Joe Shrapnel

Writer for film and television
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Biography

Joe Shrapnel read English at St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he edited the magazines The Word and Isis. After graduating with his master's degree he worked for two years as a development producer at World Productions, before moving into writing.

As a freelance writer he has developed single drama and series television in the UK, and feature films in the US. In 2008 his short film The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Since 2005 he has collaborated on screenplays with Anna Waterhouse and the pair wrote the released film Frankie and Alice, directed by Geoffrey Sax and starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard. 

Race, their screenplay based on the true story of Jesse Owen's journey to the 1936 Olympics premiered in the US on 19th February 2016.



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Film

Writer

 

Sequel to the science fiction action film

Sony
In development
 
Director Christopher McQuarrie
Starring
  • Charlize Theron
  •  

    Rewrite of the adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel

    Sony
    In development
     
    Producer Robert Shapiro
     

    Based on the true story of Lisa Jura, a brilliant young pianist, who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    BBC Films
    In development
     
    Race
    Feature
    Director Stephen Hopkins
    Starring
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Stephan James
  • Jason Sudeikis
  •  
    Feature film about Jesse Owens, co-written with Anna Waterhouse 
    Focus Features
    Forecast Pictures
     
     

    Feature adaptation of Rhidian Brook's novel co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    BBC Films and Studio Canal
    Scott Free
    In development
     
    Monk
    Feature
     

    Drama based on the life of Thelonius Monk co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Monumental Pictures
    In development
     
     

    Based on the book about the CIA traitor, Aldriche Ames.  Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Focus Features
    In development
     
    Dunkirk
    Feature
    Director Olly Parker
     

    Rewrite about the evacuation of Dunkirk, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Working Title
    In development
     
     

    True story of the Gucci family co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Scott Free
    In development
     
    Grass
    Feature
    Director Tom Green
     
    Re-write with Anna Waterhouse
    Focus Features
    In development
     
    Seberg
    Feature
    Producer Kate Garwood
    Director Stephen Hopkins
     
    Thriller about an FBI agent who becomes involved in the civil rights movement in the USA in the 1960s co-written with Anna Waterhouse
    Totally Commercial Films
    In development
     
    Director Ridley Scott
     
    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse based on the novel by Romain Gary
    Twentieth Century Fox
    Scott Free
    In development
     
    Diamond
    Feature
    Producer Nicola Horlick
     

    Gangster film set in 1960's swinging London co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Derby Street Films
    In development
     
    Producer Halle Berry
    Director Geoffry Sax
    Starring
  • Halle Berry
  • Stellan Skarsgard
  •  
    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse; a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch
    Checkmark
    Access Motion Pictures
     
    Producer Sebastian Aloi
     
    Plural-Jempsa Productions
    In development
     
    Director David Schwimmer
     

    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Dark Harbour Productions
    In development
     
    Chicken
    Feature
     

    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    DeMann Company
     
    The Tonto Woman
    Nominated: Academy Award, Best Live Action Short Film
    Short
    Director Daniel Barber
    Starring
  • Charlotte Asprey
  • Richard Brake
  • Francesco Quinn
  •  

    Short about a woman who is kidnapped by Apache Indians

    Knucklehead
     
     
    FourBoys Films
     

    TV

    Writer & Creator

    Madden
    1 x 60'
     

    Series co-written with Anna Waterhouse based on the John Madden character created by Rennie Airth

    Mainstreet Pictures for BBC
    In development
     

    Writer

    Producer Chris Clough & Jake Lushington
    Director Nick Laughland
    Starring
  • Clive Russel
  • Lucy Whybrow
  •  

    Drama about a cab driver at the end of his shift who helps a woman in distress 

    BBC2
     
    Producer Jolyon Symonds and Joel Ransom
    Director Stephen Hopkins
    Starring
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Natashca McElhone
  • David Morrissey
  •  
    Rewrite of the three-part thriller series for Sky One
    Sky One for Sky One
    3 x 60'
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    Producer Nica Burns
     
    Theatrical adaptation of Jane Campion's film starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel