aquaman-movie-hooks-gangster-squad-913639
  4. ^ What's Happening With The Legend of Conan?, 02/06/2015
  5. ^ Hitched, Hatched, Hired - The Hollywood Reporter - Wedding of Elizabeth Davis & Will Beall

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