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J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski, 2008
Born July 17, 1954 (1954-07-17) (age 55)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Occupation Writer, Producer, Author
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Kathryn M. Drennan (1983-2008) (divorced)

Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in a variety of media, including films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is also a playwright, former journalist and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting, a well-regarded tome on the subject. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5, its spin-off Crusade, and Jeremiah. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through all of the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 TV movies produced alongside the series.

In 2009, Straczynski was nominated for the BAFTA Award for his screenplay Changeling.[2]

Straczynski has also been a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984.[3][4] He is often credited as being the first TV producer ("showrunner" in Hollywood parlance) to directly engage with fans on the Internet,[3][4] and have their comments affect the look and feel of his shows (see Babylon 5's use of the Internet). Two of the more prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated.[5] Some of these fans call him The Great Maker (based on a Centauri deity).[6][7]

Straczynski is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU), having earned a Bachelor's degree with a double major in psychology and sociology (with minors in philosophy and literature). While at SDSU, he wrote prolifically for the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, at times penning so many articles that the paper was jokingly referred to as the "Daily Joe." Straczynski currently resides in the Los Angeles area.

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Early years

Straczynski (pronounced stra-zin-ski[8]) was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of Evelyn (née Pate) and Charles Straczynski, a manual laborer.[9] He was raised in Newark, New Jersey; Kankakee, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Chula Vista, California, where he graduated from high school; and San Diego, California.[10] Straczynski's family was Catholic and of Belarusian, as well as Polish, ancestry.[11] His grandparents fled Belarus to America from the Russian Revolution; his father was born in the US, but lived in Germany, Poland and Russia.[11]

Straczynski was living in San Diego working for San Diego Magazine and The San Diego Reader as well as writing scripts for the radio drama Alien Worlds,[12][13] when he landed a contract with Writer's Digest to write a non-fiction book about scriptwriting.

He and Kathryn M. Drennan (whom he'd met at San Diego State) moved to Los Angeles on April Fools Day, 1981 (they would marry in 1983).[14] He continued to work on his book while planning a transition into television. The book's first edition was published in 1982. In Los Angeles he worked for The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Reader, TV-Cable Week, and People Magazine[13]. He quit journalism after working for People, and in 1983, he wrote a spec script for the show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the producers of He-Man bought it as well as several other scripts and then hired Straczynski as a staff writer.[13]

According to the jacket bio for the first edition of his scriptwriting text (see Print below), Straczynski had a play produced when he was 17, a sitcom produced when he was 21, and sold his first movie script when he was 24. By the age of 28, he had credits that included television and film scripts, his radio scripts for Alien Worlds[15] and the Mutual Broadcasting System, a dozen plays, and more than 150 newspaper and magazine articles. He had also been teaching his craft for several years at various lectures and seminars in California and elsewhere.

He also spent five years from 1987 - 1992 co-hosting the Hour 25 radio talk show on KPFK-FM Los Angeles with Larry DiTillio.

Television and radio

Straczynski started in television in 1983, working on various animated shows and then in live action, quickly working his way from staff writer to executive producer, culminating in his most famous television work, Babylon 5, which won two Emmy Awards, back-to-back Hugo Awards, and dozens of other awards. He wrote 92 out of Babylon 5's 110 episodes, as well as the pilot and five television movies. The character-driven space opera is also notable for its five year story arc, emphasis on realism, and its pioneering, extensive use of CGI for its special effects. Straczynski was also creator and executive producer of B5's thirteen-episode sequel series, Crusade, for which he wrote 10 of the 13 episodes. He also ran Jeremiah, loosely based on the Belgian post-apocalyptic comic of the same name, writing 19 of the 35 episodes.

A partial chronological list of Straczynski's other television credits:

Additionally, Straczynski was involved in Spiral Zone, from which he removed his name and used the pseudonym Fettes Grey (derived from the names of the grave robbers in The Body Snatcher). He also wrote an episode of CBS Storybreak (an adaptation of Evelyn Sibley Lampman's The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek).

