Josh Olson’s screenplay for the film A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the WGA award and the Edgar, among others. He is the writer/director of the horror/comedy cult movie INFESTED. His adaptation of the Dennis Lehane short story UNTIL GWEN made the Black List. He is currently writing the science fiction TV series NEXUS for Netflix.
He has written with or for Peter Jackson, Harlan Ellison, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of four million hits.
He’s written every episode of both seasons of the audio drama BRONZEVILLE, which stars Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tika Sumpter and Mekhi Phifer. He and John Brancato recently wrote the feature film TRIGGER WARNING, which is currently being produced by Thunder Road for Netflix, with Jessica Alba starring.
With legendary director Joe Dante, Olson co-hosts The Movies That Made Me, a podcast devoted to interviewing filmmakers, artists, musicians and others about the movies that have inspired them and their work.
In 2020, he founded Rainy Day Podcasts which produces scripted audio dramas for Warner Brothers Studios with his partners Mick Jagger, Steve Bing, and Victoria Pearman.