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Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He received an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. Goldsman's filmography as a screenwriter includes Batman Forever and its sequel Batman & Robin, I Am Legend, Cinderella Man, and numerous rewrites both credited and uncredited. In 2006 Goldsman re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard
Ron Howard
to adapt Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
for Howard's film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Fringe

3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Upcoming Works 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Early life[edit] Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
was born on July 7, 1962, in New York City, the son of Tev Goldsman, a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg, a child psychologist.[1] His family is Jewish. His parents ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children. Goldsman's parents were occupied with their work, and Goldsman said, "By the time I was 10 or 12, I realized they had taken my parents away from me. I wanted nothing more to do with that world. I wanted to be a writer. I had a fantasy that someday I'd see my name on a book." In 1983, Goldsman attended Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University
in Middletown, Connecticut.[2] After graduation, Goldsman studied creative writing at New York University
New York University
and began writing screenplays.[citation needed] Career[edit] In 1994, he wrote the screenplay that would become the film Silent Fall.[1] Afterward, director Joel Schumacher
Joel Schumacher
hired Goldsman to write The Client.[2] In the late 1990s, Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
wrote screenplays for A Time to Kill and Batman & Robin, which were considered subpar quality and got him nominated for the Golden Raspberry Awards. Goldsman came to the realization, "I sort of got lost. I was writing away from what I knew. It's a little like a cat chasing its tail. Once you start making movies that are less than satisfying, you start to lose your opportunity to make the satisfying ones. People are not serving them up to you, saying, 'You're the guy we want for this.'" Goldsman appealed to producer Brian Grazer
Brian Grazer
to write the screenplay for A Beautiful Mind and ultimately won an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Writing Adapted Screenplay. The star of A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, later invited Goldsman and director Ron Howard
Ron Howard
to film Cinderella Man, and Goldsman wrote the film's screenplay.[3] Goldsman has a production company at Warner Bros. called Weed Road Pictures.[4] Goldsman produced the Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
feature Lone Survivor, from writer/director Peter Berg, based on the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell. It tells the story of Luttrell's Navy SEAL team in 2005 Afghanistan, on a mission to kill a terrorist leader. The movie starred Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster
Ben Foster
and Taylor Kitsch, and was released in 2013.[5] Goldsman made his feature film directing debut with Winter's Tale, a film adaption of the Mark Helprin
Mark Helprin
novel. Goldsman worked for seven years on developing the project with Warner Bros. Pictures, finally getting a green light on the script (which he wrote). The principal cast consisted of Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith
Will Smith
and William Hurt.[6] The film was released on February 14, 2014. He also directed the horror thriller film Stephanie (2017),[7] with Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo
in the leading role,[8] and co-wrote and produced the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, which was released on August 4, 2017.[9] In June 2015, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
announced that Goldsman would head a team of writers and filmmakers to create a multifilm cinematic universe branching out from Hasbro's Transformers
Transformers
franchise. Fringe[edit] In 2008, Goldsman joined the first season crew of the Fox horror/mystery series Fringe as writer, director, and consulting producer. The first episode Goldsman directed and wrote was "Bad Dreams".[10][11] In its fifth season, Goldsman remained a consulting producer. Episodes he contributed to included:

"Bad Dreams" (01.17) "The Road Not Taken" (01.19) (executive producer Jeff Pinkner
Jeff Pinkner
and supervising producer J.R. Orci co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Goldsman) "There's More Than One of Everything" (01.20) (co-executive producer J.H. Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Goldsman and executive producer Bryan Burk) "A New Day in the Old Town" (02.01) (co-written by co-creator J.J. Abrams) "Peter" (02.16) (co-showrunners Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman, and supervising producer Josh Singer co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Pinkner, Goldsman, Singer, and Wyman) "Brown Betty" (02.20) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner) "Over There (Part 1)" (02.22) (co-written with Pinkner and Wyman) "Over There (Part 2)" (02.23) (co-written by Pinkner and Wyman) "Subject 13" (03.15) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner) "Stowaway" (03.17) (Danielle Dispaltro wrote a teleplay based on a story Pinkner, Goldsman, and Wyman) "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (03.19) (Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Wyman, Goldsman, and Pinkner) "The Day We Died" (03.22) (Pinkner and Wyman co-wrote a teleplay based on a story Goldsman, Pinkner, and Wyman) "Neither Here Nor There" (04.01) (Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story Wyman, Goldsman, and Pinkner) "Subject 9" (04.04) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner) "Making Angels" (04.11) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner) "Nothing as It Seems" (04.16) (co-written with Pinkner) "Letters of Transit" (04.19) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner) "Brave New World (Part 1)" (04.21) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner) "Brave New World (Part 2)" (04.22) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner)

