Writer/Director Chris Weitz most recently directed A Better Life, a poignant, multi-generational story about a father’s love and everything a parent will sacrifice to build a better life for his child, which Summit Entertainment will release on June 24th, 2011.
Weitz previously directed New Moon, based on the second novel in the best-selling Twilight series, which has grossed over $700 million worldwide. He also adapted, and directed, the Oscar-winning epic fantasy adventure The Golden Compass. Based on Philip Pullman’s best-selling and award-winning first novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass was released by New Line Cinema and has grossed over $350 million worldwide.
Weitz previously co-directed, with his brother, Paul, the award-winning hit film About a Boy, adapting the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel. The screenplay received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Critics and Humanitas; the film was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year and was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Weitz's first directorial collaboration with Paul was on American Pie, the phenomenally successful first installment of the PIE franchise, which was followed by American Pie 2 and the final installment, American Wedding, both of which he also executive produced.
Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline (adapting the popular children's book).
In 1999, Weitz and his brother formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company through which he and Paul produced the critically acclaimed film, In Good Company, directed by Paul; the comedy American Dreamz, starring Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid, also directed by Paul; the hit romantic comedy, Nick & Norah’s Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; and Tom Ford’s award-winning drama A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit Chuck & Buck.