Will Staples

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Alma materPrinceton University
Years active2003–present

Will Staples is an American screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, contributions to the film Sweet Girl (film)|Sweet Girl, and the upcoming television series The Right Stuff (TV series)|The Right Stuff


Two of his screenplays have appeared on the The Black List (screenplays)|The Black List, an annual list compiled by Hollywood executives of their favorite unproduced screenplays – once for his adaption of the book King of Heists by J. North Conway, and again for Landslide, an adaptation of the book How to Break a Terrorist|How to Break a Terrorist, co-written with Tony Camerino.[1][2]

In 2011, Staples and screenwriter Paul Haggis wrote the script for the video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,[3] which was the largest entertainment release in history and broke the movie Avatar (2009 film)|Avatar'’s record as the fastest franchise to reach $1 billion in box office.[4]

On October 25, 2013, Deadline announced that Ben Affleck and Warner Bros had hired Staples to write a geopolitical thriller about a team of mercenaries in Eastern Congo for Affleck to star in and direct.[5] The following year, Warner announced that Staples had been hired to write a movie set in the world of illicit animal trafficking for Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Tobey Maguire to produce and star in.[6]

In May 2014, Staples was hired to rewrite Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[7]

In 2017, National Geographic announced that Staples would be creating The Right Stuff (TV series)|The Right Stuff television series based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book The Right Stuff (book)|The Right Stuff, with Leonardo DiCaprio executive producing.[8] The series moved to Disney+ in 2020.[9]



Year Film Credit
2021 Sweet Girl Screenplay


Year Title Credit
2017 Shooter Writer, Consulting Producer
2020 The Right Stuff Writer, Executive Producer

Video games

Year Title Credit
2007 Lair Writer
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Writer
2013 Need for Speed Rivals Writer
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Special Thanks


  1. Hipes, Patrick; Hipes, Patrick (2015-12-14). "Black List 2015 Scripts Announced With 'Bubbles' King Of The Jungle – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  2. "The 2012 Black List: The Year's Hottest Unproduced Screenplays". /Film. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  3. https://www.cinemablend.com/new/Ben-Affleck-Aims-Post-Batman-Oscar-With-His-Next-Directing-Project-40038.html
  4. Reisinger, Don. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 makes $1 billion--in 16 days". CNET. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2013-10-25). "Ben Affleck Plans Geopolitical Africa-Set Warner Bros Thriller; Will Staples Scripting". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  6. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2014-08-14). "Will Staples Takes On WB Animal Poaching Pic For Tobey Maguire, Leo DiCaprio And Tom Hardy". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  7. "'Mission: Impossible 5' Taps New Writer (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  8. Holloway, Daniel; Holloway, Daniel (2017-07-25). "Leonardo DiCaprio Developing 'The Right Stuff' as National Geographic Scripted Series". Variety. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2020-05-05). "'The Right Stuff': Nat Geo's Mercury 7 Drama Series Moves To Disney+ For Fall Premiere". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-19.

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