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Erik Jendresen


Erik Jendresen (born December 22, 1959) is an American author, playwright, screenwriter, and producer of plays, television, and film. Previous projects include the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Killing Lincoln, co-produced with Tony and Ridley Scott for the National Geographic Channel; a series based on the Francis Ford Coppola film, The Conversation (with Christopher McQuarrie); The Pony Express (with Robert Duvall); an eight-hour adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked (ABC); an eight-hour miniseries Majestic-12; and The Command - a series set in the world of the Joint Special Operations Command (FIC).


Jendresen is currently co-writing Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and an eighth Mission: Impossible film with director Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie and Jendresen are also working on an as-yet-untitled film with Tom Cruise, which McQuarrie described as being "gnarlier" than the Mission: Impossible films and as "something we've talked about for a long time. It's way outside of what you're used to seeing Tom do.".