In 1991, executive producer David Moessinger brought Straczynski aboard the hit mystery series Murder, She Wrote as a producer in an effort to shore up the series' ratings. Together, they moved the protagonist, Jessica Fletcher, from the sleepy Maine town of Cabot Cove to New York City in order to revitalized the show. The move effectively brought the show back into the top ten from the mid-thirties where it had fallen. Straczynski also made Jessica an instructor in writing and criminology, and he is widely held to have most emphasized her role as a working writer, with all the deadlines and problems involved in that profession.

In 2004, Straczynski was approached by Paramount Studios to become a producer of the Star Trek: Enterprise series. He declined, believing that he would not be allowed to take the show in the direction he felt it should go.[17] He did write a treatment for a new Star Trek series with colleague Bryce Zabel.[18]

In 2005, Straczynski began the process of publishing his Babylon 5 scripts.[19] This process ended in June 2008, with the scripts no longer being available from the end of July of that year. His scripts for the television movies are expected to be published for a limited time in January 2009.[20] He has also written considerably for radio drama, including the series Alien Worlds for the Mutual Radio Network, The City of Dreams for scifi.com and an original 20-part radio drama series entitled The Adventures of Apocalypse Al for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that was to debut in 2007.

Film

Straczynski has also worked on feature film and television movies. In addition to six (as of 2008) Babylon 5 films, he wrote the award-winning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Showtime network and a Murder, She Wrote movie, Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For, which he also produced.

In 2006, Straczynski was hired to write a feature film based on the story of King David for Universal by producers Erwin Stoff and Akiva Goldsman.[21]

Straczynski announced on February 23, 2007 that he had been hired to write the feature film adaptation of Max Brooks's New York Times-bestselling novel World War Z for Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B.[22]

In June 2007, it was announced that Straczynski had written a feature screenplay for the Silver Surfer movie for Fox, the production of which would depend on the success of the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[23] Additionally, he has written a script for Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions and Universal Pictures called They Marched into Sunlight based upon the Pulitzer nominated novel of the same name and an outline by Paul Greengrass, for Greengrass to direct, should it get a greenlight.[24]

In June 2008, Daily Variety named Straczynski one of the top Ten Screenwriters to Watch. They also announced that Straczynski was writing Lensman for Ron Howard (to whom he had also sold an original screenplay entitled The Flickering Light), that he was selling another spec, Proving Ground, to Tom Cruise and United Artists.[25]

In 2008, Straczynski also wrote a draft of Ninja Assassin for Joel Silver (which he completed in just 53 hours).[26] The film was produced by the Wachowski Brothers and released on November 25, 2009.

In 2008, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment premiered Straczynski's feature thriller Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood, since originally slated director Ron Howard declined due to scheduling conflicts.[27]

Changeling was one of 20 films placed in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently received eight nominations for the BAFTA Award, including a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.[2]

In October 2008, it was announced that Straczynski had been engaged to pen a remake of the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet.[28]

In the fall of 2009, it was widely reported that Straczynski was writing a movie titled Shattered Union for Jerry Bruckheimer's company. The screenplay, based on the video game of that name, concerns itself with a present-day American civil war.[29][30][31][32]

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Novels, short stories and nonfiction

Straczynski is the author of three horror novels — Demon Night, Othersyde, and Tribulations — and nearly twenty short stories, many of which are collected in two compilations — Tales from the New Twilight Zone and Straczynski Unplugged. He wrote the outlines for nine of the canonical Babylon 5 novels, personally supervised the three produced B5 telefilm novelizations (In the Beginning, Thirdspace, and A Call to Arms), and is the author of four Babylon 5 short stories published in magazines, not yet reprinted (as of 2008).

Straczynski has also been a journalist, reviewer, and investigative reporter, publishing over 500 articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Writer's Digest, Penthouse, San Diego Magazine, Twilight Zone Magazine, the San Diego Reader, the Los Angeles Reader and Time.

