Home   >   Movie Stars   >   M   >   David McKenna

David McKenna

David McKenna sold his first screenplay, American History X, to New Line Cinema at the young age of 26. The film, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, stars Edward Norton in a vivid portrayal of the consequences of prejudice as a family is torn apart by hate. It follows one man's struggle to reform himself and save his family after living a life consumed by violence and bigotry.

McKenna's next work, Body Shots, another New Line film, was directed by Michael Cristofer and starred Jerry O'Connell, Amanda Peet, Tara Reid and Ron Livingston.

His third film, Get Carter, was a remake of the 1971 cult film that starred Michael Caine. This updated version stars Sylvester Stallone, Caine, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cooke, Mickey Rourke, and Alan Cumming. The film was directed by Stephen Kay and produced by Mark Canton, Neil Canton and Elie Samaha.

McKenna's next assignment was adapting the Bruce Porter book, Blow. Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta and directed by the late Ted Demme, Blow is a true story that chronicles the life of George Jung, an enterprising drug smuggler who worked with Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug cartel to bring cocaine to the West Coast during the late 1970s and 1980s.

S.W.A.T. hit theaters in 2003 and became one of the highest-grossing films of the summer. Based on the 1970s TV show, McKenna co-wrote the script with David Ayer, and it starred Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J.

McKenna's future projects include National Office, a story in development at Warner Bros. that centers on a 28-year-old man who challenges the Constitution and runs for President of the United States. Meanwhile in development at Universal Pictures is the real-life account of the USS Indianapolis, the worst naval disaster in U.S. Navy history; at Castle Rock, McKenna has written a script based on the true life of Colonel David H. Hackworth, the most decorated soldier in U.S. military history; and at Fox 2000, he has a remake of William Wyler's How To Steal A Million.

In addition, McKenna is developing 10%, a dark comedy about a waiter who kills people who tip 10% and The Twelfth Man, a script that chronicles two weeks in the life of an urban American family whose dysfunctional lives center on high school football and an alcoholic mother.

Most recently, McKenna made the jump into television, co-creating the Pentagon drama E-Ring.

McKenna graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 and now resides in Newport Beach, California, with his wife, Marcy, and sons, Jack and Colin.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
Read earlier biographies on this page.

David McKenna Facts

OccupationScreenwriter, Producer
BirthdayAugust 14, 1968 (55)
BirthplaceOrange County, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.