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Akiva Goldsman

Akiva Goldsman
Goldsman at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, May 2011
Born (1962-07-07) July 7, 1962
New York City
Occupation Director, producer, writer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Spikings (?–2010; her death)

Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) from Manhattan, New York is an American film and television writer, director, and producer.

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 Hollywood films. His filmography also includes the films Batman Forever and its sequel Batman & Robin, I Am Legend and Cinderella Man 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 film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work.


  • Life and career 1
    • Fringe 1.1
    • Personal life 1.2
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Akiva Goldsman was born in New York City to a Jewish family, on July 7, 1962, to Tev Goldsman, a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg, 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 and began writing screenplays.

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. 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.[3]

Goldsman has a production company at Warner Bros. called Weed Road Pictures. On April 6, 2010, it was announced that he will produce a PG-13 remake of the Troma cult film The Toxic Avenger.[4] On September 8, 2010, it was announced that he would write the first season of the television series based on the novels of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. The project is currently in "development hell".[5]

Goldsman produced the Universal Pictures feature Lone Survivor, from writer/director Peter Berg, based on the book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, by Marcus Luttrell. It tells the story of Luttrell's Navy SEAL team in 2005 Afghanistan, on a mission to kill a terrorist leader. The movie starred Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch, and was released in 2013.[6]

Goldsman made his feature film directing debut with Winter's Tale, a film adaption of the Mark Helprin novel. Goldsman worked for seven years on developing the project with Warner Bros. Pictures, finally getting a green light on the script (which he wrote). The principal cast consisted of Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith and William Hurt.[7] The film was released on February 14, 2014.


In 2008, Goldsman joined the first season crew of the FOX horror/mystery series Fringe, as writer, director, and consulting producer. The first episode Goldsman directed and wrote was "Bad Dreams".[8][9] In its fifth season, Goldsman remained a consulting producer. Episodes he contributed to included:

Personal life

Goldsman's second wife, film producer Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, died of a heart attack on July 6, 2010, at the age of 42.[10] Rebecca was the daughter of producer Barry Spikings.


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 co-wrote with Cliff Hollingsworth
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 co-wrote with David Koepp
Kings director TV series, "The Sabbath Queen" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2009–2013 Fringe consulting producer, writer, director TV series
2010 The Losers producer
Fair Game producer
Jonah Hex producer
Paranormal Activity 2 executive producer
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 executive producer
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 executive producer
2013 Lone Survivor producer
2014 Winter's Tale writer, director, producer
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent writer
TBA Titans writer of the pilot[11] Live action TV series adaptation of the fictional DC comic super hero team
TBA The Janson Directive writer


  1. ^ a b "Goldsman, Akiva".  
  2. ^ a b Levine, Bettijane (March 31, 2002). "A book signing, a big moment".  
  3. ^ Covert, Colin (June 5, 2005). "Cinderella scribe".  
  4. ^ "The Toxic Avenger Mops Up in Redo Deal". Deadline. 
  5. ^ Rice, Lynette (September 8, 2010). "'"Universal to produce three films and TV series based on Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower.  
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 13, 2012). "Eric Bana circling 'Lone Survivor': Thesp in talks to join case of Peter Berg-helmed SEAL drama".  
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2012). "'"William Hurt Joins Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale.  
  8. ^ "IMDB Filmography of Akiva Goldsman". 
  9. ^ "Fringe: The Definitive and Exhaustive Chat with John Noble".  
  10. ^ "Producer Spikings-Goldsman dies of heart attack".  
  11. ^

Further reading

  • Thane, Christopher (November 1999). "Swimming with sharks".  
  • 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".  

External links

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