Writer for film and television

Joe Shrapnel received an MA in English Literature from St. Anne's College, Oxford University. He worked for two years as a development executive for World Productions before he became a screenwriter. Joe now writes and produces screenplays with his partner Anna Waterhouse. Together they recently set up their production company Double Vision Entertainment, Ltd.

Joe and Anna adapted Rhidian Brook's The Aftermath for Fox Searchlight and Scott Free, directed by James Kent and starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke. They wrote Race (Focus Features) directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice Van Houten and Stephan James as Jesse Owens. They also wrote Frankie and Alice directed by Geoffrey Sax and starring Halle Berry (Golden Globe nomination -- Best Actress) and Stellan Skarsgard. Joe Shrapnel adapted Elmore Leonard's The Tonto Woman as a short film directed by Daniel Barber (Academy Award nomination -- Best Live Action Short).

Films in development include the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow for Warner Bros and producer Erwin Stoff with Doug Liman attached to direct and Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt to star; The Gray Man for Columbia Pictures and producer Joe Roth with Christopher McQuarrie attached to direct and Charlize Theron to star; an adaptation of Mona Golabek's The Children of Willesden Lane for producer Bob Shapiro and BBC Films; Circle of Treason for producer Barry Josephson and Focus Features (the screenplay was included on the 2015 Blacklist); Monk for BBC Films and producer Alison Owen; Gucci for Scott Free; and The Roots of Heaven for Scott Free/Twentieth Century Fox. They are also adapting and executive producing Heather Ann Thompson's Blood in the Water about the Attica prison uprising, in development with producer Amy Pascal and TriStar Pictures. Rebecca, a film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel, with direction by Ben Wheatley and Working Title producing, was released on Netflix in 2020.

They are members of the WGAw and are represented by CAA, Grandview, Marks Law Group and Curtis Brown in UK.




Producer Kate Garwood
Director Stephen Hopkins

Thriller about an FBI agent who becomes involved in the civil rights movement in the USA in the 1960s co-written with Anna Waterhouse.

Coming to Venice film festival, Toronto film festival, Deauville film festival, San Sebastián film festival

Totally Commercial Films
In production
  • Brie Larson
  • Re-write, co-written with Anna Waterhouse.

    Walt Disney Studios
    Marvel Studios
    Producer Amy Pascal

    Adaptation of the book by Heather Ann Thompson's about the Attica prison uprising, co-written with Anna Waterhouse.

    TriStar Pictures
    In Development

    Sequel to the science fiction action film

    In development
    Director Christopher McQuarrie
  • Charlize Theron
  • Rewrite of the adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel

    In development
    Producer Robert Shapiro

    Based on the true story of Lisa Jura, a brilliant young pianist, who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    BBC Films
    In development
    Director Stephen Hopkins
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Stephan James
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Feature film about Jesse Owens, co-written with Anna Waterhouse 
    Focus Features
    Forecast Pictures
    Director James Kent

    Feature adaptation of Rhidian Brook's novel co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Fox Searchlight
    Scott Free

    Drama based on the life of Thelonius Monk co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Monumental Pictures
    In development

    Based on the book about the CIA traitor, Aldriche Ames.  Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Focus Features
    In development
    Director Olly Parker

    Rewrite about the evacuation of Dunkirk, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Working Title
    In development

    True story of the Gucci family co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Scott Free
    In development
    Director Tom Green
    Re-write with Anna Waterhouse
    Focus Features
    In development
    Director Ridley Scott
    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse based on the novel by Romain Gary
    Twentieth Century Fox
    Scott Free
    In development
    Producer Nicola Horlick

    Gangster film set in 1960's swinging London co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Derby Street Films
    In development
    Producer Halle Berry
    Director Geoffry Sax
  • Halle Berry
  • Stellan Skarsgard
  • Co-written with Anna Waterhouse; a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch
    Access Motion Pictures
    Producer Sebastian Aloi
    Plural-Jempsa Productions
    In development
    Director David Schwimmer

    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    Dark Harbour Productions
    In development

    Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

    DeMann Company
    The Tonto Woman
    Nominated: Academy Award, Best Live Action Short Film
    Director Daniel Barber
  • Charlotte Asprey
  • Richard Brake
  • Francesco Quinn
  • Short about a woman who is kidnapped by Apache Indians

    FourBoys Films


    Writer & Creator 

    1 x 60'

    Series co-written with Anna Waterhouse based on the John Madden character created by Rennie Airth

    Mainstreet Pictures for BBC
    In development


    Producer Chris Clough & Jake Lushington
    Director Nick Laughland
  • Clive Russel
  • Lucy Whybrow
  • Drama about a cab driver at the end of his shift who helps a woman in distress 

    Producer Jolyon Symonds and Joel Ransom
    Director Stephen Hopkins
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Natashca McElhone
  • David Morrissey
  • Rewrite of the three-part thriller series for Sky One
    Sky One for Sky One
    3 x 60'



    Producer Nica Burns
    Theatrical adaptation of Jane Campion's film starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel