James Vanderbilt

James Vanderbilt

Highest Rated: 90% Zodiac (2007)

Lowest Rated: 8% Slender Man (2018)

Birthday: Nov 21, 1975

Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Sometimes one's legacy can precede you by a large margin, and with James Vanderbilt, that was definitely the case. He was a descendant of the fabled Vanderbilt family, but he carved a new unique path in his family's lineage by becoming a well-known screenwriter. His career kicked off in a big way in 2003 as three of his projects all were released. There was "Darkness Falls" (2003), an American/Australian horror film that was the first film directed by Jonathan Liebesman. There was also the John Travolta-starring thriller "Basic" (2003). The last of his debut trio was "The Rundown" (2003), a comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott. None of the three movies were major successes, and Vanderbilt faded back into writer obscurity. That all changed a few years later when he wrote the acclaimed David Fincher film "Zodiac" (2007) and received considerable buzz for his work. His work on "Zodiac" led him to writing "The Losers" (2010). Following that, he paired with Marc Webb to write "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012). While he contributed to the story of the sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014), Vanderbilt wasn't a part of the writing process. Instead, he wrote the political action movie "White House Down" (2013), which was directed by Roland Emmerich. Emmerich liked working with Vanderbilt so much that he hired him to write a draft for the Independence Day sequel. After languishing in big-budget films, Vanderbilt moved in another direction, as he wrote and directed "Truth" (2015), a based-on-a-true-story political drama about the memoir of the disgraced journalist Mary Mapes.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream 6 Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2023
68% 88% Ambulance Producer $22.3M 2022
76% 82% Scream Screenwriter,
Producer
$81.6M 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed Rest Producer - 2022
88% 78% Ready or Not Producer $28.7M 2019
45% 43% Murder Mystery Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Dream/American Knightmare Executive Producer - 2018
65% 66% Suspiria Executive Producer $2.5M 2018
65% 45% The House With a Clock in Its Walls Producer $68.5M 2018
8% 16% Slender Man Producer $30.5M 2018
29% 30% Independence Day: Resurgence Screenwriter $103.1M 2016
63% 62% Truth Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$2.5M 2015
52% 62% White House Down Screenwriter,
Producer
$73.1M 2013
72% 77% The Amazing Spider-Man Screenwriter $262.0M 2012
48% 54% The Losers Screenwriter $23.6M 2010
90% 77% Zodiac Writer,
Producer
$33.0M 2007
37% 80% The Guardian Writer $55.0M 2006
69% 66% The Rundown Screenwriter $47.6M 2003
21% 63% Basic Writer,
Executive Producer
$26.5M 2003
9% 34% Darkness Falls Screenwriter $32.1M 2003