Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan

Highest Rated: 100% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

Lowest Rated: 21% Darling Companion (2012)

Birthday: Jan 14, 1949

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Responsible for writing some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also an accomplished director who specialized in helming poignant ensemble character dramas. Kasdan first broke into Hollywood with the script for "The Bodyguard" (1992), which he sold in 1976, only to watch it languish in development hell for almost two decades, before becoming a blockbuster starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Meanwhile, his script for "Continental Divide" (1981) captured the attention of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the latter of whom hired Kasdan to write "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), widely considered to be the best film in the franchise. He collaborated with Spielberg and Lucas again on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), a splashy action adventure that harkened back to the 1930s Saturday matinee serials. He next made his directorial debut with the steaming erotic noir "Body Heat" (1981), after which he wrote "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). Kasdan earned considerable acclaim for writing and directing "The Big Chill" (1983) before delivering a well-received update of the Western with "Silverado" (1985). After returning to form with "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) and "Grand Canyon" (1991), Kasdan also wrote the screenplays for such films as "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and "Dreamcatcher" (2003). Though he led a quiet life in later years, Kasdan's reputation as an exquisite craftsman still remained strong.

Highest rated movies

I Love You to Death
Into the Night

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Week at Ed's Director,
Producer
- 2019
69% 64% Solo: A Star Wars Story Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$213.8M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Classy Broad Self - 2016
93% 85% Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screenwriter $123 2015
21% 29% Darling Companion Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$793.4K 2012
44% 52% In the Land of Women Executive Producer $11.0M 2007
28% 35% Dreamcatcher Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$33.7M 2003
57% 65% Mumford Director,
Writer,
Producer
$4.6M 1999
31% 33% Home Fries Producer $10.5M 1998
50% 74% French Kiss Director $36.4M 1995
32% 61% Wyatt Earp Producer,
Director
$24.6M 1994
35% 64% The Bodyguard Screenwriter,
Producer
$61.0K 1992
No Score Yet 27% Jumpin' at the Boneyard Executive Producer $5.9K 1991
78% 70% Grand Canyon Director,
Writer,
Producer
$32.3M 1991
56% 63% I Love You to Death Devo's Lawyer (Character),
Director
$14.9M 1990
50% 55% Immediate Family Executive Producer $5.4M 1989
100% 82% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation Writer - 1989
82% 60% The Accidental Tourist Director $30.3M 1988
42% 27% Cross My Heart Producer $768.7K 1987
77% 80% Silverado Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1985
40% 49% Into the Night Detective 2 (Character) - 1985
69% 77% The Big Chill Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$57.0K 1983
83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi Writer $309.3M 1983
98% 80% Body Heat Director,
Writer
- 1981
95% 96% Raiders of the Lost Ark Writer $248.2M 1981
94% 97% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back Writer $291.9M 1980

TV

Credit
92% 53% Stay Close Writer 2021