Philip Eisner is a film screenwriter best known for writing the 1997 sci-fi/horror movie Event Horizon. The concept of the film was put together following a family tragedy where Eisner threw himself into his work. He conceived of the story as The Shining in space, which is how he pitched it to the producers of Paramount Pictures who gave it the green light. They hired Paul W.S. Anderson, director of Mortal Kombat to direct the film.