Derek Connolly is a American film producer and screenwriter. He was one of the screenwriters for the Pacific Rim: Uprising after Steven S. DeKnight was hired as director.


Early Life

Connolly attended Palmetto High School in Miami and NYU Film School.[2]


Connolly is best known for his screenplay for the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed. He won a Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award[3] and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.[4]

In 2012, Connolly replaced Brad Copeland as the screenwriter for remake of the film Flight of the Navigator and is currently the screenwriter for an upcoming Pixar film with Teddy Newton.[5] Connolly was listed on Variety's Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2012.[6]

Connolly often collaborates with director Colin Trevorrow, who directed Saftey Not Guarnteed. He also co-wrote Jurassic World with Trevorrow[7], and is currently slated to write the screenplay for Star Wars IX with Trevorrow as director. In August 2015, Connolly was hired to rewrite Kong: Skull Island for Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures.[8]

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