Personal life[edit] Goldsman's second wife, film producer Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, died of a heart attack on July 6, 2010, at the age of 42.[12] Rebecca was the daughter of producer Barry Spikings. In 2012, Akiva met his third wife, model/actress/equestrian Joann Richter. The couple were married in 2014 and have two daughters, and divide their time between Los Angeles and New York.[13] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes

1994 The Client writer co-wrote with Robert Getchell

Silent Fall writer

1995 Batman Forever writer co-wrote with Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler

1996 A Time to Kill writer

1997 Batman & Robin writer

1998 Lost in Space writer, producer

Practical Magic writer co-wrote with Robin Swicord and Adam Brooks

1999 Deep Blue Sea producer

2001 A Beautiful Mind writer Won Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay

2004 Starsky & Hutch producer

Mindhunters producer

I, Robot writer co-wrote with Jeff Vintar

2005 Constantine producer

Cinderella Man writer co-wrote with Cliff Hollingsworth

Mr. & Mrs. Smith producer

2006 I'm Reed Fish executive producer

Poseidon producer

The Da Vinci Code writer

2007 Brooklyn Rules executive producer

I Am Legend writer, producer co-wrote with Mark Protosevich

2008 Hancock producer, actor role: Executive

2009 Star Trek actor role: Vulcan Council Member

Angels & Demons writer co-wrote with David Koepp

Dark Country special thanks

2010 The Losers producer

Fair Game producer

Jonah Hex producer

Paranormal Activity 2 executive producer

2011 Paranormal Activity 3 executive producer

2012 Paranormal Activity 4 executive producer

2013 Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness actor role: Starfleet Admiral

Lone Survivor producer

2014 Winter's Tale director, writer, producer directorial debut

2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent writer co-wrote with Brian Duffield and Mark Bomback

2016 The 5th Wave writer co-wrote with Susannah Grant and Jeff Pinkner

2017 Rings writer co-wrote with David Loucka and Jacob Aaron Estes

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword producer

Transformers: The Last Knight story screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan

The Dark Tower writer, producer co-wrote with Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen
Anders Thomas Jensen
and Jeff Pinkner

Stephanie director

Star Trek: Discovery teleplay "The Vulcan Hello"

Upcoming Works[edit] In 2016, it was announced that Goldsman would script an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "The Caves of Steel".[14] Its final release date is still unknown. In July 2017, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
announced plans to make a film adaptation of the novel with Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
as producer.[15]

References[edit]

^ a b "Goldsman, Akiva". Current Biography. 65 (9): 36–40. September 2004.  ^ a b Levine, Bettijane (March 31, 2002). "A book signing, a big moment". The Record.  ^ Covert, Colin (June 5, 2005). "Cinderella scribe". Star Tribune.  ^ "The Toxic Avenger Mops Up in Redo Deal". Deadline.  ^ Kroll, Justin (August 13, 2012). "Eric Bana circling 'Lone Survivor': Thesp in talks to join case of Peter Berg-helmed SEAL drama". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 14, 2012.  ^ Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2012). " William Hurt
William Hurt
Joins Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2012.  ^ Fleming, Mike (January 27, 2015). " Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo
to Star in Akiva Goldsman's Horror-Thriller 'Stephanie'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 27, 2015.  ^ Fleming, Mike (January 27, 2015). " Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo
to Court Stephanie". Dread Central. Retrieved January 27, 2015.  ^ "Sony Sets a Date For Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'". Bloody Disgusting. January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.  ^ "IMDB Filmography of Akiva Goldsman".  ^ "Fringe: The Definitive and Exhaustive Chat with John Noble". The Los Angeles Times. September 2009.  ^ "Producer Spikings-Goldsman dies of heart attack". Variety. July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.  ^ http://www.zimbio.com/Akiva+Goldsman+Joann+Goldsman/pictures/pro http://guestofaguest.com/directory/akiva-goldsman/217301 ^ LESNICK, SILAS. " Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
to Script The Caves of Steel Movie". ComingSoon. Retrieved February 5, 2018.  ^ Fleming Jr., Mike. " Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
Moves To Paramount; 'Rainbow Six,' 'Ologies' & 'Avengelyne' On Menu". Deadline. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Thane, Christopher (November 1999). "Swimming with sharks". Fade In. Fade in Publishing Group Inc. 5 (3): 17.  Divine, Christian (January 2002). "Peace of mind". Creative Screenwriting. Inside Information Group, Ltd. 9 (1): 69, 71–74.  Fleming, Michael (June 2006). "Good as Goldsman". Fade In. Fade in Publishing Group Inc. 9 (2): [50]–52. 

