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Scott Z. Burns is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 1 january 1962 at Golden Valley (USA)

Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns
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Nationality USA
Birth 1 january 1962 (58 years) at Golden Valley (USA)

Scott Z. Burns (born 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. Burns has written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Informant! (2009), and Contagion (2011), all of which feature Matt Damon. His films The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects were directed by Steven Soderbergh. Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth.

Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota and graduated in 1985 with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota.

Biography

Originaire de Golden Valley, Scott Burns fréquente l'université du Minnesota où il décroche un diplôme en anglais en 1985.

Sa carrière cinématographique débute principalement en 2006, année durant laquelle sort le long-métrage Pu-239, qu'il a écrit et réalisé. Le film est présenté au Festival international du film de Toronto 2006. Il produit également le documentaire Une vérité qui dérange (An Inconvenient Truth) de Davis Guggenheim avec Al Gore, qui revient sur les changements climatiques.

Il participe ensuite à l'écriture de La Vengeance dans la peau, 3e volet de la saga Jason Bourne, qui sort en 2007. Après plusieurs courts-métrages, il écrit The Informant!, réalisé par Steven Soderbergh et qui sort en 2009. Il retrouve le réalisateur à deux reprises : Contagion (2011) et Effets secondaires (2013). Il participe ensuite à des réécritures de La Planète des Singes : L'Affrontement, nouveau film de la saga La Planète des singes et suite directe de La Planète des singes : Les Origines (2011) mais n'est pas crédité au générique.

Il collabore à nouveau avec Steven Soderbergh pour The Laundromat, un film sur les Panama Papers prévu pour 2019 sur Netflix.

Best films

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
(Scriptwriter)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
(Director)
Contagion (2011)
(Scriptwriter)
Side Effects (2013)
(Scriptwriter)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
(Producer)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Scott Z. Burns (14 films)

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Director

The Report
The Report (2019)
, 2h
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Maura Lynn Tierney, Michael C. Hall
Rating71% 3.598843.598843.598843.598843.59884
Après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, la CIA se lance dans la guerre contre le terrorisme en pratiquant notamment des interrogatoires brutaux voire sadiques sur les détenus arrêtés et emprisonnés. Membre importante du Parti démocrate, la sénatrice Dianne Feinstein charge l'un de ses hommes, Daniel J. Jones, de mener une enquête sur leurs méthodes douteuses et immorales, dissimulées au peuple américain. Son investigation explosive révèle leur technique d'interrogatoire renforcée protégée et adoubée par le gouvernement américain, qui donna leur soutien et leur accord à la CIA pour qu'elle torture les suspects afin de leur soutirer des informations capitales. Après plusieurs années de recherches prouvant l'existence de ces pratiques cruelles passées sous silence, Jones rédige un rapport d'environ 500 pages, commandé par la United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, mais sa publication s'avère plus compliquée que prévu. En effet, la Maison-Blanche et la CIA mettent tout en œuvre pour étouffer les révélations de son enquête.
The Bourne Ultimatum, 1h56
Directed by Paul Greengrass, Frank Marshall, Tony Gilroy, George Nolfi, Scott Z. Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Road movies
Actors Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Édgar Ramírez
Rating79% 3.997283.997283.997283.997283.99728
Following his pursuit by Kirill, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) evades Moscow police. Six weeks later, CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) divulges the audiotaped confession of Ward Abbott, the late former head of Operation Treadstone, to Director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn). Meanwhile, in Turin, journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) of The Guardian meets an informant to learn about Jason and Operation Blackbriar, the program succeeding Treadstone. The CIA tracks Ross as he returns to London, after his mention of "Blackbriar" during a cell-phone call to his editor is detected by the ECHELON system. Jason reappears in Paris to inform Martin Kreutz (Daniel Brühl), the step-brother of his girlfriend Marie Helena Kreutz (Franka Potente) of her assassination in India.
Pu-239
Pu-239 (2006)
, 1h37
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Oscar Isaac, Jason Flemyng, Steven Berkoff
Rating68% 3.447263.447263.447263.447263.44726
Timofey Berezin (Paddy Considine) works at a former top-secret, badly run and aged nuclear reprocessing facility plant in Skotoprigonyevsk-16, a former closed city and a naukograd. At the film's outset, he is exposed to radioactive contamination while selflessly trying to stop a criticality malfunction. The facility's draconian managers maintain his exposure was a survivable 100 rems, while accusing him of sabotage and suspending him without pay. Loyal coworkers, however, help Timofey discover the truth that he was exposed to 1,000 rems of radiation. Suffering from acute radiation poisoning, he has only days to live.

