David Giler


Biography

Respected producer/screenwriter David Giler came to filmmaking by way of television, punching up scripts for late 1960s shows such as "The Gallant Men," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," and "Kraft Suspense Theatre." By 1974, he took his expertise in the action genre to the big screen, turning in a tightly-wound screenplay for "The Parallax View," a political thriller starring Warren Beatty. Gi...

Biography

Respected producer/screenwriter David Giler came to filmmaking by way of television, punching up scripts for late 1960s shows such as "The Gallant Men," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," and "Kraft Suspense Theatre." By 1974, he took his expertise in the action genre to the big screen, turning in a tightly-wound screenplay for "The Parallax View," a political thriller starring Warren Beatty. Giler went on to write the well-received comedies "The Black Bird" (1975) and "Fun with Dick and Jane" (1977) before tackling his most fondly remembered project, the 1979 sci-fi horror classic "Alien." Initially brought in to produce the film, Giler and co-producer Walter Hill assisted in an extensive rewrite of the original Dan O'Brannon-authored script, resulting in a much-publicized battle over the ultimate screenplay credit. The controversy failed to inhibit Giler's involvement in the "Alien" franchise, with his growing list of producer credits in coming decades including multiple sequels to the original film, as well as a contentious rewrite of the third movie in the series, "Alien 3" (1992).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Black Bird (1975)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Black Bird (1975)

Writer (Feature Film)

FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (2005)
Source Material
Undisputed (2001)
Screenplay
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)
Screenplay
Alien 3 (1992)
Screenplay
Aliens (1986)
From Story
The Money Pit (1986)
Screenplay
Aliens (1986)
Screenplay
Aliens (1986)
Story By
Southern Comfort (1981)
Screenplay
Alien (1979)
Screenwriter
Fun With Dick And Jane (1977)
Screenwriter
The Black Bird (1975)
Screenplay
The Parallax View (1974)
Screenplay
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Screenwriter
One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Producer
Prometheus (2012)
Producer
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Producer
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Producer
Undisputed (2001)
Producer
Alien Resurrection (1997)
Producer
Bordello of Blood (1996)
Executive Producer
Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight (1995)
Executive Producer
W.E.I.R.D. World (1995)
Executive Producer
Dragstrip Girl (1994)
Producer
Jailbreakers (1994)
Producer
Shake, Rattle and Rock (1994)
Producer
Motorcycle Gang (1994)
Producer
Girls in Prison (1994)
Producer
Confessions of a Sorority Girl (1994)
Producer
Roadracers (1994)
Producer
Reform School Girl (1994)
Producer
Runaway Daughters (1994)
Producer
Cool and the Crazy (1994)
Producer
Alien 3 (1992)
Producer
Two Fisted Tales (1991)
Executive Producer
Let It Ride (1989)
Producer
The Money Pit (1986)
Executive Producer
Aliens (1986)
Executive Producer
Rustler's Rhapsody (1985)
Producer
Southern Comfort (1981)
Producer
Alien (1979)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
Other

Producer (Special)

