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Akiva Goldsman

Akiva Goldsman

American film producer
Akiva Goldsman
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Intro American film producer
A.K.A. Akiva J. Goldsman
Is Screenwriter Film producer Film director Writer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 7 July 1962, New York City
Age 58 years
Spouse: Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman
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Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) 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's filmography as a screenwriter includes Batman Forever and its sequel Batman & Robin, I Am Legend, Cinderella Man, and numerous rewrites both credited and uncredited. In 2006 Goldsman re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard to adapt Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code for Howard's film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work.

Early life

Akiva Goldsman was born on July 7, 1962 in New York City, the son of Tev Goldsman, a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg, a child psychologist. His family is Jewish. Both of his 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. 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. Afterward, director Joel Schumacher hired 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 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.

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. 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".

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, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch, and was released in 2013.

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. The film was released on February 14, 2014. In 2015, he directed the horror thriller film Stephanie, with Frank Grillo in the leading role. Goldsman co-wrote and produced the film adaption of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, which is set for a release on 13 January 2017.

In June 2015, Paramount Pictures announced that Goldsman would be heading a team of writers and filmmakers to create a multifilm cinematic universe branching out from Hasbro's Transformers franchise.


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". In its fifth season, Goldsman remained a consulting producer. Episodes he contributed to included:

  • "Bad Dreams" (01.17)
  • "The Road Not Taken" (01.19) (executive producer Jeff Pinkner and supervising producer J.R. Orci co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Goldsman)
  • "There's More Than One of Everything" (01.20) (co-executive producer J.H. Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Goldsman and executive producer Bryan Burk)
  • "A New Day in the Old Town" (02.01) (co-written by co-creator J.J. Abrams)
  • "Peter" (02.16) (co-showrunners Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman, and supervising producer Josh Singer co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Pinkner, Goldsman, Singer, and Wyman)
  • "Brown Betty" (02.20) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Over There (Part 1)" (02.22) (co-written with Pinkner and Wyman)
  • "Over There (Part 2)" (02.23) (co-written by Pinkner and Wyman)
  • "Subject 13" (03.15) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Stowaway" (03.17) (Danielle Dispaltro wrote a teleplay based on a story Pinkner, Goldsman, and Wyman)
  • "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (03.19) (Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by Wyman, Goldsman, and Pinkner)
  • "The Day We Died" (03.22) (Pinkner and Wyman co-wrote a teleplay based on a story Goldsman, Pinkner, and Wyman)
  • "Neither Here Nor There" (04.01) (Wyman and Pinkner co-wrote a teleplay based on a story Wyman, Goldsman, and Pinkner)
  • "Subject 9" (04.04) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Making Angels" (04.11) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Nothing as It Seems" (04.16) (co-written with Pinkner)
  • "Letters of Transit" (04.19) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Brave New World (Part 1)" (04.21) (co-written by Wyman and Pinkner)
  • "Brave New World (Part 2)" (04.22) (co-written with Wyman and Pinkner)

Personal life

In 2012, Akiva met his third wife, model/actress/equestrian Joann Richter. The couple were married in 2014 and have 2 daughters, Lily (age 8) and Ever (age 6) and divide their time between Los Angeles and New York. http://www.zimbio.com/Akiva+Goldsman+Joann+Goldsman/pictures/pro http://guestofaguest.com/directory/akiva-goldsman/217301

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


Year Film Credit Notes
1994 The Client writer co-wrote with Robert Getchell
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 writer, producer
Practical Magic writer co-wrote with Robin Swicord and Adam Brooks
1999 Deep Blue Sea producer
2001 A Beautiful Mind writer Won Academy Award for Best 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 Brooklyn Rules executive producer
I Am Legend writer, producer co-wrote with Mark Protosevich
2008 Hancock producer
2009 Angels & Demons writer co-wrote with David Koepp
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 director, writer, producer directorial debut
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent writer co-wrote with Brian Duffield and Mark Bomback
2016 The 5th Wave writer co-wrote with Susannah Grant and Jeff Pinkner
2017 Rings writer co-wrote with David Loucka and Jacob Aaron Estes
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword producer
Transformers: The Last Knight story screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan
The Dark Tower writer, producer co-wrote with Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen and Jeff Pinkner
Stephanie director
TBA Untitled I Am Legend reboot producer
Bumblebee producer
Avengelyne director, producer

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