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Also Known As: David M Evans Died:
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Birth Place: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: screenwriter, executive producer, director, security guard, bartender, phone installer

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Virtually unknown screenwriter of low-budget films ("Open House" and "Terminal Entry" both 1987) whose screenplay for "Radio Flyer", a drama about child abuse, created a bidding war among Hollywood studios before Michael Douglas' Stonebridge Entertainment and Columbia Pictures purchased the hot property in 1989 for an estimated $1.1 million. As part of the sale, Evans was to make his debut directing the film as well, but early in production was replaced by veteran action/adventure director Richard Donner and his producer-wife Lauren Shuler-Donner who replaced the initial cast and after test screenings added a more upbeat ending, resulting in what was dubbed an innately noncommercial "expensive flop" and the "first feel-good movie about child abuse." Evans was executive producer of the film. He made his belated directorial debut with "The Sandlot" (1993), a nostalgic tale of childhood and baseball.

Virtually unknown screenwriter of low-budget films ("Open House" and "Terminal Entry" both 1987) whose screenplay for "Radio Flyer", a drama about child abuse, created a bidding war among Hollywood studios before Michael Douglas' Stonebridge Entertainment and Columbia Pictures purchased the hot property in 1989 for an estimated $1.1 million. As part of the sale, Evans was to make his debut directing the film as well, but early in production was replaced by veteran action/adventure director Richard Donner and his producer-wife Lauren Shuler-Donner who replaced the initial cast and after test screenings added a more upbeat ending, resulting in what was dubbed an innately noncommercial "expensive flop" and the "first feel-good movie about child abuse." Evans was executive producer of the film. He made his belated directorial debut with "The Sandlot" (1993), a nostalgic tale of childhood and baseball.

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  Wilder Days (2003) Director
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  Beethoven's 3rd (2000) Director
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  First Kid (1996) Director
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  Sandlot, The (1993) Director

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Began writing fiction as a young boy
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Wrote first script about South African leader Steven Biko during his first year in college
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Worked way through college as a bartender, security guard and phone installer
1987:
First screenplays filmed "Open House" and "Terminal Entry"
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Had worked on over 20 scripts, doing rewrites and development
1989:
Was paid an estimated $1.1 million for both his screenplay for "Radio Flyer" and the chance to direct it; production shut down in June 1989 after 10 days of shooting; Michael Douglas replaced Evans with veteran director Richard Donner
1992:
Executive produced "Radio Flyer"
1993:
Feature directorial debut, "The Sandlot"
1996:
Directed the Disney feature "First Kid" starring Sinbad
1996:
Helmed the comedy "Ed," starring Matt LeBlanc
2003:
Helmed the adult-themed, "After School Special"
2005:
Helmed the direct to video "The Sandlot 2"
2007:
Directed "The Final Season," about the fabled Norway, Iowa baseball team, which won an astonishing 20 state championships
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Education

Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California -
Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Evans is partnered with Dale R. de la Torre in the development of several new projects.

He won the Jack Haley Award in 1983 for best student film.

Evans also won the Sam Arkoff Award as co-writer of best screenplay in a student competition.

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