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Chris Weitz

Chris Weitz is a notable American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Chris Weitz is best known for collaborating with his brother Paul on the comedies American Pie and About a Boy.

Early Life and Childhood

Chris Weitz was born Christopher John Weitz on 30th November 1969, in New York City, New York U.S. His age is currently 54 years old. He was born to his parents John Weitz (father) and Susan Kohner (mother).

Likewise, his father is a novelist/menswear designer and his mother is a popular actress. He has three siblings brothers named Paul Weitz, Robert Weitz, and Karen Weitz Curtis.

His brother Paul Weitz is also a filmmaker. Likewise, he holds American nationality but his ethnicity is unknown. According to his date of birth, he was born under the zodiac sign Scorpio.

Education

When he was younger, Weitz attended Allen-Stevenson School alongside his brother and participated in the Knickerbocker Greys, a venerable youth marching band that has been active in New York City since 1881. Weitz attended the boarding school St Paul’s School in London when he was 14 years old, where his father had also gone. He received an English degree from Trinity College in Cambridge.

Career

Early Career (1998-2006)

Weitz and his brother worked together a lot in his early career. They have written screenplays that have received both credit and no credit. With the 1998 animated film Antz, Weitz co-wrote his first screenplay.

He then worked on several sitcoms, including Off Center and the 1998 revival of the TV show Fantasy Island, which debuted in 1977. The two theatrical sequels of the movie enlisted Weitz’s return as executive producer. He co-directed his second movie, the Chris Rock comedy Down to Earth, in 2001 with his brother.

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Caption: Chris Weitz’s movie
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Moreover, The Hugh Grant movie About a Boy, which was adapted from the Nick Hornby book, was co-written and co-directed by the Weitz brothers in 2002. The main character is an American, and Robert De Niro produced the movie when it was first conceived at New Line Cinema.

The Britishness of the character, according to the brothers, is crucial. The 1960 motion picture The Apartment served as inspiration. They were candidates for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Weitz has worked on several movies, including In Good Company and American Dreamz, both of which his brother Paul directed.

The Golden Compass (2007)

Weitz approached the studio with an uninvited 40-page treatment and was eventually hired to helm the New Line Cinema adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Due to creative differences with New Line, Tucker left the project in 2006, and Weitz took over as director after receiving a letter from Pullman pleading with him to think again.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Weitz was named the director of the Twilight sequel, which is a movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel New Moon, in December 2008. Weitz claimed that he felt under a great deal of pressure to live up to the high standards set by the devoted fan base.

In November 2009, one year after the first movie was released, The Twilight Saga: New Moon debuted. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had previously held the record for the largest midnight opening in domestic box office history, but New Moon broke it by earning an estimated $26.3 million in 3,514 theaters.

Moreover, the movie surpassed The Dark Knight’s $67.2 million domestic opening day total by earning $72.7 million, becoming the biggest domestic single-day opening in history. The top ten domestic box office films for the first time had a combined gross of over $100 million in a single day, thanks in large part to this opening weekend.

Other Projects

A Better Life, a film by Eric Eason about a Hispanic gardener and his son looking for their stolen truck in Los Angeles, was released by Summit Entertainment in June 2011. This movie stands out among Hollywood productions because it is set in a Hispanic neighborhood and has a cast that is almost entirely Hispanic.

Weitz claimed that because his grandmother is Mexican, making the movie gave him the chance to research and learn more about his Hispanic heritage. The movie received an Oscar nomination.

Furthermore, the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One (2016), directed by Gareth Edwards, was written by Weitz. Weitz replaces Gary Whitta and collaborates on the writing with renowned director Tony Gilroy.

The script for Fox 2000 The Mountain Between Us, a movie based on Charles Martin’s book of the same name, was co-written by Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe in 2017. Weitz will pen the screenplay for the same-sex marriage drama 21 Years to Midnight, which is based on the Obergefell v. Hodges court case.

Moreover, Operation Finale, a 2018 MGM historical drama thriller film written by Matthew Orton and directed by Weitz, is about the Mossad and Shin Bet teams that captured Adolf Eichmann. Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, and Joe Alwyn all starred in the movie.

Acting

Chris Weitz has also occasionally worked as an actor, starring in the 2000 comedy movie Chuck & Buck and portraying a stereotypical suburbanite in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Author

Chris Weitz created a young adult novel trilogy series that debuted in 2014 with The Young World and continued in 2015 with The New Order and in 2016 with The Revival. In a post-apocalyptic world where all adults older than 18 are killed off by a disease, the series follows a group of teenagers who are trying to survive. Weitz claimed that he drew inspiration from Marvin Minsky’s Society of Mind theory of natural intelligence when he wrote the loosely autobiographical tales about his upbringing in New York City.

Personal Life

Chris Weitz holds straight sexuality. As for his marital status, he is a married man. He tied the knot with Mercedes Martinez. They met for the first time at the Burning Man festival. They are the parents of two kids named Sebastian Weitz (son) and Athena Weitz (daughter). However, more details about their wedding are not available.

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Caption: Chris Weitz with his wife
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Moreover, Chris Weitz and Paul Devitt co-invested in the Japanese restaurant and club Tokio on N. Cahuenga in Los Angeles in 2004. Weitz tweeted on November 11 of that year, following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.” Several Trump supporters have used the hashtag #DumpStarWars and asserted that Rogue One contained an anti-Trump scene even though he had apologized and deleted the tweet.

Chris Weitz – Net Worth 2024

This professional film director has earned a hefty amount of money throughout his career. Chris Weitz has a net worth of $5 million as of 2024. But he hasn’t disclosed his salary and other asset values.

Social Media

Despite being a popular face, Chris Weitz is not active on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. He likes to keep his personal life away from the limelight of the media.

Chris Weitz – Body Measurements

Talking about his physical appearance, he has a stunning body personality. Chris Weitz stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch with a moderate weight. However, there are no details about his body size, dress size, shoe size, waist size, and so on. He has a pair of dark brown eyes with black colored hair.