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Paul Weitz was an Academy Award nominee with his brother Chris Weitz, and Peter Hedges, as screenwriters of About a Boy, adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name. Paul and Chris Weitz also shared Writers Guild of America and BAFTA Award nominations and were the directors of the movie, which starred Golden Globe Award nominee Hugh Grant, BAFTA Award nominee Toni Collette, and Nicholas Hoult. Robert De Niro was one of the movie’s producers.
Paul Weitz next wrote and directed In Good Company, starring Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace; and the satire American Dreamz, reteaming him with Mr. Quaid and Hugh Grant. He subsequently directed Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, starring John C. Reilly and Chris Massoglia, which he adapted from Darren Shan’s book; and the hit Little Fockers, starring Robert De Niro.
His first directorial credit was on the blockbuster American Pie, which was the breakthrough movie for a host of actors, and which he made with his brother. The two have been executive producers on the movie’s three theatrical sequels, including the April 2012 release American Reunion.
Paul and Chris Weitz’s production company, Depth of Field, has made several notable movies. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist starred Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, and was directed by Peter Sollett from Lorene Scafaria’s screenplay adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel. This was followed by Tom Ford’s A Single Man, adapted by Mr. Ford and David Scearce from Christopher Isherwood’s novel. For his performance in the title role, Colin Firth received his first Academy Award nomination; Julianne Moore was a Golden Globe Award nominee for her portrayal. The most recent Depth of Field project was A Better Life, directed by Chris Weitz from Eric Eason’s screenplay and Roger L. Simon’s story, and starring Demián Bichir and José Julián. Paul and Chris Weitz have signed a first-look television production deal with Fox TV Studios, having worked in television prior as producers on such series as Lone Star.
As a playwright, Paul Weitz has enjoyed a long association with off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, which has debuted productions of his plays Trust, Privilege, Show People, and – premiering in the spring of 2012 – Lonely, I’m Not. His other plays include Roulette.