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Tab Murphy
American screenwriter

Tab Murphy

Tab Murphy
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Quick Facts

Intro American screenwriter
Is Screenwriter Film director Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 May 1963, Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
Age 60 years
Star sign Taurus
Residence Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
USC School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California
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Tab Murphy is an American screenwriter, film producer, and film director.


Murphy's theatrical debut, Gorillas in the Mist, was nominated for an Academy Award for his writing. In 1995, Murphy made his directorial debut with Last of the Dogmen and wrote the feature. Afterwards, Murphy has spent nearly ten years with The Walt Disney Company writing The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996, Tarzan in 1999, Atlantis: The Lost Empire in 2001, and Brother Bear in 2003. During his time with Disney, he was hired by TriStar Pictures to write a treatment to a planned sequel to the 1998 film Godzilla. But due to negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, the planned sequel was cancelled. After working with Disney for a few years, he then left the company in 2006 and went to work at Warner Bros. Animation for a couple years. His work includes Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Batman: Year One, and he wrote several episodes for the 2011 Thundercats reboot, Teen Titans Go! and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. While at Warner Bros., Murphy wrote the direct-to-video 3D thriller film Dark Country for Sony Pictures and Stage 6 Films, based on a short story written by Murphy, and directed by Thomas Jane. He was attached to write an animated feature directed by Kirk Wise called Galaxy Gas, and a TV pilot that was sold to Legendary Pictures. Towards the end of the 2010s, Murphy became involved as a writer of two crowdsourced short films: The Haunted Swordsman and The Passengers, based on the Stephen King short story Rest Stop. In June 2020, Murphy became attached to write a reimagining of the 1980 horror film The Changeling.


Title Year Role
My Best Friend Is a Vampire 1987 Screenwriter, associate producer
Gorillas in the Mist 1988 Story
Last of the Dogmen 1995 Director, screenwriter
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Screenwriter, animation story
Tarzan 1999 Screenwriter
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Screenwriter, story
The Making of Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2002 Himself, special thanks
Brother Bear 2003 Screenwriter
Dark Country 2009
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 2010
Batman: Year One 2011
Thundercats 2011-2012 Teleplay (7 episodes)
Teen Titans Go! 2013 Writer: story, teleplay (2 episodes)
Road to Slipstream 2014 Special thanks
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! 2016, 2017 Writer: story, teleplay (2 episode)
The Haunted Swordsman 2019 Writer (short)
The Passenger 2020
Bobbleheads The Movie Story
The Changeling TBA Screenwriter

Unproduced Features

  • Godzilla 2 (1999)
  • Beijing Safari (2012)
  • Untitled China Project
  • Galaxy Gas


Year Title Notes
2005 Untitled Short Story This short story was discovered by Dark Country's director Thomas Jane for Murphy to write the film.
2012 Dark Country Digital graphic novel, based on Murphy's script


  • The Walt Disney Company: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear (writer)
  • Warner Bros.: Gorillas in The Mist, Batman: Year One, Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, Thundercats, Teen Titans Go, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (writer)

Award nominations

  • 1989 Academy Awards - Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium for Gorillas in the Mist)
  • 1989 WGA Award (Screen) - Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (for Gorillas in the Mist)
  • 1997 Golden Raspberry Award - Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million (for The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • 1999 Annie Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production (for Tarzan)
  • 2003 Annie Awards - Writing in an Animated Feature Production (for Brother Bear)
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