The Info List - James V. Hart

James V. "Jim" Hart (born 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American screenwriter and author. He is best known for his literary adaptations, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Peter Pan.


Hart wrote the screenplay to the Steven Spielberg feature film Hook which functioned as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's original story, with Peter as an adult in present times. Later, he wrote the 2005 children's novel Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth, a prequel depicting Barrie's villain Captain Hook, the nemesis of Peter Pan, when Hook was a youngster. He would then write the Francis Ford Coppola-produced horror films Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

Hart would primarily focus on adventure and fantasy fare, such as Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life and Epic (2013). He would also co-create the pirate television drama Crossbones, with Luther writer Neil Cross. It was based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates.[1] On July 24, 2014, NBC announced that Crossbones had been canceled after one series.[2]


He did the first draft screenplay of Atlas Shrugged, which was to be fully developed by director Randall Wallace. Hart didn't write any further drafts and Wallace didn't end up directing. Recently it has been announced that screenwriter James V. Hart wrote an adaptation of The Sirens of Titan, which Kurt Vonnegut approved of before he died.[3]

Hart also wrote a screenplay adaptation for Crisis in the Hot Zone, but the movie never materialized. Neither did a Dreamworks adaptation of Anubis.

Personal life

Hart is the son of Albert Hart and Alice Hart. He has one brother, David. He studied film and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1969. He lives in New York with his wife. Their two children (born in 1980 and 1983) are also writers.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 14, 2012). "NBC Greenlights Pirate Drama From 'Luther' Creator". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 24, 2014). "NBC to Burn Off the Final Two Episodes of 'Crossbones' on Saturday, August 2". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Bio blurb on dust jacket of Capt. Hook, published 2005.

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