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David Arata

David Arata

David Arata is a 3rd generation San Franciscan. He grew up in Millbrae, a small suburb south of San Francisco. He studied at UC Santa Cruz, originally as a painter because he was attracted to the visual. However, he ended up directing plays and, from there, found his way into writing.

Children of Men will be Arata's third screenplay credit. His previous feature writing credits include Brokedown Palace (with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale) and Spy Game (with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt).

Arata has been fortunate enough to work with some of Hollywood's most talented directors. After writing for Cuarón, Arata collaborated with Peter Weir on a screenplay based on William Gibson's novel Pattern Recognition.

His next project, Bend, a character-based mystery that focuses on a gifted young scientist, will be his directorial debut. Mark Johnson will be producing.

Arata has been a creative advisor at the Sundance Screenwriter Lab. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

In addition to P.D. James' The Children of Men, MARK FERGUS & HAWK OSTBY (Screenplay by) have collaborated on 12 scripts over the past decade, including the thriller Consequence for HBO Pictures as well as adaptations of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly and Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars.

They are currently writing Iron Man, which begins production in early 2007, for Marvel Studios and director Jon Favreau. Fergus makes his directing debut with their original screenplay First Snow, which will be released in March 2007 by the Bob Yari Film Group. The psychological thriller stars Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo, William Fichtner and J.K. Simmons.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

David Arata Facts


Selected Filmography

Ghoul School
Children of Men
Children of Men / Repo Men Double Feature
12 Monkeys / Children of Men / Repo Men / Doomsday Four Feature Films
American Mall, The
Jarhead / The Kingdom / Green Zone / Spy Game Four Feature Films
American Pastime
Lethal Seduction
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