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Works by Akiva Goldsman

Films directed

Winter's Tale (2014) Stephanie (2017)

Films written

The Client (1994) Silent Fall
Silent Fall
(1994) Batman Forever (1995) A Time to Kill (1996) Batman & Robin (1997) Lost in Space (1998) Practical Magic
Practical Magic
(1998) A Beautiful Mind (2001) I, Robot (2004) Cinderella Man
Cinderella Man
(2005) The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
(2006) I Am Legend (2007) Angels & Demons (2008) Winter's Tale (2014) The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) Rings (2017) Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The Dark Tower (2017)

Films produced

Lost in Space (1998) Deep Blue Sea (1999) Starsky & Hutch (2004) Mindhunters
Mindhunters
(2004) Constantine (2005) Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Poseidon (2006) I Am Legend (2007) Hancock (2008) The Losers (2010) Fair Game (2010) Jonah Hex (2010) Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor
(2013) Winter's Tale (2014) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) The Dark Tower (2017)

Awards for Akiva Goldsman

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay

1928–1950

Benjamin Glazer (1928) Hanns Kräly (1929) Frances Marion
Frances Marion
(1930) Howard Estabrook
Howard Estabrook
(1931) Edwin J. Burke (1932) Victor Heerman
Victor Heerman
and Sarah Y. Mason
Sarah Y. Mason
(1933) Robert Riskin
Robert Riskin
(1934) Dudley Nichols (1935) Pierre Collings
Pierre Collings
and Sheridan Gibney (1936) Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine
Norman Reilly Raine
(1937) Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis, W. P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard Shaw (1938) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1939) Donald Ogden Stewart
Donald Ogden Stewart
(1940) Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller (1941) George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis (1942) Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch (1943) Frank Butler, and Frank Cavett (1944) Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) Robert Sherwood (1946) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

Harry Brown and Michael Wilson (1951) Charles Schnee (1952) Daniel Taradash (1953) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1954) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1955) John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James Poe (1956) Carl Foreman
Carl Foreman
and Michael Wilson (1957) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1958) Neil Paterson (1959) Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
(1960) Abby Mann (1961) Horton Foote (1962) John Osborne
John Osborne
(1963) Edward Anhalt (1964) Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) James Goldman (1968) Waldo Salt (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975)

1976–2000

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Alvin Sargent (1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Kurt Luedtke (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
and Mark Peploe (1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000)

2001–present

Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay

Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) Stirling Silliphant (1968) Bridget Boland, John Hale and Richard Sokolove (1969) Erich Segal
Erich Segal
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) John Briley (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1985) Robert Bolt (1986) Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe and Enzon Ungari (1987) Naomi Foner (1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
and Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2017)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted Drama (1969–1983, retired)

Waldo Salt (1969) Robert Anderson (1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Denne Bart Petitclerc
Denne Bart Petitclerc
(1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) Julius J. Epstein (1983)

Adapted Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Arnold Schulman (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) John Paxton (1971) Jay Presson Allen
Jay Presson Allen
(1972) Alvin Sargent (1973) Lionel Chetwynd and Mordecai Richler
Mordecai Richler
(1974) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1975) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
and Frank Waldman (1976) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Bernard Slade (1978) Jerzy Kosiński
Jerzy Kosiński
(1979) Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
(1980) Gerard Ayres (1981) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983)

Adapted Screenplay (1984–present)

Bruce Robinson
Bruce Robinson
(1984) Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) David Hare (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) Billy Ray (2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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