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David Twohy

As both writer and director, David Twohy has contributed much to the world of adventure, science fiction and fantasy, helping elevate genre films in such a way that Entertainment Weekly named him one of the 100 most creative people in Hollywood.

Twohy first came to attention with his screenplay for the Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones vehicle The Fugitive (story by and co-writer), nominated in 1993 for a Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. Other writing credits include the cult classic Warlock; Terminal Velocity, starring Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski, for which Twohy also served as executive producer; Waterworld (co-writer), starring Kevin Costner; Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane (co-writer), starring Demi Moore; and Impostor (co-writer), starring Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe.

As a director, Twohy made his debut in 1992 with the Showtime Original Movie The Grand Tour, which he adapted for the screen from Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore's haunting novella Vintage Season. Starring Jeff Daniels, The Grand Tour received the Grand Prix at the Festival International du Film Fantastique and a Golden Scroll nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He was honored again in 1996 with a Saturn Award for his feature directorial debut, The Arrival. Also scripted by Twohy, The Arrival starred Lindsay Crouse and Charlie Sheen and was released by Orion Pictures.

Twohy's next writing/directing venture was Pitch Black, one of 2000's most unexpected films. Released by Universal Pictures, this modestly budgeted movie, shot in the Australian outback, startled critics and audiences alike with its chilling mood and twists and turns of story. This was also the film that would introduce the world to actor Vin Diesel.

In 2002, Dimension Films released Below. Directed by Twohy and co-written with Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) and Lucas Sussman, Below follows a series of haunting and inexplicable occurrences on a World War II submarine. It stars Bruce Greenwood and Olivia Williams.

In 2004, Twohy wrote and directed The Chronicles of Riddick, the follow-up to Pitch Black. Twohy's cast boasted the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Thandie Newton, Colm Feore and Karl Urban. Twohy attended California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a major in radio, television and film and a minor in theater arts.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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David Twohy Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer
BirthdayOctober 18, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.