Screenwriter Profile: John Logan

The Writer:

John Logan may not be a name that you know, but you should. With a background as a playwright, Logan made the switch to the silver screen with his first spec script, Any Given Sunday. Most recently, Logan penned the script adaptation for Hugo. He’s also responsible for such films as Gladiator, The Aviator, and Rango. His eclectic credits all have one thing in common: great writing. Logan has been nominated for two Oscars, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and has won a Tony.


Lincoln (original screenplay) (filming)  – 2012

Skyfall (screenplay) (filming)  – 2012

Hugo (screenplay)  – 2011

Coriolanus (screenplay)  – 2011

Rango (screenplay / story)  – 2011

The Miraculous Year (TV movie) (screenplay)  – 2011

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (screenplay)  – 2007

The Aviator (written by)  – 2004

The Last Samurai (screenplay / story)  – 2003

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (screenplay)  – 2003

Star Trek: Nemesis (screenplay / story)  – 2002

The Time Machine (screenplay)  – 2002

Gladiator (screenplay)  – 2000

Any Given Sunday (screen story / screenplay)  – 1999

RKO 281 (TV movie) (written by)  – 1999

Bats (written by)  – 1999

Tornado! (TV movie) (written by) – 1996

(Theater credits not listed.)


I’d spent 10 years learning my craft, and I’m just a professional writer, and how I’m perceived doesn’t matter to me in the slightest – because I don’t live in L.A., I don’t go to parties, I don’t go to openings – I just keep my head down and do my job.

Oh, my God – I am really shaping the destiny of these characters. There’s Patrick as Jean-Luc Picard, and he’s now going to do a scene that I wrote. So that for me was the biggest sort of fan/professional synthesis.



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  1. As a creator, writer and producer of a popular science fiction series during the 80’s, I have a comment about John: his scripting for Penny Dreadful is brilliantly researched. The writing is spell binding, brilliant and I have been hooked since episode one. The cast is wonderful, (I especially love Eva Green) the D of P (photography and lighting) brilliant, and the music and effects thrilling. Hats off for an outrageous television achievement. Please keep it coming!

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