- Akiva Goldsman
name = Akiva Goldsman
July 7 1962
New York City, New York, United States
occupation = Film producer and screenwriter
academyawards = Writing Adapted Screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
goldenglobeawards = Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
Golden Raspberry Awards for "A Time to Kill" (1996) and "Batman & Robin" (1997)
Akiva J. Goldsman (born
July 7, 1962) is an American screenwriterand producer in the motion picture industry. He received an Academy Awardfor Best Adapted Screenplayfor the 2001 film, "A Beautiful Mind", which also won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Goldsman has been involved specifically with high budget Hollywood movies. His filmography includes the films "Lost in Space", "
Batman Forever" and "Batman and 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 Howardfor 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 Cityon July 7 1962to parents Tev Goldsman and Mira Rothenberg. Tev Goldsman was a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg was a child psychologist.cite journal | title=Goldsman, Akiva | journal= Current Biography| publisher= H. W. Wilson Company| month=September | year=2004 | volume=65 | issue=9 | pages=36–40 ] 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 Universityin Middletown, Connecticut.cite news | first=Bettijane | last=Levine | title=A book signing, a big moment | work=The Record | publisher= North Jersey Media Group| date= 2002-03-31] 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". Afterward, director Joel Schumacherhired Goldsman to write "The Client".
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 Grazerto write the screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind" and ultimately won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. The star of "A Beautiful Mind", Russell Crowe, later invited Goldsman and director Ron Howardto film " Cinderella Man", and Goldsman wrote the film's screenplay. [cite news | first=Colin | last=Covert | title=Cinderella scribe | work= Star Tribune| publisher=Avista Capital Partners | date= 2005-06-05]
*cite journal | first=Christopher | last=Thane | title=Swimming with sharks | journal=
Fade In| publisher=Fade In Publishing Group Inc | month=November | year=1999 | volume=5 | issue=3 | pages=17
*cite journal | first=Christian | last=Divine | title=Peace of mind | journal=Creative Screenwriting | publisher=Inside Information Group, Ltd | month=January | year=2002 | volume=9 | issue=1 | pages=69,71–74
*cite journal | first=Michael | last=Fleming | title=Good as Goldsman | journal=
Fade In| publisher=Fade In Publishing Group Inc | month=June | year=2006 | volume=9 | issue=2 | pages=  -52
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