Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Scott Alexander
Born (1963-06-16) June 16, 1963
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Alma mater USC School of Cinematic Arts
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1990–present
Children 3[1]
Larry Karaszewski
Born (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A.
Alma mater USC School of Cinematic Arts
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1990–present

Scott Alexander (born June 16, 1963, Los Angeles, California) and Larry Karaszewski (born November 20, 1961, South Bend, Indiana) are an American screenwriting team. They met at the University of Southern California where they were roommates; they graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts in 1985.[2]


Their first success was the popular but critically derided comedy Problem Child (1990). Alexander and Karaszewski claim that their original screenplay was a sophisticated black comedy, but that the studio watered it down into an unrecognizable state.[3]

In 1994, Alexander and Karaszewski persuaded Tim Burton to direct a biopic about Edward D. Wood, Jr. They wrote the screenplay in six weeks.[4]

Ed Wood led to a succession of offbeat biopics, including The People vs. Larry Flynt; Man on the Moon, about the short life of comedian Andy Kaufman; and Auto Focus, chronicling the downfall and subsequent murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane, which they produced. A script they penned about the life of Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe It or Not! was at one time attached to Jim Carrey, but like their scripts about The Marx Brothers, The Village People, Sid and Marty Krofft and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. "Rainbow Man", it has yet to be produced.

They also adapted Stephen King's short story 1408, did uncredited rewrites on Mars Attacks! and Hulk, and worked on a number of family films, such as Agent Cody Banks and the 1997 remake of That Darn Cat. In 2000, they made their directorial debut with Screwed. The film was not well received.

In 2007, they both appeared in the documentary Dreams on Spec, a film looking at the Hollywood creative process from the perspective of the writer.

The duo wrote Tim Burton's 2014 film Big Eyes, a biopic about painter Margaret Keane. They were slated to direct, but vacated later. They were also set to collaborate with Burton on a new stop-motion The Addams Family film, but the project was scrapped in 2013.[5]

They are currently working on their first television series, American Crime Story, which will be a true crime anthology drama with season one based on the O. J. Simpson trial.[6]



  1. "Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski". Final Draft. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  2. "An Evening with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski". November 2, 2010.
  3. "". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  5. Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2013. At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion The Addams Family are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
  6. Zuckerman, Esther (January 17, 2015). "Ryan Murphy to tackle O.J. Simpson case with 'American Crime Story'". Entertainment Weekly.

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