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Will Reiser is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the 2011 film 50/50, which was based on his own experience with cancer.

Will Reiser
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Notable works50/50 (2011)
RelativesPaul Reiser (cousin)


Early lifeEdit

He is the cousin of actor and comedian Paul Reiser.[1]

Reiser attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, graduating in 2003.[2]


Reiser first worked as a producer in a number of TV productions, such as Da Ali G Show. In 2005, during his time working as an associate producer, he was diagnosed with a form of spinal cancer at the age of 25.[3][4][5] After he underwent surgery, he was urged by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who also worked on Da Ali G Show, to write a screenplay based on his experiences.[6] In 2008 Reiser completed his first draft of 50/50,[5] his first screenplay.[7] With Rogen and Goldberg producing the film, the script was bought by Mandate Pictures with Rogen also attached to star in the film as the best friend of the protagonist, Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and the film was released in September 2011.[6] At the time of the film's release, Reiser had been cancer-free for six years.[4] He won numerous awards for 50/50, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award for Best Original Screenplay.[2] He was also honored at the 2012 Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults for his "courage, irreverence and creativity in achieving meaningful and impactful change on behalf of the young adult cancer survivorship movement".[8]

In September 2011 it was reported that Reiser was working on American version of the German comedy film Men...[9] That same month it was also reported that Reiser's was working on a film titled Jamaica, based on a vacation he took to Jamaica with his grandma at the age of 14. Jonathan Levine, who directed 50/50, was attached to direct the film.[4]



Year Feature film Credit/Role Notes Ref.
2011 50/50 Writer, executive producer, actor Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
TBA Jamaica Writer


Year Television Show Credit/Role Notes Ref.
2003 Da Ali G Show Associate producer
2004 Best Week Ever Field producer
2004 Distraction Segment producer
2005 Red State Diaries Producer
2006 Garage Band Makeover Producer
2006 Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl Writer, field producer, supervising producer
2006 Talkshow with Spike Feresten Field producer One episode
2007 The Unseen Kind-Hearted Beast Associate producer


  1. ^ "I am Paul Reiser - Actor, Comedian, Author, and Musician. Ask Me Anything! • /r/IAmA". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "In the Studio". Non Satis Scire. Hampshire College. December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Will Reiser". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Phillips, Michael (September 29, 2011). "A story of friends, co-starring cancer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Kohn, Eric (September 29, 2011). ""50/50" Screenwriter Will Reiser on Making Cancer Funny". IndieWire. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Adams, Erik (September 29, 2013). "Will Reiser and Seth Rogen". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Reiser, Will (December 15, 2011). "Is it true? Well, '50/50'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  8. ^ ""50/50" Screenwriter Will Reiser to Be Honored at 5th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults" (Press release). I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. December 13, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Macdonald, Moira (September 25, 2011). "Will Reiser's brush with cancer led to '50/50'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "50/50". 30 September 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2016 – via IMDb.

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