James Vanderbilt has been pushing words around a page professionally ever since he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, he sold his first screenplay 72 hours before graduating. It was promptly not made.

His directorial debut, Truth (2015), which starred Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, was the Opening Night Film at the Rome Film Festival and was named one the Top 10 Films of 2015 by The New York Times. In addition, Vanderbilt has written and produced numerous films, including David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007), for which he was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Roland Emmerich’s White House Down (2013), for which he was not. His writing credits also include The Amazing Spider-Man films, The Rundown (2003), The Losers (2010) and this summer’s upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence. He is a founding member of Mythology Entertainment, a company dedicated to story-driven entertainment and content. He lives in Malibu, California, with his wife, children, and dogs.