James V. Hart

James V. Hart

Hart Properties Inc.
Author, Producer and Screenwriter

New York City, New York

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About James

JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.

His writing/producing credits include; HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Other writing/producing credits include: MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENTSEIN, TUCK EVERLASTING, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: THE REAL STORY. SAHARA, LARA CROFT: TOMBRAIDER – THE CRADLE OF LIFE, AUGUST RUSH, and EPIC.

Hart is Executive Producer and co-writer on the animated feature, EPIC, with children’s book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate, William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created ICE AGE and ROBOTS with Joyce released in 2013.

TV projects include THE REPUBLIC OF PIRATES, AKA CROSSBONES, for NBC with Texas born writing partner, Amanda Welles, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects, SIRENS OF TITAN, PLAYER PIANO, and 2BR02B, with his son, Jake Hart, for SYFY and UCP.

STEELSKIN his new project for Actor/Director, Andy Serkis, and August Rush producer, Richard Lewis, is in development at Fox.

His world reknowned story mapping tool app, THE HART CHART, goes online at the 2015 Austin Film Festival

“Go with Gravity” is Hart’s primary mantra for the writing life.

Never Grow Up! Never Give Up!

j.v.hart@gmail.com


Unique traits: Creator and c0-Developer of the HartChart story mapping tool. Have conducted writing workshops all over the world for eQuinoxe, Sundance, Film Commissions. www.hartchart.com

Credits

  • Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

    Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (2018)
    Film Writer

  • Bangarang

    Bangarang (2017)
    Film Producer

  • Le Fossoyeur de Films

    Le Fossoyeur de Films (2017)
    TV Mini Archive footage

  • Epic

    Epic (2013)
    Film by Chris Wedge (Animation, Adventure, Family and Fantasy) Writer Young Mary Katherine (M.K.) returns to her eccentric scientist father's home, but his all-consuming quest to discover a tiny civilization in the neighboring forest drives them apart. However, M.K. soon finds herself shrunken down by Queen Tara of that forest who was mortally wounded by the putrefying Boggans, and charged to deliver a pod bearing the new Queen to safety. Together with a veteran Leafman warrior, two goofy mollusks and a young maverick, M.K. agrees to help. As the villainous Boggan leader, Mandrake closes in, M.K. and her new friends must draw on the best of themselves together and discover what they have to save their world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • D.Town

    D.Town (2008)
    Video by Juan Francisco de la Guardia (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Producer Gabriela Cruz is a photojournalism student at NDU, raised by her working-class mother on the wrong side of the tracks of D-Town. Gabby's life is changed forever when she receives a full scholarship to NDU, a university favored by Dallas' high society students embodied by her roommate, Ryan Hortan. As Gabriela seeks the truth about her life, she discovers that money plays a role in everything - from the pollution of a nearby river - to her family's secret past. Written by Anonymous

  • August Rush

    August Rush (2007)
    Film by Kirsten Sheridan (Drama and Music) Writer This is a story of a music prodigy. Lyla is a renowned and beautiful cellist and Louis is a guitar player and vocalist at a club. Lyla and Louis fall in love once they meet each other following the music. Since they have different lives, they have to separate without seeing each other again. However, Lyla has had their baby - Evan, a prodigy born to music. Lyla has an accident and bears the baby but Lyla's father gives the baby to an orphanage without telling her, for fear of affecting her career. After that, both Louis and Lyla give up their music careers. Eleven years later, poor little Evan believes that his parents are waiting for him and goes to New York to find them. In New York, his musical gift leads him to success but also gives him some trouble. A monger uses Evan to make money and prevents him from achieving success. He escapes and runs into a church and people there are surprised by his gift and send him to the best music school, Juilliard. There he receives an education ... Written by Dennis

  • The Last Mimzy

    The Last Mimzy (2007)
    Film by Robert Shaye (Family and Sci-Fi) Writer The siblings Noah and Emma travel with their mother Jo from Seattle to the family cottage in Whidbey Island to spend a couple of days while their workaholic father David Wilder is working. They find a box of toys from the future in the water and bring it home, and Emma finds a stuffed rabbit called Mimzy, and stones and a weird object, but they hide their findings from their parents. Mimzy talks telepathically to Emma and the siblings develop special abilities, increasing their intelligences to the level of genius. Their father becomes very proud when Noah presents a magnificent design in the fair of science and technology, and his teacher Larry White and his mystic wife Naomi Schwartz become interested in the boy when he draws a mandala. When Noah accidentally assembles the objects and activates a powerful generator creating a blackout in the state, the FBI arrests the family trying to disclose the mystery. But Emma unravels the importance to send Mimzy back to the future. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Sahara

    Sahara (2005)
    Film by Breck Eisner (Action, Adventure, Comedy and Thriller) Writer Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

  • La cerca

    La cerca (2005)
    Film by Summer-Joy Main (Drama, Short and Western) Miscellaneous Crew An aged Mexican man recounts a vivid memory of his youth: The year was 1959. At the age of 17, Niño arrived to California from Mexico to live with his father, Chappa, on a modest cattle ranch in the rural coastal Santa Lucia Mountains. Working tedious hours as a ranch-hand, Niño found himself trapped within the confines of a barbed wire world. Niño could not imagine a life different than the laborious one he led. That was, until a cow broke free from the herd and discovered a bizarre opening in the fence. Niño tracked the cow across the fence-line and into the wild unknown. Niño's discovery of the unexplored world beyond the barbed wire fence changed his life forever. Written by T.P.

