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Peter Craig
Craig in 2021
Craig in 2021
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Novelist
  • screenwriter
Alma materIowa Writers' Workshop
  • Amy Scattergood
    (m. 1995; div. 2005)
    Jennifer DeFrancisco
    (m. 2008; div. 2017)
    Cristina Esposito
    (m. 2023)

Peter Craig (born November 10, 1969)[1] is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing the screenplays to The Town (2010), The Batman, and Top Gun: Maverick (both 2022), earning an Academy Award nomination for the lattermost.

Early life[edit]

Craig grew up in Southern California and Oregon. He is one of two children of Steve Craig and actress Sally Field, since divorced.[2] Craig's brother, Eli Craig, is a film director. Peter Craig attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and studied under authors Tobias Wolff and Marilynne Robinson.[3]


As a novelist, Craig has written The Martini Shot,[4] Hot Plastic,[5] and Blood Father.[6]

As a screenwriter, Craig debuted with The Town (2010), based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, co-writing it with Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard. He then adapted the screenplays for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2 with Danny Strong. In 2016, Craig adapted his own novel, Blood Father, into a film of the same name directed by Jean-François Richet, and then adapted the novel Horse Soldiers, Doug Stanton's nonfiction account of the war in Afghanistan, into the film 12 Strong (2018). In 2021, he wrote the sequel Bad Boys for Life, with Chris Bremner and Joe Carnahan.

In 2022, Craig co-wrote the screenplay Top Gun: Maverick with Justin Marks, Christopher McQuarrie, Ehren Kruger, and Eric Warren Singer, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. That same year he co-wrote the screenplay for The Batman with director Matt Reeves.[7]

Craig also co-wrote the screenplay for The Mother with Andrea Berloff and Misha Green. Directed by Niki Caro, that film is scheduled for release on Netflix on May 12, 2023.[8] Craig has been nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Craig in 2012

Craig has been married three times and divorced twice: first to Amy Scattergood, the Los Angeles Times food writer, and then to actress Jennifer DeFrancisco. He has two daughters with Scattergood, and a son with DeFrancisco.[2][10] He is currently married to Cristina Esposito, a teacher and PhD candidate.[11]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 The Town
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
2016 Blood Father Also producer
2018 12 Strong
2020 Bad Boys for Life
2021 The Unforgivable
2022 The Batman
Top Gun: Maverick Story writer
2023 The Mother
2024 Gladiator II Story writer


Year Title Notes
TBA Sinking Spring Also executive producer

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role
1978 Hooper Pete
1988 Satisfaction Mig



  1. ^ "Peter Craig". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Jeffrey, Joyann (September 5, 2019). "Sally Field's 3 Sons Adore Their Supportive Mama! Meet the 'Norma Rae' Star's Children". Closer Weekly. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ AICN BOOKS! Bruce Wagner, Horror Masters, Peter Craig Interview and Nick Hornby!![permanent dead link], April 6, 2005
  4. ^ "About Peter Craig". Sobel Weber. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Anderson, Patrick (March 22, 2004). "Smoke and Grifters". The Washington Post.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Woods, Paula L. (May 8, 2005). "Calling upon Dad". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Arbuckle, Ethan (March 1, 2022). "'The Batman': Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Everything You Need to Know". Collider. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "JLo Introduces Her Upcoming Thriller The Mother In Netflix Movie Preview". February 3, 2022.
  9. ^ Peter Craig (I). The Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "'Hunger Games' Screenwriter Peter Craig Gives Up Half His 'Mockingjay' Residuals in Divorce". The Blast. October 17, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Cristina Esposito and Peter Craig's Wedding Website".

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