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Mark Fergus

Film Profile
Mark Fergus (Director / Co-Writer) was born and grew up in Queens, New York, a first-generation American of Irish descent. After graduating from Boston University, where he studied film, Fergus began writing with his partner Hawk Ostby in 1996. The first collaboration between Fergus & Ostby was the noir-thriller Consequence, about a disgraced man who assumes the identity of his dead brother, thrusting him into a nightmare of unimagined repercussion. Written for HBO Pictures and starring Armand Assante, Rick Schroder and Lola Glaudini, the film aired on HBO last year.

Fergus & Ostby then signed a two-picture deal with Jersey Films and Universal Pictures, and their first film in the agreement was an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly. The story is about an undercover narcotics cop, whose mind is disintegrating, and he can no longer distinguish whether he's a police officer spying on criminals, or a paranoid drug addict being watched by surveillance cameras inside his walls. Next the writing team wrote Manhunt, an action-thriller inspired by The Fugitive and Deliverance, based on real life events.

Children of Men: was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, and premiered at the Venice Film Festival to great acclaim. Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine, it will be released in the United States on Christmas Day 2006.

With Hawk Ostby, Fergus has also recently completed two adaptations for director Jon Favreau. The first, John Carter of Mars, is based on the seminal science fiction novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It will be produced by Paramount Pictures.

The second is Iron Man, for Marvel Studios, which begins production in February 2007. The film will star Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard, and will be directed by Favreau.

Fergus and Ostby are completing their next original screenplay, Switch, which Fergus will also direct. Something of a follow-up to the obsessions explored in First Snow, the story deals with two strangers, snared in a moment of fate, from which neither can escape without tearing their lives wide open.