Dustin Thomason

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Dustin Thomason
BornDustin Elliott Thomason
(1976-02-17) February 17, 1976 (age 47)
  • Novelist
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
Notable worksThe Evidence
Lie to Me
Castle Rock
SpouseMarie-Aimée Brajeux

Dustin Thomason (born February 17, 1976) is an American writer and producer who co-authored the New York Times bestselling historical fiction novel The Rule of Four with Ian Caldwell.[1]


Thomason began his career as a novelist. He is a co-author of the 2004 novel The Rule of Four, and the author of 12.21. The Rule of Four hit the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, where it remained for six months, sold more than four million copies, and was the best selling debut novel of the decade. 12.21 (concerning the 2012 phenomenon) was also a New York Times and International bestseller. In addition to television, Thomason's production company, Old Curiosity Shop, has published and produced three young adult novels ("Antisocial[2]", "Soul City[3]", "xL[4]").

Television career[edit]

Thomason co-created and was showrunner of Hulu's Castle Rock, for which he won the 2019 Writers Guild of America award for long form original television.[5] He also co-created ABC drama The Evidence and wrote and executive produced Fox's Lie to Me[6] and WGN America's critically-acclaimed Manhattan. He is currently the Executive Producer of the David E. Kelley/Apple TV+'s series Presumed Innocent,[7] and the co-creator Overlook,[8] the forthcoming series from JJ Abrams's of Bad Robot set in the universe of Stephen King's The Shining.

Personal life[edit]

Thomason attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia,[9] then went on to study anthropology at Harvard University and received his M.D. and his MBA from Columbia University in 2003.[10] He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

He was childhood friends with Rule of Four coauthor Ian Caldwell, whom he first collaborated with in elementary school.[1]


  1. ^ a b "An interview with Dustin Thomason". BookBrowse. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Antisocial". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  3. ^ "Soul City". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  4. ^ "XL". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  5. ^ "2022 Writers Guild Awards Nominees". awards.wga.org. Retrieved 2022-03-03.
  6. ^ "Lie to Me", Wikipedia, 2020-09-14, retrieved 2020-10-13
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (2022-02-03). "J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley, Dustin Thomason Team for Apple Series 'Presumed Innocent'". Variety. Retrieved 2022-03-03.
  8. ^ "The Shining (franchise)", Wikipedia, 2020-10-06, retrieved 2020-10-13
  9. ^ Weeks, Linton (May 28, 2004). "For Two Young Authors, a Happy Beginning". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  10. ^ The Book Report, Inc. (2022). "Biography: Dustin Thomason". bookreporter. Retrieved 18 October 2022.

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