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John David Logan
September 24, 1961
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, producer|
John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. He is a three-time Academy Award nominee; twice for Best Original Screenplay for Gladiator (2000) and The Aviator (2004) and once for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hugo (2011).
Logan was born in San Diego on September 24, 1961. His parents immigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland via Canada. The youngest of three children, he has an older brother and sister. Logan grew up in California and Millburn, New Jersey, where he graduated from Millburn High School in 1979. He moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1983.
Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park.
His play Red, about artist Mark Rothko, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London, in December 2009, and on Broadway in 2010, where it received six Tony Awards, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne and Alfred Molina had originated their roles in London and also performed on Broadway, for a limited run ending in late June.
Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television film RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with David Franzoni and William Nicholson) the Best Picture winner Gladiator in 2000. He received another nomination for writing The Aviator (2004), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award.
Logan's feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski; the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes; Hugo, an adaptation of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese; and the James Bond film Skyfall, along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. He wrote the Bond film, Spectre (2015).
Two plays by Logan premiered in 2013; Peter and Alice, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw opened in London at the Noël Coward Theatre on March 25, 2013 and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Bette Midler, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on April 24, 2013.
In November 2015, Logan was reported to have rewritten the script for Alien: Covenant. During the audio commentary of Alien: Covenant, Scott mentions that Logan has already started writing Alien: Covenant 2.
In November 2018, it was announced that Showtime would produce a follow-up to the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful entitled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which takes place in Los Angeles in 1938. Logan will again be creator, executive producer, and sole writer for the show, which is set to premiere in 2020.
|Any Given Sunday||Yes||No||Oliver Stone||Co-wrote with Oliver Stone and Daniel Pyne|
|2000||Gladiator||Yes||No||Ridley Scott||Co-wrote with David Franzoni and William Nicholson|
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Original Screenplay
|2002||The Time Machine||Yes||Co-producer||Simon Wells|
|Star Trek: Nemesis||Yes||No||Stuart Baird||Co-wrote with Rick Berman and Brent Spiner|
|2003||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Yes||No||Tim Johnson
|The Last Samurai||Yes||No||Edward Zwick||Co-wrote with Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz|
|2004||The Aviator||Yes||No||Martin Scorsese||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Writer
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2007||Sweeney Todd: The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street
|Yes||Yes||Tim Burton||Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy|
|2011||Rango||Yes||No||Gore Verbinski||Co-wrote with Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit|
Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production
|Hugo||Yes||No||Martin Scorsese||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
Nominated- Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- WAFCA for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
|2012||Skyfall||Yes||No||Sam Mendes||Co-wrote with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade|
|2014||Jamie Marks Is Dead||No||Executive||Carter Smith|
|2015||Spectre||Yes||No||Sam Mendes||Co-wrote with Jez Butterworth, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade|
|2017||Alien: Covenant||Yes||No||Ridley Scott||Co-wrote with Dante Harper|
|1999||RKO 281||Yes||No||Television film|
Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form - Adapted
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series,
Movie, or Dramatic Special
|2020||Penny Dreadful: City of Angels||Yes||Executive|