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Bill Marsilii

Screenwriter/Director
Bill Marsilii co-wrote the romantic time-travel thriller Deja Vu, which holds the record for the highest-priced spec screenplay of all time after selling to producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Touchstone Pictures for $5 million. Starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer and Jim Caviezel, the movie opened Thanksgiving 2006 and went on to gross over $180 million worldwide.

Soon after, Bill sold 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo to Walt Disney Pictures, and with his Deja Vu partner Terry Rossio sold their space adventure Lightspeed to Bruckheimer/Disney as well. Bill has also adapted the sci-fi comic Sebastian X for producer Gale Anne Hurd and director Martin Campbell, and sold an original thriller, Cold, to Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon attached to star and produce. Most recently, he and Terry sold their sci-fi action feature Time Zone to Amazon Studios, where they are currently preparing it for production.

As a performer, Bill's main claim to fame is that he was in the original Off-Broadway company of Tony n' Tina's Wedding in New York. A Tisch School of the Arts grad, his comedy experience includes stand-up stints at Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, Chicago City Limits and Boston Comedy Club. He co-wrote and starred in two comedy pilots for the Hallmark Channel, and has created several comedy shorts as well — the most recent of which, Gunpoint, will debut at FreedomFest as part of this year's Anthem Film Festival.