John Requa

John Requa

American screenwriter, producer and director
Country: USA

Biography of John Requa

John Requa is an American screenwriter, producer, and director known for his work in the film industry. He has collaborated with Glenn Ficarra on various projects, including the gay dramedy "I Love You Phillip Morris," starring Jim Carrey and Ewen McGregor. Requa and Ficarra also worked together on the scripts for films such as "Cats & Dogs," "Bad Santa," and the remake of "Bad News Bears" in 2005.

John Requa

Growing up in Burien, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, Requa attended Highline High School and graduated in 1985. His talent for writing became evident when he created and performed a sketch called "Fernbusters" at a high school reunion. This sketch drew inspiration from the universe of "Ghostbusters" and the classic "The Killer Trees" sketch from "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. At another reunion, John came up with another sketch about an all-powerful creator named Sven.

John Requa

During his time at Highline High School, Requa crossed paths with Dana Newton, now a senior producer on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," as well as Randy Dixon, a world-renowned improvisation master who led the production company "Unexpected Productions" in Seattle, and Mike Starr, the original bassist for rock band Alice in Chains and a participant in the reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

John Requa

Requa attended the Pratt Institute in the early 1990s, where he took film courses and met screenwriter Glenn Ficarra. Their productive collaboration has continued ever since. Ficarra and Requa wrote several episodes of the popular animated series "The Angry Beavers," which aired on Nickelodeon from 1997 to 2001. The first episode they wrote was "Kandid Kreatures" in the second season, followed by "Dag for Night," "Un-Barry-ble," "Zooing Time," "Sans-a-Pelt," and "Gonna Getcha." They also wrote scripts for eleven more episodes in the third season.

After the success of "Cats & Dogs" and "Bad Santa," Requa and Ficarra were set to direct their own script for the film "Jack Tucker, Trucker," starring Woody Harrelson. An article about the film was published in Variety on February 10, 2004. However, it seems that "Jack Tucker, Trucker" was never produced, as it does not appear in the Internet Movie Database.

In 2015, Requa and Ficarra wrote and directed the crime drama "Focus," starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. The film became a box office success, earning three times its $50 million budget. They also wrote the script for the film "Pharm Girl" and are slated to direct the comedy "The Taliban Shuffle" in 2016, written by Robert Carlock.

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