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Stephen Susco

Stephen Susco was born and raised in Pennsylvania and began writing fiction at age 11, winning several awards before graduating from high school, including an Honorable Mention in Issac Asimov's Science Fiction Competition. While at the University of Notre Dame, he performed in more than 25 plays and 30 student films. He also directed several theatrical productions, including David Mamet's American Buffalo and José Triana's Night Of The Assassins.

Susco ventured into film when he wrote his first two screenplays, adaptations of Stephen King's novel Rage and Robert McCammon's Blue World. He subsequently wrote, directed and produced his first film, a 12-minute 16mm short that won a regional award in the 1993 College Film and Television Awards, held by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Regional Winner in the Drama category). With three Bachelor's Degrees (Philosophy, Film & Television and Computer Applications), Susco moved to Los Angeles and, within three weeks, attended his first class at the University of Southern California as an M.F.A. student in Film Production.

In the fall of 1996, Susco produced a student film, Mr. October, which premiered at the Film Fest New Haven competition. The film won a Student Academy Award and has been shown in a number of other domestic and international film festivals.

While still in film school, Susco earned his first professional screenwriting credits. He co-wrote Bone In the Throat (an adaptation of the first novel by acclaimed chef Tony Bourdain), Ghosting (an original supernatural horror film), the romantic comedy Marry Me Jane to which Jennifer Love Hewitt was attached to star and produce, as well as Life During Wartime for director Phillip Noyce and producer Gale Anne Hurd.

Upon graduating with his MFA from USC in May 1998, Susco co-wrote Dumbstruck for director Mike Nichols and actor John Leguizamo and the action thriller Airtime for director Scott Ziehl. In addition to writing the English-language screenplay of The Grudge for Ghost House Pictures. Susco is finishing work on an adaptation of Threshold, a French-Canadian thriller.

Susco recently sold an option on his script Red (adapted from the book by Jack Ketchum) and is currently developing Bitter for director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, The Devil's Advocate). His original script Adagio is being produced as an independent film.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

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Selected Filmography

The Grudge 2 (2006)
Red (2005)
The Grudge (2004)
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