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Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer
Born Eric Andrew Heisserer
1970 (age 46–47)
United States
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Christine Boylan (m. 2010)

Eric Andrew Heisserer (born 1970) is an American screenwriter. He is best known for writing scripts to the horror films A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Thing and Lights Out. In 2016, he wrote the screenplay for Arrival, which earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the 89th Academy Awards.


Heisserer's professional screenwriting career was launched with the sale of The Dionaea House to Warner Bros. in 2005,[1] based on an online epistolary story of the same name that he wrote in October 2004.[2] He then developed an original television pilot for Paramount Pictures and CBS, and wrote feature projects for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Warner Bros..[3] In 2007, he sold a pitch to Regency Enterprises and Fox called Inhuman, a supernatural thriller set in Tokyo that combines live action and anime sequences.[citation needed]

In December 2008, Heisserer was hired to re-envision and rewrite the script for the franchise reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, produced by Platinum Dunes.[4] An early draft had been written by Wesley Strick. The script went on to land director Samuel Bayer, actor Jackie Earle Haley, and began filming in May 2009.[5]

He rewrote the prequel to director John Carpenter's 1982 remake The Thing.[6] In April 2010, Heisserer signed on to write Final Destination 5,[7] the fifth film of the horror film franchise.

Heisserer made his directorial debut with the film Hours, starring Paul Walker.[8]

In July 2013 Heisserer was set to write the script for the then upcoming thriller book Bird Box by Josh Malerman.[9] Universal Pictures acquired the rights in February 2013 and now set the script for Andy Muschietti to direct the film.[10] Heisserer co-wrote The Conjuring 2 along with the brothers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes.[11] Heisserer wrote along with artist Felipe Massafera and Colorist Wes Dzioba, the comic book series Shaper.[12]

Personal life

Heisserer is the son of Margaret L., a senior editor for a publishing company, and Andrew J. Heisserer, a professor of ancient history, of Norman, Oklahoma. Since 2010, Heisserer has been married to television producer/writer Christine Boylan. His previous marriage ended in divorce.[13]


Year Film Director Writer Producer
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street No Yes (with Wesley Strick) No
2011 Final Destination 5 No Yes No
2011 The Thing No Yes No
2013 Hours Yes Yes No
2016 Lights Out No Yes Yes
2016 Arrival No Yes Yes


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