Jon Spaihts


Jon Spaihts is an American screenwriter and author. Career As a screenwriter Spaihts became known in the film industry as a "go-to-guy for space thrillers" when his science fiction romance Passengers was included on the 2007 Black List of unproduced high-value screenplays. Keanu Reeves had hired Spaihts to write the film after originally becoming attached to Spaihts' now abandoned science fiction script Shadow 19. After Reeves agreed to produce and star in Passengers, Spaihts was commissioned by Scott Free to write the next installments in the Alien saga, two prequel films to be directed by Ridley Scott, which eventually turned into the more autonomous story Prometheus, co-written by Damon Lindelof. For New Regency Spaihts wrote the screenplay to the alien invasion thriller The Darkest Hour, based on a story by Leslie Bohem and M.T. Ahern. Spaihts worked on a film version of St. George and the Dragon for Sony Pictures, and as main screenwriter he was attached to a Disney film project called Children of Mars. He is currently engaged in a two-picture deal at Jerry Bruckheimer Films to adapt Ashley Wood's graphic novel World War Robot and write a space adventure film based on his own original pitch. Spaihts has also been commissioned to write the reboot of The Mummy franchise for Universal to be produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Sean Daniel. Personal life Jon Spaihts was born in New York. His father Jim Spaihts is an electronics engineer, and his mother Jean a computer programmer. Spaihts is an alumnus of Princeton University and has written several books for The Princeton Review. Spaihts lives and works in Venice, California, and is married to actress Johanna Watts. He is also a photographer. (from wikipedia)

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