Jake Kasdan

Lowest Rated: 17% Sex Tape (2014)
Birthday: Oct 28, 1974
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Rather than make his name writing splashy blockbusters akin to his father Lawrence Kasdan's breakthrough script for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Jake Kasdan earned his prodigy stripes with the sly, low-budget film Zero Effect (1998) and his astute direction on several acclaimed TV series. Born in Detroit, Kasdan was immersed in filmmaking since his early childhood. Growing up on his father's sets, Kasdan appeared onscreen in The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985), and The Accidental Tourist (1988), but he knew that he really wanted to direct. Becoming a playwright while still in high school, Kasdan also worked as a production assistant on his father's mid-life crisis drama Grand Canyon (1991) and penned a behind-the-scenes book about the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994). Though the book was scrapped after Wyatt Earp tanked at the box office, Kasdan established a positive relationship with cast member Bill Pullman that would soon help Kasdan's nascent movie career. Dropping out of college to focus on his writing full-time, Kasdan subsequently started directing with a stage production of one of his works at the Hollywood Playhouse. Ready to write and direct his first film, and publicly noting that nepotism didn't guarantee him anything, Kasdan managed to sign Pullman to play the lead for his detective comedy Zero Effect. Featuring Pullman as brilliant, agoraphobic detective Daryl Zero and Ben Stiller as his edgy associate and public representative, Zero Effect's clever, offbeat humor and excellent performances boded well for the then-24-year-old Kasdan, although more than one critic noted that the pacing was too low-key for the film's good.Further honing his skills on TV, Kasdan's wry sensibility adroitly complemented the almost painfully funny, emotionally authentic youth series Freaks and Geeks (1991) and Undeclared (2001). Despite critical accolades, however, Freaks and Geeks lasted only one season and Undeclared foundered in the ratings. Kasdan also helped give an extra insider edge to the witty teen soap spoof Grosse Pointe (2000), but it too failed to last beyond one TV season. Kasdan's proven ability with smart, teen-based comedy, though, earned him the directing job for Orange County (2002). Starring Jack Black and Hollywood progeny Colin Hanks and Schuyler Fisk, and scripted by Chuck and Buck's (2001) unconventional Mike White, Orange County seemed like an ideal match for Kasdan. The released film, however, was a disappointingly watered-down version of White and Kasdan's comic strengths.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Untitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sequel Director 2019
77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Director $393.3M 2017
17% Sex Tape Executive Producer $34.3M 2014
67% Friends With Kids Producer $5.7M 2012
45% Bad Teacher Executive Producer Director $100.3M 2011
No Score Yet Shades of Ray Executive Producer 2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Director $18.4M 2007
65% The TV Set Screenwriter Director Producer $35K 2007
46% Orange County Director $41.1M 2002
64% Zero Effect Screenwriter Director Producer 1997
80% The Accidental Tourist Actor 1988
77% Silverado Stable Boy $33.3M 1985
66% The Big Chill Autograph Seeker 1983

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Speechless
2016
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
94% Fresh Off the Boat
2015
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
94% New Girl
2011-2018
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
93% The Grinder
2015-2016
Director Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
42% Weird Loners
2015
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2015
74% Ben and Kate
2012-2013
Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
57% Californication
2007-2014
Director
  • 2008
93% Undeclared
2001-2002
Director
  • 2001
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
Director
  • 2000
  • 1999

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