John Alan Simon

John Alan Simon

Director, Distributor, Producer, Producer of Marketing & Distribution, Screenwriter, Theatre Director, Filmmaker and Creative Executive

Los Angeles, California

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About John

Simon’s directorial feature film debut – “Radio Free Albemuth” - which he adapted from the novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (“Blade Runner,””Minority Report,” “A Scanner Darkly”) was distributed in a limited theatrical major fifteen-city U.S. release and selected to screen at the prestigious Indie Night Series at Lincoln Center Film Society in New York. “Radio Free Albemuth” recently began its exclusive SVOD two-year run on Netflix. From Variety: “Engrossing adaptation" "Well-performed." “"Consistently absorbing." “Operates successfully as a study of enlightenment and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller.”

Simon also worked as a screenwriter and produced the Roger Donaldson-directed version of "The Getaway," starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Largo Entertainment, financed by JVC corporation, which was theatrically wide-released nationally by Universal Pictures.

Discovery is actively developing film rights to other novels by science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick in partnership with Rosenbloom Entertainment, and also works by award-winning sci-fi writers Lucius Shepard and Ian Watson.

Upcoming on Discovery’s schedule is the English-language film version of Jim Thompson's "Pop.1280" (from which Bertrand Tavernier’s Academy Award nominated film, "Coup de Torchon," was also adapted) with Gerard Butler attached to star and partner in production from Simon’s script. Simon’s next film as a director will be the noir thriller “Nothing More than Murder”, which he adapted from the novel by Jim Thompson.

Prior to his entry in the film industry, Simon was a journalist and film critic as staff writer for the New Orleans Times Picayune and later editor-in-chief of New Orleans magazine. He has also written film and music reviews and feature articles for various publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, and Downbeat Magazine, on which he was a contributing editor. During this period, Simon also taught courses in film and writing at Tulane University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois. More recently, he taught a course on micro-budget filmmaking at UCLA extension.

In recent years, he produced and moderated seminars for the American Film Market, on such topics as filmmaking tax-incentives and new strategies for U.S. theatrical distribution.   Also for the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, he has moderated screening Q&A’s with directors Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Julian Schnabel and evening-length career spanning sessions with directors Jason Reitman, actor-director Ben Affleck. David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and earlier this year with Sir Ridley Scott.

Simon graduated from Harvard College with honors in History & Literature and served as an editor of the Harvard Crimson. He received his Master Degree in the U. of Illinois Writer’s Workshop program and designed and taught undergraduate courses on “Film and Rhetoric” and future studies.

As a directing member of Classical Theatre Lab, he staged its critically acclaimed co-production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband as Victorian noir” and Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. Simon was elected and served on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles. He is a long-time member of the Writer’s Guild of America-West.

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