Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Scott Alexander (born June 16, 1963, Los Angeles, California) and Larry Karaszewski (/ˌkærəˈzjski/; born November 20, 1961, South Bend, Indiana) are an American screenwriting team. They met at the University of Southern California where they were roommates; they graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts in 1985.[2]

Scott Alexander
Born (1963-06-16) June 16, 1963
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts
Years active1990–present
Larry Karaszewski
Born (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts
Years active1990–present


Their first success was the popular but critically derided comedy Problem Child (1990). Alexander and Karaszewski claim that their original screenplay was a sophisticated black comedy, but that the studio watered it down into an unrecognizable state.[3]

In 1994, Alexander and Karaszewski persuaded Tim Burton to direct a biopic about Edward D. Wood, Jr., titled Ed Wood. They wrote the screenplay in six weeks.[4]

Ed Wood led to a succession of offbeat biopics, including The People vs. Larry Flynt; Man on the Moon, about the short life of comedian Andy Kaufman; and Auto Focus, chronicling the downfall and subsequent murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane, which they produced. A script they penned about the life of Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe It or Not! was at one time attached to Jim Carrey, but like their scripts about The Marx Brothers, The Village People, and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. "Rainbow Man", it has yet to be produced.

They also adapted Stephen King's short story 1408, did uncredited rewrites on Mars Attacks! and Hulk, and worked on a number of family films, such as Agent Cody Banks and the 1997 remake of That Darn Cat. In 2000, they made their directorial debut with Screwed. The film was not well received.

In 2007, they both appeared in the documentary Dreams on Spec, a film looking at the Hollywood creative process from the perspective of the writer.

The duo wrote Tim Burton's 2014 film Big Eyes, a biopic about painter Margaret Keane. They were slated to direct, but vacated later. They were also set to collaborate with Burton on a new stop-motion The Addams Family film, but the project was scrapped in 2013.[5]

In 2014, the team began working on their first television series, American Crime Story, which is a true crime anthology drama. The first season is based on the O. J. Simpson trial.[6] The show won four Primetime Emmys after it aired on FX in 2016, with Alexander and Karaszewski nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.


As screenwriters

Year Film Director Note
1990 Problem Child Dennis Dugan
1991 Problem Child 2 Brian Levant
1994 Ed Wood Tim Burton
1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman
1997 That Darn Cat Bob Spiers
1999 Man on the Moon Miloš Forman
2000 Screwed - Also Directors
2003 Agent Cody Banks Harald Zwart Co-written with Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
2007 1408 Mikael Håfström
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Thor Freudenthal Uncredited
2014 Big Eyes Tim Burton Also Producers
2015 Goosebumps Rob Letterman Co-written with Darren Lemke
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Craig Brewer

Television series

Year Film Director Note
1993–94 Problem Child Various TV series
Also executive producers
2016–present American Crime Story TV series
Also executive producers and creators

Other credits


  1. "Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski". Final Draft. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  2. "An Evening with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski". November 2, 2010.
  3. "". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  5. Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2013. At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. "Waldo" and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion The Addams Family are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn't crack "Clifford the Big Red Dog."
  6. Zuckerman, Esther (January 17, 2015). "Ryan Murphy to tackle O.J. Simpson case with 'American Crime Story'". Entertainment Weekly.

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