Writer of Men In Tights JD Shapiro
Men in Tights
Today on The Neil Haley Show’s Caregiver Dave Celebrity Segment, Caregiver Dave and The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Writer of Men In Tights JD Shapiro.
jD SHAPIRO is an award winning writer/director and stand-up comedian. Most of those awards are great. One…not so much
jD grew up in Hell’s Kitchen with his dad but mostly in North Jersey with his mom and three sisters in a small house with one bathroom. The garage become jD’s sanctuary. And his imagination his playing field. As a young child his mom says he would take apart pens to see how they worked, and undressed his sister’s Barbie Dolls to see what was underneath This lead to a passion for storytelling and women. But not necessarily in that order
jD has sold over a dozen screenplays to almost every major Hollywood studio including, Warner Brothers, Disney, New Line, Miramax, Paramount & Twentieth Century Fox
jD has done rewrites and punch-ups on many stupid scripts, as well as served as Creative Consult on many great movies. Several of his movies went on to became Hollywood blockbusters; his movies earning well over a billion dollars. jD’s television deals include Fox, Big Ticket and Spelling Entertainment. Although jD writes in several genres, Mel Brooks called jD, “One of the greatest comic minds I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with”
jD and comic book legend Stan Lee worked together from 2002 to 2017 creating new comic book content. jD is very proud that Stan called him his “Protégé.” jD just finished his first book, “The Cat in The Hat”. He liked it so much he decided to write one of his own. Think Like a Man: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need was published by Austin Macauley Publishers. It is Now available to order on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and sold in Barnes & Nobel book stores, as well as many fine and not so fine book stores around the world,
jD wrote & directed the short movie, “Un Viaje.” It was shot in LA, Malibu, NYC, Madrid, Marbella, Lisbon and Venice, almost entirely on an iPhone. It was accepted into competition at several festival and got “Honorable Mention at “The Madrid Art Festival, 2017” were it competed against several very big budgets shorts
jD wrote the screenplay for the WWII drama, Four Days in April. Based on the true heroic story of a young Norwegian woman living in Sweden who helps change the course of WWII. It was influenced by Fyra Dagar I April, the important Swedish novel written by Magnus Alkarp. The Swedish Film Institute funded the develpment of, “Four Day’s” and due to their excitement SFI just hired jD to write another screenplay about teen empowerment during WW2. jD is working with horror director Andrew Ewin, writing Haunting Grounds based on the true story of a prison turned hostile in Canada.
jD caught the eye of Sir George Lucas after his directorial debut, We Married Margo won the Audience Award for Best Film at The HBO Comedy Festival. Lucas invited jD to Skywalker Ranch for a free sound mix and great advice Because the job of God was already taken, jD wrote, directed & starred in “Margo.” Besides the HBO Festival, Margo was in completion at several other prestigious festivals include; Slamdance, NY Film Festival, and The LA Comedy Festival, and the Pi Phan Film Festival. “Margo” won many awards for the movie, the writing, the directing and one for jD’s acting. New Line acquired Margo for release
We Married Margo
jD was the original writer of the infamous Battlefield Earth. Yep. That movie. His draft got John Travolta attached to play Johnny Goodbye Tyler. jD left the project due to creative differences with the studio, MGM. Travolta went on to play the Terl and BE went on to win the infamous, “Razzie Award: Worst Movie of the Decade.” To find out how Battlefield Earth became a mess read jD’s humorous NY Post piece: