Born and raised in Northeast England, Peter Straughan became a sought-after screenwriter when his script The Men Who Stare at Goats, adapted from Jon Ronson’s book, made the rounds. Mr. Straughan adapted Toby Young’s memoir into the feature How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, which was directed by Robert B. Weide; and adapted The Debt from the Israeli film Ha-Hov for director John Madden. He is currently adapting the book Second Lives, by Tim Guest, for director David Fincher.