Initially, David Koepp
was most interested in being an actor in Hollywood. Instead, the Midwesterner transitioned to screenwriting after seeing Steven Spielberg
's action thriller Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. Attracted to the craft of writing, Koepp transferred as an undergraduate to UCLA to study screenwriting and film history. In 1988, Koepp helped bring the creepy flick Apartment Zero to life and then went on to write solo on the independent film Bad Influence (1990). But the eager screenwriter found mainstream success writing for box-office hits like Death Becomes Her (1992) and his collaboration with Michael Crichton
on Jurassic Park (1993). Koepp followed that blockbuster with a sensitive gangster-style script for Carlito's Way (1993) starring Al Pacino
. Koepp tried his hand at directing in 1994 with a short little film starring Janeane Garofalo
In 1996 the successful screenwriter was back penning hits like Mission: Impossible and Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Most recently, Koepp wrote the psycho-drama Panic Room (2002) starring Jodie Foster and collaborated with comic book writers Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, among others, to bring superhero Spider-Man (2002) to the silver screen.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
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