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James DeMonaco

James DeMonaco

James DeMonaco writes for both feature films and television.

His feature screenwriting credits include the police thriller The Negotiatior, directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and the family comedy

Jack, directed by Francis Coppola and starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, and Jennifer Lopez.

For television, Mr. DeMonaco created and executive-produced the police drama series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. He recently scripted Hate, a pilot for a series about hate crimes, for Showtime, starring Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden and directed by Emmy Award winner Paris Barclay.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended Rutgers University and studied English and Film. Pursuing the latter vocation, he enrolled in the graduate program at NYU Film School, where he wrote and produced the short film Red. The short went on to win the NYU Mobil Award and later The Student Academy Award - the highest U.S. honor for a student film.

Mr. DeMonaco's screenplays in development include the werewolf adventure Skinwalkers, to be produced by David Cronenberg and Stan Winston, with Academy Award-winning special effects supervisor Jim Isaac directing; the police thriller Zombie Squad; the action adventure Driver, adapted from the videogame series of the same name; and the independent film The Porch, about a retired NYC cop, on which he is slated to make his feature directorial debut.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

James DeMonaco Facts

OccupationScreenwriter, Producer

Selected Filmography

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