Roger Towne is a prolific screenwriter with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry.
He began his film career in 1976 as a story analyst under Richard Sylbert and Don Simpson at Paramount. In 1978 he was hired by Robert Evans to be the producer's Director of Development where he discovered a book that would change his life forever. It was The Natural. After pursuing the material in various ways, eventually Towne was hired to adapt the book, and The Natural was released in 1984 with Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Robert Duval and Glenn Close. Towne also served as executive producer and received a nomination for Best Screenplay from the Writers' Guild of America.
He went on to write Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and a number of other screenplays.
Years of research Langley, the CIA's headquarters, helped to inform his work on the Paramount/Showtime feature In the Company of Spies with Tom Berenger and Ron Silver. It garnered Towne an Edgar nomination for best screenplay and was the first picture ever to film on location at the CIA facilities where it also premiered. It later led to Towne’s original screenplay The Recruit, starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell.
In 2008 Towne completed work on Street of Dreams, the true life story of legendary gambler Montana Joe, the first Japanese American to become a made-man in Chicago’s Mafia.
Towne is presently writing a World War II drama, the true story of opera singer Michiko Tanaka for Japanese producer Fumiori Hayashida.
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