Joe Shrapnel

Writer for film and television
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Biography

Joe Shrapnel received an MA in English Literature from St. Anne's College, Oxford University. He worked for two years as a development executive for World Productions before he became a screenwriter. Anna Waterhouse received an MA in English Literature from Queens' College, Cambridge University. She ran her own company, Out of the Blue Productions, under which banner she produced numerous plays in the West End. Now Shrapnel and Waterhouse are married and write screenplays together. They are also starting to produce films through their company, Double Vision Entertainment, Ltd.

Together they wrote Race (Focus Features) directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice Van Houten and Stephan James as Jesse Owens. They also wrote Frankie and Alice directed by Geoffrey Sax and starring Halle Berry (Golden Globe nomination -- Best Actress) and Stellan Skarsgard. Joe Shrapnel adapted Elmore Leonard's The Tonto Woman as a short film directed by Daniel Barber (Academy Award nomination -- Best Live Action Short).

Films in development include the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow for Warner Bros and producer Erwin Stoff with Doug Liman attached to direct and Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt to star; The Gray Man for Columbia Pictures and producer Joe Roth with Christopher McQuarrie attached to direct and Charlize Theron to star; an adaptation of Rhidian Brook's The Aftermath for Fox Searchlight and Scott Free with James Kent attached to direct and Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke to star; an adaptation of Mona Golabek's The Children of Willesden Lane for producer Bob Shapiro and BBC Films; Circle of Treason for producer Barry Josephson and Focus Features (the screenplay was included on the 2015 Blacklist); Monk for BBC Films and producer Alison Owen; Gucci for Scott Free; and The Roots of Heaven for Scott Free/Twentieth Century Fox.

Next they will adapt and executive produce Heather Ann Thompson's Blood in the Water about the Attica prison uprising for producer Amy Pascal and TriStar Pictures.

They are members of the WGAw and are represented by CAA, Grandview, Marks Law Group and Curtis Brown in UK.


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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