|Rain Man (1988)||$75,000|
|The Pelican Brief (1993)||$125,000|
|Cast Away (2000)||$150,000|
|Catch Me If You Can (2002)||$200,000|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)||$450,000|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)||$500,000|
Steven Kunes (American screenwriter) was born on September 7, 1956 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and attended New York University where he received B.A. degrees in Creative Writing and Comparative Literature in 1978. After much success writing short stories and non-fiction articles for dozens of national publications, TV legend Norman Lear hired Kunes to write and develop half-hour comedies for his company, Embassy Television. This led to assignments in the area of one-hour TV and eventually took him to motion pictures, where Kunes became one of Hollywood's most successful (albeit unknown) script doctors, working on 11 of the most popular films in the last two decades. At present, Kunes continues to accept movie assignments, write stage plays (including an adaptation of Carson McCullers' final novel, "Clock Without Hands") and, in 2016, he created the comedy series "Over My Dead Body" which is now featured on Amazon Prime, You Tube Red and Funny or Die. According to Norman Lear, "This is the best idea for a TV series that I can remember. It's absolutely funny." Kunes resides in Los Angeles.