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David Peoples – Wikipedia

American screenwriter ( born 1940 )
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David Webb Peoples (born February 9, 1940) is an American screenwriter who wrote Blade Runner (1982), Unforgiven (1992), and 12 Monkeys (1995). He was nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards. He won the best screenplay awards from the L.A. Film Critics (1991) and National Society of Film Critics (1992) for Unforgiven.

Early life[edit]

Peoples was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Ruth Clara (née Levinger) and Joe Webb Peoples, a geologist.[2][3][4] He studied English at the University of California, Berkeley.[citation needed]


Peoples worked as a film editor in the 1970s while writing screenplays,[when?][5] but his writing career took off after he was hired as co-writer on Blade Runner after director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Hampton Fancher parted ways.[citation needed] Following the success of Blade Runner,[citation needed] Peoples worked on Ladyhawke (1985) and Leviathan (1989).[5]

During the 1980 s, Peoples wrote a script based on DC Comics ‘ Sgt. Rock series. Arnold Schwarzenegger was picked bự play the tiêu đề role ; the project was revived three decades later in 2010 involving Joel Silver & Easy Company, although with the expectation béo phối the narrative in a place other than the battlefields of World War II bự distinguish the project from the earlier script. [ 6 ]

Other Peoples’ screenplays were purchased during the 1980s, many after studio development prior to production: Unforgiven, Soldier, and The Blood of Heroes.[citation needed] The Blood of Heroes was directed by Peoples, and starred Rutger Hauer.[7] Peoples received his greatest recognition for Unforgiven (1992)[citation needed]. He wrote the script in 1976, titled The William Munny Killings[5] and appearing in theaters in 1992.[5] Peoples’ screwball comedy Hero also appeared in 1992.

Later in 1992, Peoples worked with his wife Janet Peoples on 12 Monkeys (1995), a science fiction fable about time travel inspired by Chris Marker’s experimental short film La Jetée.

In 1998, Soldier was filmed by British director Paul W. S. Anderson, although it was re-written by Anderson.[8]


As of February năm ngoái, Peoples has thirteen viết bài credits ( ten for original screenplays, two for stories, và one for source material ), as well as five credits for editing, & three credits for directing. [ 9 ]


Peoples’ highest accolades are for Unforgiven. It received Oscar, Golden Globe and British Academy nominations, and won L.A. Film Critics (1991) and National Society of Film Critics (1992) awards for best screenplay.[citation needed] Peoples was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival.[10]

Further reading[edit]


  • David Peoples at IMDb
  • Cinequest Film Festival – Interview with Janet and David Webb Peoples

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