Celebrated screenwriter Lorenzo Semple dies

Papillon scribe was 91

by Jennie Kermode

"Hand me the shark repellant Bat-spray!" Semple's caped crusader.
"Hand me the shark repellant Bat-spray!" Semple's caped crusader.

He was known for films like Papillon, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor, as well as more light-hearted fare like Flash Gordon and Never Say Never Again. He was also much moved as the writer of the much loved Batman film starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and the creator of the TV series that followed it. Lorenzo Semple Jr died on Friday, a day after his 91st birthday.

After retiring in the mid-Eighties, Semple went on to enjoy a second career as a YouTube-based film critic. Though he never made much money from any of his work, Semple spoke of his joy at having the privilege to write it.

He is survived by his daughter Maria Semple, also an award winning screenwriter and producer, as well as his wife Joyce, other children Johanna and Lorenzo, and six grandchildren..

Share this with others on...
News

Sense memories Robert Tinnell on Feast Of The Seven Fishes and family memories

Keeping his word Michael Apted in conversation on 63 Up

Talking about juxtapositions Thom Powers on dreams, fashion, identity, nature and bright spotlights in DOC NYC

Dedicated to DA Pennebaker Thom Powers on Martin Scorsese, Michael Apted, the Masters and Winner’s Circle in the tenth edition

EIFF goes coastal Free Film Fest on the Forth announced

DOC NYC award winners announced Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts and Short List results

More news and features

We're bring you coverage of the London Korean Film Festival and DOC NYC and the French Film Festival.



We're looking forward to Tallinn Black Nights and Welsh horror festival Abertoir.



We've recently been at the Valencia Film Festival, New York's NewFest, the Cambridge Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Manchester's Grimmfest, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

More competitions coming soon.