Director, writer and producer John Lee Hancock has established himself as a rare and distinctive voice in cinematic story-telling. His work as writer and director on The Blind Side led to two Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress), garnering Sandra Bullock her very first Oscar.
John’s current feature film is Saving Mr. Banks, playing at this year’s Napa Valley Film Festival and starring an impressive ensemble cast includingTom Hanks, EmmaThompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Kathy Baker, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak and Bradley Whitford.
Previous film credits include: The Alamo, which he directed and co-wrote, starring Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric and Patrick Wilson; The Rookie which he directed, starring Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, and Brian Cox; My Dog Skip which he co-produced, starring Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, and Kevin Bacon; and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey, and A Perfect World starring Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, and Laura Dern, both of which he wrote with Clint Eastwood directing.
Upcoming projects include: The American Can for which he wrote the screenplay. The Columbia Pictures film will be directed by Ed Zwick and stars Will Smith. Another writing project in the works is The Goree Girls, a Dreamworks SKG film starring Jennifer Aniston.
On top of his ongoing writing and directing work, John also serves as an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab.