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Also Known As: Jim Hart, Jim V Hart Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, writer

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American producer of independent low-budget features turned screenwriter of Hollywood blockbusters. After working on the fringes of the industry for some years and then surviving the frustrations of one development deal after another, James V. Hart finally burst upon the scene with two back-to-back screenplays for two titans of contemporary American filmmaking--Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. With the one-two punch of "Hook" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), he was catapulted to the A-list of Hollywood screenwriters. Hart points to his family as "The Story Department"; his young son gave him the idea for the central conceit of "Hook": "What if Peter Pan grew up?" He followed as one of the contributors of "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996) and with Michael Goldenberg adapted Carl Sagan's sci-fi novel "Contact" (1997).

American producer of independent low-budget features turned screenwriter of Hollywood blockbusters. After working on the fringes of the industry for some years and then surviving the frustrations of one development deal after another, James V. Hart finally burst upon the scene with two back-to-back screenplays for two titans of contemporary American filmmaking--Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. With the one-two punch of "Hook" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), he was catapulted to the A-list of Hollywood screenwriters. Hart points to his family as "The Story Department"; his young son gave him the idea for the central conceit of "Hook": "What if Peter Pan grew up?" He followed as one of the contributors of "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996) and with Michael Goldenberg adapted Carl Sagan's sci-fi novel "Contact" (1997).

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 Dracula (1999) Interviewee
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Raised in Fort Worth, TX
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Produced "Summer Run", the first of several low-budget independent productions
1970:
Drove from Texas to San Francisco with a filmmaker friend on the chance of meeting Francis Ford Coppola
1970:
Met with Coppola who advised him to keep making movies
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Began writing in earnest in the late 1970s
1977:
Produced "Assault on Paradise/Maniac/Ransom", a crime thriller starring Oliver Reed
1977:
Wrote his first "Dracula" adaptation
1984:
First produced screenplay, "Gimme an 'F'", a comedy about a spastic cheerleading squad
1991:
First produced screenplay for a major motion picture, Steven Spielberg's "Hook" (also executive produced with Dodi Fayed)
1992:
Wrote and co-produced Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
1997:
Co-scripted "Contact", adapted from the Carl Sagan novel
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Education

Southern Methodist University: Dallas , Texas -
Southern Methodist University: Dallas , Texas -

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wife:
Judy Hart.

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son:
Jake Hart.
daughter:
Julia Hart.

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