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David Koepp

David Koepp
Born (1963-06-09) June 9, 1963
Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, director
Spouse(s) Melissa Thomas

David Koepp (born June 9, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. Koepp is the fifth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a total gross of over $2.3 billion.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Feature films 3.1
    • Short films 3.2
    • Television 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


As a writer, Koepp has worked on blockbuster Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, and Spider-Man. He appeared briefly as "Unlucky Bastard", the man mauled by a T. rex in San Diego in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, on which he worked as a writer and second unit director. Although Koepp did not write Jurassic Park III, he did devise the film's basic storyline.[2][3] Koepp later declined an offer to write a script for the series' fourth film, Jurassic World, as he felt he had nothing left to contribute to the series.[4]

Koepp was reportedly paid $4,000,000 for his Panic Room screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and co-wrote and directed 2008's Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear.

Koepp's work as a director has not had quite the same box office success. His films include Secret Window, Stir of Echoes, and The Trigger Effect.

Koepp has also worked in television, creating the 2002 series Hack starring David Morse.

In 2012, Koepp directed

External links

  1. ^ Box Office Mojo - People Index
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  6. ^ Stevens, Elizabeth Lesly, "A Big Hollywood Movie Is Coming, and a Novelist Cries Foul", The New York Times, August 20, 2011
  7. ^ Gardner, Eriq, "Sony Pictures Wins 'Premium Rush' Theft Lawsuit", "The Hollywood Reporter", April 3, 2013
  8. ^ McNary, Dave, "WGA East Honors Koepp", "Variety", January 29, 2013
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  14. ^ David Koepp Biography (1963-)
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Year Title Contribution Notes
2002 Hack Writer (also series creator)
2003 Suspense Director TV film


Year Title Contribution Notes
1994 Suspicious Writer/Director

Short films

Year Title Contribution Notes
1988 Apartment Zero Writer with Martin Donovan
1990 Bad Influence Writer
1990 I Come in Peace Writer (as Leonard Maas, Jr.) with Jonathan Tydor and John Kamps
1990 Why Me? Writer (as Leonard Maas, Jr.) with Donald E. Westlake, based on Westlake's novel
1991 Toy Soldiers Writer with Daniel Petrie, Jr.
1992 Death Becomes Her Writer with Martin Donovan
1993 Jurassic Park Writer with Michael Crichton
1993 Carlito's Way Writer based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres.
1994 The Paper Writer with Stephen Koepp
1994 The Shadow Writer
1996 Mission: Impossible Writer with Robert Towne and Steven Zaillian
1996 The Trigger Effect Writer/Director with Robert Towne
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Writer
1998 Snake Eyes Writer story by Brian De Palma and Koepp
1999 Stir of Echoes Writer/Director
2002 Panic Room Writer
2002 Spider-Man Writer
2004 Secret Window Writer/Director
2005 Zathura Writer with John Kamps
2005 War of the Worlds Writer with Josh Friedman
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Writer (screenplay) story by Jeff Nathanson
2008 Ghost Town Writer/Director with John Kamps
2009 Angels & Demons Writer with Akiva Goldsman
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Writer (uncredited)
2011 The Little Engine That Could Writer
2012 Premium Rush Writer/Director with John Kamps
2012 Men in Black 3 Writer (uncredited) with Jeff Nathanson and Michael Soccio
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Writer with Adam Cozad, Anthony Peckham and Steven Zaillian
2015 Mortdecai Director
2016 The Huntsman Writer Filming
2016 Inferno Writer

Feature films


Koepp was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, to a family therapist mother and Donald Koepp, who owns a billboard company.[14][15] While attending Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, he worked evenings and weekends at the McDonald's restaurant in Delafield. He received his bachelor's in film from UCLA. He has four children and a wife, Melissa.

Personal life

On July 10, 2013, Lionsgate was reported to have acquired the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, written by Kyril Bonfiglioli.[9] Koepp directed the film, titled Mortdecai, from a script by Eric Aronson;[10] Johnny Depp played the lead role of Charlie Mortdecai,[11] and the film also featured Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Paul Bettany.[12] Koepp adapted the Marcus Sakey novel Brilliance, which will star Will Smith and Noomi Rapace.[13]

On February 17, 2013, Koepp received the WGA East's Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.[8]


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