Derek Haas is a renowned writer and producer who is best known for his work on “Chicago Fire,” now in its 10th season, which he created with Michael Brandt. The series was his first foray into television, and in addition to being its showrunner, he is an executive producer on its spinoffs, “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.”
Haas has written many hit feature films with Brandt, including “3:10 to Yuma,” “Wanted,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Catch That Kid.” Cumulatively, these films grossed over a half-billion dollars worldwide at the box office.
Haas is the author of a best-selling book series, deemed “devastatingly cool” by The New York Times Book Review, which includes “The Silver Bear,” “Columbus,” “Dark Men,” “A Different Lie” and “The Way I Die.” The novels feature a canny hit man named Columbus who travels the globe for his shadowy trade. The series has received several starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and the Library Journal, and has been nominated for multiple Barry Awards at Bouchercon. Lionsgate scooped up the rights to turn the “Silver Bear” into a feature film, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star as the title character.
Born and raised in Texas, Haas attended Baylor University for both undergraduate and graduate work, earning a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature. He now lives in Los Angeles.