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      Fran Walsh

      Fran Walsh

      Highest Rated: 95% Heavenly Creatures (1994)

      Lowest Rated: 26% Mortal Engines (2018)

      Birthday: Jan 10, 1959

      Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

      Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his collaborator on low-budget cult classics like "Meet the Feebles" (1989) and "Braindead" (1992). As a writing partner, she helped Jackson defy expectations with the lyrical tale of obsession and murder "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), a critically hailed effort that brought them to Hollywood for the Robert Zemeckis-produced horror-comedy "The Frighteners" (1996). Then, in a monumental undertaking, Walsh worked alongside Jackson as a co-writer, producer and even unofficial 2nd unit director on the first of a trilogy of films adapting the works of fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Nearly a decade after the project had begun, Walsh and Jackson capped it off with the third installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), which in addition to winning a Best Picture Oscar, earned Walsh an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other endeavors included the impressive remake of the monster classic "King Kong" (2005), followed by an underwhelming adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones" (2009). Walsh and Jackson returned Middle-earth once more, however, for another trilogy of eagerly anticipated films, beginning with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure" (2012). While Jackson received director's credit on each production, Walsh's creative DNA was undeniable and deeply imbedded in every film.


      THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Fran Walsh, 2003, (c) New Line



      26% 48% Mortal Engines Screenwriter,
      $15.9M 2018
      59% 74% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Screenwriter,
      $255.1M 2014
      75% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Screenwriter,
      $258.4M 2013
      95% 87% West of Memphis Producer $309.9K 2012
      64% 83% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenwriter,
      $303.0M 2012
      31% 52% The Lovely Bones Screenwriter,
      $44.0M 2009
      84% 50% King Kong Producer,
      $218.1M 2005
      94% 86% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Writer,
      $377.8M 2003
      95% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Writer,
      $342.6M 2002
      91% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Writer,
      $315.5M 2001
      67% 71% The Frighteners Writer $16.5M 1996
      No Score Yet 20% Jack Brown, Genius Writer - 1995
      95% 83% Heavenly Creatures Writer $870.8K 1994
      89% 86% Dead Alive Writer,
      $70.5K 1992
      72% 73% Meet the Feebles Writer - 1990