Tom Cruise in Collateral, photo courtesy of Parkes/MacDonald Pictures
Stuart Beattie is an Australian screenwriter and director. He began his career writing screenplays for Australian independent films, then branched into Hollywood with Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl and the Tom Cruise thriller, Collateral.
Stuart followed that with three adaptations: Derailed, starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston; 30 Days of Night, staring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George; and the western, 310 To Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
Returning to his native country, Stuart wrote the screenplay for Baz Lurhmann’s epic, Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. After that, Stuart wrote Stephen Sommers’ blockbuster action film GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Stuart finally got the chance to direct one of his own screenplays with the adaptation of the best-selling Australian book, Tomorrow When The War Began. Stuart’s follow-up film, which he wrote and directed, was I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Yvonne Strahovski.
Stuart’s latest film that he wrote is Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan which hits theatres later this year. Also in pre-production are Truce with J.A. Bayona directing and Prince of War with Michael Roskam directing.
In television, Stuart wrote one of four award-winning episodes of the Australian mini- series, Deadline Gallipoli, starring Sam Worthington.
He also wrote the original bible and pilot for Halo at Showtime. As well as the pilots and bibles for Syndicate at UCP, 3001: The Final Odyssey at Apple, and Hell’s Bells at Sony.
And in theatre, Stuart wrote the book for Jim Steinman’s musical, Bat Out of Hell, currently playing in London and New York.