Josh Friedman

Josh Friedman (born 1967) is an American screenwriter and television producer. He is best known for his work on the science-fiction action genre, including on the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds (2005), Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), and James Cameron's Avatar 2.[1][2] He also wrote the neo-noir murder mystery The Black Dahlia (2006).

Josh Friedman
Friedman at WonderCon in February 2008
Friedman at WonderCon in February 2008
Born1967 (age 53–54)
United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer
GenreScience fiction, thriller, drama

Friedman has developed several television pilots, including the TNT series Snowpiercer, based on Bong Joon-ho's film of the same name. Friedman departed the program in January 2018 due to creative differences with the network, and he was replaced by Graeme Manson.[3] Friedman later claimed that he felt pressured to leave by TNT due to a "radical difference in vision", with an implicit threat of blacklisting should he fail to comply.[4][5] Following his departure, several cast and crew members announced their departure likewise in solidarity with Friedman.[6] He is currently attached to Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.[7]

Friedman is Jewish.[8]



Year Title Director Notes
1996 Chain Reaction Andrew Davis Story only
1998 Return to Paradise Joseph Ruben Uncredited
2005 War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg
2006 The Black Dahlia Brian De Palma
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Tim Miller Story only
2021 Avatar 2 James Cameron Post-production[9]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Producer Writer Creator
2008–09 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Executive Yes Yes Also developer
4 episodes (Writer)
2011 Locke & Key Executive Yes No TV movie
2012 The Asset No Yes No
2012 The Finder Consultant Yes No 1 episode (Writer)
2014 Crossbones Executive Yes No 1 episode (Writer)
2017 Emerald City Executive Yes Yes Also developer
3 episodes (Writer)
2020 Snowpiercer No Yes Yes Also developer
2021 Foundation No Yes Yes In pre-production


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2013). "'Avatar' Sequels Upped To Three; Fox, James Cameron Set Trio Of Writers To Spearhead". Deadline. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "James Cameron Brings in Writer Josh Friedman for 'Avatar 2' Script". The Hollywood Reporter. July 31, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Ryan, Maureen (January 22, 2018). "TNT Parts Ways With 'Snowpiercer' Showrunner Josh Friedman (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fired 'Snowpiercer' Showrunner Calls Replacement an "Idiot" for Not Reaching Out". The Hollywood Reporter. May 17, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Bushman, David (February 2, 2018). "Listen, and Understand: Interview with Josh Friedman". Paley Matters. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (June 30, 2018). "'Snowpiercer' Director Refuses To Return For Reshoots Over Showrunner's "Radically Different Vision"". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Fleming, Mike, Jr. (April 10, 2018). "Apple Lands Isaac Asimov 'Foundation' TV Series From David Goyer & Josh Friedman". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Listen, and Understand: Interview with Josh Friedman". May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Geoff Boucher (November 14, 2018). "James Cameron: The 'Avatar' Sequels Have Wrapped Production". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

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