Richard Outten is an American screenwriter who works in both motion pictures and television. After receiving his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he co-authored (with Chris Columbus), the screenplay to the award-winning animated film Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Other motion picture credits include Lionheart, helmed by Oscar-winning director Franklin J. Schaffner, and Pet Sematary II. Based on Outten's early work, Steven Spielberg selected him to do a rewrite of Gremlins 2. Although he didn't receive credit on the film, the assignment led to an exclusive, multi-year writing deal at Warner Bros, during which he penned several screenplays, including an unproduced sequel to The Goonies.