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John Logan

John Logan

American film producer and screenwriter
John Logan
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Intro American film producer and screenwriter
A.K.A. John David Logan
Is Screenwriter Writer Author Film producer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 24 September 1961, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Age 59 years
Star sign Libra
Northwestern University
Northwestern University School of Communication
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John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. He is a three-time Academy Award nominee; twice for Best Original Screenplay for Gladiator (2000) and The Aviator (2004) and once for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hugo (2011).

Early life

Logan was born in San Diego on September 24, 1961. His parents immigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland via Canada. The youngest of three children, he has an older brother and sister. Logan grew up in California and Millburn, New Jersey, where he graduated from Millburn High School in 1979. He moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1983.


Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park.

His play Red, about artist Mark Rothko, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London, in December 2009, and on Broadway in 2010, where it received six Tony Awards, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne and Alfred Molina had originated their roles in London and also performed on Broadway, for a limited run ending in late June.

Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television film RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with David Franzoni and William Nicholson) the Best Picture winner Gladiator in 2000. He received another nomination for writing The Aviator (2004), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award.

Logan's feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski; the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes; Hugo, an adaptation of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese; and the James Bond film Skyfall, along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. He wrote the Bond film, Spectre (2015).

Two plays by Logan premiered in 2013; Peter and Alice, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw opened in London at the Noël Coward Theatre on March 25, 2013 and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Bette Midler, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on April 24, 2013.

He also created the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, for which he served as sole writer until it concluded with its third season.

In November 2015, Logan was reported to have rewritten the script for Alien: Covenant. During the audio commentary of Alien: Covenant, Scott mentions that Logan has already started writing Alien: Covenant 2.

In November 2018, it was announced that Showtime would produce a follow-up to the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful entitled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which takes place in Los Angeles in 1938. Logan will again be creator, executive producer, and sole writer for the show, which is set to premiere in 2020.

Superhero, a new musical by Logan and Tom Kitt, had its world premiere production Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, with an official opening night on February 28, 2019.

In November 2019, it was reported that Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is planning to produce a Michael Jackson biopic, with the screenplay written by Logan.


  • Never the Sinner (1985)
  • Hauptmann (1991)
  • Riverview (1992)
  • Red (2009)
  • Peter and Alice (2013)
  • I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (2013)
  • The Last Ship (2014)
  • Moulin Rouge! (2018)
  • Superhero (2019)


  • Nominated, 2011 – Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Hugo
  • Winner, 2010 – Tony Award Best Play, for Red
  • Winner 2008 – Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Winner, 1999 – Writers Guild of America Best TV Adapted Writing, for RKO 281
  • Nominated, 2004 – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, for The Aviator
  • Nominated, 2004 – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, for The Aviator
  • Nominated, 2004 – Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay, for The Aviator
  • Nominated, 2000 – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, for Gladiator
  • Nominated, 2000 – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, for Gladiator
  • Nominated, 1999 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie, for RKO 281
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