Worked as a playwright in Chicago for 10 years after college
First play "Never the Sinner" was based on the likes of Illinois villains Leopold and Loeb
Penned the stage plays "Hauptmann," about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and "Riverview," a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park
Directed a New York staging of "Hauptman" at Cherry Lane Theatre
Revived his play "Never the Sinner" at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater; play was produced off-Broadway in 1997
Sold first spec script, a football-themed drama called "Any Given Sunday" to Turner Pictures
Wrote the screenplay for the Fox TV movie "Tornado!"
Executive produced and wrote the horror flick "Bats"
Scripted the Emmy-nominated HBO drama "RKO 281," about the making of Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"
Received writing credit for the football drama "Any Given Sunday"; directed by Oliver Stone and starred Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz
Co-wrote screenplay for Ridley Scott's blockbuster "Gladiator"; shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
Scripted the DreamWorks adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine"
Wrote the screenplay for "Star Trek: Nemesis," the tenth feature film in the "Star Trek" franchise
Contributed to the story for the epic drama "The Last Samurai," which was directed and produced by Edward Zwick
Scripted the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay
Scripted the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"; directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp
Wrote the Broadway play "Red" about 20th-century abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play
Wrote the screenplay for the Martin Scorsese directed "Hugo," based on Brian Selznick's book <i>The Invention of Hugo Cabret</i>
Wrote the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes
Co-wrote Bond film "Skyfall"