Akiva Goldsman

Screenwriter, Producer
Perhaps no other screenwriter in the annals of Hollywood history had as varied a career as Akiva Goldsman. For the first decade of his life as a film scribe, Goldsman collaborated with Joel Schumacher on some of the ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1962 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (25)

Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Underground 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Pilgrim's Progress 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paranormal Activity 4 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Paranormal Activity 3 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paranormal Activity 2 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Losers 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brooklyn Rules 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'm Reed Fish 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Poseidon 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lost in Space 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doom Patrol (Movie)

(Producer)

Heart-Shaped Box (Movie)

(Producer)

Lobo (Movie)

(Producer)

Robotech (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (16)

The 5th Wave 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rings 2015 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Da Vinci Code 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I, Robot 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Lost in Space 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Practical Magic 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silent Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (10)

Dreamers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

Starfleet Admiral (Actor)

Finding Joe 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

Vulcan Council Member (Actor)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Felicity 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (4)

Stephanie 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fringe 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Perhaps no other screenwriter in the annals of Hollywood history had as varied a career as Akiva Goldsman. For the first decade of his life as a film scribe, Goldsman collaborated with Joel Schumacher on some of the director's more derided films, including "Batman Forever" (1995) and the universally lambasted "Batman & Robin" (1997). Despite the financial success of both movies, Goldsman was trapped in a cycle of taking any job that came his way, rather than putting pen to paper on the stories he wanted to write. By the time the millennium rolled around, Goldsman was one of the top scribes working in the business, thanks in part to a lucrative side business as an uncredited writer-for-hire. But he finally received the respect he deserved when he became a member of the power trio that included director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe on "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), which earned Goldsman his first Academy Award win. Following another critically acclaimed Howard-Crowe-Goldsman collaboration on "Cinderella Man" (2005), he baited controversy with successful adaptations of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and "Angels and Demons" (2009), both of which confirmed that he was the top working screenwriter of his day.

Relationships

Rebecca Goldsman

Wife
Died of a heart attack on July 6, 2010

Tev Goldsman

Father
Co-founded Blueberry Treatment Centers, one of the first group homes for emotionally disturbed children divorced from Goldsman's mother

Mira Rothenberg

Mother
Holocaust survivor co-founded Blueberry Treatment Centers, one of the first group homes for emotionally disturbed children divorced from Goldsman's father

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut 1983
Attended with future agent turned studio executive Richard Saperstein

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2009

Penned "Angels & Demons," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel and sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"; re-teamed with Hanks and Howard

2008

Re-teamed with Will Smith to produce the superhero comedy, "Hancock"

2007

Produced and co-wrote with Reed Fish, the semi-autobiographical tale about seizing the day, "I'm Reed Fish"

2006

Adapted Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" for the big screen; starring Tom Hanks and directed by Howard

2005

Wrote the screenplay for "The Cinderella Man"; re-teamed with Howard and Crowe from "A Beautiful Mind"

2005

Produced the dark comedy, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

2004

Wrote the screenplay for "I, Robot" starring Will Smith

2004

Served as a producer of "Mindhunters"

2002

Contributed to the screenplay for "The Recruit"

2002

Reportedly re-wrote Steve Zaillian's draft of "The Sum of All Fears"; neither received final on screen credit

2001

Wrote the feature adaptation of "A Beautiful Mind"; directed by Ron Howard and loosely based on the biography of John Forbes Nash Jr.

2000

Made rare on screen appearance as a speaker in an episode of "Felicity" (WB)

1999

Served as a producer on "Deep Blue Sea"

1998

Received credit for adapting Alice Hoffman's novel "Practical Magic" for the screen

1998

Produced the big screen adaptation of "Lost in Space"; also wrote the screenplay

1997

Fourth collaboration with Schumacher, the script for "Batman & Robin"

1996

Adapted John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill"; film directed by Schumacher

1995

Co-wrote the screenplay for Schumacher's "Batman Forever"; the third installment in the franchise

1994

Penned screenplay for "Silent Fall"

1994

Reportedly did uncredited rewriting on "The Specialist"

1994

Made screenwriting debut with "The Client"; first collaboration with Joel Schumacher

Formed Weed Road Pictures

Founded a consulting firm that helped mental health workers create comprehensive treatment environments

Submitted his writing to magazines like The New Yorker

Bonus Trivia

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Goldsman and biographer Sylvia Nasar were awarded the 14th annual USC Scripter Award for "A Beautiful Mind" in 2002.

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"For me, writing has always been an attempt at structuring a predictable environment out of what often seemed like an unpredictable universe." - Goldsman to The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13, 2002

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