Simon Moore
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OccupationScreenwriter, 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]


He 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. The writer decided the lead character should be a female. "When you introduce women into that kind of world, something very interesting happens and you have an interesting dynamic straight away," Moore commented. 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.[3] Moore returned to television as the co-writer of the Disney ABC miniseries, Dinotopia. As 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.[4][5]

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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Gritten, David. "Sharon Gless Out on a Limb" Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1992
  5. ^ Wolf, Matt. "Shock Novel `Misery' Comes to the London Stage", December 22, 1992