David Benioff

David Benioff

Highest Rated: 78% 25th Hour (2002)

Lowest Rated: 26% Gemini Man (2019)

Birthday: Sep 25, 1970

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

David Benioff rolled a nascent career as a novelist into that of a much-desired screenwriter of both blockbuster films and smaller, darker thrillers, before scoring a monster hit with his first venture into television as creator of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Benioff published his first novel, The 25th Hour, in 2001 and went on to adapt it for a 2002 film directed by Spike Lee. Though he would publish a second novel in 2008, Benioff became a hot commodity as a screenwriter, winning major paydays for his script for the big-budget revision of the Homeric epic, "Troy" (2004), and his heady psychological thriller "Stay"(2005), helmed by Marc Forster. He collaborated with Forster again on the 2007 adaptation of the best-selling Afghanistan-set adventure novel The Kite Runner, and continued to score varying degrees of success with the taut aftermath-of-war suspense drama "Brothers" (2009) and the more typical Hollywood programmer "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009). In 2007, HBO hired Benioff, in tandem with friend and literary compatriot D.B. Weiss, to helm an ambitious venture, the sprawling sword-and-sorcery tale "Game of Thrones." Populated with some of Britain and Ireland's most respected but relatively unknown thespians, it quickly became a cable TV phenomenon upon its 2011 premiere. Transitioning to TV production both of massive scale and nearly universally acclaimed genius, Benioff and Weiss seemingly overnight made themselves ballyhooed television hitmakers, the darlings of critics and fanatical genre programming audiences alike.




100% 31% Leslie Jones: Time Machine Director - 2020
26% 83% Gemini Man Screenwriter $48.5M 2019
64% 62% Brothers Screenwriter $28.5M 2009
37% 58% X-Men Origins: Wolverine Screenwriter $179.9M 2009
65% 84% The Kite Runner Screenwriter $15.8M 2007
54% 73% Troy Writer (Screenplay) $133.2M 2004
78% 85% 25th Hour Writer (Novel),
$13.1M 2002


No Score Yet No Score Yet On Story Guest 2020
89% 85% Game of Thrones Director,
Executive Producer
2019 2011-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016
No Score Yet 36% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015


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