More Wayne Kramer Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Cooler)Wayne Kramer was born in South Africa, where he graduated from the Johannesburg School for Art, Drama and Music. He immigrated to the United States in 1986 to pursue a career in film.
In 1994, Wayne's script TERMINALS ranked in the top 200 out of 4000+ screenplays in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. In 1995, Kramer's script ALMOST VERA made it into the Nicholl Fellowships' top 100. Nicholl's judge, producer Adam Fields, (MONEY TRAIN, BROKEDOWN PALACE, RAVENOUS, DONNY DARKO) optioned ALMOST VERA from Kramer.
In 1996, Kramer wrote and directed the 35mm short film CROSSING OVER. CROSSING OVER premiered at the 1996 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It also screened that year at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and Worldfest Houston where it earned a Certificate of Merit - Finalist. The film also debuted on television as part of KQED's (PBS out of San Francisco) Intensity TV series in 2000.
In 1997, Kramer's supernatural thriller script FORESIGHT again made it into the top 100 Nicholl Fellowship scripts. In 1998, Kramer optioned his screenplay SECOND WIND to Avenue Pictures, with himself attached to direct. Avenue Pictures, under CEO Cary Brokaw, has produced some of the finest independent films in recent years (THE PLAYER, WIT,SHORT CUTS). During that time, Chazz Palminteri was attached to the script.
In 1998, Kramer sold his screenplay MINDHUNTERS to 20th Century Fox . Fox purchased the script after a bidding war with several studio-backed independents. Intermedia took over the project in 2000. MINDHUNTERS, described as TEN LITTLE INDIANS in the FBI Academy, went into production earlier this year under the helm of action director Renny Harlin (CLIFFHANGER, DIE HARD 2, DEEP BLUE SEA). The film, which stars Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, L.L. Cool J, Kathryn Morris and Jonny Lee Miller will be distributed by Dimension Films in 2003.
Mr. Kramer recently optioned his screenplay SKETCHED TO KILL to acclaimed director Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE 1 & 2). Wayne also has several projects in development with Don Murphy's Angry Films. Wayne and Don are developing DIE CUPID DIE! a black comedy, and COP KILLER, a high concept action thriller that riffs on 70's TV cop shows.
for "The Cooler" updated 30-Mar-2003