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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 November 1962Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Birth NameDaniel Bruce Waters

Mini Bio (1)

Daniel Waters was born on November 10, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Daniel Bruce Waters. He is a writer, known for Batman Returns (1992), Demolition Man (1993) and Heathers (1988).

Trivia (7)

Owns the house Orson Welles died in.
Is the elder brother of Mark Waters.
Most of the female characters in his film Heathers (1988) were somewhat based upon his sister when she was in high school.
Wrote his screenplay for Heathers (1988) while working in a video store. At the time, he was literally eating popcorn every night for dinner.
When not writing his own scripts, he works as a "script doctor," rewriting the work of others.
Attended James Whitcomb Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana.
Brother-in-law of Dina Spybey-Waters.

Personal Quotes (5)

My goal when writing my screenplay - as should be the goal of every screenwriter - was to make the greatest movie NEVER made.
I loved high school. Because in high school, we all had to be a certain way. We all had to fit in a certain clique. And if anyone came in who was even a little different, they were killed for it.
Heathers (1988) was my response to the way the media and other films treated teenagers. They didn't seem to have a clue as to what young people were about and how they acted. Films often portray teenagers as the innocent victims of a cruel society. I've always felt that young people were born with a lot of evil already in them. I wrote Heathers (1988) with the idea that most teens are not innocent victims, and that it's a cruel world from day one.
You kid yourself into thinking, 'I'm going to do one for them and one for me,' and then you realize they're all for them. So I came to this point where I realized I hadn't really written anything -- I don't even have that drawer full of Orson Welles projects that never got made. 'Sex and Death 101' came out of just wanting something in the drawer, so that when I'm dangling from a noose above it, there it is.
Writing is a pleasure for me. I mean, I take a very long time to write all my scripts, but I do it at my own pace. I have a unique system of naps that I take between work sessions. And then it's very warm and comfy, and the editing room is also a warm and comfy cave. But when I'm directing I feel like the cave man is going to go out that one time a year and go kill a woolly mammoth with a spear. I've learned to enjoy myself doing it but I'm never relaxed. It's just not my comfort zone. And it's amazing just on the smallest molecular level how things can get lost in translation going from your mind to somebody else who's on your wavelength almost completely. It feels like you're making the movie brick by brick as a director, [so] definitely exhaustion comes in.

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