Justin Haythe

Justin Haythe (born September 16, 1973) is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His first short story was published by Harper's Magazine. His book The Honeymoon was long-listed for The Booker Prize in 2004. He wrote the screenplays for the 2004 film The Clearing, the 2008 film Revolutionary Road and 2018's Red Sparrow. He worked on the 2013 action films Snitch and The Lone Ranger, as well as the 2017 horror film A Cure for Wellness.

Haythe lives in New York City, United States.

Early life

Born in London, Haythe is a graduate of The American School in London and Middlebury College. He earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. His debut novel, The Honeymoon, was longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Haythe has plans to write another novel.

Screenwriting career

Haythe wrote the screenplay of the 20th Century Fox thriller The Clearing. The film was released on July 2, 2004, and was later released on DVD on November 9, 2004. It was directed by Pieter Jan Brugge, and starred Helen Mirren and Robert Redford.

Haythe wrote the screenplay to Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates, and based on the popular 1961 book of the same name by Richard Yates. The film was released on December 26, 2008 and was nominated for a USC Scripter Award as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay[1]

After, Haythe was a co-writer and executive producer of Snitch, a 2013 action-thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. The project was first set up in 2004 by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, partners at Spitfire Pictures. They were inspired by a Frontline documentary about how changes to the federal drug policy of the United States encouraged the incarcerated to snitch on their accomplices.[2] Haythe also helped rewrite The Lone Ranger, a 2013 Disney/Bruckheimer-produced re-imagining of the iconic radio character, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp.[3] The script was originally written by Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek scribes Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, and had more of a supernatural element with werewolves and "ghost coyotes", which was ultimately toned down in the finished film.[4]

Haythe reunited with Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski to write A Cure for Wellness, a 2016 science fiction psychological horror thriller film.[5] He wrote a draft of the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He wrote the Cold War spy thriller Red Sparrow, released in 2018, starring Jennifer Lawrence.


Year Film Credit Notes
2004 The Clearing Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote story with Pieter Jan Brugge
2008 Revolutionary Road Screenplay by Based on the novel by Richard Yates
2013 Snitch Written by, executive producer Co-wrote with Ric Roman Waugh
The Lone Ranger Written by Co-wrote with Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
2016 A Cure for Wellness Screenplay by, story by, executive producer Co-wrote story with Gore Verbinski
2018 Red Sparrow Screenplay by Based on the novel by Jason Matthews
Bohemian Rhapsody Executive producer
2021 Morbius Screenplay by Uncredited
TBA Charlie Johnson in the Flames Screenplay by Based on the novel by Michael Ignatieff


  1. ^ IMDb: Awards for Revolutionary Road Retrieved 2012-01-03
  2. ^ https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/cases/joeydad.html
  3. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (2009-02-12). "Lone Ranger's Revolutionary Writer". IGN. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  4. ^ https://variety.com/2013/film/news/disney-jerry-bruckheimer-see-lone-ranger-as-new-genre-bending-superhero-1200501501/
  5. ^ Han, Angie (December 21, 2016). "Interview: Gore Verbinski on Returning to Horror With "A Cure for Wellness"". Retrieved March 2, 2017. Gore Verbinski: Well, there’s this book by Thomas Mann called The Magic Mountain that we’re both fans of, and that book deals with people in a sanitarium in the Alps, clutching on to their sickness like a badge before the outbreak of World War I. We wanted to explore this sense of denial and say, well, what if that was a genre?

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