Scott Frank

A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. He received two Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out of Sight (1998) and Logan (2017). He is the co-creator, with Allan Scott, executive producer, and director for the 2020 Netflix series The Queen's Gambit.[1]

Scott Frank
Born
A. Scott Frank

(1960-03-10) March 10, 1960
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
American Film Institute (MFA)
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, author
AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1998)
Saturn Award for Best Writing (2002)

Early life and education

Frank was born to a Jewish family[2] in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on March 10, 1960.[3] His family moved to Los Gatos, California where he went to high school. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in film studies.[4][5] Frank earned a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the AFI Conservatory in 1984.[6]

Career

In 2008, Scott Frank's directorial debut, The Lookout, won the Independent Spirit award for Best First Feature.

Along with The Lookout, Frank also penned Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven's Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, Marley & Me, The Wolverine, A Walk Among the Tombstones (which he also directed) and Logan.

Out of Sight, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and as Best Screenplay awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Minority Report won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay. Get Shorty was nominated for both a Golden Globe[7] and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and, as was Dead Again, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Screenplay.

On January 1, 2016, Frank published his first novel, Shaker, a crime mystery published by Penguin Random House.[8][9][10]

Scott Frank is the co-creator, executive producer, and director for the 2020 Netflix series The Queen's Gambit.[1][11]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Director Notes
1988 Plain Clothes Martha Coolidge
1991 Dead Again Kenneth Branagh
Little Man Tate Jodie Foster
The Walter Ego John Putch Short film
1993 Malice Harold Becker
1995 Get Shorty Barry Sonnenfeld
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Phil Joanou
1998 Out of Sight Steven Soderbergh
2002 Minority Report Steven Spielberg
2004 Flight of the Phoenix John Moore
2005 The Interpreter Sydney Pollack
2007 The Lookout Himself Feature directorial debut
2008 Marley & Me David Frankel
2013 The Wolverine James Mangold
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Himself
2017 Logan James Mangold

Television

YearSeriesNotes
1988 The Wonder Years Episode: "The Phone Call"
1993 Fallen Angels Episode: "Dead End for Delia"
1994 Birdland Episodes: "Pilot" and "Plan B"
Also co-creator and executive producer
2004 Karen Sisco Episode: "He Was a Friend of Mine"
2011 Shameless Also director, episode: "It's Time to Kill the Turtle"
2017 Godless Also creator, executive producer, and director
2020 The Queen's Gambit Also co-creator, executive producer, and director

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1992 Edgar Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Dead Again Nominated [12]
1996 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Get Shorty Nominated
USC Scripter Awards Film Nominated
Edgar Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
1998 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay Out of Sight Won
1999 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay Won
Edgar Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Won
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2002 Bram Stoker Awards Best Screenplay Minority Report Nominated
2003 Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Writing Won
2004 Nebula Awards Best Script Nominated
2007 Satellite Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Lookout Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Won
Edgar Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Nominated
2017 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Logan Nominated
2018 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Long Form – Original Godless Nominated
USC Scripter Awards Film Logan Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Godless Nominated
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Logan Nominated
Nebula Awards Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Godless Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Writing Logan Nominated
2021 Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film The Queen's Gambit Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Long Form – Adapted Pending
Producers Guild of America Awards Best Limited Series Television Pending
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Pending
USC Scripter Awards Television The Queen's Gambit (Episode: "Openings") Won [13]

References

  1. "For Queen's Gambit Creator, the Vineyard Is a Creative Force". The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  2. Bloom, Nate (March 6, 2018). "Anton Yelchin's final role lands in 'Thoroughbreds'; Appatow's 'Love' returns". The Jewish News of Northern California.
  3. "Scott Frank biography". The New York Times. New York City, New York. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  4. "Scott Frank bio". Penguin Random House. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  5. Bazer, Mark (March 25, 2007). "Screenwriter Frank takes action After years spent creating scripts, he's directing". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015 via HighBeam Research.
  6. "Miller & Son — AFI". Miller & Son. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  7. "Scott Frank". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  8. "Shaker". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  9. "Shaker". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  10. "Interview: Scott Frank on Finishing His Debut Novel 'Shaker' Fifteen Years After He Began". /Film. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  11. "An interview with Scott Frank: THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT". Writers Guild of America, East. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  12. "Scott Frank". IMDb. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  13. Feinberg, Scott (14 March 2021). "USC Scripter Awards: 'Nomadland' and 'Queen's Gambit' Named Best Adaptations". The Hollywood Reporter.
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