Randall Frakes

Randall Frakes is a film and science fiction writer primarily known for his work with long-time friends Bill Wisher and James Cameron on The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

While Frakes was in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Europe, where he edited the newspaper for the 16th Signal Battalion. While editor, he won a Stars and Stripes award for investigative journalism.

After the Army, he earned a degree in Film Writing and Production from Columbia College, while also writing for Analog, Fantastic, and Fantasy & Science Fiction.

His first film work was as a special effects cameraman for Roger Corman, and a number of unproduced screenplays, before his collaborations with Wisher and Cameron, kicked off his professional film-writing career.

Body of Work

  • Xenogenesis (1978 short), writer, director, and producer (with James Cameron)
  • Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), additional photographer
  • Escape from New York (1981), photographic effects
  • Galaxy of Terror (1981), photographic effects
  • Last Thirty Days of Liberty, unproduced screenplay
  • Deathlok, unproduced screenplay
  • The Terminator (1984, ISBN 0-553-25317-4), novelization
  • Roller Blade (1986), screenplay
  • Aliens (1986), synthesizer effects
  • Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987), story, screenplay, and producer
  • Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force (1989), screenplay (as Lloyd Strathern) and lyrics
  • Diplomatic Immunity (1991), screenplay
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, ISBN 0-553-29169-6), novelization
  • The Divine Enforcer (1992), ghostwriter
  • Twisted Fate (1993/II), writer and producer
  • "True Lies" (1994) (co-story with James Cameron)
  • The Force (1994), writer
  • Titanic: James Cameron's Illustrated Screenplay (1999, ISBN 0-06-095307-1) author
  • Blowback (2000), screenplay
  • Sacrifice (2000), written by
  • Devil's Prey (2001), writer
  • Instinct to Kill (2001), writer
  • Stealing Candy (2002), screenplay
  • Bad Karma (2002), writer
  • Empires of the Deep (2011), screenplay


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