Zak Penn


01 Sep 1968


Zak Penn's career began as a screenwriter when he sold his first script, Last Action Hero, at the age of twenty-three. Since then, Penn has become known for his work on numerous films based on Marvel comics, including X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers. He has also dabbled in other genres, writing scripts for disparate films such as P.C.U., Behind Enemy Lines and Suspect Zero.

Penn's shift into independent cinema began when he collaborated with his idol, Werner Herzog, on the script for Rescue Dawn. Penn directed and co-starred with Herzog in Incident at Loch Ness, his award-winning "hoax" documentary about the legendary director's attempts to make a film about the equally legendary monster. The Grand, Penn's second completely improvised film, was his third film with Herzog, and featured an eclectic cast including Woody Harrelson, David Cross, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Farina and Gabe Kaplan.

In addition, Penn co-wrote the original story for Antz and produced the animated film Osmosis Jones. His first foray into television was the critically acclaimed SyFy Channel original series "Alphas" starring David Strathairn. His most recent endeavor was video game documentary Atari: Game Over, which recently premiered on Xbox Live.

Actor ( 13 credits )

The Insiders on TheLipTV (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Dakota (2012)  Baseball Cap (2 episodes, 2012)
On Story (2011) (1 episode, 2013)
Conversations with Hollywood (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival (2011) (1 episode, 2013)
Tales from the Script (2009) Himself
Hero Factor (2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Incident at Loch Ness (2004) Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Osmosis Jones (2001) Emergency Room Doctor #3
Chuck & Buck (2000) Josh Weintraub
Star Maps (1997) Carmel County Writer
PCU (1994) Bathroom Patron

Producer ( 5 credits )

Alphas (2011) executive producer (11 episodes, 2011)
The Grand (2007) producer
Incident at Loch Ness (2004) producer
Ozzy & Drix (2002) executive producer (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Osmosis Jones (2001) producer

Writer ( 15 credits )

Ready Player One (2018)
The Avengers (2012)
Alphas (2011) (creator) (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Grand (2007) (written by) &
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (written by)
Elektra (2005)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Incident at Loch Ness (2004) (written by)
X-Men 2 (2003) (story) and
Behind Enemy Lines (2001) (screenplay) and
Inspector Gadget (1999)
PCU (1994) (written by)
Last Action Hero (1993) (story) &
The Karate Kid 2 (0) (screenplay)

Director ( 3 credits )

Signal to Noise (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
The Grand (2007)
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

Zak Penn Related News

Ready Player One Starts Shooting with Director Steven Spielberg

Writer Zak Penn reveals that the first week of filming is complete on Ready Player One, while praising Ernest Cline's original novel.