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Akiva Goldsman
Born July 7, 1962 (1962-07-07) (age 47)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Film producer and screenwriter

Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American screenwriter and producer in the motion picture industry. He received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Goldsman has been involved specifically with high budget Hollywood adaptations and remakes. His filmography includes the films Lost in Space, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, as well as more serious dramas, and numerous rewrites both credited and uncredited. In 2006 Goldsman re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard for a high profile project, adapting Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code for Howard's much-anticipated film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work.


Life and career

Akiva Goldsman was born in New York City on July 7, 1962 to Jewish parents Tev Goldsman and Mira Rothenberg. Tev Goldsman was a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg was a child psychologist.[1] Both parents ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children. Goldsman's parents were occupied with their work, and Goldsman said, "By the time I was 10 or 12, I realized they had taken my parents away from me. I wanted nothing more to do with that world. I wanted to be a writer. I had a fantasy that someday I'd see my name on a book." In 1983, Goldsman attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.[2] After graduation, Goldsman studied creative writing at New York University. He began writing screenplays, and in 1994, he wrote the screenplay that would become the film Silent Fall.[1] Afterward, director Joel Schumacher hired Goldsman to write The Client.[2]

In the late 1990s, Akiva Goldsman wrote screenplays for A Time to Kill and Batman & Robin, which were considered subpar quality and got him nominated for the Golden Raspberry Awards. Goldsman came to the realization, "I sort of got lost. I was writing away from what I knew. It's a little like a cat chasing its tail. Once you start making movies that are less than satisfying, you start to lose your opportunity to make the satisfying ones. People are not serving them up to you, saying, 'You're the guy we want for this.'" Goldsman appealed to producer Brian Grazer to write the screenplay for A Beautiful Mind and ultimately won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay.[3] The star of A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, later invited Goldsman and director Ron Howard to film Cinderella Man, and Goldsman wrote the film's screenplay.[4] Goldsman has also written and directed two episodes of the Fox TV show Fringe.[5] In 2009, he signed on to co-produce the Warner Bros. film adaptation of the British television series Primeval.[6] Goldsman is one of six candidates which will direct the sequel to Paranormal Activity[7], but he announced later he will work as executive producer on the project.[8]


Year Film Credit Notes
1994 The Client Writer
Silent Fall Writer
1995 Batman Forever Writer Co-wrote with Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler
1996 A Time to Kill Writer
1997 Batman & Robin Writer
1998 Lost in Space Producer, writer
Practical Magic Writer
1999 Deep Blue Sea Producer
2001 A Beautiful Mind Writer Won Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
2004 Starsky & Hutch Producer
Mindhunters Producer
I, Robot Writer Co-wrote with Jeff Vintar
2005 Constantine Producer
Cinderella Man Writer
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Producer
2006 I'm Reed Fish Executive producer
Poseidon Producer
The Da Vinci Code Writer
2007 The Cure Executive producer TV pilot
I Am Legend Producer, writer
2008 Hancock Producer
2009 Angels & Demons Writer
2010 Jonah Hex Producer Filming
TBA Teen Titans (film) Writer In production

Further reading

  • Thane, Christopher (November 1999). "Swimming with sharks". Fade In (Fade In Publishing Group Inc) 5 (3): 17. 
  • Divine, Christian (January 2002). "Peace of mind". Creative Screenwriting (Inside Information Group, Ltd) 9 (1): 69,71–74. 
  • Fleming, Michael (June 2006). "Good as Goldsman". Fade In (Fade In Publishing Group Inc) 9 (2): [50]-52. 


  1. ^ a b "Goldsman, Akiva". Current Biography 65 (9): 36–40. September 2004. 
  2. ^ a b Levine, Bettijane (March 31, 2002). "A book signing, a big moment". The Record. 
  3. ^ Shocking Frontrunners to Direct Glossy 'Paranormal Activity' Sequel?
  4. ^ Covert, Colin (June 5, 2005). "Cinderella scribe". Star Tribune. 
  5. ^ ""Fringe: The Definitive and Exhaustive Chat with John Noble"". September 2009. 
  6. ^ Hurrell, Will (May 15, 2009). "Primeval movie deal confirmed". Broadcastnow (Emap Media). Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ Add Akiva Goldsman To The List Of Possible 'PA2' Directors
  8. ^ Rumor Control: Akiva Goldsman NOT Directing Paranormal Activity 2 ... But ....

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