Scott Alexander and his writing partner Larry Karaszewski met as freshman roommates at USC’s School of Cinema. On a whim, they wrote a screenplay during their senior year, which sold a week after graduation. They are best known for writing unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. They wrote the highly acclaimed “ED WOOD” for which they were nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild. They followed this with “THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT,” for which they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as a special Writers Guild award for civil rights and liberties. That film won the Golden Bear in Berlin. They also wrote the extremely postmodern “MAN ON THE MOON,” the life story of Andy Kaufman. All three scripts have been published in book form.
Otherwise, Alexander and Karaszewski are quite eclectic. They wrote the hit Stephen King adaptation “1408” They produced the Bob Crane biopic “AUTO FOCUS” and they wrote and directed the comedy “SCREWED” They have also written numerous family films: “AGENT CODY BANKS”, “PROBLEM CHILD”, “PROBLEM CHILD 2” and “THAT DARN CAT”. The Problem Child films were subsequently spun into a cartoon series and TV movie. Currently, they are working on two projects with Tim Burton. They are writing a stop-motion animated version of “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” for Burton to direct. Additionally, he is producing their film “BIG EYES” a biopic of the painters Margaret and Walter Keane, which they will write and direct
Alexander, a native of Los Angeles, started his Hollywood career toiling on low-budget horror films as a music editor. As a director, his work has appeared on MTV and Nickelodeon. He has also written for HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt” and the television series “Monsters,” which he directed.