As a screenwriter Jon Spaihts became known in the film industry as a "go-to-guy for space thrillers" when his science fiction romance Passengers was included on the 2007 Black List of unproduced high-value screenplays. Keanu Reeves had hired Spaihts to write the film after originally becoming attached to Spaihts' now abandoned science fiction script Shadow 19. After Reeves agreed to produce and star in Passengers, Spaihts was commissioned by Scott Free Productions to write the next installment in the Alien saga, a prequel film to be directed by Ridley Scott for a release in 2011 or 2012.
Spaihts has rewritten the alien invasion thriller The Darkest Hour for New Regency Productions and worked on a film version of St. George and the Dragon for Sony Pictures Entertainment. As main screenwriter Spaihts is also attached to a Disney film project called Children of Mars.
Jon Spaihts was born in New York City. He is a 1991 or 1992 alumnus of Princeton University and has written several books for The Princeton Review. Spaihts lives and works in Venice, California, and is in a relationship with actress Johanna Watts. He is a photographer and former member of the band GrooveLily.
- Alien: Engineers (2011)
- The Darkest Hour (2012; tentative)
- Passengers (tba)
- St. George and the Dragon (tba)