Matthew Costello

Screenwriter & Novelist
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Matt Costello’s work — across all media — has meshed story, gameplay and technology.

He has written and designed dozens of award-winning and best-selling games including The 7th Guest, G-Force, Just Cause (with Neil Richards) and Pirates of the Caribbean. Time Magazine said of Doom 3, which he scripted, ”The story is delivered with unusual art.” Rage, which Matt also wrote, won the most Game Critics Awards at E3, including ‘Best Console Game’. He continues to write and help create ground-breaking games world-wide, including the upcoming Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier.

His novels, spanning horror, suspense and mystery, have been published all around the world. His classic horror novel Beneath Still Waters was filmed by Lionsgate. His post-apocalyptic novel, Vacation, was a major release from St. Martin’s Press and is being developed as a film. St. Martin’s/Macmillan also released the sequel, Home as well as his SF epic novel, Star Road.

His short story, ‘The Last Vanish’ — featured in the just-released anthology Uncharted Worlds — was filmed by Tripp Avenue Productions. The film has been shown in over a dozen film festivals and was a finalist in the Dramatic Short Category at the Florida Film Festival. The hit mystery series, Cherringham, co-authored with Neil Richards, has sold over 250,000 copies and, with Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders) reading, has become a hit on Audible.

Matt has also written episodes and created TV formats for PBS, Disney, SyFy, and the BBC. He consults on story, games and multiplatform projects around the world, and has also created interactive installations for The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Disney and others.

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Matthew Costello is appearing at the following sessions:

Script to Screen - Planet of the Apes: The Last Frontier

Script to Screen - Planet of the Apes: The Last Frontier

Join pioneering producer Martin Alltimes, along with his visionary director, writers and key cast for an in-depth dissection and study of a key scene from the much anticipated Planet of the Apes: The Last Frontier game.