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David Magee

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David Magee (born 1962) is an American screenwriter who was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Finding Neverland. Along with Simon Beaufoy, he wrote the screenplay for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, which was released in 2008.

His 2012 screen adaptation of the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel earned him a Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He wrote the screenplay for the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, and starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was released in 2018.[1] He received the Humanitas Prize in the Best Family Film category for his screenplay. [2]

Magee is writing an untitled musical about Hans Christian Andersen with Stephen Schwartz.[3]

In February 2019, it was announced that director Rick Famuyiwa would be directing a film version of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi from Magee's script adaptation of the novel.[4] In March 2019, it was announced that Paramount Pictures would develop an animated film version of The Tiger's Apprentice by Laurence Yep from Magee's script adaptation of the book.[5]


Year Title Credited as
2004 Finding Neverland Yes
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Yes
2012 Life of Pi Yes
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Yes
2022 The Tiger's Apprentice[6] Yes
TBA Untitled Hans Christian Andersen musical[7] Yes
TBA Children of Blood and Bone Yes
TBA The Little Mermaid Yes


  1. ^ ""Mary Poppins Returns" Sequel Announced for December 2018 - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  2. ^ Haithman, Diane; Haithman, Diane (February 9, 2019). "44th Humanitas Prize Honors Films 'On The Basis Of Sex' And 'Love Simon', TV's 'God Friended Me'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (February 28, 2018). "Fox 2000 Wins Hans Christian Andersen Musical By 'Wicked's Stephen Schwartz, David Magee, Zadan & Meron; 'Baby Driver' Ansel Elgort Circling". deadline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "'Dope' Director Rick Famuyiwa Tackling YA Fantasy 'Children of Blood and Bone' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (15 March 2019). "Paramount Moves 'Limited Partners' To 2020 & Dates 'The Tiger's Apprentice' Toon". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. ^ The Tiger's Apprentice on IMDb
  7. ^ Untitled Hans Christian Andersen Musical Project on IMDb
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