Paul Weitz - Producer
Paul Weitz co-directed the award-winning hit About a Boy, with his brother and frequent collaborator, Chris Weitz, also adapting the screenplay from Nick Hornby’s novel. The screenplay received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Critics and Humanitas; the film was named one of the AFI’s Movies of the Year and was nominated for Golden Globe and Golden Satellite awards for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
In 1999, Paul and Chris Weitz formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company. Their diverse slate of upcoming projects include A Stolen Life, a remake of the Bette Davis classic to be directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl); the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic The Elric Saga; the comedies Army Geek and The Last Bachelor Party; and the WWI drama Silent Night.
Weitz made his feature directorial debut teaming with his brother on American Pie, the phenomenally successful first installment of the Pie franchise.
Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz. Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit, Chuck and Buck.
Born in New York, Weitz’s grandfather was fabled agent Paul Kohner (who represented filmmakers such as John Huston, Billy Wilder and Ingmar Bergman) and his parents are fashion designer/writer John Weitz and Oscar®-nominated actress Susan Kohner.
Weitz graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film. His last year there, his play Mango Tea was produced off-Broadway with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow by New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. EST also produced his next works, Captive and All for One, and, most recently, the ensemble comedy Roulette, starring Larry Bryggman, Anna Paquin, Ana Gasteyer, and Shawn Hatosy (which The New York Times cited as an “original jewel”). His play, Privilege, will be produced by the Second Stage Theater this spring.