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Born: October 5, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter

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A versatile screenwriter with a knack for fast-paced action, realistic dialogue and wry humor, Ehren Kruger got his start on the small screen before making his feature debut with 1999's "Arlington Road". A former script assistant at Fox TV and Sandollar Productions, Kruger received his first screen credit with the 1998 USA Network TV-movie "Killers in the House", a nail-biting hostage drama in which a family is held in their own home by ruthless bank robbers. Next his 1996 Nicholl Fellowship-winning script for "Arlington Road" was produced in feature form. Directed by Mark Pellington, the film was both an action-packed thriller and a psychodrama, a disturbing look at the smiling evil of domestic terrorism and one man's struggle with potential paranoia. "Arlington Road" starred Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack and opened with a portrait of mindless destruction that succeeds both as a momentary jolt and an image that haunts for the entire film. Kruger's script for the high-tech espionage drama "New World Disorder" never reached the big screen, but debuted on HBO. He lightened up a bit with his next feature foray, the last installment of the "Scream" trilogy. Faster paced, with more...

A versatile screenwriter with a knack for fast-paced action, realistic dialogue and wry humor, Ehren Kruger got his start on the small screen before making his feature debut with 1999's "Arlington Road". A former script assistant at Fox TV and Sandollar Productions, Kruger received his first screen credit with the 1998 USA Network TV-movie "Killers in the House", a nail-biting hostage drama in which a family is held in their own home by ruthless bank robbers. Next his 1996 Nicholl Fellowship-winning script for "Arlington Road" was produced in feature form. Directed by Mark Pellington, the film was both an action-packed thriller and a psychodrama, a disturbing look at the smiling evil of domestic terrorism and one man's struggle with potential paranoia. "Arlington Road" starred Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack and opened with a portrait of mindless destruction that succeeds both as a momentary jolt and an image that haunts for the entire film. Kruger's script for the high-tech espionage drama "New World Disorder" never reached the big screen, but debuted on HBO. He lightened up a bit with his next feature foray, the last installment of the "Scream" trilogy. Faster paced, with more appropriate, less verbose dialogue and lots of surprises, "Scream 3" (2000) was a suitable sequel, capturing the former films' chills as well as tongue-in-cheek attitude, making fun not only of the horror genre as a whole, but the previous "Scream" entries specifically.

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1996:
Earned a Nicholl Fellowship for his first script "Arlington Road"
1998:
Scripted first TV-movie "Killers in the House" (USA Network)
1999:
Penned the high-tech action film "New World Disorder" (aired on HBO)
1999:
Feature debut as screenwriter, "Arlington Road"
2000:
Penned the action thriller "Reindeer Games," starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron
2000:
Wrote the script for the horror sequel "Scream 3"
2001:
One of three credited screenwriters for "Impostor," starring Gary Sinise
2001:
Scripted the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers" (filmed in 1999)
2002:
Co-wrote the remake of the Japanese horror film "The Ring"; directed by Gore Verbinski
2005:
Scripted "The Ring Two"
2005:
Penned the horror film "Skeleton Key," starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands and John Hurt
2005:
Wrote the Terry Gilliam directed film "The Brothers Grimm"
2009:
Co-wrote the sci-fi action film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; directed by Michael Bay
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Received a Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1996.

Ehren Kruger on Hollywood: "As soon as I got my first check as a writer, I blew town." --quoted in Variety, August 31- September 6, 1998

"I hope the sense of foreboding and unease in an atmosphere that seems safe and sound comes through.

"One movie [director Mark] Pellington and I talked a lot about was 'Rosemary's Baby'. That's not how I originally envisioned the film, but the more we spoke, the more we realized that 'Arklington Raod' was more a suburban horror movie than a traditional genre thriller." -- Kruger on "Arlington Road", quoted in Time Out New York, July 8-15, 1999

Kruger on the right-wing militants that terrorize "Arlington Road": "I wanted to see where their frustrations are coming from, and the economics behind their views. I didn't simply want to make the neighbor-from-hell movie." --quoted in Time Out New York, July 8-15, 1999

Ehren Kruger on his success: "I only feel like a celebrity in the bad sense. Now, if a movie does well, my friends and family will call me. But if it doesn't, they won't call at all." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 31, 2000

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