Mark Verheiden

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Mark Verheiden
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Verheiden at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born (1956-03-26) March 26, 1956 (age 64)
United States
Area(s)Writer
Notable works
The American
Aliens
Predator
Evil Dead
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Mark Verheiden (born March 26, 1956) is an American television, movie, and comic-book writer. He was a co-executive producer for the television series Falling Skies for DreamWorks Television and the TNT network.

Career[edit]

Comics and comic-related work[edit]

Verheiden's introduction into writing comics came in June 1987, when he penned The American, which was published by Dark Horse Comics in its second year of operation. Starting in March of the following year, he wrote what was to be the first of many Verheiden/Dark Horse comics based on the 20th Century Fox film-series Aliens, and comics based on the similarly licensed property Predator soon followed. A character in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator, involving a crossover conflict between the Aliens and Predators, was named after him.[citation needed]

In January 1989, he wrote the first of several stories featuring Superman for DC Comics' then-weekly title Action Comics, from #635. Verheiden later wrote scripts for the 2001 Smallville television series featuring Clark Kent in his pre-Superman teen years, and was supervising and then co-executive producer for Smallville during its first three seasons. He also wrote for DC's tie-in Smallville comic.

He contributed to the 1989 Harvey and Eisner A1 anthology series.

Commencing in the same year, his Phantom stories featured in a 13-issue maxi-series from DC Comics (following a four-issue Peter David-written miniseries) and took on 'real-world issues', such as poisoning, illegal weapon trading, racism, and toxic dumping. The stories usually took a more psychological approach than the Lee Falk-written comic strips. Luke McDonnell was the regular artist.[1]

He followed this in 1990 as co-writer on Epic Comics' 12-issue series Stalkers.

Verheiden contributed to scripts for the feature films The Mask and Timecop, both based on Dark Horse comics, and the latter based on Verheiden's creation. Verheiden was also the creator/writer and supervising producer on the ABC television series Timecop.

In 2007, Verheiden began work on the live-action screenplay for a Teen Titans film for Warner Bros., as well as an adaptation of his own Ark (written for Dark Horse Presents in the mid-1990s) with Sony Pictures.[2]

In the mid-2000s, Dark Horse Comics gained the Evil Dead comics licence, and from January–April 2008, Verheiden wrote the four-issue miniseries based on the Sam Raimi movie, with art by John Bolton. Verheiden was no stranger to the Evil Dead team, having previously worked with Raimi on Timecop, written a pilot for Rob Tapert and produced the screenplay for Bruce Campbell's My Name is Bruce.[3]

Verheiden was a writer and executive producer on NBC's short-lived 2014–15 series Constantine based on the Vertigo/DC Hellblazer comic .[4]

Verheiden has been a writer for the Netflix and Marvel television series Daredevil since 2016.

Non-comics work[edit]

Verheiden was consulting producer on the 1999–2000 UPN series The Strip.

Verheiden was a writer and co-executive producer on the television series Battlestar Galactica since season two, and wrote nine episodes of the series. Verheiden wrote "Rebirth", the first regular-series episode of Caprica, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica. The episode aired in January 2010.

Verheiden joined the staff of Heroes as writer and consulting producer in 2008. He wrote two episodes of the season-three "Fugitives" storyline. He returned to Heroes for season four as writer and consulting producer, rejoining the staff with episode 407 and co-writing episodes 410 and 417.

In 2009, DreamWorks announced Verheiden was writing Quatermain, a live-action feature project.

In 2010, Verheiden joined the staff of new TNT television series Falling Skies as writer and co-executive producer.

In 2011, Verheiden was named executive producer and writer for The Dark Tower television series associated with the in-development movie series.

In 2012, Verheiden was named executive producer and writer for Hemlock Grove, a television series produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix. Verheiden was also executive producer of "The Family", a project developed for the SyFy Network.

In 2013, CBS Films announced that Verheiden was writing the feature screenplay adaptation of Trevor Shane's novel Children of Paranoia, in association with producer Akiva Goldsman and Weed Road Films.

In 2017, Verheiden was named executive producer for season three of Ash vs Evil Dead.

In 2018, DC Comics and Warner Bros. named Verheiden executive producer/showrunner for the first season of a live-action Swamp Thing series for the DC Universe streaming service.

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Producer Writer
1987 Terror Squad No Yes Story
1994 The Mask No Yes Story
1997 Timecop Yes Yes Created for television;
Screenplay and story
2007 My Name Is Bruce No Yes

Television[edit]

Year Show Credited as Notes
Producer Writer
1997 Perversions of Science No Yes Episode: "Given the Heir"
1997-98 Timecop Yes Yes Creator, supervising producer, wrote three episodes
1999 Martial Law No Yes Episode: "Red Storm"
1999-2000 The Strip Yes Yes Consulting producer, wrote two episodes
2001 FreakyLinks No Yes Wrote two episodes
2001-04 Smallville Yes Yes Supervising producer 2001-03, co-executive producer 2004, wrote 9 episodes
2005 Dark Shadows Yes Yes Executive producer, TV movie
2005-09 Battlestar Galactica Yes Yes Co-executive producer, wrote 9 episodes
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Yes No Co-executive producer, TV movie
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks Yes No Co-executive producer, web series
2009-10 Heroes Yes Yes Consulting producer, wrote four episodes
2010 Caprica No Yes wrote one episode
2011-12 Falling Skies Yes Yes Co-executive producer, wrote four episodes
2013 Hemlock Grove Yes Yes Executive producer, teleplay for two episodes
2014-15 Constantine Yes Yes Executive producer, wrote two episodes
2016 Daredevil Yes Yes Executive producer, wrote two episodes
2018 Ash vs Evil Dead Yes Yes Executive producer, wrote one episode
2019 Swamp Thing Yes Yes Creator, Executive producer, wrote one episode, teleplay for two episodes
TBA Hellraiser No Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreas, Paul. "The Unrecognized Genius of the DC Comics Phantom Series". Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ Eric Moro & Scott Collura "SDCC 07: Exclusive: Verheiden Talks Ark", June 26, 2007. Accessed March 19, 2008
  3. ^ Writer Mark Verheiden on the 'Evil Dead' comic book and 'My Name is Bruce' at FEARnet, February 29, 2008. Accessed March 19, 2008
  4. ^ "Constantine: "Non Est Asylum"". Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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