His second feature, Death at a Funeral, was released internationally through MGM in 2007. The cast included Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Rupert Graves, Kris Marshall, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk & Peter Dinklage, and was directed by veteran filmmaker Frank Oz. It went on to win audience awards for Best Film at the HBO US Comedy Festival in Aspen, Best film at Locarno International film festival in Switzerland, and Best film at the Provincetown Festival, and achieved considerable international critical and commercial success, reaching no.1 at the box office in several countries around the world, including 5 weeks at the top in Australia.
As well as being made as a Bollywood film (Daddy Cool), Death at a Funeral has also been remade as a US version, produced by Sony Screen Gems, starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, Peter Dinklage and Tracy Morgan, and directed by Neil Labute. It is set for international release in April 2010.
Since becoming a professional screenwriter, Craig has been commissioned to write several US and UK feature film projects including Down and Dirty Pictures, an adaptation of the acclaimed expose of the independent film industry written by Peter Biskind; Asshole, for Warner Brothers, Affected Provincials Companion for Jonny Depp and Graham King, The French Exchange, for Pathe, Moonwalk for Partizan films, and Florence of Arabia, an adaptation of the book by Christopher Buckley, produced by and starring Charlize Theron.
He has also worked in TV both in the UK and US, writing American Cop for Fox television, and was the sole writer of Off the Hook, a seven part comedy show for the BBC, which aired in September/October 2009.
Dean Craig Facts
|Birthday||October 25, 1974 (43)|
|Birthplace||London, England, United Kingdom|