Dan Gilroy

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Dan Gilroy
Dan Gilroy 2014.jpg
Gilroy at Fantastic Fest 2014
Born Daniel Christopher Gilroy
(1959-06-24) June 24, 1959 (age 58)
Santa Monica, California, US
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Rene Russo (m. 1992)
Children 1
Parent(s) Frank D. Gilroy (father)
Ruth Dorothy Gaydos (mother)
Relatives Tony Gilroy (brother)
John Gilroy (brother)

Daniel Christopher Gilroy[1] (born June 24, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing and directing Nightcrawler (2014), for which he won Best Screenplay at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards. Before becoming both a writer and director, Gilroy spent his early career mostly as a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Freejack (1992), Two for the Money (2005), The Fall (2006), and The Bourne Legacy (2012)—a collaborative effort with his brother Tony Gilroy.

Early life and education

Dan Gilroy was born on June 24, 1959 in Santa Monica, California,[2][3] the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy Gaydos.[3] His brother, Tony Gilroy, is a screenwriter and director, and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor.[3][4] Gilroy recalled growing up "in a house where our father was a working writer and working at home. We got to see him write, and that demystified the process of becoming a writer".[5]

Gilroy grew up in Washingtonville, New York,[3] where he attended Washingtonville High School.[6] In 1981, he graduated with a degree in English literature from Dartmouth College,[4] one of his father's alma mater.[7] At Dartmouth, he and Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr were classmates, and has attended a class taught by David Thomson, another film critic. Furthermore, he developed a strong interest in written works of the Victorian era—chiefly those of Dickens, Trollope, and George Eliot.[5]

Career

Gilroy began his career as a screenwriter by co-writing with Steven Pressfield and Ronald Shusett the science fiction thriller Freejack (1992),[8][5] directed by Geoff Murphy and based on the novel Immortality, Inc. by Robert Sheckley.[8] There, he met the film's co-star Rene Russo, and they would later marry that same year.[5] After Freejack, he attained additional screenwriting credits in the comedy Chasers (1994), the drama Two for the Money (2005), and the fantasy The Fall (2006), the last of which "inspired [him] with what was possible visually".[9] In his positive review of Two for the Money, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times remarked that Gilroy's script "is about three people who are transformed in relation to one another, as a situation develops that is equally dangerous all the way around".[10]

Gilroy co-wrote with Jeremy Leven the screen story for Real Steel (2011), directed by Shawn Levy and based on the short story "Steel", written by Richard Matheson.[11] He co-wrote with his brother Tony Gilroy the script for The Bourne Legacy (2012), in which his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, also served as the editor.[5] Directed by Tony Gilroy, the film is inspired by the Jason Bourne novel series created by Robert Ludlum.[12] Of Tony's and Dan's script, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times described it as something that "has given [Tony] much more to wrangle — locations, characters, hardware, franchise expectations — than he's had to deal with in the past",[13] while Toronto Star reviewer Peter Howell felt it resorted "too much into jabbering and jargon and not enough into action".[14]

Gilroy made his directorial debut with the thriller Nightcrawler (2014),[15] which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Riz Ahmed.[16] Gilroy also wrote the script, whose concept began in 1988 after reading the photo-book Naked City, a collection of photographs taken by American photographer Weegee of 1940s New York City residents at night.[17] He did not write it until he moved to Los Angeles two years later, when he recognized an abundance of violent stories on television news. According to Gilroy, he considers the film to be a success story about a modern equivalent of Weegee, and a cautionary tale about the risks posed by capitalism.[5] Nightcrawler was well received by the press upon release, as was Gilroy's script,[18] for which he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards,[19] and won Best Screenplay at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards.[20] At the Independent Spirit Awards, Gilroy closed his acceptance speech by lamenting the proliferation of superhero films in Hollywood.[21]

In 2017, Gilroy co-wrote Jordan Vogt-Roberts's adventure Kong: Skull Island with Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly,[22] and wrote and directed Roman J. Israel, Esq. (formerly titled Inner City), a legal drama starring Denzel Washington in the similar way of Paul Newman's The Verdict (1982).[23][24]

Other projects

Gilroy was one of the many writers to contribute to the unmade Superman film Superman Lives, and later appeared in the documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015).[25] As of 2011, he is set to write a film adaptation of the comic strip adventure The Annihilator.[26]

Personal life

Gilroy resides in Los Angeles with actress Rene Russo, to whom he has been married since 1992.[5] The two have a daughter, Rose, who has ventured into modeling.[27]

Gilroy's father died of natural causes at age 89, his body discovered on the evening of September 12, 2015 in Monroe, New York.[7][28]

Filmography

Year Title Role(s) Note Ref.
1992 Freejack Co-writer with Steven Pressfield and Ronald Shusett [8]
1994 Chasers Co-writer with Joe Batteer and John Rice [29]
2005 Two for the Money Writer, co-executive producer with Guy McElwaine, David C. Robinson, and Rene Russo [30]
2006 The Fall Co-writer with Nico Soultanakis [31]
2011 Real Steel Story co-writer with Jeremy Leven [11]
2012 The Bourne Legacy Co-writer with Tony Gilroy [12]
2014 Nightcrawler Director, writer Directorial debut [15]
2017 Kong: Skull Island Co-writer with Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly [22]
2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Director, writer Formerly titled Inner City [24]

References

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  4. ^ a b Wagner, Pamela Mason. "Director's Cut". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (March–April 2015). Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Sragow, Michael (February 10, 2015). "Interview: Dan Gilroy". Film Comment. ISSN 0015-119X. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Farlekas, Chris (October 7, 2005). "Lots of local affiliation to major Hollywood films". Times Herald-Record. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Stedman, Alex (September 13, 2015). "Frank Gilroy, Pulitzer-Winning Subject Was Roses Scribe, Dies at 89". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Maslin, Janet (January 18, 1992). "Review/Film; Scurrying Back in Time In Search of a Healthy Body". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (January 2, 2015). "10 Directors to Watch: Dan Gilroy Dissects L.A. in Nightcrawler, Next Project". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 6, 2005). "Two for the Money Review (2005)". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
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  17. ^ Friend, Tad (November 10, 2014). "Rembrandt Lighting". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  18. ^ Labrecque, Jeff (October 31, 2014). "'Nightcrawler': The reviews are in.." Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
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  20. ^ Rich, Katey (February 21, 2015). "Complete List of Film Independent Spirit Award Winners". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Dan Gilroy on the "Tsunami of Superhero Movies" at the Independent Spirit Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. February 21, 2015. Event occurs at 0:13. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Dargis, Manohal (March 9, 2017). "Review: Kong: Skull Island Crosses a 1933 Classic With Apocalypse Now". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Denzel Washington Circling Dan Gilroy's Legal Drama Inner City (EXCLUSIVE)". Archived from the original on 2017-09-16. 
  24. ^ a b Borys, Kit (June 22, 2017). "Sony's Denzel Washington Legal Drama Gets Title (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
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  26. ^ Taylor, Drew (December 7, 2011). "Real Steel Writer Dan Gilroy To Pen Asian-Themed Superhero The Annihilator For Stan Lee". IndieWire. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
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