S. Craig Zahler is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer and musician. He wrote, directed and co-composed the score for the 2015 film Bone Tomahawk, an Independent Spirit Award nominated picture (Best Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor) starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette and Richard Jenkins. The film garnered praise from critics and fans alike, including the New York Times, who called Bone Tomahawk, “[a] witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat”.
Zahler most recently wrote and directed BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, and Don Johnson, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and went on to critical acclaim from screenings at Toronto, Fantastic Fest, and many more festivals before being released in October 2017; and Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn star in Zahler’s gritty cop thriller DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE, currently in post-production. Zahler has written and sold more than twenty screenplays and continues to maintain a grueling writing pace.
Zahler's debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals was nominated for both the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his 2014 novel Mean Business on North Ganson Street received starred reviews for excellence in Booklist. 20th Century Fox recently announced that Zahler's brutal western novel, Wraiths of the Broken Land, will be a major motion picture with Ridley Scott directing. His next book is the forthcoming Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, a gothic and Dickensian take on The Elephant Man that will be released in 2018 by Cinestate.
In addition to writing and directing, Zahler has founded and played in several bands, including the epic metal Realmbuilder, whose albums have been released by I Hate Records of Sweden. Longtime friends and songwriting partners S. Craig Zahler and Jeff Herriott co-composed the score for Bone Tomahawk, and recently formed Binary Reptile, a synthesizer project that provided the music for the upcoming ear movie, The Narrow Caves.