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
    Film by Jan de Bont (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Writer Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon. Recruited by British Intelligence to get the orb back from Reiss, Lara recruits Terry Sheridan, a British marine turned mercenary (and her former love interest) to help. The two embark on an adventure that spans continents in an attempt to regain the orb... Written by Gavin Nelson

  • Mister Sterling

    Mister Sterling (2003)
    Television by Lawrence O'Donnell (Drama and Romance) Producer Bill Sterling, Jr. - a non-politico teacher at a Los Angeles correctional facility - is selected by the governor of California as a replacement for a deceased U.S. Senator, primarily thanks to the popularity of his father, a former governor. Upon arrival in Washington, Senator Sterling declares that he is not a member of either major political party. He approaches his job with a refreshing honesty and vibrance that breeds loyalty and fascination in his staff and bitterness among his colleagues. Written by Anon

  • Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting (2002)
    Film by Jay Russell (Drama, Romance, Family and Fantasy) Writer Tuck Everlasting is the story of a girl named Winnie and a family whom she meets, the Tucks. The Tucks have a secret, they're immortal.They drank water from a spring that was actually a fountain of youth. Until the end of time, they will stay that way. Winnie falls in love with one of the Tucks, Jesse, a "17"-year-old boy who shares the same feelings for her. Scared of death, Winnie must choose between being immortal and being with Jesse or following the circle of life and dying someday. The Tucks try to teach her how she shouldn't fear death, how they would give anything to die. It teaches the importance and understanding of life and death.It shows that you should not fear death, but to fear an unlived life. Written by Katie C.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story

    Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)
    TV Movie by Brian Henson (Drama, Adventure and Fantasy) Writer Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally giant skeleton and a mysterious woman who claims to have once known the giant. Jack decides to go with her to another world where all is revealed to him along with the story of his ancestor, the original Jack and the Beanstalk. In order to save his own life and the world of the giants, Jack must right the wrongs of the past and return the magical harp and goose that lays the golden eggs to their rightful home. Written by Max Vaughn

  • Contact

    Contact (1997)
    Film by Robert Zemeckis (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Writer Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, ... Written by Huggo

  • Muppets Treasure Island

    Muppets Treasure Island (1996)
    Video Game by Brian Henson (Action, Comedy and Family) Writer This PC game starts in the Benbow Inn as you play as Jim Hawkins from a first person view. Billy Bones tells the story about the Treasure Map and the one legged man. Stevenson the Parrot and the Ghost of Captain Flint helps Jim Hawkins find the 4 compass rocks and the treasure map. Blind Pew and his pirate mob invades the Inn as Jim finds the Treasure Map. Jim, Rizzo the Rat and Gonzo escape in the cart to Bristol. They present the map at the mansion to Squire Trelawney as Fozzie the bear. Then they meet up Mr. Arrow and Captain Smollett as Kermit the frog and even meet Long John Smith the one legged man at the Hispaniola ship, little does Jim Hawkins and his friends know that the pirates aboard the ship are plotting mutiny as they journey across the ocean to Treasure Island. And to finally meet Benjamina Gunn and her tribe friends. Will Jim Hawkins solve the puzzle find the treasure? Or will the pirates take the treasure away from them? Play the PC game to find out. Written by CrosswalkX

  • Muppet Treasure Island

    Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
    Film by Brian Henson (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Writer The Muppets are back into action in another movie based on a novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Kermit the Frog and his colleagues go on a warfare against ruthless pirates. They also share their problem-solving journey on sea to rescue a treasure. Written by Anonymous

  • Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins

    Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins (1994)
    TV Movie by Scott Garen (Adventure and Family) Writer A young boy with an active imagination vacations at Treasure Island in Las Vegas with his parents and fantasizes that he meets Long John Silver.

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein (1994)
    Film Producer

  • Dracula

    Dracula (1992)
    Film by Francis Ford Coppola (Horror and Romance) Writer This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

  • Hook

    Hook (1991)
    Film by Steven Spielberg (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Writer Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

  • Gimme an 'F'

    Gimme an 'F' (1984)
    Film by Paul Justman (Comedy) Writer Can a squad of misfit cheerleaders with an over-age trainer possibly win the big cheerleading competition? Looked down upon by the other teams, it will be an difficult. Their lack of skill and talent make it even harder. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

  • Assault in Paradise

    Assault in Paradise (1977)
    Film Producer

  • Summer Run

    Summer Run (1974)
    Film by Leon Capetanos (Drama) Producer

  • Dirty O'Neil

    Dirty O'Neil (1974)
    Film by Lewis Teague (Comedy, Drama and Thriller) Producer A police officer has very little work as there is virtually no crime in his small California town...until three hoodlums appear and rape a young woman.

  • Crossbones

    Crossbones
    TV Series Writer

  • Chinese Odyssey

    Chinese Odyssey
    Writer

  • The Hot Zone

    The Hot Zone
    TV Mini Writer

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