Born in Cleveland, raised in the wilds of South Bend, Indiana with a detour to Montreal’s McGill University, Daniel Waters came to L.A. in the
mid–80’s and wrote Heathers, the brutally black, quasi–seminal comedy that temporarily crucified the Teen Film genre. From there, he went on to write a poignantly pathetic, failing–upwards–
montage of big budget studio projects–the “loved in Europe” Hudson Hawk, the Catwoman–scented Batman Returns, Demolition Man (which spookily posited Arnold Schwarzenegger as an amendment–subverting future president), and other films which helped various studio executives land independent production deals.
Waters’s widely unregarded directorial debut, the perversely R–rated, summer camp comedy Happy Campers premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival before being sold for parts to the WB network. In lieu of suicide, the increasingly Candide–like Waters went back to writing films he actually likes. Sex And Death 101 marks the now–45 year old’s hopefully triumphant return to tonally challenged, darkly comic, original filmmaking. As a safety net, he is currently finishing an adaptation of the 70’s cult novel, The Diceman, with his much more commercially successful little brother, Mark, set to direct.