THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Writer/Director CHRIS WEITZ most recently executive produced American Dreamz, which was directed by his brother and collaborator Paul Weitz. In 1999, Weitz and his brother formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company through which he and Paul produced the critically acclaimed film, In Good Company, directed by Paul.
Weitz previously co-directed, with his brother, the award-winning hit film About a Boy, adapting the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel. The screenplay received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Critics and Humanitas; the film was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year and was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Weitz's first directorial collaboration with Paul was on American Pie, the phenomenally successful first installment of the PIE franchise, which was followed by American Pie 2 and the final installment, American Wedding, both of which he also executive produced.
Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline (adapting the popular children's book). Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit Chuck & Buck.
Depth of Field's diverse slate of upcoming projects includes Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, directed by Peter Sollett, which is currently shooting in New York and stars Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; The Game, based on Neil Strauss' dating tome which Dan Weiss will adapt and the company will produce with Spyglass; and the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock's fantasy epic The Elric Saga.
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