Chris Terrio (born December 31, 1976) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the 2012 film Argo, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Terrio also won the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay of 2012 and was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, a BAFTA and the 2013 Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Terrio wrote the screenplay for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, based on an earlier draft by David S. Goyer, and co-wrote the film's 2017 follow-up, Justice League, for Warner Bros. He has also completed a screenplay entitled A Foreigner, based on an article by the journalist David Grann. Terrio will co-write the script for Star Wars: Episode IX with director J. J. Abrams.
|Born||December 31, 1976|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
University of Cambridge
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Terrio was raised in a Catholic family in Staten Island. He is of Italian, Irish, and Acadian descent. He graduated in 1997 from Harvard University, where he studied English literature and German phenomenology, lived in Adams House, and participated in the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Terrio attended University of Cambridge for his MLitt, but eventually decided to enroll in film school. He received his master's degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2002.
At age 26, he directed the feature film Heights (Sony Pictures Classics, 2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows a pivotal twenty-four hours in the interconnected lives of five New Yorkers. It stars Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford, and features Isabella Rossellini, George Segal and Rufus Wainwright in small roles. It was one of the final films produced by Ismail Merchant. The film won a "Best Independent Feature Film Casting" award from the Casting Society of America, USA in 2005.
In 2002, he directed, wrote and produced a short film entitled Book of Kings, which starred Aasif Mandvi among others. It premiered at Robert De Niro's first annual Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, and continued to play on film circuits around the world, picking up several major awards.
Terrio plans to direct films based on his screenplays The Ends of the Earth, Random Family, and A Foreigner in the next two years.
Terrio wrote the script for Argo, winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the screenplay, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His screenplay was also nominated for Best Screenplay awards from the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards. For the Argo screenplay, he also won Best Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, the Online Film Critics Society Awards, the Austin Film Critics Association, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, the 2013 University of Southern California (USC) Scripter Award, and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards. He loosely adapted the screenplay based on a Wired article by Joshuah Bearman entitled "The Great Escape" and the autobiography of Tony Mendez, The Master of Disguise, supplementing that material with extensive research of his own.
Terrio recalls the experience of writing a dialogue-intensive scene for Argo:
Scene 58--nine men sitting in a conference room talking through scenarios for cover stories to get Americans out of Iran--was difficult. There's nothing to cut to except the actors' faces. The tension has to come from the subtle shifts of power. CIA and State Department officials debate ideas, each worse than the last. I knew the crucial beat would come when our hero, Tony Mendez, speaks up. He couldn't seem disrespectful, yet he had to make his case. I settled on the idea that Mendez would throw a spitball into the conversation with a joke about giving the bicycle escapees Gatorade. The table would go silent. The attention of the room would shift to the court jester. I also had to determine whether Gatorade was on the market and a commonly recognized brand in December 1979. I celebrated when I found a magazine from the year before featuring a dehydrated athlete with a Village People moustache: 'Gatorade: When You're Thirsty to Win.'
Terrio re-wrote David S. Goyer's script for Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and also wrote the screenplay for the ensemble film Justice League (2017). On January 30 2017, it was announced that Terrio had performed a re-write on Ben Affleck's script for an untitled Batman movie, which Affleck co-wrote with DCEU co-runner and producer Geoff Johns.
Terrio has also been hired by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush to write the script for the drama A Murder Foretold, based on an article in The New Yorker by David Grann revolving around a number of high-profile murders in Guatemala. Terrio hopes to direct his own screenplay.
Terrio has completed the adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel, Tell No One, for Warner Bros., with Ben Affleck also being attached to direct. There has already been a French film directed by Guillaume Canet based on the novel.
Terrio has also edited the documentary short First Out.
Terrio also served as an assistant director on the short film Equation, directed by Anuj Majumdar, and was also a grip on the short film Awake, directed by Lori Lovoy-Goran, who won a DGA Student Film Award and a SXSW Competition Award for her documentary short film In Between Days.
|2000||The Golden Bowl||No||No||No||Yes||Assistant to James Ivory|
|2003||Le Divorce||No||No||No||Yes||Electronic press kit|
|2005||Heights||Yes||Yes||No||No||Directorial debut; additional screenplay material|
|2010||Damages||Yes||No||No||No||TV series; Episode "I Look Like Frankenstein"|
|2012||Argo||No||Yes||No||No||Won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||No||Yes||No||No||Co-screenwriter with David S. Goyer|
|2017||Justice League||No||Yes||Executive||No||Co-screenwriter with Joss Whedon;|
Story co-written with Zack Snyder
|2019||Star Wars: Episode IX||No||Yes||No||No||Co-screenwriter with J. J. Abrams|
The 38th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), honored the best in film for 2012.2012–13 film awards season
The 2012–13 film awards season began in November 2012 and ended in February 2013.
Ballots were sent out begging from November.Argo (2012 film)
Argo is a 2012 American historical drama thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. Screenwriter Chris Terrio adapted the screenplay from the book by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez, The Master of Disguise, and the
2007 Wired article by
Joshuah Bearman, "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran". The latter deals with the "Canadian Caper", in which Mendez led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, under the guise of filming a science fiction film during the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis.The film, starring Affleck as Mendez, and Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman in supporting roles, was released in the United States on October 12, 2012. It was produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney.
