David Franzoni

Screenwriter
Screenwriter David Franzoni's first produced script was "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986), but he really opened the industry's eyes with his screen adaptation of "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992), a biopic of famed attorney Roy ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1947

Filmography

Writer (6)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (1)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Secrets of the Colosseum 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Screenwriter David Franzoni's first produced script was "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986), but he really opened the industry's eyes with his screen adaptation of "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992), a biopic of famed attorney Roy Cohn, earning CableACE, Peabody and PEN West Literary awards as well as an Emmy nomination. While working on the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997), about a slave ship mutiny, Franzoni signed a first-look deal with DreamWorks involving three projects, two of which he would write and produce, and a third he would write, produce and direct. Before the release of "Amistad", however, the author found himself at the center of controversy when author Barbara Chase-Riboud filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the film's release, claiming that her novel "Echo of Lions" was used as a source. A federal judge reject Chase-Riboud's motion and the film opened on schedule, earning respectful reviews.

Relationships

Nancy Franzoni

Wife

Hudson Franzoni

Son

Milestones

2000

Co-wrote script for "Gladiator"; also served as one of the film's producers; film received 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay

1997

Named (along with Spielberg and others) in a plagiarism suit brought by author Barabra Chase-Riboud who claimed "Amistad" was based on her novel "Echo of Lions"; suit settled out of court

1997

Served as screenwriter for Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"; reportedly Steve Zallian rewrote his script, but Franzoni ended up with sole screen credit

1996

Signed a first look deal with DreamWorks SKG to write, produce and direct features

1992

Breaskthrough script, the teleplay for the HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn"; earned a 1993 Emmy nomination

1986

First produced screenplay, "Jumpin' Jack Flash"; credited as David H Franzoni; provided the story and was one of four credited writers on the script

Bonus Trivia

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Franzoni has written the screenplay "George Washington", set to star Robert Redford, and also adapted Randy Shilts' book "The Mayor of Castro Street", about assassinated gay activist Harvey Milk, which is also in development.

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