An award-winning screenwriter from L.A., Peter Buchman has collaborated with several renowned directors during his career, including Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack, and Martin Scorsese. Buchman started his career as a playwright in Seattle and caught his first break when his screenplay about Alexander the Great was purchased for Martin Scorsese to direct. The movie was never made, but the success of his first screenplay encouraged Peter Buchman to pursue a career in L.A. Upon arriving in Southern California, he made a name for himself by writing a script about a man that salvaged World War II planes for DreamWorks. Stephen Spielberg, a cofounder of DreamWorks, was impressed by the work and quickly asked Buchman to write Jurassic Park III just three months prior to production.After gleaning his initial insight into the industry, Peter Buchman adapted the dragon fantasy novel Eragon into a full-length film for 20th Century Fox. Buchman subsequently turned his attention to nonfiction material, writing the screenplay for Che: Parts One and Two. Working with director Steven Soderbergh and Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro, he performed firsthand research for the films in Cuba. Che earned widespread acclaim and garnered Peter Buchman a nomination for Best Screenplay at the Goya Awards and the Cinema Writers Circle Awards. He currently has a major sci-fi movie in pre-production and is finishing a script about Jack Garcia, a legendary FBI undercover agent.Peter Buchman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from Oberlin College in Ohio. A devoted husband and father, Buchman spends much of his free time with his family, hiking, camping, and enjoying the beautiful Southern California beaches. To stay active, he goes on long walks with his dog and exercises regularly.
I like to spend time with family. I like to go camping and hiking in Southern California. There are so many great places that are a short distance from LA. I've been to Joshua Tree and the mountains in Los Angeles. I get to the beach as often as I can, especially Venice, Laguna Beach, and Zuma. I am a Lakers fan. But since I'm not very hopeful about their prospects, I am rapidly becoming a Clippers fan. Hopefully, Kobe will still have a few good years in him. I'm very involved with my kids' school. I've been in LA for 12 years. I grew up on the East Coast, and I used to live in Seattle before moving to LA. The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place. I like to exercise and stay healthy. I used to wrestle when I was in high school. I like to go on long walks with my dog - a labrador retriever. I play guitar. I like going to movies when I can find the time. I love to travel - especially to France and Italy. I love London and Paris. I also get to Hawaii when I can.
Peter Buchman L.A.
I have been a professional screenwriter in LA for the past fourteen years. I began my career as a playwright. I moved to Seattle from college and wrote there for nine years. While traveling through Turkey, I came across the story of Alexander the Great. I thought it would a great movie. That became my first screenplay. It was eventually sold for Martin Scorsese to direct. While the movie was never made (Oliver Stone made his own version of the story), it launched my career as an LA screenwriter. I moved down to LA, where I have been employed as a screenwriter ever since. My first assignment was writing a script for DreamWorks about a man who salvaged Wold War Two airplanes. Steven Spielberg liked the screenplay and brought me on board to write JURASSIC PARK III, which was heading into production in three months. It was a great education in how those bigger movies are made. My next produced movie was ERAGON, an adaptation of Christopher Paolini's best selling novel. I also wrote two movies about Che Guevara, CHE: PARTS ONE and TWO. Than was a very creatively satisfying experience. Both movies were directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred Benicio del Toro. While writing the screenplays, we took a number of incredible trips down to Cuba, where we interviewed anyone who knew Che. I was nominated for a Goya Award for CHE: PART ONE. Over the course of my career, I have had the good fortune of working with some wonderful directors, including Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and David Russell. Currently, I'm finishing up a script about Jack Garcia, who was one of the FBI's greatest undercover agents. The script is a true story about how Jack juggled as many as five undercover identities at the same time. He had five cell phones, five wardrobes, and five cars in the driveway. It's an amazing story. He even switched ethnicities. Though Jack is Cuban, he learned how to walk and talk like an Italian mobster and infiltrated the mob. Benicio del Toro is attached to star. I also just finished a big, post-apocalyptic sic-fi movie for Fox. It is based on an idea by John Moore, who is also attached to direct the movie.