Tom Wheeler (writer)

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Tom Wheeler
United States
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, professor
Years active2002–present

Tom Wheeler is an American television writer and producer. He served as the executive producer and show runner for the NBC superhero series The Cape . [1]



Television work

Wheeler began his television career writing and executive producing the ABC mini-series Empire in 2005. He then wrote two television pilots, The World According to Barnes and Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas, neither of which were taken to series. His series The Cape , about a police officer framed for a crime he did not commit who takes on the guise of his son's favorite comic book hero in order to clear his name, premiered on NBC on January 9, 2011. [2]

Film work

Wheeler co-wrote the screenplay for Puss in Boots (2011), a spin-off from the Shrek franchise about the character Puss. [1]

He is currently writing the screenplay for the 2015 DreamWorks Animation's animated film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations . [3] But that film was quietly canceled. He was also co-writing another DWA's animated film Trollhunters together with film's co-director Guillermo del Toro, [4] But the movie was then converted into a television series instead. Wheeler also wrote the 2017 live-action/animated film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Other writing

As of 2018, Wheeler is working with Frank Miller on a project called Cursed, which is an illustrated YA book reimagining the King Arthur legend from the point of view of the Lady of the Lake. Wheeler will write the prose, while Miller will provide original full-color and black-and-white illustrations. [5] Miller and Wheeler will also simultaneously adapt the book into a TV series, which has already received a 10-episode order from Netflix. They will also both be executive producers on the project. [6]



2002ImaginationNoYesShort movie, executive producer
2003Tir Nan OgNoYesShort movie, executive producer
2007The World According to BarnesYesYesTV Movie, executive producer
2009Captain Cook's Extraordinary AtlasYesNoTV Movie
2011 Puss in Boots YesNo
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie YesNo
2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold YesNoStory by


2005 Empire YesYesMini-series, executive producer
2005-06 Surface YesYeswritten 1 episode, consulting producer
2011 The Cape YesYescreator, written 4 episodes, executive producer
2020 Cursed YesYescreator, written 4 episodes, executive producer

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