Terry Rossio
Terry Rossio (2009) (cropped).png
Rossio in 2009
Born (1960-07-02) July 2, 1960 (age 62)
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active1989–present

Terry Rossio (born July 2, 1960) is an American screenwriter. He co-wrote the films Aladdin, Shrek, and all five of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Shrek, and won the Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Shrek. He often collaborates with fellow screenwriter Ted Elliott.

Life and career

Rossio was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[citation needed] After graduating from Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, California, he went on to study at California State University, Fullerton where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an emphasis in radio, television and film. He is the founder of Wordplay, also known as Wordplayer.com, one of the premier screenwriting sites on the Internet.

Along with his writing partner Ted Elliott, Rossio has written some of the most successful American films of the past 30 years, including Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Shrek. He is the eleventh-most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of domestic box office receipts with totals at around $5.5 billion.[1] In May 1993, Rossio and Elliott were hired by TriStar Pictures to write a screenplay for Godzilla, which featured Godzilla battling a shape-shifting alien in New York. Their script was dropped by Roland Emmerich in favor of a new script of his own co–written with Dean Devlin. However, Rossio and Elliott retained a "Story By" credit.[2]

In 2015, Dodie Gold Management filed a Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit against Rossio and sought a jury trial for "damages of more than $25,000 plus a court declaration that they are entitled to the 10% commissions and a full look at the records and accounting of Rossio and his Chamaeleon Productions."[3] In March 2017, Legendary Entertainment announced that Rossio would lead their writers room to help develop the story for Godzilla vs. Kong.[4] He received "story by" credit on the film.[5] In June 2019, Rossio was announced as the screenwriter for The Amazing Maurice.[6]

In 2021, Rossio and Bill Marsilii sold their spec script Time Zone to Amazon Studios. The film will be a joint venture between Amazon Studios and Davis Entertainment.[7]

Personal life

Controversy

Rossio created controversy when he argued in support of parents of vaccine-injured children by citing the N-word as a slur not to be emulated with the phrase Anti-Vax.[8] In November 2018, Rossio tweeted: "My heart goes out to all the parents of vaccine damaged children, who have to not only endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (such as those here). Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a nigger and makes as little sense". Rossio received backlash for using the slur, and for comparing anti-vaccination defenders with victims of racism. Two days later, Rossio apologized for using the slur, stating, "that was a mistake. I am sorry. I now understand that the word has no place in any conversation, ever."[9]

Filmography (partial)

Year Film Credit Notes
1989 Little Monsters Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
1992 Aladdin Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Ted Elliott & Ron Clements and John Musker
1994 The Puppet Masters Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Ted Elliott and David S. Goyer
1997 Men in Black Uncredited work
1998 The Mask of Zorro Screenplay by
Story by
Co-wrote screenplay with John Eskow and Ted Elliott
Co-wrote story with Ted Elliott and Randall Jahnson
Godzilla Story by Early unproduced screenplay
Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
Small Soldiers Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott & Gavin Scott and Adam Rifkin
2000 The Road to El Dorado Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
2001 Shrek Written by
Co-producer
Co-wrote with Ted Elliott & Joe Stillman and Roger S. H. Schulman
2002 Treasure Planet Story by Co-wrote story with Ted Elliott & Ron Clements and John Musker
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Screenplay by
Story by
Co-wrote screenplay with Ted Elliott
Co-wrote story with Ted Elliott & Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
2004 National Treasure Uncredited work
2005 The Legend of Zorro Story by Co-wrote story with Ted Elliott & Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man's Chest
Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
Déjà Vu Written by
Executive producer
Co-wrote with Bill Marsilii
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End
Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
National Treasure:
Book of Secrets
Story by Co-wrote story with Ted Elliott & Gregory Poirier & Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley
2009 G-Force Associate producer Uncredited rewrite
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean:
On Stranger Tides
Screenplay by
Executive producer
Co-wrote screenplay with Ted Elliott
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Tales of the Code – Wedlocked
Written by Short film
Co-wrote with Ted Elliott
2013 Lovestruck: The Musical Written by
Executive producer
Co-wrote with Jaylynn Bailey
The Lone Ranger Screenplay by
Executive producer
Co-wrote screenplay with Ted Elliott and Justin Haythe
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Storyboards Episode #89 - Captain Frost
Co-wrote storyboards with Ted Elliott
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Story by
Executive producer
Early unproduced screenplay

Co-wrote story with Jeff Nathanson

2019 Aladdin Based on Credited with Ted Elliott & Ron Clements and John Musker
2021 Godzilla vs. Kong Story by[10] Head of writers room[4]
Co-wrote story with Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields
2022 The Amazing Maurice Screenplay by
TBA Time Zone Screenplay by Co–wrote with Bill Marsilii

Other credits

Year Film Role
1998 Antz Consultant/advisor
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
2004 Shrek 2 Creative consultant

References

  1. ^ "The Numbers - Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office". the-numbers.com.
  2. ^ Aiken, Keith (May 10, 2015). "Godzilla Unmade: The History of Jan De Bont's Unproduced TriStar Film – Part 1 of 4". SciFi Japan. Archived from the original on December 27, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (August 4, 2015). "'Pirates' Scribe Terry Rossio Hit With Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 10, 2017). "'Godzilla vs. Kong' Film Sets Writers Room (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Entertainment's Monsterverse Shifts into Overdrive as Cameras Roll on the Next Big-Screen Adventure "Godzilla Vs. Kong"". Business Wire. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (June 16, 2019). "Terry Pratchett's 'The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents' Is Being Developed Into An Animated Feature". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on June 19, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 4, 2021). "Bill Marsilii & Terry Rossio Sell Sci-Fi Action Thriller Spec 'Time Zone' To Amazon Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 24, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  8. ^ "Rossi on Rossio: He's Right Anti-Vaxxer Is The New N Word". AGE OF AUTISM. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino–Ray (November 25, 2018). "'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Screenwriter Terry Rossio Says Using The N-Word Was A "Mistake" – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 24, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  10. ^ "Godzilla vs. Kong". Writer's Guild of America East. Retrieved May 3, 2020.