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Josh Friedman
Josh Friedman at WonderCon, February 2008
Josh Friedman at WonderCon, February 2008
Born1967 (age 51–52)
United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer
GenreScience fiction, thriller, drama

Josh Friedman (born 1967) is an American screenwriter and television producer best known for his work on the science-fiction action series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds (2005), and the neo-noir The Black Dahlia (2006). He is co-writing the upcoming Avatar 2 and Terminator: Dark Fate, both produced by James Cameron.[1][2]

Friedman has developed several television pilots, including the upcoming TNT series Snowpiercer, based on Bong Joon-ho's film of the same name. Friedman departed the program in January 2018 due to creative differences with the network, and he was replaced by Graeme Manson.[3] Friedman later claimed that he felt pressured to leave by TNT due to a "radical difference in vision", with in implicit threat of blacklisting should he fail to comply.[4][5] Following his departure, several cast and crew members announced their departure likewise in solidarity with Friedman.[6] He is currently attached to Foundation, an upcoming series based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.[7]



Year Title Credited as Director Notes
Producer Writer
1996 Chain Reaction No Story Andrew Davis Screenplay by J. F. Lawton & Michael Boatman
1998 Return to Paradise No Uncredited Joseph Ruben Co-writer with Wesley Strick & Bruce Robinson
2005 War of the Worlds No Yes Steven Spielberg Co-writer with David Koepp
2006 The Black Dahlia No Yes Brian De Palma
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate No Story Tim Miller Story co-written with James Cameron & Charles Eglee and David Goyer & Justin Rhodes
2021 Avatar 2 No Yes James Cameron Post-production[8]
Co-writer with James Cameron


Year Title Credited as Notes
Producer Writer
2008–09 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Executive Creator Developed by; 31 episodes
Writer; 4 episodes
2011 Locke & Key Executive Yes Television film
2012 The Asset No Yes
2012 The Finder Yes Yes Consulting producer; 8 episodes
Writer; 1 episode
2014 Crossbones Executive Yes Writer; 1 episode
2017 Emerald City Executive Creator Developed by; 10 episodes

Writer; 3 episodes

2020 Snowpiercer No Creator Developed by; 10 episodes
TBA Foundation No Creator In pre-production


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2013). "'Avatar' Sequels Upped To Three; Fox, James Cameron Set Trio Of Writers To Spearhead". Deadline. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "James Cameron Brings in Writer Josh Friedman for 'Avatar 2' Script". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Ryan, Maureen; Ryan, Maureen (January 22, 2018). "TNT Parts Ways With 'Snowpiercer' Showrunner Josh Friedman (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fired 'Snowpiercer' Showrunner Calls Replacement an "Idiot" for Not Reaching Out". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Bushman, David (February 2, 2018). "Listen, and Understand: Interview with Josh Friedman". Paley Matters. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (June 30, 2018). "'Snowpiercer' Director Refuses To Return For Reshoots Over Showrunner's "Radically Different Vision"". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Mike Fleming Jr,Nellie; Jr, Mike Fleming; Andreeva, Nellie (April 10, 2018). "Apple Lands Isaac Asimov 'Foundation' TV Series From David Goyer & Josh Friedman". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Geoff Boucher (November 14, 2018). "James Cameron: The 'Avatar' Sequels Have Wrapped Production". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

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