Wesley Strick (born February 11, 1954) is an American screenwriter who has written such films as the comic-horror hit Arachnophobia, the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear and the videogame adaptation Doom.
Strick was born in New York City, New York, the son of Racelle (née Kessler) and Louis Strick. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where he studied creative writing with the poet Thom Gunn. Prior to his Hollywood career, he worked as a rock journalist in New York City, contributing features and reviews to Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone.
He was one of many writers to contribute to the famously unproduced Superman Lives. As a "script doctor" he has done production polishes on such films as Batman Returns, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible II. Strick's screenplay for True Believer was nominated for a 1990 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Motion Picture. Strick won a 1994 Saturn Award (with co-writer Jim Harrison) for his screenplay for the Mike Nichols film Wolf.
His first novel, Out There in the Dark, was published by St. Martin's Press in February 2006. His second novel, Whirlybird, is available as a Kindle book on Amazon.com.
Since 1995, Strick has served as a creative advisor at the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters Lab. In 2008, Strick co-wrote the screenplay for a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley and Rooney Mara, directed by Samuel Bayer. The film won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Horror Movie of 2010.
Strick's adaptation of the Belgian thriller Loft was filmed in New Orleans in Summer 2011. Directed by Erik Van Looy, creator of the original, the American remake stars James Marsden, Karl Urban, Eric Stonestreet, Wentworth Miller and Matthias Schoenaerts. Executive produced by Joel Silver, the film is set to be released by Universal/Dark Castle in Spring 2013.