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      Laeta Kalogridis

      Laeta Kalogridis

      Highest Rated: 82% Avatar (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 9% Pathfinder (2007)

      Birthday: Aug 30, 1965

      Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, USA

      The euphoniously named screenwriter and producer Laeta Kalogridis got her start in Hollywood while she was still in film school at UCLA, when her script for an action blockbuster epic about French martyr Joan of Arc was optioned in 1994. Unfortunately, that early success was followed by a long and frustrating ride--although she wrote and sold several other scripts (including an early abandoned draft of what would become 2000's "X-Men"), it wasn't until the '02 television action drama "Birds of Prey," which she created and executive-produced, that her work finally saw the light of day. Even that was a temporary victory--the series, a female-driven "Batman" spin-off based on the cult-favorite DC Comics series of the same title, lasted for only 13 episodes. Still, that was five more than her next series managed, a stylish and action-packed reboot of the campy '70s favorite "Bionic Woman"; that ratings-challenged show was eventually crippled by the 2008 Writers Guild of America strike, during which Kalogridis played a high-profile role as a peacemaker attempting to find common ground between writers and producers. By that point in her career, she had begun a professional collaboration with maverick director James Cameron, writing two scripts with him (a biopic about a deep-sea-diving couple and an adaptation of the popular post-apocalyptic Japanese manga "Battle Angel") and serving as executive producer on the phenomenally popular, visually groundbreaking "Avatar." She followed that enormous success by writing and executive-producing Martin Scorsese's mind-bending thriller "Shutter Island."

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      69% 88% Ambulance Executive Producer $22.3M 2022
      61% 92% Alita: Battle Angel Screenwriter $85.8M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Dream/American Knightmare Executive Producer - 2018
      65% 44% The House With a Clock in Its Walls Executive Producer $68.5M 2018
      26% 52% Terminator Genisys Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $89.8M 2015
      51% 62% White House Down Producer $73.1M 2013
      68% 77% Shutter Island Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $128.0M 2010
      82% 82% Avatar Executive Producer $23.5M 2009
      9% 36% Pathfinder Writer $10.2M 2007
      16% 35% Alexander Screenwriter $34.3M 2004

      TV

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      75% 64% Altered Carbon Creator,
      Executive Producer
      2018 2020
      52% 47% Birds of Prey Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2002-2003