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Rick Jaffa

writer/producer The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; producer War for the Planet of the Apes; writer Jurassic World, Mulan (production), Avatar 2 &3 (production)
RICK JAFFA has collaborated with his wife and partner, Amanda Silver, for more than 25 years. They most recently co-wrote the worldwide blockbuster Jurassic World, which has grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time.

In 2011, the duo wrote and produced the hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned an Oscar nomination for its groundbreaking visual effects and successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes franchise. In 2014, they co-wrote and produced the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the third installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, which they produced, is currently in theaters. Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the scripts they co-wrote with James Cameron for the much-anticipated sequels to Avatar, the top-grossing film in history, are in production.

In addition, their script for the live action version of the Disney animated film Mulan is in pre-production with Niki Caro directing.

A native of DeSoto, Texas, Jaffa graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in history and political science. He later earned his MBA at the University of Southern California. In 1981, Jaffa began his entertainment career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He became the executive assistant to legendary agent Stan Kamen, who was then head of the motion-picture department. Later, as an agent, Jaffa represented writers and directors, packaging films as diverse as 1987’s RoboCop and 1985’s The Trip to Bountiful.

He began collaboration with Silver as an executive producer on The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which she scripted. They then co-wrote Eye For an Eye and The Relic.