Miles Millar

British/Australian screenwriter

Miles Millar
MilesMillarHeadshot.jpg
Born1967 (age 54–55)
Australia
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge 22
Occupation
  • Screenwriter
  • producer
  • showrunner
  • director

Miles Millar (born 1967[1]) is a British[2] screenwriter, showrunner, producer and director. He is known for co-creating the long-running Superman prequel television series Smallville and the upcoming Tim Burton Netflix Addams Family spin-off series Wednesday. He also co-created wuxia-influenced AMC TV series Into the Badlands and the epic fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles (based on the book trilogy by Terry Brooks), as well as co-writing films such as Jackie Chan's Shanghai Noon and Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man 2. He has worked alongside his writing/producing partner Alfred Gough since they met at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Early life

Millar grew up in Sydney, Australia but emigrated to the UK when he was 9. He was educated at Claremont Fan Court School, and is a graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge. Millar attended The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California where he teamed up with his writing partner Alfred Gough.

Millar and Gough sold their first script while still studying at USC. "Mango", a buddy-cop story where a cop who was allergic to animals was paired with an orangutan, sold to New Line Cinema for $400,000.[3] The film was never made, but proved to be a professional launching pad.

Career

Miles Millar and his writing partner Al Gough are prolific writers/producers. Their feature credits include Sami Rami's Spider-Man 2, the hit action-comedy Shanghai Noon, as well as its sequel Shanghai Knights both starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Other credits include the action-adventure The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Lethal Weapon 4, and I Am Number Four. They produced Hannah Montana: The Movie, based on the smash hit Disney Channel Series starring Miley Cyrus. The feature marked the first for the duo's production company. The films Millar and Gough have written or produced have a combined global box office in excess of one billion dollars.

Millar and Gough's work also spans the world of television. The duo created and served as executive producers of the critically acclaimed action-adventure series Smallville, which aired from 2001 to 2011. It is the longest-running comic book-based television series of all time, and was the No. 1 show in the history of The WB. Millar and Gough left the series in 2008, after seven seasons, breaking the news of their departure with an open letter posted to a Smallville fan site.[4] In 2010, Millar and Gough filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against WB Television, claiming the company had licensed Smallville to its co-owned WB and CW networks for excessively low fees, thereby cutting Millar and Gough out of tens of millions of dollars.[5] The lawsuit was finally settled in May 2013, mere weeks before a scheduled June trial; the terms of the settlement were not made known to the public.[5][6]

In 2015 Millar and Gough created The Shannara Chronicles an epic fantasy television series for MTV. It is an adaptation of The Sword of Shannara trilogy of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. It follows three heroes as they protect an ancient tree to stop the escape of banished demons. The series was filmed in the Auckland Film Studios and on location elsewhere in New Zealand. The series starred Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero and Manu Bennett. Jon Favreau was one of the executive producers along with Dan Farrah. The pilot episode was directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

The first season of The Shannara Chronicles premiered on MTV in the United States on January 5, 2016, and consisted of 10 episodes. MTV originally greenlit a second season in April 2016; however, in May 2017, it was announced that the series would relocate to Spike (now Paramount Network). The second season premiered on October 11, 2017, and concluded November 22, 2017. On January 16, 2018, it was announced that the series had been cancelled after two seasons and that the producers were shopping the series to other networks. The series was later considered officially concluded but has since generated a cult following on Netflix.

In June 2015 Millar and Gough began production of Into the Badlands a series they created for AMC Networks. The martial arts drama was set in a gun free post apocalyptic America where warring barons had personal armies of lethally trained fighters. The series was notable as one of the only hour long dramas in American television history to feature an Asian American (Daniel Wu) as its lead. The show was a ratings hit, but received a mix response from critics. Nick Frost joined the cast in season two and proved a very popular addition to the fans of the series. The show's mythology was very loosely based on the classic Chinese text, Journey to the West. Each episode featured intricate martial arts fights that were staged and directed by legendary Hong Kong fight choreographers Huen Chiu Ku (aka Master Dee Dee Ku) and Andy Cheng. The series starred Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Emily Beecham, Aramis Knight and Orla Brady. The first season was filmed in New Orleans, but subsequent seasons were shot in and around Dublin, Ireland. Into The Badlands ran for 32 episodes and was cancelled due to a regime change at AMC Networks. Millar directed episodes 13 and 14 in season three of the series.

In October 2020, Millar and Gough sold a series to Netflix based on the character of Wednesday Addams. The series was created by Millar and Gough and Tim Burton teamed with the duo as an executive producer and directed the first four episodes. Wednesday [7]represents Burton's first foray into television and stars Jenna Ortega in the title role. The series also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez Addams as well as Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems.

Millar and Gough created two other short-lived tv series; The Strip starring Sean Patrick Flannery, the ABC reboot of Charlie's Angels. Both ran 8 episodes.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Writer Producer
1996 E=mc2 Associate
1997 Double Tap Yes
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Yes
2000 Shanghai Noon Yes
2002 Showtime Yes
2003 Shanghai Knights Yes
2004 Spider-Man 2 Story
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Yes
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Yes
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Yes
2011 I Am Number Four Yes
2012 Bullet to the Head Yes
TBA The Machine Yes
TBA Shanghai Dawn Story Executive

Television

Year Title Director Writer Producer Creator Notes
1996–1997 Bugs Yes 2 episodes
1997–1998 Timecop Yes Yes 9 episodes (written 3 episodes)
1998 Black Jaq Story Television film
1998–1999 Martial Law Yes Co-Producer Co-produced 2 episodes (written 4 episodes)
1999 Made Men Yes Television film
1999–2000 The Strip Yes Executive Yes 10 episodes (written 2 episodes)
2001–2011 Smallville Yes Yes Executive Developer 217 episodes (written 13 episodes / directed episode "Memoria")
2006 Aquaman Yes Executive Unsold pilot
2011 Charlie's Angels Yes Executive Developer 8 episodes (written 4 episodes)
2015–2019 Into the Badlands Yes Yes Executive Yes 32 episodes (written 10 episodes / directed 2 episodes)
2016–2017 The Shannara Chronicles Yes Executive Yes 20 episodes (written 5 episodes)
2022 Wednesday Yes Executive Yes

References

  1. ^ http://greatfilmdirectors.com/Miles-Millar/[dead link]
  2. ^ Brits in Hollywood: Miles Millar – BBC
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (10 February 1994). "'Mango' Lined Up". Variety. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (3 April 2008). "Gough, Millar Exit 'Smallville'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ a b Melrose, Kevin (21 May 2013). "Warner Bros & Smallville Creators Settle Multi-million Dollar Fight". CBR.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ Gardner, Eriq (20 May 2013). "Warner Bros. Wraps Smallville Lawsuit by Settling with Writers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (22 October 2020). "'Addams Family' Live-Action TV Series From Tim Burton Heats Up TV Marketplace". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

External links

  • Miles Millar at IMDb
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