Weitz, Chris: Director-Producer (2008)

CHRIS WEITZ is the producer of Peter Sollett's new romantic feature, “Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.”

Chris Weitz most recently adapted, and directed, the Oscar-winning epic fantasy adventure “The Golden Compass” starring Nicole Kidman (The Hours), newcomer Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliott (We Were Soldiers), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale).

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 also executive produced the comedy American Dreamz, which was directed by his brother and collaborator Paul Weitz, and starred Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid. 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.

Weitz previously co-directed, with his brother, the award-winning hit film About a Boy, adapting the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel. The screenplay received an Academy AwardĤ 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 American 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). Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit Chuck & Buck.

Depth of Field's diverse slate of upcoming projects includes The Game, based on Neil Strauss' dating tome which Dan Weiss will adapt and the company will produce with Spyglass; and the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock's fantasy epic The Elric Saga.