Practiced law in Austin, TX
Wrote speeches for politicians
Moved to L.A. to attend USC's film school
Made a short film titled "Proof" about parachute jumping
Feature debut as screenwriter and story writer of John Milius' "Red Dawn"
Debut as a feature writer-director, "Fandango" from Amblin Entertainment; first collaboration with Kevin Costner
Made TV debut as screenwriter (from a Steven Spielberg story) with "You Gotta Believe Me," an episode of the fantasy anthology series "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
First directing assignment he did not script, "The Beast," a war film set in Afghanistan
Earned breakthrough commercial success with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," starring Costner
Directed "Rapa Nui," an eccentric period heroic adventure executive produced by Costner
Quit post at the helm of the troubled production of sci-fi actioner "Waterworld" due to creative differences with star-producer Costner and studio MCA over the editing and content of the film just three months before the scheduled July 28th release date
Helmed the drama "187," starring Samuel L. Jackson
Directed the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo," starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce
Directed the period drama "Tristan & Isolde"
Wrote and directed the action-adventure film "Risen"