Cold War (1996)
Executive Producer
A Fatal Caper (1996)
Executive Producer
Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow (1996)
Executive Producer
Report from the Grave (1996)
Executive Producer
Last Respects (1996)
Executive Producer
About Face (1996)
Executive Producer
Confession (1996)
Executive Producer
The Kidnapper (1996)
Executive Producer
Horror in the Night (1996)
Executive Producer
A Slight Case of Murder (1996)
Executive Producer
Smoke Wrings (1996)
Executive Producer
Escape (1996)
Executive Producer
99 and 44/100% Pure Horror! (1995)
Executive Producer
Doctor of Horror (1995)
Executive Producer
Comes the Dawn (1995)
Executive Producer
You, Murderer (1995)
Executive Producer
Staired in Horror (1994)
Executive Producer
In the Groove (1994)
Executive Producer
The Assassin (1994)
Executive Producer
Till Death Do We Part (1993)
Executive Producer
Well-Cooked Hams (1993)
Executive Producer
Death of Some Salesmen (1993)
Executive Producer
As Ye Sow (1993)
Executive Producer
People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993)
Executive Producer
Came the Dawn (1993)
Executive Producer
Oil's Well That Ends Well (1993)
Executive Producer
Food for Thought (1993)
Executive Producer
Forever Ambergris (1993)
Executive Producer
Creep Course (1993)
Executive Producer
Two For the Show (1993)
Executive Producer
House of Horror (1993)
Executive Producer
Half Way Horrible (1993)
Executive Producer
Showdown (1992)
Executive Producer
The New Arrival (1992)
Executive Producer
This'll Kill Ya (1992)
Executive Producer
Werewolf Concerto (1992)
Executive Producer
Split Personality (1992)
Executive Producer
None But the Lonely Heart (1992)
Executive Producer
Seance (1992)
Executive Producer
Maniac at Large (1992)
Executive Producer
On a Dead Man's Chest (1992)
Executive Producer
Strung Along (1992)
Executive Producer
Beauty Rest (1992)
Executive Producer
King of the Road (1992)
Executive Producer
What's Cookin'? (1992)
Executive Producer
Curiosity Killed (1992)
Executive Producer
Undertaking Palor (1991)
Executive Producer
Carrion Death (1991)
Executive Producer
Loved to Death (1991)
Executive Producer
Easel Kill 'Ya (1991)
Executive Producer
The Reluctant Vampire (1991)
Executive Producer
Top Billing (1991)
Executive Producer
Split Second (1991)
Executive Producer
Deadline (1991)
Executive Producer
Dead Wait (1991)
Executive Producer
Mournin' Mess (1991)
Executive Producer
Abra Cadaver (1991)
Executive Producer
Yellow (1991)
Executive Producer
The Trap (1991)
Executive Producer
Spoiled (1991)
Executive Producer
For Cryin' Out Loud (1990)
Executive Producer
The Thing From the Grave (1990)
Executive Producer
The Switch (1990)
Executive Producer
Dead Right (1990)
Executive Producer
Four-Sided Triangle (1990)
Executive Producer
Mute Witness to Murder (1990)
Executive Producer
Three's a Crowd (1990)
Executive Producer
The Secret (1990)
Executive Producer
Lower Berth (1990)
Executive Producer
My Brother's Keeper (1990)
Executive Producer
The Sacrifice (1990)
Executive Producer
Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990)
Executive Producer
The Ventriloquist's Dummy (1990)
Executive Producer
Fitting Punishment (1990)
Executive Producer
Korman's Kalamity (1990)
Executive Producer
Cutting Cards (1990)
Executive Producer
Television Terror (1990)
Executive Producer
Only Sin Deep (1989)
Executive Producer
The Man Who Was Death (1989)
Executive Producer
Collection Completed (1989)
Executive Producer
And All Through the House (1989)
Executive Producer
Lover Come Hack to Me (1989)
Executive Producer
Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! (1989)
Executive Producer

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Third Pig (Do Not Use) (1996)
Executive Producer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Myra Breckinridge (1970) - Get Your Resumès Out First appearance by Mae West, brought out of retirement by a big payday and a contract that let her write her own dialogue and approve her wardrobe, as already-discussed Hollywood agent Leticia Van Allen, with Tom Selleck among her recruits, and clips with Richard Widmark in Kiss Of Death (1947) and Laurel & Hardy in Great Guns, 1941, from Myra Breckinridge, 1970, starring Raquel Welch, from the Gore Vidal novel.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) - You Gotta S-M-I-L-E To Be H-A-P-P-Y Following the opening in which Rex Reed, as critic “Myron” Breckinridge got a sex-change operation, Shirley Temple’s song (from Stowaway, 1937, by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon) accompanies the introduction of Raquel Welch as the title character (we’re supposed to understand that Rex Reed now exists only as her alter-ego), with a creditable dance routine on Hollywood then Sunset Blvd., in Myra Breckinridge, 1970, from the Gore Vidal novel.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) - The Notorious Buck Loner Raquel Welch as the newly trans-gendered title character narrates, roughly from the Gore Vidal novel, Michael Sarne directing, entering the bogus acting school owned by her uncle-in-law, the ex-cowboy actor Buck Loner (John Huston), the acting-instructor is not credited, beginning her outrageous ploy, in Myra Breckinridge, 1970.
Parallax View, The - Non-Ex-Agent Frady (Warren Beatty) visits his ex-lawman friend Will (Kenneth Mars) at an amusement park to talk about creating a cover for his investigation in Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, 1974.
Parallax View, The - Too Independent Critical scene in which reporter Lee (Paula Prentiss) snubs ex-beau Joe (Warren Beatty), Senator Carroll (Bill Joyce) ascends the Space Needle, and the assassin appears in Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, 1974.
Parallax View, The - These People Were Killed! Panicked ex-girlfriend Lee (Paula Prentiss) tries to convince Joe (Warren Beatty) that somebody is killing witnesses to an assassination three years earlier in Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, 1974.
Parallax View, The - Nothing But Fish Sheriff Wicker (Kelly Thordsen) befriends reporter Joe (Warren Beatty), offers him a lead about a dam, and meets him there the next morning in Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, 1974.
Parallax View, The - Credits, Commission The credit sequence from Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, 1974, plays as the commission report on the assassination of Senator Carrol, which opened the film, is delivered.

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