James V. Hart

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James V. Hart
Hart in 2011
Hart in 2011
Born1950 (age 70–71)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
  • Screenwriter
  • author
Years active1984–present
SpouseJudith Nugent
Children2; including Julia Hart

James V. Hart (born 1950) is an American screenwriter and author. He is known for his literary adaptations, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Hook.



Hart wrote the screenplay to the Steven Spielberg feature film Hook which functioned as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's original story, with Peter as an adult in present times.[1] Later, he wrote the 2005 children's novel Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth, a prequel depicting Barrie's villain Captain Hook, the nemesis of Peter Pan, when Hook was a youngster. He would then write the Francis Ford Coppola-produced horror films Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)[2] and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

Hart would primarily focus on adventure and fantasy fare, such as Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life and Epic (2013). He would also co-create the pirate television drama Crossbones, with Luther writer Neil Cross. It was based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates.[3] On July 24, 2014, NBC announced that Crossbones had been canceled after one season.[4]

Unmade screenplays[edit]

Hart did the first draft screenplay of Atlas Shrugged,[5] which was to be fully developed by director Randall Wallace. Hart didn't write any further drafts and Wallace didn't end up directing. Recently, it has been announced that Hart wrote an adaptation of The Sirens of Titan, which Kurt Vonnegut approved of before he died.[6]

Hart also wrote a screenplay adaptation for Crisis in the Hot Zone, but the movie never materialized. Neither did a DreamWorks adaptation of Anubis. In 2012, it was announced that TNT would create a television series based on the Dean Koontz's Frankenstein novels.[7] Hart was to write the project with his son Jake Hart.


Hart was part of the Columbia University Graduate Film program faculty. He has also mentored on Sundance Film Labs, the Austin Writer’s Ranch and the Equinoxe-Europe Writing Workshops.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Hart is the son of Albert Hart and Alice Hart. He has one brother, David (deceased). He studied film and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1969. He lives in New York with his wife Judith. Their two children, Jake and Julia, are also screenwriters.[10]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ McBride 1997, p. 409.
  2. ^ Spelling, Ian (March 1993). "Midnight Ryder". Fangoria #120. Starlog Group, Inc.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 14, 2012). "NBC Greenlights Pirate Drama From 'Luther' Creator". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 24, 2014). "NBC to Burn Off the Final Two Episodes of 'Crossbones' on Saturday, August 2". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 26, 2006). "Lionsgate Shrugging". Variety. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-10-17). "TNT To Develop 'Frankenstein' Drama Series Based On Dean Koontz's Novels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  8. ^ https://bulletproofscreenwriting.tv/james-v-hart-screenwriter/
  9. ^ http://www.equinoxegermany.org/eq_europe/index.php?article_id=7
  10. ^ Bio blurb on dust jacket of Capt. Hook, published 2005.

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