Adam Marcus

Tinker, Tailor, soldier, spy

A native of New York and Connecticut (a feat in itself), at 11, Adam was a PA on his first studio movie. At 13 he was apprentice editing for Columbia Pictures. At 15, he created the Westport Theatreworks Theatrical Company, directing and producing over 50 shows in 7 years. At NYU he won Best Picture in for his film, " you like this girl".  

At 21, Adam set up his first feature film at Disney and less than a year later he had been hired to write and direct New Line Cinema’s "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday". At 23 he was the youngest director ever hired by a major studio to write and direct a feature film. He then turned his attention to writing and he and writing partner Debra Sullivan, wrote scripts for Paramount (the adaptation of James Patterson’s “Virgin”), Fox (the original “Black Autumn”), and Lionsgate (the box office #1 “Texas Chainsaw 3D”) .

In 1995 Adam created the Skeleton Crew TheatreWorks where to this day he trains some of the most talented actors in the industry. This troupe has been the backbone of Adam’s theatrical and cinematic casts.

In 1998 Adam directed the indie comedy, "Let It Snow" starring Bernadette Peters. The film was a critical and festival darling at AFI’s LIAFF (where it won several awards), Sundance, New York/Avignon, the Deauville festival in France among many others. At the same time Adam sold several TV series to Kevin Bright Productions, Imagine Television, NBC, Fox and The WB.

Adam then directed the Sony Pictures feature film, “Conspiracy”, which he co-wrote with Sullivan. Starring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Esposito and Gary Cole. 

The latest Marcus/Sullivan project, written by the duo, “Momentum”, starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman, opened in October and is still showing here in the U.S. and just opened wide in Europe.

He and Sullivan have recently partnered with long time producer Bryan Sexton to form Skeleton Crew Productions.  They already have several films slated for release next year and 2 new television series slated for early 2017.

As a director Adam has three new films in the pipeline, “The Plantation” with RKO Pictures, “Orpheus Descending” and “Dread”.

Secret Santa is a return to the genre Adam loves dearly.  He’s so thrilled to be back, knee deep in blood and madness!


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