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Scott Beck

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
Filmmakers Scott BeckBryan Woods first met as sixth-graders in their hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. After discovering a shared interest in cinema, the duo began collaborating on stop-motion movies with their Star Wars action figures. This collaboration continued into high school, where they directed numerous shorts and their first feature films.

Beck & Woods burst onto the Hollywood scene with Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place, based on their original screenplay. The critically acclaimed box-office smash was released on April 6, 2018 and stars Emily Blunt alongside John Krasinski, who also directed. Certified Fresh with a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned over $340M at the worldwide box-office and was #1 at the domestic box-office for 2 weeks. Beck & Woods serve as Executive Producers on the film in addition to co-writing the screenplay with Krasinski.

In 2018, Beck & Woods were named to the 10 Screenwriters to Watch list by Variety. For A Quiet Place, they were nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards. They won Best Film Screenplay at the Saturn Awards. The film won Best Horror Film Release at the Saturn Awards and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie.

Next up for Beck & Woods is Sony Pictures’ sci-fi thriller 65 with Academy Award® nominee Adam Driver set to star.  The film is an original screenplay written by the duo, which they will direct and produce.  For the project, they will reunite with Sam Raimi who will also produce.  The exact logline for the film is being kept under wraps.

Beck & Woods wrote and directed an episode of the horror anthology series, 50 States of Fright, executive produced by Sam Raimi.  Streaming on Quibi beginning October 26, 2020, their episode, entitled “Almost There,” is about Iowa’s frightening folklore and stars Taissa Farmiga and Ron Livingston.

Fox snatched up Beck & Woods’ horror pitch The Boogeyman, based on Stephen King's iconic short story of the same name. They wrote the screenplay and will also serve as Executive Producers on the film. The short story, first published in 1973 and later released in King's 1978 collection Night Shift, followed a man who's recently lost all his children to a creature lurking in the closet. King himself gave his endorsement of A Quiet Place, tweeting that the film “is an extraordinary piece of work.”

Beck & Woods also co-wrote the sci-fi drama Sovereign for Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali and director Marc Munden based on the original draft of the script by Greg Weidman and Geoff Tock. The film will be produced by 21 Laps.

Other credits for the duo include 2019’s well-reviewed thriller Haunt, which they wrote and directed for producer Eli Roth, Sierra/Affinity, Broken Road Productions, and Nickel City Pictures. The film had its World Premiere as the Opening Night film at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival then its international premiere at FrightFest in London. Momentum Pictures released Haunt in theaters on Friday, September 13, 2019. The film was the #1 most watched movie premiere on Shudder.

In 2015, Beck & Woods wrote and directed Nightlight, a supernatural thriller released by Lionsgate Entertainment. The film was produced by Herrick Entertainment and Oscar®-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways). Beck & Woods subsequently developed another feature for Lionsgate, written by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) and produced by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

As teenagers, Beck & Woods were shortlisted as two of the top 50 directors (out of 2,000 applicants) for Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Project Greenlight series on Bravo. While still in college, Beck & Woods' work caught the eye of MTV Films, which offered the pair a feature film development deal. The duo went on to write and direct an original scripted pilot for MTV and executive producer David Gale (Election) and were later listed as "The Top 100 Writers on the Verge" by Tracking-Board.com.

Beck & Woods are members of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.