David Christopher Self (born January 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter best known as the author of the screenplays for the films The Haunting, Road to Perdition, and The Wolfman.
David Self was born on January 8, 1970, in Texas City, Texas. He was raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, where he graduated from St. John's Preparatory School. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in English literature from Stanford University. He moved to Los Angeles, California, after graduation. He had no contacts, and got an entry-level job at Walt Disney Pictures in 1994.
His first script was a spec script titled Dawn's Early Light, a thriller about a terrorist attack on the White House. It was not produced, but it circulated widely in Hollywood. His first commissioned script was Firestorm, a dramatic film script based on the documentary film Fires of Kuwait The script was purchased by Avatar Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. But the script went into development hell and was never produced.
His second script, a 1996 or 1997 adaptation of Joseph R. Garber's 1995 novel of corporate espionage and assassination, Vertical Run, was commissioned by Warner Brothers. But it, too, went into development hell and was never produced...
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