Michael Colleary

Hollywood Insider

Michael Colleary has been a professional producer and screenwriter working in Hollywood for more than 30 years.

His credits include, Face/Off, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Death Wish 5, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Firehouse Dog and Unnatural History to name just a few.

Michael started his career working for legendary auteurs, Roger Corman and Dino DeLaurentiis and went on to work with such celebrities and visionaries as:

(Michael Colleary and fellow screenwriter Mike Werb standing, John Travolta and Nic Cage seated.)

(Michael Colleary and fellow screenwriter Mike Werb standing, John Travolta and Nic Cage seated.)


  • John Woo
  • Andrew Davis
  • Penelope Spheeris
  • Sam Raimi
  • Todd Holland
  • Simon West
  • Rob Cohen


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • John Travolta
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Daniel Craig
  • Joan Allen
  • Chris Farley
  • David Spade
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Travis Fimmel
  • Gina Gershon
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Nick Cassavetes


  • Roger Corman
  • Dino DeLaurentiis
  • Mark Gordon
  • Chris Meledandri
  • Joel Silver
  • Lorenzon di Bonaventura
  • Chuck Gordon
  • Laurence Gordon
  • Loren Michaels
  • Joe Roth
  • Bill Mechanic
  • David Permut
  • Barrie Osborne
  • Michael Douglas
  • George Clooney
  • Laura Ziskin


  • Imagine Entertainment
  • Dreamworks
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Twentieth Century Fox

King Maker

Michael has also been a visiting instructor at the UCLA MFA in screenwriting for the School of Theater, Film and Television for the last twenty years as his work schedule has allowed.

Here are just a few of the shows his students have gone on to write or be staffed on:

Michael Colleary

Josh Bycel

“Simply put, Michael Colleary taught me how to be a writer. Yes, he taught me the fundamentals of how to actually write a screenplay … inciting incident, act breaks, etc.

“But what he really taught me was what it took to be a professional writer. The discipline to write every day, the ability to take constructive notes and make my script better, and the temperament to deal with the highs and lows that come from working in the entertainment industry.

“I have been lucky enough to be a working writer for almost twenty years and I still use things I learned from Michael’s class every day.”

Josh BycelWriter/Producer: "The Mindy Project," "Happy Endings," "Scrubs," "Psych," "American Dad!" & more

You can learn more about the career trajectories of his students and read testimonials on his ABOUT and PRAISE pages.

The 5×10 Screenwriting Bootcamp

Michael is the creator of the 5×10 Screenwriting Bootcamp where he selects only five participants per session based on a one-page writing sample.

You can read more about Michael’s course HERE. Michael is also available for script consultation when his work schedule allows.