Scriptwriter

No Time to Die
Directed by Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Daniel Craig, Helena Bonham Carter, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw
Roles Ecrivain

James Bond n'est plus en service et profite d'une vie tranquille aux côtés de Madeleine Swann. Mais son répit est de courte durée car l'agent de la CIA Felix Leiter fait son retour pour lui demander son aide. Sa mission, qui est de secourir un scientifique kidnappé, va se révéler plus traître que prévu, et mener 007 sur la piste de Safin, un ennemi possédant une nouvelle technologie particulièrement dangereuse.
The Laundromat, 1h35
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Actors Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, David Schwimmer, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Patrick
Roles Writer
Rating62% 3.1474153.1474153.1474153.1474153.147415
Après s'être fait extorquer l'argent de son assurance, une veuve en colère enquête jusqu'au Panama, où deux avocats rusés dissimulent de l'argent pour les super riches.
The Report
The Report (2019)
, 2h
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Maura Lynn Tierney, Michael C. Hall
Rating71% 3.598843.598843.598843.598843.59884
Après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, la CIA se lance dans la guerre contre le terrorisme en pratiquant notamment des interrogatoires brutaux voire sadiques sur les détenus arrêtés et emprisonnés. Membre importante du Parti démocrate, la sénatrice Dianne Feinstein charge l'un de ses hommes, Daniel J. Jones, de mener une enquête sur leurs méthodes douteuses et immorales, dissimulées au peuple américain. Son investigation explosive révèle leur technique d'interrogatoire renforcée protégée et adoubée par le gouvernement américain, qui donna leur soutien et leur accord à la CIA pour qu'elle torture les suspects afin de leur soutirer des informations capitales. Après plusieurs années de recherches prouvant l'existence de ces pratiques cruelles passées sous silence, Jones rédige un rapport d'environ 500 pages, commandé par la United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, mais sa publication s'avère plus compliquée que prévu. En effet, la Maison-Blanche et la CIA mettent tout en œuvre pour étouffer les révélations de son enquête.
The Mercy
The Mercy (2018)

Directed by James Marsh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Andrew Buchan, Ken Stott, Simon McBurney
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.999152.999152.999152.999152.99915
1968. Donald Crowhurst, un homme d’affaires anglais, passionné par la voile, est au bord de la faillite. Pour sauver son entreprise et vivre l’aventure dont il rêve depuis toujours, il décide de participer à la première course à la voile en solitaire pour remporter le grand prix. Soutenu par sa femme et ses enfants, il se lance alors dans cette incroyable odyssée à travers les mers du monde. Mais mal préparé et face à lui-même, Crowhurst rencontre très vite de graves difficultés…
The Mercy
The Mercy (2018)

