This Columbia University M.F.A. graduate received his first taste of the feature film industry when a director decided to take his thesis script, Arizona Dream, and turn it into a feature film.
After the success of Arizona Dream, Atkins relocated to Los Angeles where he became a studio screenwriter.
In 1997 Atkins was determined to achieve greater control over his scripts and after writing the dental comedy Novocaine, he took over the director's chair for the first time.
Atkins currently lives in New York with his wife and child.