Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then-Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans. Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash Bad Boys and, most recently, Hostage. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide. In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, Dark Horse, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, True Believers. His third book, The Safety Expert, and his latest, Blood Money, are self-published. Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.
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Blood Money Press Release.
Appearances and Speaking Engagements.
A dynamic speaker, Doug has given talks and participated in panel discussions at: the American Film Institute, Columbia College Hollywood, Columbia University, the Dallas Screenwriters’ Association, Drexel University, the New School, NYU, Pitchfest, the Writers Guild of America, and the Writers Guild Foundation. For appearances and interview requests please email email@example.com Possible topics include: 1. Pitching 2. Book Now, Movie Later 3. Thanks for the Script, Now You’re Fired
TV and Video.
Radio and Podcasts.
Why did you become a screenwriter?
Screenwriting came as a natural extension of me wanting to make films. I quickly learned that movies are made in the writing. That it all starts on the page. I wrote with an eye on directing. And the writing part stuck.
Why did you decide to write books?
At the point when film directing opportunities began to present themselves, I decided to make a left turn into fiction. All those yearnings inside me to direct were pretty much vanquished when I completed my first novel.
Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?
Definitely Ben in The Safety Expert. As a parent it’s not hard to channel that paranoid side. Worrying about every little thing that could prove dangerous to my family. That was the germ from which the character grew.
Who were your literary influences?
Stephen King and Ian Fleming.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? The truth is that I have just one vice. I play golf. Besides hanging with my family, it’s pretty much my only activity.
What are you working on now?
Aside from my next novel, Ninety-Nine Percent Kill? A couple of screenplays and a pair of cable series pitches.
Why did you decide to self publish?
Aside from it being the future? It’s pretty addictive. Control. A direct link to my readers. And then there’s being my own boss. That’s never bad.
Will you read my script?
I’d like to, but I can’t. For liability reasons I can’t read much of anything that hasn’t been submitted to me via my motion picture representatives.