Born in Australia, Petroni is a graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he wrote Till Human Voices Wake Us. Immediately after leaving AFI, he wrote the screenplay Miracles, based on an original idea, for Spyglass Entertainment. It is currently being shot as a TV series for ABC-TV starring Skeet Ulrich, with Petroni credited as creator.
In 1998, Petroni's short film Trespasses was produced and financed by Sandra Bullock. That same year, he also wrote The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys for Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures. The film, starring Foster and Kieran Culkin and directed by Peter Care, went on to win acclaim for its boldly funny depiction of childhood's darker side.
Shortly thereafter, Petroni was hired to write Revelation, a thriller based on an original idea revolving around an assassination attempt on the next Pope and a supernatural conspiracy inside the Vatican. He subsequently wrote another thriller, Further Down The Line, based on an original idea.
Petroni is currently adapting the highly acclaimed Australian war novel The Long Green Shore for Academy Award winner Russell Crowe to star in and direct.
Petroni is also co-writer of Queen of the Damned, the sequel to Interview With a Vampire.
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