David Koepp

David Koepp  (born June 9, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. He has written or co-written the screenplays for more than thirty films, including Apartment Zero, Bad Influence, Death Becomes Her, Carlito’s Way, Jurassic Park, The Paper, Mission: Impossible, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Snake Eyes, Panic Room, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels & Demons, Inferno, and Kimi. As a director, his work includes the films The Trigger Effect, Stir of Echoes, Secret Window, Ghost Town, Premium Rush, and You Should Have Left. He was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from UCLA’s film school in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that he has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove and a wildlife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Julianne Moore  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Richard Attenborough

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that he has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove and a wildlife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Julianne Moore  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Richard Attenborough

Premium Rush (2012)

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In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Jamie Chung  •  Michael Shannon  •  Dania Ramírez

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Jamie Chung  •  Michael Shannon  •  Dania Ramírez

Big Trouble (2002)

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

Secret Window (2004)

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Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his innocence, he begins to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  John Turturro  •  Maria Bello  •  Timothy Hutton

Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his innocence, he begins to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  John Turturro  •  Maria Bello  •  Timothy Hutton

Stir of Echoes (1999)

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Zachary David Cope  •  Kathryn Erbe  •  Illeana Douglas

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Zachary David Cope  •  Kathryn Erbe  •  Illeana Douglas

Mortdecai (2015)

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An art dealer, Charles Mortdecai, searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Olivia Munn  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Ewan McGregor

An art dealer, Charles Mortdecai, searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Olivia Munn  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Ewan McGregor

A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009)

A look at thrillers from all sides, including different types of thrillers and the stylistic tools filmmakers use to give their audiences a shot of adrenaline.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Ken Follett  •  Kenneth Branagh  •  Mel Brooks  •  David Koepp

A look at thrillers from all sides, including different types of thrillers and the stylistic tools filmmakers use to give their audiences a shot of adrenaline.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Ken Follett  •  Kenneth Branagh  •  Mel Brooks  •  David Koepp

The Trigger Effect (1996)

A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Richard T. Jones

A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Richard T. Jones

Ghost Town (2008)

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Bertram Pincus, a cranky, people-hating Manhattan dentist, develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, a smooth-talking ghost, who pesters him into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Ricky Gervais  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Téa Leoni  •  Billy Campbell

Bertram Pincus, a cranky, people-hating Manhattan dentist, develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, a smooth-talking ghost, who pesters him into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Ricky Gervais  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Téa Leoni  •  Billy Campbell

The Making of 'Carlito's Way' (2003)

A documentary about the making of "Carlito's Way."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Martin Bregman  •  David Koepp  •  Brian De Palma  •  Bill Pankow

A documentary about the making of "Carlito's Way."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Martin Bregman  •  David Koepp  •  Brian De Palma  •  Bill Pankow

Spielberg (2017)

A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Lacy
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Francis Ford Coppola

A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Lacy
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Francis Ford Coppola

Suspicious (1994)

A short horror film directed by David Koepp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Michael Rooker  •  Janeane Garofalo

A short horror film directed by David Koepp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Michael Rooker  •  Janeane Garofalo

You Should Have Left (2020)

In an effort to repair their relationship, a couple books a vacation in the countryside for themselves and their daughter. What starts as a perfect retreat begins to fall apart as one loses their grip on reality, and a sinister force tries to tear them apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Avery Tiiu Essex  •  Colin Blumenau

In an effort to repair their relationship, a couple books a vacation in the countryside for themselves and their daughter. What starts as a perfect retreat begins to fall apart as one loses their grip on reality, and a sinister force tries to tear them apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Avery Tiiu Essex  •  Colin Blumenau

The Making of 'The Lost World' (1997)

Behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of director Steven Spielberg's 1997 film "The Lost World."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Jeff Goldblum

Behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of director Steven Spielberg's 1997 film "The Lost World."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Jeff Goldblum

Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend (2008)

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford explain why it took so long for Indiana Jones to return to the big screen for a fourth adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Harrison Ford  •  Frank Marshall  •  George Lucas

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford explain why it took so long for Indiana Jones to return to the big screen for a fourth adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Harrison Ford  •  Frank Marshall  •  George Lucas