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Dan Gilroy – one of the hottest Hollywood screenwriters working today


Learn about one of the most promising screenwriters working in Hollywood today.

Today is Dan Gilroy’s birthday. Born on June 24, 1959, Gilroy is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Frank D. Gilroy. Dan Gilroy had his first writing gig in Hollywood in 1992 when he wrote the screenplay for Freejack. His second screenplay was made into another film called Chasers, which was released two years later in 1994. Gilroy then took a break from screenwriting for more than a decade.

Finally, in 2005, Gilroy came back to the Hollywood scene by writing Two for the Money, a film about the sports-gambling business. Although it was not a big hit at that time, it still provided roles for Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey. Gilroy would later then write a box office hit with The Bourne Legacy. This particular film was actually like a family affair because Dan Gilroy wrote the screenplay alongside Tony Gilroy while Tony served as the director.


Dan Gilroy would finally receive recognition for his screenwriting abilities with an Oscar nomination for his original screenplay Nightcrawler. Released in 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a con man caught in the thrilling, but also nightmarish world of contemporary Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Gilroy lost the screenwriting Oscar to Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Recently, Gilroy’s screenwriting career appears to be heading towards the right direction (pun intended). He wrote the screenplay for Kong: Skull Island, and is currently working on at least three different screenplays, including Stan Lee’s Annihilator and his own untitled project. Despite his loss at the Academy Awards, maybe Gilroy will finally earn gold, just like his Pulitzer-Prize winning father.

Alex Phuong