Straczynski wrote The Complete Book of Scriptwriting (ISBN 1-85286-882-1), often used as a text in introductory screenwriting courses,[33][34][35][36][37][38][39] and now in its third edition.

Comic books

Straczynski has long been a comic fan, and began writing comics in the late 1980s. His work in comics includes:

In 1999 he created Rising Stars for Top Cow/Image Comics. Eventually he worked mostly under his own imprint - Joe's Comics - for which he also wrote the Midnight Nation miniseries, and the illustrated fantasy parable Delicate Creatures. Marvel Comics then signed him to an exclusive contract, beginning with a run on The Amazing Spider-Man, from 2001-2007. He has since written for many major Marvel titles, including Fantastic Four.

Marvel Comics

DC Comics

When his exclusive contract with Marvel ended, he was announced as the writer for a run on The Brave and the Bold for DC Comics.[45] He will collaborate with artist Shane Davis on an out-of-continuity original graphic novel starring Superman titled Superman: Earth One.[46] The story will feature a young Superman and focus on Clark Kent's decision to be a hero rather than capitalize on his powers for personal gain.[47] On March 8th, 2010 it was announced he would be taking over writing duties for the monthly Superman and Wonder Woman titles, beginning with issues 701 and 601 respectively.[48][49]

  • The Red Circle He has written DC's revival of several Archie Comics Golden and Silver Ages superheroes. (August 2009)
    • The Red Circle: The Hangman Art by Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz; Cover by Jesus Saiz (2009)
    • The Red Circle: Inferno Art by Greg Scott; Cover by Jesus Saiz (2009)
    • The Red Circle: The Web Art by Roger Robinson and Hilary Barta; Cover by Jesus Saiz (2009)
    • The Red Circle: The Shield Art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens; Cover by Jesus Saiz
  • The Brave and the Bold (Vol.3) #27- On Going. Art and cover by Jesus Saiz (2009)
  • Superman: Earth One art by Shane Davis (2010)
  • Superman (Vol. 1) #701- ongoing. (2010)
  • Wonder Woman (Vol. 1) #601- ongoing. (2010)

Graphic novels and collections

Supreme Power trade paperbacks

  • Volume 1: Contact (#1-6)
  • Volume 2: Powers And Principalities (#7-12)
  • Volume 3: High Command (#13-18)
  • Supreme Power: Hyperion mini-series
  • Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: The Pre-War Years

The Amazing Spider-Man trade paperbacks

  • Volume 1: Coming Home (#30-35)
  • Volume 2: Revelations (#36-39)
  • Volume 3: Until The Stars Turn Cold (#40-45)
  • Volume 4: The Life & Death of Spiders (#46-50)
  • Volume 5: Unintended Consequences (#51-56)
  • Volume 6: Happy Birthday (#57-58, #500-502)
  • Volume 7: The Book of Ezekiel (#503-508)
  • Volume 8: Sins Past (#509-514)
  • Volume 9: Skin Deep (#515-518)
  • Volume 10: New Avengers (#519-524)
  • Spider-Man: The Other (#525-528 plus others)
  • Civil War: The Road To Civil War (#529-531 plus others)
  • Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man (#532-538)
  • Back in Black: Amazing Spider-Man (#539-543)
  • One More Day: Amazing Spider-Man (#544-545 plus others)
  • Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection Book 1 (#30-45)

Fantastic Four trade paperbacks

  • Volume 1: (#527-532)
  • Volume 2: The Life Fantastic (#533-535, Wedding Special, My Dinner With Doom and Death in the Family)
  • Civil War: The Road To Civil War (#536-537 plus others)
  • Civil War: Fantastic Four (#538-542)

Rising Stars trade paperbacks

  • Volume 0: Visitations (#0, ½, Preview)
  • Volume 1: Born in Fire (#1-8)
  • Volume 2: Power (#9-16)
  • Volume 3: Fire and Ash (#17-24)
  • Volume 4: Bright and Voices of the Dead
  • Volume 5: Untouchable (Includes Visitations)

