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Paul Weitz Biography
John Weitz is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, playwriting, and actor.
Paul Weitz Age
Weitz was born on November 19, 1965, in New York City, New York, U.S.
Paul Weitz Family | Brother
Weitz was born to actress Susan Kohner and Berlin-born novelist/menswear designer John Weitz. His brother is filmmaker. Weitz is the grandson of Czech-born agent and producer Paul Kohner who managed the career of Billy Wilder.
Paul Weitz Education
Weitz attended the Allen-Stevenson School and Collegiate. In 1988, he graduated from Wesleyan University. While at Wesleyan, Weitz studied under film instructor Jeanine Basinger.
Paul Weitz Marriage | Children
In 2001, Weitz married novelist Patricia Brown, with whom he has three children.
Paul Weitz Career
Weitz’ early career involved many collaborations with his brother. Some of the work they have done as a screenwriter has been both credited and uncredited.
Weitz began his film career as a co-writer on the 1998 animated film Antz. He followed this with work on various sitcoms such as Off Centre and the 1998 revival of the 1977 series Fantasy Island. In 1999, he and Chris directed and produced American Pie, which was written by Adam Herz, and became a major box office success. Weitz returned as executive producer on the film’s two theatrical sequels.
In 2002, the Weitz brothers co-wrote and co-directed About a Boy, the Hugh Grant film based on the book by Nick Hornby.
The film was originally set up at New Line Cinema with Robert De Niro producing, and the main character as an American. The brothers felt that it was important that the character is British. Inspiration came from the film The Apartment (1960). They were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Weitz has written and directed the well-received romantic comedy In Good Company and the political satire American Dreamz, which faced mixed reviews. Additional writing credits include the television show Cracking Up.
He has also directed an adaptation of Darren Shan’s young adult novel Cirque du Freak called The Vampire’s Assistant. He directed the film Little Fockers (2010), the sequel to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.
Subsequently, he wrote and directed Being Flynn, an adaptation of Nick Flynn’s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, starring Robert De Niro.
Weitz said he worked collaboratively with Flynn to translate the dense original source material into its film adaptation.
Weitz also directed the movie Admission, starring Tina .
While in college at Wesleyan, Weitz wrote the play Mango Tea, which was performed Off-Broadway.
Weitz has written a number of plays, including Roulette, Privilege, Show People and Trust, all of which have been produced Off-Broadway in New York City.
Trust started Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster, and Ari Graynor, and was directed by Peter DuBois at Second Stage Theatre. It will be produced in Brazil, Germany and Greece in 2013. The second Stage previously produced Privilege and Show People and produced Lonely, I’m Not, starring Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby new comedy by Weitz in 2012. Lonely, I’m Not was a New York Times critics pick.
As a writer, Weitz has discussed semi-jokingly the fact that he avoids the discomfort in his life by turning to the act of writing.
He sees a good play structure as being very different from a good film structure and thinks that it is rare for plays as source material to be easily adapted into the film.
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Paul Weitz Movies | TV Show
- 1992: Ribs (short) – writer
- 1998: Antz – co-wrote screenplay with his brother Chris Weitz and Todd Alcott
- 1999: American Pie – co-director with his brother, Chris Weitz
- 2000: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps – screenplay with Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield, and Chris Weitz
- 2001: Down to Earth – co-director with his brother, Chris Weitz
- 2001: American Pie 2 – executive producer
- 2002: About a Boy – screenplay with Peter Hedgesand Chris Weitz; co-director with his brother, Chris Weitz
- 2003: American Wedding – executive producer
- 2004: See This Movie – executive producer, actor as Filmmaker Who Isn’t Wim Wenders
- 2004: In Good Company – producer; writer; director
- 2006: Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas – producer
- 2006: American Dreamz – producer; writer; director
- 2007: The Golden Compass – executive producer
- 2008: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – producer
- 2009: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant – producer; screenplay; director
- 2010: Little Fockers – director
- 2012: Being Flynn – producer; writer; director
- 2012: American Reunion – executive producer
- 2013: Admission – producer; director
- 2015: Grandma – producer; writer; director
- 2016: Good Kids – producer
- 2017: A Happening of Monumental Proportions – producer
- 2018: Bel Canto – director; co-writer
- 1998–1999: Fantasy Island – co-executive producer, 13 episodes; story, 2 episodes; teleplay, 1 episode
- 2000–2001: Off Centre – executive producer, 28 episodes; creator, 19 episodes
- 2004–2006: Cracking Up – executive producer, 12 episodes; director, 1 episode (pilot); consultant, 2 episodes
- 2010: Lone Star – executive producer, 2 episodes
- 2014: Mozart in the Jungle – executive producer, 10 episodes; story, 1 episode; teleplay, 1 episode; written by, 1 episode; director, 3 episodes (including pilot)
- 2014–2015: About a Boy – based on the screenplay by, 27 episodes
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