John August


John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie’s Angels and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  He received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for Big Fish, and a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Nines, his writing/directing debut starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis and Elle Fanning, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week.

He wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the animated feature due in 2012.

He is currently writing the book for the Broadway musical adaptation of Big Fish, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.  The show was announced in June 2011, with plans to reach the stage in 2012.

In addition to his popular screenwriting blog (, he has written for Esquire and Men’s Health.

John is a graduate of Drake University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.