Christopher B. Landon
- Christopher Beau Landon
February 27, 1975 (age 46)
Christopher Beau Landon (born February 27, 1975) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter best known for writing Disturbia (2007), Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012), and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014). Landon is the son of late actor Michael Landon. Landon wrote and made his first directorial debut on the satirical thriller film Burning Palms (2010). He wrote and directed the found footage horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014), directed and co-wrote the horror comedy film Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) and directed the slasher film Happy Death Day (2017).
Landon was born in Los Angeles, and is the son of Michael Landon and Lynn Noe. He is the youngest of four children produced by their marriage. His parents divorced in 1980, when he was four years old, where upon he resided with his father until the age of sixteen, when his father died of pancreatic cancer. One of his brothers is Michael Landon, Jr., an actor, and one of his half-sisters is Jennifer Landon, an actress. His paternal grandfather was Jewish.
Landon, following his father Michael Landon's footsteps in filmmaking, studied screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, but dropped out three years into the course to pursue a career when film director Larry Clark offered him a writing job after reading one of his scripts. He went on to co-write the script of Another Day in Paradise with Eddie Little and Stephen Chin. After writing Another Day in Paradise, he came out as gay, aware that homophobia may have harmed his potential in the industry. "I may fall off some list because of my sexuality. But if that happens, then I really don't want to be on that list anyway," he said, speaking of homophobia in Hollywood and the film industry. "I was the flavor of the month, and then I was quickly dismissed. I reached a point in my career when I couldn't get a meeting anywhere." He moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, contemplating the future of his career, which he revived only a few years later.
Most of Landon's films deal with gay themes and issues, including $30, one of five components in Boys Life 3, a collection of short films dealing with issues faced by gays, and a spec script about the relationship between a straight man and a gay man. More recently, he has written the screenplays of the 2007 films Blood and Chocolate, The Flock and the acclaimed Disturbia. Disturbia was one of his spec scripts which was brought to Montecito Pictures and subsequently DreamWorks Pictures, and went on to become No. 1 in cinemas upon its release. He is currently working on The Lesson, an upcoming film for DreamWorks, and the 2007 television series Dirty Sexy Money, his first television project, eager to expand his repertoire. He is currently working on the screenplay of the film adaption of Lisa McMann's young adult novel Wake. Landon also made his directorial debut in Burning Palms, a comedic thriller which was poorly received.
After writing Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4, Landon directed the franchise spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and followed it up with Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
Landon came out as gay in 1999, having only written the script of Another Day in Paradise, unafraid of his sexuality harming his career potential. He says that growing up he was labeled a faggot by peers at his high school. His mother, a Christian, initially hesitated to accept his sexuality, but he told her, "I don't even know if I believe in God, but if I do, he gave you a gay son so that you can start confronting some of these issues and get yourself out of the box you've placed yourself in for so long." His stepmother, Cindy Clerico, his father's next wife, told him that both she and his father suspected he was gay.