Todd KomarnickiScreenwriter, producer and story expert whose works include Elf and Sully. “How an ordinary story becomes an extraordinary story”, "Why the simple aspects of a character are essential to getting to know a character”, “The power of your story and the power of being known"
Todd Komarnicki is an expert in stories and how to tell them. He is a prolific writer, producer and director of film and television as well as an acclaimed novelist. He is most well known for producing the film “Elf,” and for his screenplay “Sully” surrounding the miraculous landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson river piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. His first novel, Free, was published by Doubleday in 1993 and his second novel, Famine (Arcade 1997), received tremendous reviews and was subsequently translated into French, Italian, and German. His third novel, War, was published to exceptional reviews in July of 2008 by Arcade.
In addition to his accomplishments in the literary world, Komarnicki has also found success in the entertainment industry as the director of the international production Resistance, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Paxton, which Komarnicki adapted from an Anita Shreve novel. This World War II epic love story was released in 2003.
Komarnicki’s screenplays include the current box office hit Sully, based on the book Highest Duty by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role. Perfect Stranger, starring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry, and an adaptation of the international bestseller The Professor and the Madman. He has sold pilots to ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.
In addition, Komarnicki is the president and founder of the production/management company Guy Walks Into A Bar. Komarnicki and Guy Walks partner Jon Berg produced the Christmas blockbuster Elf, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau. The film amassed over $220 million worldwide, putting Guy Walks on the map as a go-to company for high concept comedy.