Dana Stevens (screenwriter)

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Dana Stevens
Whittier, California
Spouse(s)Michael Apted (div.)

Dana Stevens (born 1963 in Whittier, California) is a screenwriter and television writer/producer.

Early life

Dana grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA.


She has worked on films including the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallstrom; City of Angels, starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan; For Love of the Game, directed by Sam Raimi; Blink, directed by Michael Apted; and Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie. She was the creator and executive producer of What About Brian, an ABC television series produced by J. J. Abrams that aired for two seasons.

Stevens did an uncredited rewrite on The World Is Not Enough, directed by her then-husband Michael Apted, primarily to strengthen the female characters' roles.[1][2] She was the last female screenwriter involved with writing a Bond film until Phoebe Waller-Bridge provided a script polish to No Time to Die in 2019.[3][4][5]

Currently, is writing and producing the TV series Reckless, a legal drama she created for CBS. She is a regular advisor at the Sundance Institute writer and filmmaker labs, and serves on the final selection committee for the Academy's Nicholl's Fellowship Screenwriting Award.

Personal life

Stevens is divorced from director Michael Apted, with whom she has a son.[6]



  1. ^ Cork, John; Stutz, Collin (2007). James Bond Encyclopedia. London: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 306–7. ISBN 978-1-4053-3427-3.
  2. ^ Dye, Kerry Douglas (15 November 1999). "His Word is Bond: An Interview With 007 Screenwriter Bruce Feirstein". LeisureSuit.net. Archived from the original on 5 December 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2007.
  3. ^ Brooks, Richard (14 April 2019). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought in to liven up new Bond script". The Observer. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Robert (17 April 2019). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Polish Bond 25 Script". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ "James Bond 25: Rami Malek joins cast and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to co-write". BBC News. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Filmmaker Dana Stevens Balances Motherhood, Movie-Making & Her New CBS Show Reckless". Tinseltown Mom. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2021-01-09.

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