Simon Moore
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, Playwright, Director
Known forTraffik

Simon Moore is a British screenwriter, director, and playwright. He is best known as writer for the 1989 six-part BBC miniseries about the international illegal drug trade, Traffik, the basis for the 2000 American crime film Traffic and the 2004 three-part USA network miniseries by the same name.[1][2]

Moore won a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries category for his script for Gulliver's Travels.[3]


Moore wrote and directed the 1991 film noir Under Suspicion. He wrote the 1995 cult Western The Quick and the Dead in late 1992, writing it as a homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone, particularly the Dollars Trilogy starring Clint Eastwood. Moore decided the lead character should be a female, stating that "when you introduce women into that kind of world, something very interesting happens and you have an interesting dynamic straight away." The names of the lead villain (Herod) and the town (Redemption) were intentional allusions to the Bible. Moore considered directing his own script as an independent film and shooting The Quick and the Dead on a $3–4 million budget in either Spain or Italy. Sony Pictures Entertainment purchased Moore's script in May 1993.[4]

Moore wrote the teleplay for the 1996 miniseries adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, which won five Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries for Moore. He also wrote the fantasy miniseries The 10th Kingdom and Dinotopia.

As a playwright, he adapted Stephen King's novel Misery for the stage, with the play premiering in London's West End theatre in 1992 and revived in London in 2005.[5][6]

Personal life

Moore lives in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ Lim, Dennis (27 September 2009). "'Traffik,' British miniseries" – via LA Times.
  2. ^ Yannis Tzioumakis (7 March 2012). Unknown. Edinburgh University Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7486-6453-5.
  3. ^ "Outstanding writing for a miniseries or a special - 1996". Emmys. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  4. ^ John Kenneth Muir (2004). The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi. New York City: Applause: Theatre & Cinema Books. pp. 180–189. ISBN 1-55783-607-8.
  5. ^ Gritten, David. "Sharon Gless Out on a Limb" Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1992
  6. ^ Wolf, Matt. "Shock Novel `Misery' Comes to the London Stage", December 22, 1992