Upon release, Argo received widespread acclaim, with praise directed towards the acting (particularly Arkin's), Affleck's direction, Terrio's screenplay, the editing, and Desplat's score. The film received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. The film also earned five Golden Globe Award nominations: it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Alan Arkin. It won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Arkin was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. It also won Best Film, Best Editing and Best Director at the 66th British Academy Film Awards, and 37th Hochi Film Award for Best International Picture.
Despite its praise, Argo has been criticized for some specific inaccuracies, in particular for minimizing the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue, for falsely showing that the Americans were turned away by the British and New Zealand embassies, and for exaggerating the danger the group faced during events preceding their escape from the country.Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2012
The 8th Austin Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking for 2012, were announced on December 18, 2012.Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is one of the annual awards given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
The Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay is an award given by the Florida Film Critics Circle to honor the finest achievementes in filmmaking. The award has been split into two categories, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay, since 2010.Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.Justice League (film)
Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the follow-up to 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons. In the film, Batman and Wonder Woman recruit The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg after Superman's death to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
The film was announced in October 2014, with Snyder on board to direct and Terrio attached to write the script. Initially titled Justice League Part One, with a second part to follow in 2019, the second film was indefinitely delayed to accommodate a standalone Batman film with Affleck. Principal photography commenced in April 2016 and ended in October 2016. After Snyder stepped down to deal with the death of his daughter, Joss Whedon was hired to oversee the remainder of post-production, including directing additional scenes written by himself; Snyder retained sole directorial credit, while Whedon received a screenwriting credit. Justice League premiered in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was released in the United States in 2D, Real D 3D, and IMAX on November 17, 2017.
With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive films ever made. The film grossed $657 million worldwide against a break-even point of $750 million, becoming a box office bomb and losing the studio around $60 million, while also making it the lowest overall gross of the DCEU. The film received mixed reviews from critics; although the action sequences and performances (particularly Gadot and Miller) were praised, the plot, writing, pacing, villain, and overuse of CGI were criticized. The film's tone was met with a polarized reception, with some appreciating the lighter tone compared to the previous DCEU films, and others finding it inconsistent.List of accolades received by Argo (2012 film)
Argo is a 2012 political thriller directed by Ben Affleck, and produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney. The screenplay by Chris Terrio was adapted from sections of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Tony Mendez's memoir The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, and the 2007 Wired article The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman on the Canadian Caper. The film stars Affleck as Mendez, who attempts to rescue six United States diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979–81 Iran hostage crisis by pretending that they are part of a film crew scouting the country for the filming of a fictitious science-fiction film, Argo. Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman feature in supporting roles.After successful screenings at the Telluride Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, Warner Bros. gave the film a wide release in the United States at more than 3,200 theaters on October 12, 2012. Argo grossed over $232 million at the worldwide box office on a production budget of $44.5 million. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 317 reviews and judged 96% to be positive.Argo garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories, with particular praise for its direction, screenplay, and Arkin's performance. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film received seven nominations, including Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actor for Arkin, and went on to win three awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Terrio, and Best Film Editing for William Goldenberg. It became only the fourth film in Oscar history to win Best Picture without a directing nomination. Argo earned five nominations at the 70th Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Director for Affleck. At the 66th British Academy Film Awards, the film received seven nominations, and won for Best Film and Best Direction.At the 24th Producers Guild of America Awards, Argo won for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. Affleck received the Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Award from the Directors Guild of America. The cast garnered the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Terrio's screenplay won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review included the film in their annual listing of the top ten films of 2012.Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay is one of the annual film awards given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is an annual film award given by the Online Film Critics Society to honor the best screenplay (adapted from another medium) of the year.Online Film Critics Society Awards 2012
The nominations for the 16th Online Film Critics Society Awards, honoring the best in film for 2012, were announced on 24 December 2012. The winners were announced on Monday, December 31.San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is a film award given by the San Diego Film Critics Society.San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2012
The 17th San Diego Film Critics Society Awards were announced on December 11, 2012.Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is an annual award given by the International Press Academy.Star Wars sequel trilogy
The Star Wars sequel trilogy is the third and final set of three films in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. It is being produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The trilogy is to consist of episodes VII through IX, and chronologically follows Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas had planned a sequel trilogy as early as 1976, but had cancelled it by 1981 and produced only the first six episodes. The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in late 2012 and announced plans to produce the sequel films.
The first installment, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was released in December 2015 in the U.S. It was directed by J. J. Abrams who co-wrote the screenplay with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and other cast members from the original trilogy returned to reprise their roles and co-star alongside Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac.
Unlike the previous two trilogies, whose films were released approximately three years apart and released on Memorial Day weekend, the sequel films are planned to be released two years apart in December. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was released in December 2017, with Rian Johnson as screenwriter and director, and most of the cast returning.
The first two films have grossed a combined $3.4 billion worldwide. The third and final installment, Episode IX, is being directed by Abrams, who co-wrote it with Chris Terrio. It is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2019.Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2012
The 11th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards were held on December 10, 2012.