is an American screenwriter. He wrote a screenplay that, after being read by Steven Spielberg
, was purchased by DreamWorks
for $1,000,000. The screenplay was re-written by Alex Kurtzman
and Roberto Orci
and became the 2005 film The Island
Whether or not Tredwell-Owen actually wrote this script, however, is a matter of some dispute. A lawsuit, filed in New York by Robert Fiveson, writer/director of the B classic The Clonus Horror
, suggested that Tredwell-Owen's script was in fact lifted from Fiveson's sci-fi film, released in 1979. Further, The Island
script was strikingly similar to a screenplay previously submitted to Spider-Man
producer Avi Arad
producing partner of Ian Bryce, who later produced The Island
, written by screenwriter Luke Shanahan and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Alan Schwartz.
In addition to his The Island
credit, Tredwell-Owen is the screenwriter of record of the universally panned Beyond Borders
, which Variety'
s Todd Mccarthy called "high-minded claptrap" and New York Times reviewer Elvis Mitchell likened to "watching someone trying to dry his hands with sandpaper."