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David Peoples

David Peoples
Born David Webb Peoples
1940 (age 75–76)
Middletown, Connecticut
Spouse(s) Janet Beebe Peoples[1]

David Webb Peoples (born c. 1940) is an Twelve Monkeys.


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Peoples was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Ruth Clara (née Levinger) and Joe Webb Peoples, a geologist.[2][3][4] He studied English at the University of California, Berkeley. He first entered the industry as a film editor, and started writing screenplays during this time, but his writing career began when he was hired as co-writer on the cult classic Blade Runner after director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Hampton Fancher separated over creative differences. Following that film's critical success, Peoples was hired by studios to work on films including Ladyhawke, Leviathan, and an unproduced attempt at adapting the Sgt. Rock comic series for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A number of Peoples' original screenplays were sold during the 1980s, many undergoing lengthy studio development periods before seeing production: among them, Soldier, and The Blood of Heroes. The latter film was the first to go before the cameras, directed by Peoples himself and starring Rutger Hauer.

Peoples received his highest accolades for Unforgiven, a script first written in 1976 (as The William Munny Killings). The film had a lengthy gestation and did not see theaters until 1992. Peoples received Western genre, as well as Clint Eastwood's career.

Released in the same year as Unforgiven, Peoples' screwball comedy Hero was based on an idea by producer Laura Ziskin and her husband, screenwriter Alvin Sargent.

Later in 1992, Peoples began work (in collaboration with wife Janet Peoples) on Twelve Monkeys (1995), a drama / action film concerned with time travel that was inspired by Chris Marker's experimental short film La jetée. The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and was successful both critically and commercially.

In 1998, Soldier was belatedly filmed by British director Paul Anderson, albeit on a reduced budget and with additional rewriting by Anderson.

Peoples was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival.



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  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (October 6, 1992). "A Screenwriter Whose Life's Script Stars Privacy". New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Joe Webb Peoples, 92, Student of Dinosaurs". The New York Times. 2000-04-04. 
  4. ^ "RUTH LEVINGER MARRIED; Maplewood Girl Wed at Club to Prof. Joe W. Peoples". The New York Times. 1937-09-10. 

External links

  • David Peoples at the Internet Movie Database
  • Cinequest Film Festival - Interview with Janet and David Webb Peoples
  • A Reluctant Hollywood Hero - 1992 LA Times interview with David Webb Peoples
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