Bruce Joel Rubin

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
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 69" and as an ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (11)

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

The Last Mimzy 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

(From Story)

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deceived 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deadly Friend 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (3)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (2)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Dionysus in 69 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (1)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

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 69" and as an assistant director on De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (both 1970). Following a turn as an assistant film editor at NBC, Rubin embarked on a quest for spiritual enlightenment which included stints on the Greek isle of Paros and in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. After three months of study at the latter, he was given 48 hours to leave by the Nepalese government, who suspected Rubin of being a CIA operative. Although the stay was cut short, its influence would be manifested in much of his subsequent screen work. Indeed, Rubin has made a good living from musing about death.

Relationships

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

EDUCATION

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana
Attended for graduate school

New York University

New York , New York
Attended with Martin Scorsese and Brian DePalma; directed two short films while attending

Milestones

2009

Contributed re-writes for the screenplay adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"

2007

Credited as a writer on the film, "The Last Mimzy"

2002

Received a writing credit for the film, "Stuart Little 2"

1998

Penned the sci-fi feature, "Deep Impact"

1993

Made directorial debut with "My Life"; also wrote the screenplay and produced

1991

Wrote the screenplay for "Deceived" (credited as Derek Saunders)

1990

Received acclaim for his screenplay, "Ghost"

1990

Penned the screenplay for Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder"

1986

First screenplay credit, "Deadly Friend"

1983

First story credit, "Brainstorm"

1976

Wrote the screenplay, "The George Dunlap Tape"

1969

Made film debut as an assistant director on "Hi, Mom!"

1969

Feature co-directorial debut (with Brian De Palma and Robert Fiore), "Dionysus in 69"

Wrote industrial film scripts in the Midwest

Worked as an associate curator and head of the film department at the Whitney Museum in New York City

Raised in Detroit, Michigan

Worked as an assistant film editor at NBC

Sold "The George Dunlap Tape" to Douglas Trumbull who re-worked it into the film "Brainstorm"

Stayed at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal; told to leave after three months when the government suspected he was an CIA operative

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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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