Thor trade paperbacks

  • Volume 1: Thor (#1-6)
  • Volume 2: Thor (#7-12, #600)
  • Volume 3: Thor (#601-603, Giant-Size Thor: Finale)

Other

Plays

  • Snow White: an assembly length children's play dramatized by J. Michael Straczynski. c1979.[50][51]

Awards and recognition

His personal awards include two Hugo Awards and a nomination for a third Hugo,[52][53] the Ray Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America,[54] a Saturn Award,[55] the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation,[56] the Eisner Award,[57] the Inkpot Award,[57] and an Eagle Award.[58] An asteroid, discovered in 1992 at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, was honorarily named 8379 Straczynski.[59] In 2009, Straczynski was nominated for the BAFTA Award, the British equivalent of an Oscar from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, for his screenplay for Changeling.[2] In 2009 his screenplay also earned a Christopher Award from The Christophers.

Babylon 5 received multiple awards and nominations during his tenure as executive producer. Babylon 5 received two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Individual Achievement in special visual effects - 1993, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series - 1994) and six other nominations (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series - 1995, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series - 1995, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series - 1995, Outstanding Makeup for a Series - 1997, and Outstanding Makeup for a Series - 1998). Babylon 5 received two awards from the Space Frontier Foundation. The Cast and Crew of Babylon 5 (Mr. J. Michael Straczynski, creator and executive producer) received the 1994 Vision of the Future Award. Babylon 5, John C. Flinn III, Suzanne E. Sternlicht, Paul Beigle, and Ron Thornton received the 1996 Vision of the Future Award.[60]

Straczynski was also nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a Cable Ace Award for his adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", produced for Showtime Network starring Laura Dern, and his work as story editor and writer for The Real Ghostbusters earned that series an Emmy for Best Animated Series. In 2003 he received an Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Writer.

References

  1. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (1992-12-18). "Sue, if you're finding tall people...". JMSNews, originally published on GEnie. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-7201. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "The full list of nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2009". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2009-01-15. http://www.bafta.org/awards/film/film-nominations-in-2009,657,BA.html. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b Straczynski, J. Michael (2000-09-25). "What's "ga" stand for in a chat?". JMSNews, originally published on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated. http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-224. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ a b Straczynski, J. Michael (2007-05-22). "Straczynski on Being Online". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPw5ZAuutU8. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  5. ^ "George Bush vs. Spider-Man". http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2006/12/29/george-bush-vs-spider-man/. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  6. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (1995-02-11). ""What" is jms?". JMSNews, originally published on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated. http://www.jmsnews.net/msg.aspx?id=1-12402. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
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  12. ^ Alien Worlds Radio Show Index
  13. ^ a b c [1]
  14. ^ Interview with Straczynski
  15. ^ Alien Worlds Radio Show Index. Accessed August 15, 2006.
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  17. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (2004-06-23). "re: first post for me...". JMSNews, originally published on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17119. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  18. ^ Zabel, Bryce. JMS and Bryce Zabel's Star Trek treatment, 2006-06-15.
  19. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (2005-05-21). "Babylon 5 Scripts Site Nearly Ready, And More!". JMSNews. http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17414. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  20. ^ The Babylon 5 Scripts Team (2008-12-23). "Babylon 5 Music Videos Just Released". Babylon 5 Scripts. http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001LDAvtWmYthUfV42TzOKX4NtaLlyfj3eaRajSDGes6vnakAlTLHwOuZ0Lzb9OsxQ5xS3HWuHtHO7_jx-iOT8WrKt0rOcH2zlfz4VNNKbuREs%3D.. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
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  22. ^ http://movies.ign.com/articles/767/767703p1.html
  23. ^ [2] Cinema Blend Silver Surfer status article + link to AMCtv interview.
  24. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (2007-06-13). "Re: JMS: Silver Surfer movie?". JMSNews. http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17664&query=Silver%20Surfer. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  25. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (2008-06-18). "J. Michael Straczynski: 10 Screenwriters to Watch". Variety (magazine). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117987706.html?categoryid=3173&cs=1. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  26. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (2008-06-18). "10 Screenwriters to Watch". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117987706.html?categoryId=3173&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  27. ^ [3]Changeling on Internet Movie Database
  28. ^ Kit, Borys (2008-10-31). "'Changeling' scribe on 'Forbidden Planet': J. Michael Straczynski to write the long-gestating remake". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3ib356467890c70c66f5453b8ea7d5fc00. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
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  40. ^ Holding the Hammer: JMS Talks Thor, Newsarama, October 17, 2008
  41. ^ SDCC '07: Marvel's The Twelve Revealed, Newsarama
  42. ^ Mystery Men's Dozen: Brevoort Talks "The Twelve", Comic Book Resources, July 26, 2007
  43. ^ Marvel Previews issue 68
  44. ^ Comic Book Resources
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  60. ^ "Annual Awards". Space Frontier Foundation. http://space-frontier.org/annualawards.html. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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Preceded by
Howard Mackie
Amazing Spider-Man writer
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Bob Gale
Marc Guggenheim
Dan Slott
Zeb Wells
Preceded by
Karl Kesel
Fantastic Four writer
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Dwayne McDuffie

