Zak Penn is an American screenwriter and director better known for his work on X-Men: The Last Stand, The Grand and Alphas. He was one of the screenwriters working on the script for the Pacific Rim sequel with Guillermo del Toro[1] before the production's delay in 2015.


Early life

Penn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1990. His screenplay for PCU was based on his experiences at the Eclectic Society house. He is the son of New York businessman and lawyer Arthur Penn, who led the acquisition of the Capital Markets Assurance Corporation from Citicorp.[2]


The screenplay for Last Action Hero, for which he received a "story by" credit with Adam Leff, was nominated for a 1993 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay; it lost to Indecent Proposal.

Other films that he has been involved in writing include Inspector Gadget, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Elektra.

Penn wrote early drafts of both Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, and, with Joss Whedon, co-wrote the story for The Avengers.


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