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Alma mater  Dartmouth College
Name  W. Richter

Role  Screenwriter
Education  Dartmouth College
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Born  December 7, 1945 (age 70) (1945-12-07) New Britain, Connecticut, US
Occupation  Film director, producer, screenwriter
Books  Buckaroo Banzai: No Matter Where You Go, BUCKAROO BANZAI: TPB Vol. 1: Return of the Screw
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Movies  The Adventures of Buckar, Big Trouble in Little China, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Stealth, Late for Dinner
Similar People  Earl Mac Rauch, Philip Kaufman, Jack Finney, Peter Weller, Lewis Smith

W. D. Richter (born December 7, 1945, New Britain, Connecticut) is a screenwriter and film director and producer. He is best known for adapting Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and co-writing Big Trouble in Little China.



Richter graduated from Dartmouth College and attended USC film school. He began script writing for Hollywood in the 1970s. He wrote the hit comedy Slither (1973), followed by two similarly styled comedies, Peeper (1975) and Nickelodeon (1976). He branched into other genres starting with the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978. He wrote scripts throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In the early 1980s, Richter formed his own production company (with producer Neil Canton), Canton/Richter, and directed the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The film did poorly at the box office, and the company ended. In 1981, he wrote a screenplay based on Eric Van Lustbader's novel The Ninja for Irvin Kershner to direct with Richard Zanuck and David Brown and 20th Century Fox to produce, which eventually never got made. Richter continued to write screenplays however, and has since written Home for the Holidays and Stealth.


  • Slither (1973)
  • Peeper (1975)
  • Nickelodeon (1976) (with Peter Bogdanovich)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • Dracula (1979)
  • Brubaker (1980)
  • All Night Long (1981)
  • Hard Feelings (1982)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) (Director Only)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (with Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein) (1986)
  • Late for Dinner (1991) (Director Only)
  • Needful Things (1993)
  • Home for the Holidays (1995)
  • Stealth (2005)
  • References

    W. D. Richter Wikipedia

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