Mario Correa came to the United States from his native Chile at age 6. While in high school, he volunteered on a long shot Congressional campaign that wound up making him a Capitol Hill staffer at age 17, and he spent the next fifteen years working in and around American politics.
Much of Mario’s writing springs from these formative experiences, and often centers on real-life heroes who defy systems of power.
Most recently, he wrote the screenplay (with Matthew Michael Carnahan) for the upcoming Todd Haynes film Dark Waters, which stars Mark Ruffalo as Rob Bilott, a whistleblower who fought a decades-long legal battle to expose DuPont Chemical’s pollution of public water systems. The all-star cast includes Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber and Mare Winningham.
Mario’s screenplay, Let Her Speak – the #2 script on 2017’s Black List – tells the story of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster of a bill aimed at shuttering the state’s reproductive health clinics. Sandra Bullock is attached to star in and produce alongside Todd Black (Fences, Roman J. Israel, Esq., The Magnificent Seven, among many other films) and Jonathan Shukat.
Mario is adapting Dale Carpenter’s New York Times Notable Book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas – the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws – into a feature script for producers Todd Black and Jonathan Shukat.
Mario is also a playwright whose work has been produced to acclaim Off-Broadway and regionally, including Tail! Spin! (New York Times “Critics’ Pick”; Off-Broadway Alliance Awards nominee, Best Unique Theatrical Experience; GLAAD Media Awards nominee, Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway); Commander (Best Play, Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Runner Up, National Latino Playwriting Award); Santa for President (commissioned by National Public Radio and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered) and Henry (nominee, Outstanding Original Short Script, New York Innovative Theater Awards).
Mario is currently at work on a limited series for television.