Award winning screenwriter John Penney has had 15 feature films produced from his screenplays over the course of his career to date. In addition to his screenplays, John has written short stories that have won him an award from the Adelphi Academy in New York, and have been published in the "Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
." In 2012 John wrote his first novel “Truck Stop
” and followed that up in 2013 with his second novel, “Killing Time.”
In 2011 John wrote and directed the supernatural thriller “Hellgate
” starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes. The film was awarded Best Film at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival as well as the Best Horror Film from the Fantasy Horror Awards in Italy, sponsored by Syfy Europe Universal. Prior writer-director credits include the thriller “Zyzzyx Road
” starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore, and the family film “Magic
” with Robert Davi and Christopher Lloyd.
Among the other many films that John has written are: "The Enemy
" starring Roger Moore, Luke Perry, Olivia D’abo; “Contaminated Man
” starring Peter Weller and William Hurt; "A Breed Apart
" with Robert Patrick, Andrew McCarthy; "In Pursuit
" with Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Schiffer , "Matter of Trust" with C. Thomas Howell. “The Kindred
” with Rod Steiger, "Return of the Living Dead 3
" with Mindy Clarke, "Past Perfect
" with Eric Roberts, Laurie Holden and “Amphibious 3D
” with Michael Pare.
John also served as a producer on his films “Zyzzyx Rd
” ,"A Breed Apart
", "Matter of Trust
" and "In Pursuit
” and is currently Executive Producing the feature “Reborn
” (2018) with Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Pare, Chaz Bono and Peter Bogdanovich which is in post-production.
He is also featured in the newly released book on screenwriting by Jose Prendes, “The High Concept Massacre
” along with fellow screenwriters Carl Gottlieb (“Jaws
”) Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza
” “Indecent Proposal
”) and Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys
” “Die Hard 2”
John currently teaches writing and directing at the Los Angeles Film School as well as the Directing Certificate Course and Pitching Certificate Course at Raindance, Los Angeles.