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We're told every day, "You can't change the world." But the world is changing every day. Only question is...who's doing it? You or somebody else?

Joseph Michael Straczynski (born 17 July 1954) is an award-winning American writer/producer of television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas.

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They told us not to wish in the first place, not to aspire, not to try; to be quiet, to play nice, to shoot low and aspire not at all. They are always wrong. Follow your dreams. Make your wishes. Create the future. And above all, believe in yourself.
As an atheist, I believe that all life is unspeakably precious, because it’s only here for a brief moment, a flare against the dark, and then it’s gone forever.
There can be nothing crueler than the abuse, destruction or wanton taking of a life.
  • We have an obligation to one another, responsibilities and trusts. That does not mean we must be pigeons, that we must be exploited. But it does mean that we should look out for one another when and as much as we can; and that we have a personal responsibility for our behavior; and that our behavior has consequences of a very real and profound nature. We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We're told every day, "You can't change the world." But the world is changing every day. Only question is...who's doing it? You or somebody else?
  • I'm sorry, but anyone who thinks the use of an angelic (or seemingly angelic character), whose likes have been written about for, oh, about 4,000 years, is ripping off Star Trek, has his head so thoroughly up his ass as to have blipped into an entirely new intestinally-based reality and desperately needs to get a wider frame of reference.
  • They told us not to wish in the first place, not to aspire, not to try; to be quiet, to play nice, to shoot low and aspire not at all. They are always wrong. Follow your dreams. Make your wishes. Create the future. And above all, believe in yourself. That is the lesson of Babylon 5.
    • From the Babylon 5 Calendar (1998)
  • I think it behooves us to treat our characters' beliefs with some measure of respect, whatever he believes in.
    I mean I'm an atheist myself, but I don't have to believe in Minbarri to write about Minbarri. I think if that person is a religious character, then you have to treat them with integrity and deal with them properly. As a result, this show is very popular with a lot of religious folks.
  • As an atheist, I believe that all life is unspeakably precious, because it’s only here for a brief moment, a flare against the dark, and then it’s gone forever. No afterlives, no second chances, no backsies. So there can be nothing crueler than the abuse, destruction or wanton taking of a life. It is a crime no less than burning the Mona Lisa, for there is always just one of each. So I cannot forgive.
  • The more important the emotion is, the fewer words required to express it:
    Will you go out with me?
    I think I like you.
    I care for you.
    I love you.
    Marry me.
    Goodbye.

Attributed

  • Stun settings are for people who can't commit.

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