Directed by James Marsh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Andrew Buchan, Ken Stott, Simon McBurney
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.999152.999152.999152.999152.99915
1968. Donald Crowhurst est un homme d’affaires anglais, passionné par la voile. Pour sauver son entreprise de la faillite, il décide de participer au Golden Globe Challenge, un tour du monde en solitaire. Il souhaite ainsi remporter le grand prix. Avec le soutien de sa femme et ses enfants, Donald va donc se lancer dans cette incroyable aventure. Cependant, peu préparé, il va très vite devoir faire face à de graves difficultés.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1h56
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Politique, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Political films, Road movies, Buddy films, Heist films, Chase films
Actors Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris
Rating72% 3.648363.648363.648363.648363.64836
In 1963, professional thief turned CIA agent Napoleon Solo extracts Gaby Teller, daughter of Udo Teller, an alleged Nazi scientist turned United States collaborator at the end of World War II, from East Berlin, evading KGB operative Illya Kuryakin. He later reports to his superior, Saunders, who reveals that Teller’s uncle Rudi works in a shipping company owned by Alexander and Victoria Vinciguerra, a wealthy couple of Nazi sympathizers who intend to use Teller's father to build their own private nuclear weapon. Due to the potentially world-ending nature of this crisis, the CIA and KGB have reluctantly teamed up and Solo and Kuryakin are ordered to stop the Vinciguerras from succeeding, with both men secretly assigned to steal Udo Teller's research for their respective governments.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2h11
Directed by Matt Reeves, Rupert Wyatt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about apes, Films about disabilities, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films, Films about language and translation
Actors James Franco, Judy Greer, Kirk Acevedo, Gary Oldman, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Rating75% 3.796983.796983.796983.796983.79698
Ten years after the worldwide pandemic of the deadly ALZ-113 virus (known as the Simian Flu), human civilization is completely destroyed following martial law, civil unrest and the economic collapse of every country in the world. Over 90% of the human population has died in the pandemic, while apes with genetically enhanced intelligence have started to build a civilization of their own.
Side Effects, 1h46
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, David Costabile, Vinessa Shaw
Rating70% 3.5461553.5461553.5461553.5461553.546155
Emily Taylor's (Rooney Mara) husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released after serving a four-year prison sentence for insider trading. Shortly afterward, Emily drives her car into a concrete wall in an apparent suicide attempt. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), her assigned psychiatrist, fears for her safety but agrees to her release from the hospital as long as she attends sessions with him on a regular basis.
Contagion
Contagion (2011)
, 1h50
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Social science fiction, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about sexuality, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films
Actors Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet
Rating66% 3.349263.349263.349263.349263.34926
Returning from a Hong Kong business trip, Beth Emhoff has a layover in Chicago to have sex with a former lover before returning to her family in suburban Minneapolis. She appears to have contracted a cold during her trip. Her six-year-old son from a previous marriage, Clark, also becomes symptomatic and is sent home from school. Beth's condition worsens and two days later she collapses with severe seizures. Her husband, Mitch, rushes her to the hospital, but she dies of an unknown cause.
The Informant!, 1h48
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Scott Bakula, Matt Damon, Joel McHale, Eddie Jemison, Melanie Lynskey, Tom Papa
Rating63% 3.1990653.1990653.1990653.1990653.199065
Mark Whitacre, a rising star at Decatur, Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the early 1990s, blows the whistle on the company’s price-fixing tactics at the urging of his wife Ginger.
The Bourne Ultimatum, 1h56
Directed by Paul Greengrass, Frank Marshall, Tony Gilroy, George Nolfi, Scott Z. Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Road movies
Actors Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Édgar Ramírez
Rating79% 3.997283.997283.997283.997283.99728
Following his pursuit by Kirill, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) evades Moscow police. Six weeks later, CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) divulges the audiotaped confession of Ward Abbott, the late former head of Operation Treadstone, to Director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn). Meanwhile, in Turin, journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) of The Guardian meets an informant to learn about Jason and Operation Blackbriar, the program succeeding Treadstone. The CIA tracks Ross as he returns to London, after his mention of "Blackbriar" during a cell-phone call to his editor is detected by the ECHELON system. Jason reappears in Paris to inform Martin Kreutz (Daniel Brühl), the step-brother of his girlfriend Marie Helena Kreutz (Franka Potente) of her assassination in India.
Pu-239
Pu-239 (2006)
, 1h37
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Oscar Isaac, Jason Flemyng, Steven Berkoff
Roles Writer
Rating68% 3.447263.447263.447263.447263.44726
Timofey Berezin (Paddy Considine) works at a former top-secret, badly run and aged nuclear reprocessing facility plant in Skotoprigonyevsk-16, a former closed city and a naukograd. At the film's outset, he is exposed to radioactive contamination while selflessly trying to stop a criticality malfunction. The facility's draconian managers maintain his exposure was a survivable 100 rems, while accusing him of sabotage and suspending him without pay. Loyal coworkers, however, help Timofey discover the truth that he was exposed to 1,000 rems of radiation. Suffering from acute radiation poisoning, he has only days to live.