Steven Zaillian

Screenwriter, Director, Editor
Having established himself as one of the top screenwriters working in Hollywood, Steven Zaillian made the successful transition to directing with the critically acclaimed drama, "Searching for Bobby Fisher" (1993) ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1953 in Fresno, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (19)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

(Rewrite) (Screenplay)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Irishman (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (8)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cold Light of Day 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Welcome to the Rileys 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Dinner With Herve (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (5)

The Night Of 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime (TV Show)

Director
Editor (3)

Below the Belt 1980 (Movie)

(Editor)

Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

Starhops 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Having established himself as one of the top screenwriters working in Hollywood, Steven Zaillian made the successful transition to directing with the critically acclaimed drama, "Searching for Bobby Fisher" (1993). Though not a box office hit, the film was hailed for turning the world of competitive chess into fertile ground for compelling drama. Prior to his directing debut, Zaillian penned several notable films, including his first produced credit "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985) and Penny Marshall's tear-jerking drama "Awakenings" (1990). But it was his script work on Steven Spielberg's stark Holocaust drama "Schindler's List" (1993) that earned him his first Academy Award. From there, he wrote a number of high-profile projects like "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and "Mission: Impossible" (1996), while doing uncredited script doctoring on major blockbuster releases. He returned to the director's chair for the notable courtroom thriller, "A Civil Action" (1998), and collaborated with directors such as Ridley Scott on "Hannibal" (2001) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and Martin Scorsese on "Gangs of New York" (2002). After an unsuccessful third stab at directing with the critically maligned "All the King's Men" (2006), Zaillian returned to critical acclaim by penning "Moneyball" (2011) and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011), proving that he was one of the best screenwriters working in the business.

Relationships

Nicholas Alexander

Son
born on February 10, 1989

Elizabeth Zaillian

Wife
mother of two children with Zaillian

James Zaillian

Father
died in 1980

Anthony Zaillian

Son
born on August 5, 1985

Marcia Zaillian

Sister
born on June 11, 1949

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California 1975

Milestones

2011

Co-wrote the screenplay for "Moneyball" with Aaron Sorkin

2011

Penned the film adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the book by Stieg Larsson and directed by David Fincher

2007

Wrote the film adaptation of Ridley Scott's "American Gangster," based on a New York magazine story about the rise and fall of the 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas

2006

Wrote and directed "All the King's Men," an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's classic 1946 political novel

2002

Co-wrote the screenplay for Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"

2001

Penned a draft of the script for "Hannibal"; shared final on screen credit with David Mamet

1998

Wrote and directed the based-on-fact drama "A Civil Action"

1997

Reportedly did uncredited script work for Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)

1996

Provided the story for the big screen adaptation of "Mission: Impossible"

1994

Was one of three credited writers on "Clear and Present Danger"

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Searching for Bobby Fischer"; also scripted from the book by Fred Waitzkin

1993

Penned the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

1990

Earned first Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay for "Awakenings"

1985

First produced screenplay, "The Falcon and the Snowman"

1979

Sold first screenplay "Bad Manners" to Ray Stark's Rastar Productions; never produced

1977

First credit as an editor, "Breaker, Breaker"

Worked as a film editor after graduating from college

Raised in Los Angeles, CA

Bonus Trivia

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On his penchant for writing adapted screenplays over originals: "I hate the actual writing of scripts. Halfway through, I just want to throw them in the trash. So when someone pays me to adapt something, I take the money and spend it right away; then I have to finish the job."– Zaillian quoted in Variety, Jan. 3-9, 1994

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