Scott Frank

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Scott Frank
A. Scott Frank

(1960-03-10) March 10, 1960 (age 60)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
American Film Institute (MFA)
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, author
AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1998)
Saturn Award for Best Writing (2002)

A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. He received two Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out of Sight (1998) and Logan (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Frank was born to a Jewish family[1] in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on March 10, 1960.[2] His family moved to Los Gatos, California where he went to high school. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in film studies.[3][4] Frank earned a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the AFI Conservatory in 1984.[5]


In 2008, Scott Frank's directorial debut, The Lookout, won the Independent Spirit award for Best First Feature.

Along with The Lookout, Frank also penned Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven's Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, Marley & Me, The Wolverine, A Walk Among the Tombstones (which he also directed) and Logan.

Out of Sight, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and as Best Screenplay awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Minority Report won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay. Get Shorty was nominated for both a Golden Globe[6] and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and, as was Dead Again, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Screenplay.

On January 1, 2016, Frank published his first novel, Shaker, a crime mystery published by Penguin Random House.[7][8][9]

Scott Frank is the co-creator, executive producer, and director for the 2020 Netflix series The Queen's Gambit.[10][11]

Writing work[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1988 Plain Clothes Martha Coolidge
1991 Dead Again Kenneth Branagh
Little Man Tate Jodie Foster
The Walter Ego John Putch Short film
1993 Malice Harold Becker
1995 Get Shorty Barry Sonnenfeld Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Phil Joanou
1998 Out of Sight Steven Soderbergh Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2002 Minority Report Steven Spielberg Saturn Award for Best Writing
2004 Flight of the Phoenix John Moore
2005 The Interpreter Sydney Pollack
2007 The Lookout Himself Feature directorial debut
2008 Marley & Me David Frankel
2013 The Wolverine James Mangold
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Himself
2017 Logan James Mangold Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Writing


Year Series Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Episode: "The Phone Call"
1993 Fallen Angels Episode: "Dead End for Delia"
2004 Karen Sisco Episode: "He Was a Friend of Mine"
2011 Shameless Also director, episode: "It's Time to Kill the Turtle"
2017 Godless Also creator, executive producer, and director
2020 The Queen's Gambit Also co-creator, executive producer, and director


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (March 6, 2018). "Anton Yelchin's final role lands in 'Thoroughbreds'; Appatow's 'Love' returns". The Jewish News of Northern California.
  2. ^ "Scott Frank biography". The New York Times. New York City, New York. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Scott Frank bio". Penguin Random House. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Bazer, Mark (March 25, 2007). "Screenwriter Frank takes action After years spent creating scripts, he's directing". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  5. ^ "Miller & Son — AFI". Miller & Son. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  6. ^ "Scott Frank". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  7. ^ "Shaker". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Shaker". Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  9. ^ "Interview: Scott Frank on Finishing His Debut Novel 'Shaker' Fifteen Years After He Began". /Film. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  10. ^ "For Queen's Gambit Creator, the Vineyard Is a Creative Force". The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  11. ^ "An interview with Scott Frank: THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT". Writers Guild of America, East. Retrieved 2020-12-21.

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