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John David Logan (born 24 September 1961) is an Americanmarker screenwriter and film producer.

Personal life

Logan was born in San Diegomarker, growing up in California and New Jersey before moving to Chicagomarker to attend Northwestern Universitymarker, where he graduated in 1983. His parents immigrated to the US from Northern Ireland and his father served in the U.S. navy. The youngest of three children, he has an older brother and sister. He was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park.

Logan lives in Malibu, Californiamarker.


Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television movie RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the Best Picture-winner, Gladiator in 2000. He gained another nomination for writing 2004's The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and Tim Burton-helmed musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He also wrote a script for I Am Legend, which was to be directed by Ridley Scott, but that project collapsed and was never produced.

Logan's future projects include Rango, an animated feature about a lizard, and Bioshock, based on the popular video game for Universal Pictures. He also wrote the upcoming film Empire which will be directed by Michael Mann and will star Will Smith.


Year Title Credit Notes
1996 Tornado! Written by Television movie
1999 Bats Written by also Executive Producer
RKO 281 Written by Television movie
1999 Any Given Sunday Screen story, Screenplay
2000 Gladiator Screenplay
2002 The Time Machine Screenplay also Co-Producer
Star Trek Nemesis Screenplay, story
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Screenplay
2004 The Aviator Written by
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Screenplay also Producer
2010 BioShock Written by

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