STUART BEATTIE (Screenwriter/Director) is an Australian-born
film maker best known for co-writing the screenplay for the Oscar -nominated
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl which went on to become one
of the most successful franchises in movie history. He began his career writing
screenplays for Australian Independent films, including the hit family film,
Joey, and the much-admired romantic comedy, Kick. He branched into Hollywood
with both Pirates and the Michael Mann thriller, Collateral, which he wrote as a
spec script. The movie starred Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx and became the highest
grossing film Michael Mann ever directed. It was also nominated for two Oscars
and won a host of other awards around the world.
Beattie followed that with a string of adaptations, including the adaptation
of the bestselling book Derailed, starring Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, and
Vincent Cassel for
Miramax Films, the adaptation of the cult graphic novel and 30 Days of Night
for Sam Raimi's Ghosthouse Pictures.
Returning to his native country, Beattie wrote the screenplay for Baz
Lurhmann's epic, Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman which won
several awards and grossed over $200 million worldwide. After that, Beattie
wrote the screenplay for Stephen Sommers' mega-hit action film G.I. Joe: The
Rise of Cobra which has since spawned another franchise.
For Beattie, writing has always been a means to directing. He finally got the
chance to direct one of his screenplays with the hugely successful adaptation of
the best-selling book, Tomorrow, When the War Began, which won multiple honors,
Best Screenplay at the Australian Academy Awards.
Beattie most recently completed an adaptation of the hit YA book, Daughter of
Smoke and Bone, for producer Joe Roth and Universal Studios. He is also
guest-writing an episode of the epic mini-series, Gallipoli, starring and
produced by Sam Worthington.
Beattie currently lives in Los Angeles.
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