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Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Is On Fire: 'White House Down,' 'RoboCop,' 'Total Recall,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2012 at 4:59PM

"Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt is hot. He wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3). He is adapting Brit mini-series "Red Riding" for producers Steven Zaillian and Ridley Scott, and shares screenwriting credit on upcoming "Total Recall" and "RoboCop" remakes. This week, his "White House Down" screenplay was picked up by Sony.
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James Vanderbilt, spiderman
Vanderbilt as Spider-Man, courtesy of The Playlist

"Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt is hot. He wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3). He is adapting Brit mini-series "Red Riding" for producers Steven Zaillian and Ridley Scott, and shares screenwriting credit on upcoming "Total Recall" and "RoboCop" remakes. This week, his "White House Down" screenplay was picked up by Sony.

Vanderbilt (whose grandfather was Gloria Vanderbilt's first cousin) will produce with his Mythology Entertainment partners, screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis ("Shutter Island") and producer Bradley Fischer ("Black Swan"). Few details are known, but the story involves a para-military takeover of the titular 1600 Pennsylvania property.

Among Mythology's other projects are HBO's "The Lobotomist" with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and a Suge Knight Showtime doc with director Antoine Fuqua, as well as two potential franchises: John Bellairs' excellent young adult series ("The House With A Clock In Its Walls") and Richard Morgan's novel "Altered Carbon" (adapted by Kalogridis and "Fringe"'s David Goodman).

Go Into The Story conducted a 2011 interview with Vanderbilt here.

This article is related to: Screenwriters, Franchises, Spider-Man, Genres, In The Works


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.