Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California. Gilroy wrote the script for 2005 gambling drama Two for the Money (2005), starring Al Pacino and Gilroy’s wife Rene Russo. His earliest credit is as co-writer of science fiction thriller Freejack (1992), followed by co-writing Dennis Hopper-directed comedy Chasers. He was also one of the writers to contribute to the unmade Superman film Superman Lives. He made his directorial debut with the 2014 crime thriller Nightcrawler (2014). He also wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His second directing effort was Roman J. Israel Esq. (2017), for which Denzel Washington was nominated for an Oscar. Gilroy’s third feature film is entitled Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), it will be an ensemble cast horror thriller with a touch of comedy and satire to it which is set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles.