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Also Known As: A Scott Frank Died:
Born: March 10, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA Profession: screenwriter

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When considering darkly comic noirs like "Get Shorty" (1995) and "Out of Sight" (1998), or the bleak futuristic thriller "Minority Report" (2002), one could envision a haunted, brooding writer comfortable only in a seedy dive bar. But screenwriter Scott Frank - both affable and boyish in his late 40s - has been a far cry from Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, possessing instead the demeanor of a friendly English teacher or a kindly neighbor who loans out his snow blower with no questions asked. Frank built a reputation as one of the most reliable and highly-paid screenwriters in the business, balancing book and short story adaptations with lucrative - and occasionally uncredited - rewrite gigs. While other successful writers bemoaned their lack of respect in Hollywood, Frank flourished with sanity and optimism intact, becoming one of the few widely known successes in a profession typically hidden behind closed doors.

When considering darkly comic noirs like "Get Shorty" (1995) and "Out of Sight" (1998), or the bleak futuristic thriller "Minority Report" (2002), one could envision a haunted, brooding writer comfortable only in a seedy dive bar. But screenwriter Scott Frank - both affable and boyish in his late 40s - has been a far cry from Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, possessing instead the demeanor of a friendly English teacher or a kindly neighbor who loans out his snow blower with no questions asked. Frank built a reputation as one of the most reliable and highly-paid screenwriters in the business, balancing book and short story adaptations with lucrative - and occasionally uncredited - rewrite gigs. While other successful writers bemoaned their lack of respect in Hollywood, Frank flourished with sanity and optimism intact, becoming one of the few widely known successes in a profession typically hidden behind closed doors.

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DIRECTOR:

2.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Minority Report (2002) Conceited Customer
2.
 Decade Under the Influence, A (2003) Interviewer
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Raised in Los Gatos, California
1982:
Worked for the Landsburg Company as a researcher on documentary films
1988:
First produced screenplay, "Plain Clothes" (directed by Martha Coolidge)
1991:
Signed with Columbia to make debut as director with "The Big Wow"
1991:
Scripted "Dead Again," directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh
1991:
Scripted Jodie Foster's directorial debut effort "Little Man Tate"
1993:
Wrote the thriller "Malice" starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman
1995:
Adapted Elmore Leonard's novel "Get Shorty" as a feature film for director Barry Sonnenfeld
1996:
Screenplay credit for director Phil Joanou's "Heaven's Prisoners"
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Reportedly did uncredited script polish on "Saving Private Ryan"
1998:
Wrote second film adaptation of a Leonard novel "Out of Sight"; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
2002:
Adapted the Philip K. Dick short story, "Minority Report" for Steven Spielberg to direct and Tom Cruise to star
2003:
Uncredited rewrite of the thriller "The Ring"
2003:
Tapped as consulting producer for TV pilot "Karen Sisco," based on the Jennifer Lopez character from "Out of Sight"
2005:
Penned the screenplay adaptation of Roald Dahl's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
2005:
Co-wrote the thriller, "The Interpreter" starring Nicole Kidman
2007:
First feature as a director (also scripted), "The Lookout"
2008:
Co-wrote the screen adaptation of "Marley & Me"
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Education

University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California - 1982
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1984

Notes

Not to be confused with producer Scott J T Frank.

"I tell them [neophyte screenwriters] not to worry about knowing anybody yet. Just worry about writing great material. Because if you have a really good piece of writing, the world comes to you." --Scott Frank quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2, 1991

In dismissing scriptwriting dictums Franks says, "There's no real reason why such-and-such has to happen by page 20, other than everyone says so. That's why 'Days of Thunder' looks like 'Top Gun', looks like 'Robin Hood'. They're all the same movie." From THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2, 1991

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wife:
Jennifer Joanou. Fashion designer. Sister of director Phil Joanou.

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brother-in-law:
Phil Joanou. Director.

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