Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh

Highest Rated: 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Lowest Rated: 26% Mortal Engines (2018)

Birthday: Jan 10, 1959

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his collaborator on low-budget cult classics like "Meet the Feebles" (1989) and "Braindead" (1992). As a writing partner, she helped Jackson defy expectations with the lyrical tale of obsession and murder "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), a critically hailed effort that brought them to Hollywood for the Robert Zemeckis-produced horror-comedy "The Frighteners" (1996). Then, in a monumental undertaking, Walsh worked alongside Jackson as a co-writer, producer and even unofficial 2nd unit director on the first of a trilogy of films adapting the works of fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Nearly a decade after the project had begun, Walsh and Jackson capped it off with the third installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), which in addition to winning a Best Picture Oscar, earned Walsh an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other endeavors included the impressive remake of the monster classic "King Kong" (2005), followed by an underwhelming adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones" (2009). Walsh and Jackson returned Middle-earth once more, however, for another trilogy of eagerly anticipated films, beginning with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure" (2012). While Jackson received director's credit on each production, Walsh's creative DNA was undeniable and deeply imbedded in every film.




26% 48% Mortal Engines Screenwriter,
$15.9M 2018
59% 74% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Screenwriter,
$255.1M 2014
74% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Screenwriter,
$258.4M 2013
95% 87% West of Memphis Producer $309.9K 2012
64% 83% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenwriter,
$303.0M 2012
32% 52% The Lovely Bones Screenwriter,
$44.0M 2009
84% 50% King Kong Producer,
$218.1M 2005
93% 86% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Writer $377.8M 2003
95% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Writer,
$342.6M 2002
91% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Writer,
$315.5M 2001
67% 71% The Frighteners Writer $16.5M 1996
No Score Yet 20% Jack Brown, Genius Writer - 1995
93% 83% Heavenly Creatures Writer $870.8K 1994
88% 87% Dead Alive Writer,
$70.5K 1992
71% 73% Meet the Feebles Writer - 1990