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Originally from North Carolina, David Wappel pursued a career in production before more recently turning to screenwriting. Though primarily a feature writer focusing on grounded genre, Wappel has written for television and short form as well. His recent work can be seen on HBO in the film Long Gone By for which he wrote the screenplay. He has also consulted on multiple screenplays, including Angel Has Fallen, and the recent doc Quest of the Muscle Nerd.
He was named a Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020 by the ISA. In 2019 his spec script The Last Farm placed in the HUMANITAS Category at the Austin Film Festival, and won a fellowship to attend the Fall 2019 Stowe Story Lab.
Wappel often writes stories with themes of reluctant leadership, moments of private courage, and the complications of sibling relationships. Besides his own writing, Wappel works one-on-one with other writers developing their stories. When not writing he’s likely reading Tolkien or Shakespeare, or out sailing.
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