Ronin - The Screenplay


Last Update: 19 September 1998


Screenplay by J.D. Zeik and Richard Weisz
Story by J.D. Zeik

"I became fascinated with the whole notion of the masterless samurais after reading Shogun when I was fifteen. I wanted to use the concept and the title for a contemporary story. Many years later in Nice, the location of one of the key set pieces of the story, I stared into the sun and saw the silhouettes of five heavily armed Gendarmes crossing the Promenade des Anglais. That image made me realize that I wanted to set the film in France."

Ronin is J.D. Zeik's (Story) first produced feature film. Zeik is a musician and playwright whose plays
have been produced in both New York and Los Angeles.

In the past two years, Zeik has become a highly sought-after screenwriter and has worked with various producers ranging from Larry Gordon (Die Hard, Boogie Nights), Ed Pressman (The Crow, Wall Street), Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens), Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher (Natural Born Killers) as well as director John Singleton. Zeik will make his directing debut with his original screenplay Bad Karma in late 1998. He is currently adapting Name of the Bullfighter for Alfonso Cuaron and Warner Bros. and scripting the Miramax/Dimension sequel to First Blood.

Zeik lives in upstate New York with his wife, Carole Perry, and his daughter, Hannah Rose. In the fall, Hannah Rose is expecting her first sister.



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