Jonathan Hales
Born (1937-05-10) 10 May 1937 (age 87)
Occupation(s)playwright and screenwriter
Years active1970–present

Jonathan Hales (born 10 May 1937) is a British playwright and screenwriter. He is noted for his work with George Lucas, including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.


Hales has worked extensively in the theatre (both as actor and stage director), film and television.[1] He began his screenwriting career in 1970, with the British television series Manhunt. Hales has written for the American series Dallas, as well as many iterations — series and DVD releases — of George Lucas's The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

In 1977 he directed the stage play Mecca by E. A. Whitehead at the Open Space Theatre, London.[2]

Hales wrote the 1980 Agatha Christie film The Mirror Crack'd. He is credited with the story for the 2002 prequel to The Mummy, The Scorpion King, and is co-author (with George Lucas) of the screenplay for 2002's Star Wars film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Writing the middle film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Lucas and Hales continued to refine their script as production began. The production draft was completed less than a week before commencement of principal photography. Hales worked with Lucas as costumes were designed and sets were constructed. “At that stage, Attack of the Clones felt like a ‘virtual film’ because we got the script only three days before we started shooting,” recalls producer Rick McCallum. “We had to build these sets to a script that didn’t exist.”[3]

Screenwriting filmography


Year Name Director Notes
1980 The Mirror Crack'd Guy Hamilton
1981 Loophole John Quested Also in role ''Driver''
1983 High Road to China Brian G. Hutton Uncredited
2002 The Scorpion King Chuck Russell Story only
Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones George Lucas Story written by George Lucas

Screenplay co-written with George Lucas

TV Series

Year Name Episode(s) Director Notes
1970 Manhunt Open House Bill Bain
A Different Kind of War Rex Firkin
The Enemy You Know Bill Bain
One Way Home
Intent to Steal Robert Tronson
1971 The Guardians The Nature of the Beast Mike Newell Also in role ''First Man''
The Killing Trade Derek Bailey
1972 Villains Smudger Jim Goddard
1973 Centre Play Places Where They Sing Bill Hays Co-written with Simon Raven
Armchair Theatre Brussels Sprouts-Boy Scouts Jim Goddard
1979 Kids Brenda John Frankau
1981 Armchair Thriller The Chelsea Murders Derek Bennett
1983 Partners in Crime The House of Lurking Death Christopher Hodson
1984 The Sunningdale Mystery Tony Wharmby
The Case of the Missing Lady Paul Annett
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Given to Acts of Violence William Brayne
Hors de Combat Christian Marnham
1988 Dallas The Call of the Wild Michael Preece
1991 Van der Valk Doctor Hoffmann's Children Anthony Simmons
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal Jim O'Brien & Carl Schultz Story written by George Lucas
1993 Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920 Syd Macartney
Northern Italy, June 1918 Bille August
Ireland, April 1916 Gillies MacKinnon
Paris, May 1919 David Hare
1994 Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies Michael Schultz
Grand Nord Bari Arnaud Sélignac
1995 Kazan
1996 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father Michael Schultz
1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Tales of Innocence New segment Morocco, November 1917
2001 Winds of Change Additional scenes Princeton, 1919


  1. ^ Chernoff, Scott. Wilkins, Jonathan (ed.). "Jonathan Hales Inside the Screenplay". Star Wars Magazine. Vol. 8.
  2. ^ Morley-Priestman, Anne (21 July 1977). "Mecca". The Stage.
  3. ^ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones : Production Notes, Author : ©2002 Lucasfilm Ltd., accessed 28 August 2022