John Alan Simon
As writer and producer, John Alan Simon works on both independent and
studio films. Radio Free Albemuth based on the novel by Philip K. Dick
is his directorial debut. He produced The Getaway, directed by
Roger Donaldson, starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Bassinger and
Philip Seymour Hoffman. Simon’s adaptation of Dick's Flow My Tears,
the Policeman Said, developed with Rosenbloom Entainment,
has been optioned by The Halcyon Company (Terminator Salvation).
Simon and Rosenbloom will produce along with Halcyon and Electric Shepard, the producing arm of the Philip K. Dick Trust.
As president of Discovery Productions, Simon has been involved with the production, financing, sales, and marketing of many successful independent features including The Wicker Man (starring Edward Woodward), The Haunting of Julia (with Mia Farrow and Tom Conti), Basket Case and Out of the Blue (starring and directed by Dennis Hopper). Out of the Blue was screened in fall 2009 at the Cinematheque Francaise as the opening night gala film in a month-long Hopper retrospective.
Prior to his entry in the film business, Simon was a journalist and film critic for the New Orleans Times Picayune and editor of New Orleans magazine. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his master's degree from the Writer's Workshop program at the University of Illinois - Chicago Circle. He was elected recently to serve on the board of directors of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles.
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