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Chris Sparling

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Chris Sparling
Born (1977-03-21) March 21, 1977 (age 44)
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, film producer
Spouse(s)Kerri Morrone Sparling

Chris Sparling (born March 21, 1977) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer from Providence, Rhode Island.


Upon graduating from Roger Williams University and Bridgewater State University with degrees in Criminal Justice, and after writing, directing, and producing several low-budget independent films,[1] Sparling found mainstream success when his feature length screenplay Buried was purchased by producer Peter Safran. Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés and actor Ryan Reynolds worked on the project.

The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to high critical praise[2][3] and was eventually sold to Lionsgate Films.[4] After later playing additional film festivals worldwide—including the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as winning the Méliès d'Or Award[5] at the Sitges Film Festival—it received a limited theatrical release in September 2010, earning over $18 million worldwide.[6] The film was later released on DVD in January 2011.

Sparling was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the 2010 National Board of Review for Buried and the film was selected as on the 10 Best Independent Films of 2010. He also won a Goya Award in 2011 for Best Original Screenplay,[7] and he was nominated for a Gaudi Award[8] as well in the same category.

Sparling later wrote the script ATM,[9] a suspense thriller produced by Peter Safran and shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the fall of 2010 [10] and released in 2012 by IFC Films. He also wrote Reincarnate for producer M. Night Shyamalan, the second film of a three-part series known as The Night Chronicles.[11][12]

In 2014, Sparling was hired by Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio to adapt the crime novel Blood on Snow, written by author Jo Nesbø. This same year, his original screenplay, The Sea of Trees, went into production, starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, and Ken Watanabe, and directed by Gus Van Sant.[13]

Variety named Sparling one of "10 Screenwriters to Watch" in its November 2014 issue.[14][15] Two months later, Sparling's horror-thriller film The Atticus Institute, which he both wrote and directed, was released by Anchor Bay Films. Universal Pictures distributed the film internationally. His directorial follow-up, "Mercy", was released by Netflix in 2016.

He later wrote the 2020 film "Greenland", which opened at number one at the box office in 26 countries and earned positive reviews from critics. The film stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, and was directed by Ric Roman Waugh. He will also write its sequel, titled Greenland: Migration, which was announced at the 2021 Cannes Film Market. 2021 also saw the release of two films he both wrote and produced: Lakewood, starring Naomi Watts and directed by Phillip Noyce, and Intrusion, a Netflix Original starring Frieda Pinto.


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 An Uzi at the Alamo Yes Yes Yes
2007 Balance Yes Yes Yes Short film
2010 Buried No Yes No
2012 ATM No Yes No
2015 The Atticus Institute Yes Yes Co-producer
The Sea of Trees No Yes Yes
2016 Mercy Yes Yes No
2018 The Warning No Yes No
Down a Dark Hall No Yes No
2020 Greenland No Yes No
2021 Lakewood No Yes Yes


  1. ^ Chris Sparling, IMDB page
  3. ^ Buried - Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Sundance: Ryan Reynolds' 'Buried' sold to Lionsgate.
  5. ^ Buried wins the Méliès d'Or
  6. ^ Buried  - Box Office Mojo
  7. ^ Bardem among Spain's Goya winners - Kudos for Buried
  8. ^ Catalan Oscars to be celebrated tonight Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ ATM, IMDB page
  10. ^ Chris Sparling’s ATM Details Revealed
  11. ^ MRC And M. Night Shyamalan 'Reincarnate'
  12. ^ Daniel Stamm to Helm Next M. Night Shyamalan “Night Chronicles” Picture, REINCARNATE
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (30 July 2014). "'Sea Of Trees' With Matthew McConaughey Begins Lensing In Massachusetts, Japan". Deadline.
  14. ^ The Atticus Institute Image Gallery Possesses the Internet
  15. ^ "Whistler Film Festival Spotlights Variety's 10 Screenwriters to watch". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-02-13.

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