Screenwriter Profile: Melissa Mathison

The Writer:

Melissa Mathison is the creative mind behind such acclaimed films as The Black Stallion, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, and Kundun. An activist, good friend of the Dalai Lama, and one of the more noted female screenwriters in the business, Melissa has made her mark in film, television, and print.


Kundun (written by) – 1997

The Indian in the Cupboard (screenplay) – 1995

Son of the Morning Star (TV movie) (teleplay) – 1991

Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment 2 / as Josh Rogan) – 1983

The Escape Artist (screenplay) – 1982

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (written by) – 1982

The Black Stallion (screenplay) – 1979


“You must be dead, because I don’t know how to feel. I can’t feel anything anymore.” (Elliot in E.T.)

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