Zak Penn

Zak Penn Biography

Zak Penn (born March 23, 1968) is an American screenwriter, film producer, and director. Penn wrote and directed the 2004 mockumentary film Incident at Loch Ness and the comedy The Grand, and co-wrote the scripts for X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Ready Player One and the story for The Avengers. With Michael Karnow, Penn is the co-creator of the TV series Alphas on the Syfy network.

Early life

Penn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1990. His screenplay for PCU was based on his experiences at the Eclectic Society house. He is the son of New York businessman and lawyer Arthur Penn, who led the acquisition of the Capital Markets Assurance Corporation from Citicorp.


Films that Penn has been involved in writing include Last Action Hero, Inspector Gadget, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Elektra. Penn wrote early drafts of Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers.

Penn is also a jury member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.

In July 2012, Avatar Press released the first issue of Penn's first comic book, Hero Worship. The six issue series is co-written with Star Wars: The Clone Wars screenwriter Scott Murphy and drawn by Michael DiPascale. It centers on Zenith, an indestructible hero who has fans following every disaster, trying to catch a glimpse of the ultimate celebrity and risking their own lives in the process. One fan becomes so obsessed that it leads to the development of his own powers.

He directed the documentary film Atari: Game Over.



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer
1993 Last Action Hero Co-story writer with Adam Leff
1994 PCU Co-screenwriter with Adam Leff
1997 Men in Black
1998 Antz Story consultant
1999 Inspector Gadget Co-screenwriter with Kerry Ehrin
2000 Charlie's Angels Script revisions
2001 Behind Enemy Lines Co-screenwriter with David Veloz
2003 X2 Co-story writer with David Hayter and Bryan Singer
2004 Incident at Loch Ness directorial debut; Co-screenwriter with Werner Herzog
Suspect Zero Co-screenwriter Billy Ray
2005 Elektra Co-screenwriter with Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Co-screenwriter with Simon Kinberg
2007 The Grand Co-screenwriter with Matt Bierman
2008 The Incredible Hulk Story; with uncredited screenwriting rewrites by Edward Norton
2012 The Avengers Co-story writer with Joss Whedon
2014 Atari: Game Over Documentary; on-screen appearance
2018 Ready Player One Co-screenwriter with Ernest Cline
TBA ROM: Spaceknight In development
Untitled Matrix film In development
Suicide Squad 2 In development;Script treatment
Untitled Booster Gold film In development;Co-story writer with Zack Stentz


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Creator/Showrunner
2011 Alphas co-created with Michael Karnow

Video games

Year Title Credited as Notes
Creative director Writer Technical director
2005 Fantastic Four Credited for game story and dialogue
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Credited for screenplay

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