Stuart Beattie

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Stuart Beattie
Stuart Beattie Comic Con 2013.jpg
Born1972 (age 48–49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Years active1997–present

Stuart Beattie (born 1972) is an Australian screenwriter and film director. His screenplay for Collateral (2004) earned him nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay and Saturn Award for Best Writing.

Beattie was born in Melbourne and raised in Sydney.[1] He attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney, where his mother, Sandra, was a languages teacher; and later Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.


In 2017, author Matthew Reilly began to write a story that could be filmed on a moderate budget of around $15m. This became the screenplay for Interceptor, whereby a female US Army captain at a US missile interceptor facility has to stop sixteen nuclear missiles aimed at sixteen American cities. The film uses one large set. Reilly collaborated with fellow Australian and screenwriter Beattie whose efforts included partially rewriting but also introducing Reilly’s work to several producers and other film people in Los Angeles. This led, eventually, to Netflix funding the series with Reilly as first-time director, with filming being done in Sydney in early 2021 featuring Elsa Pataky in the lead role, with Australian Luke Bracey playing the villain; Pataky’s husband, actor Chris Hemsworth, is one of the movie's executive producers. The film is expected to be released in early 2022, on Netflix.[2]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1997 Joey No Yes No
1998 The Protector No Yes No
1999 Kick No Yes No
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl
No Story No Nominated- Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
2004 Collateral No Yes No Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
2005 Derailed No Yes No
2007 30 Days of Night No Yes No
2008 Australia No Yes No Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra No Yes No Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
2010 Tomorrow, When the War Began Yes Yes No AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Director
Nominated- Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay
2014 I, Frankenstein[3][4][5] Yes Yes No
2019 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan No Yes Yes
2022 Interceptor No Yes (co/re-writer) No

Uncredited rewrites


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2015 Deadline Gallipoli No Yes No TV mini-series;
AWGIE Award for Best Television Miniseries


  1. ^ Bodey, Michael (15 March 2014). "Frankenstein is the monster of Melbourne in Stuart Beattie's film". The Australian. Retrieved 3 September 2020. The captain of this film, I, Frankenstein, is Melbourne-born and Sydney-reared Stuart Beattie.
  2. ^ "Author Matthew Reilly goes from books to big screen in Interceptor directing debut". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (28 March 2011). "Stuart Beattie to Write and Direct 'I, Frankenstein' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (27 February 2012). "I Frankenstein starts shoot". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Gothic thriller starts filming in Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.

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