A Hollywood screenwriter who is drawn to emotional material incorporating spiritual and fantastic elements, Bruce Joel Rubin began working in films as co-director with Brian De Palma of "Dionysus in 6...
|Dionysus in 69||Director||n/a||2|
|Jacob's Ladder||Associate Producer||n/a||3000008|
|The Time Traveler's Wife||Screenplay||(rewrite)||4000005|
|Stuart Little 2||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|The Last Mimzy||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|Stuart Little 2||From Story||n/a||4000009|
|Hi, Mom!||Assistant Director||n/a||5000007|
|Dionysus in 69||Sound||n/a||14000005|
|First screenplay credit, "Deadly Friend"|
|Feature co-directorial debut (with Brian De Palma and Robert Fiore), "Dionysus in 69"|
|Made film debut as an assistant director on "Hi, Mom!"|
|Wrote the screenplay for "Deceived" (credited as Derek Saunders)|
|Received a writing credit for the film, "Stuart Little 2"|
|Penned the sci-fi feature, "Deep Impact"|
|Wrote industrial film scripts in the Midwest|
|Wrote the screenplay, "The George Dunlap Tape"|
|First story credit, "Brainstorm"|
|Raised in Detroit, Michigan|
|Sold "The George Dunlap Tape" to Douglas Trumbull who re-worked it into the film "Brainstorm"|
|Credited as a writer on the film, "The Last Mimzy"|
|Received acclaim for his screenplay, "Ghost"|
|Worked as an associate curator and head of the film department at the Whitney Museum in New York City|
|Contributed re-writes for the screenplay adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"|
|Made directorial debut with "My Life"; also wrote the screenplay and produced|
|Worked as an assistant film editor at NBC|
|Penned the screenplay for Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder"|
|Stayed at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal; told to leave after three months when the government suspected he was an CIA operative|
Back in New York, Rubin worked first as an associate curator and later advanced to head of the film department at the Whitney Museum. He and his wife (an art professor) next moved to the Midwest where he earned his graduate degree and wrote a screenplay, "The George Dunlap Tape". He planned to direct it himself, but once the financing fell through, it was optioned by Douglas Trumbull and was eventually made into Natalie Wood's swan song, "Brainstorm" (1983). The film's most memorable sequence depicted the dreamy sights and sounds of a woman's after-death experience.
Frustrated by his inability to work with Hollywood from the Midwest, Rubin moved to L.A. His first produced screenplay, "Deadly Friend" (1986), directed by Wes Craven, was an oddball teen horror film about a bright young lad who reanimates his dead girlfriend. 1990 was Rubin's breakthrough year: he wrote and served as associate producer on both "Ghost" and "Jacob's Ladder". The former featured Patrick Swayze as a murder victim who has unfinished business with his girlfriend (Demi Moore). This diverting romantic fantasy grossed over $200 million and netted a Best Screenplay Oscar for Rubin. The less successful, but more ambitious, "Jacob's Ladder" depicted the surreal hallucinations of a Vietnam vet trying to cope with life and love as a civilian. The film was abetted by the glossy direction of Adrian Lyne and a powerful central performance by Tim Robbins.
Rubin also contributed to the psychodramas "Deceived" and "Sleeping with the Enemy" (both 1991). Unhappy with the results, he was credited as "Derek Saunders" for the former and uncredited for the latter. At the age of 50, Rubin finally made his solo directorial debut with "My Life" (1993), an emotional drama starring Michael Keaton as a terminally ill man preparing for death by videotaping his final months for his unborn child.
|Blanche Rubin||Wife||Married in 1970|
|James Rubin||Father||Appeared in "My Life" (1993), which was directed by his son Bruce|
|Sondra Rubin||Mother||Died shortly after appearing in "My Life" (1993), which was directed by her son Bruce|
|Ari Rubin||Son||Born c. 1980; mother, Blanche Rubin|
|Joshua Rubin||Son||Born c. 1972; mother, Blanche Rubin|
|Gary Rubin||Brother||Appeared in "My Life" (1993), which was directed by his brother Bruce|
|New York University|
|"People are so sleepy in so many ways. They go through life in such a dreamlike state. One of the reasons I wanted to make ["My Life"] was to bring death into public view. Knowing death allows you to have some awareness of life." - Bruce Joel Rubin quoted in Premiere magazine, December 1993|
|"Many people's lives are based on the movies they see. And I, as a Hollywood filmmaker, have this incredible access to a mass audience. I have two hours to talk to the world. I want that two hours to be a personal expression, not corporate entertainment, which is empty entertainment. It's a meal without nourishment. I want to find new ways to get old messages across." - Rubin quoted in Movieline magazine, December 1993|
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