January 10, 2014 |
You might not peg the guy who wrote "I, Robot" and adapted "The Da Vinci Code" as a self-described "shameless romantic. " But then, when looking back on "A Beautiful Mind," the movie that won him a screenplay Oscar, Akiva Goldsman remembers it as a "promise that love conquers all. " So when Goldsman says that he likes to see the world as "a grown-up fairy tale where nothing is without purpose," it makes perfect sense that 30 years ago, riding the...
October 18, 2009 |
Akiva Goldsman arrived at the door of producer Brian Grazer in 1998 with one purpose. "I went there," the screenwriter says, "to beg." Goldsman, who had enjoyed a steady ascension in Hollywood for years, was coming off a string of films that had badly battered his reputation. He had produced and written the forgettable dud "Lost in Space" -- and far worse, he had written the screenplay that would become the 1997 bomb "Batman & Robin," one of the most savagely disliked movies of the decade.
May 26, 2006 |
"The Da Vinci Code" is not just a mega-selling book, not just a crowd-drawing movie, it's also, at $21.95, an "illustrated screenplay" replete with storyboards, stills from the movie, musings by author Dan Brown and the movie's principals and boxes of production trivia (such as " 'The Da Vinci Code' had 25 revisions over six months" and "Twenty-four rue Haxo doesn't actually exist in Paris.") At the heart of the "official making-of-the-movie book," though, is Akiva Goldsman's script.
May 15, 2006 |
OSCAR-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman was "startled" when he heard that Vatican cardinals were condemning his next picture, the hotly anticipated film version of "The Da Vinci Code." "Then I was concerned," he muses, "and then I realized that the Vatican doesn't like condoms either, and a lot of people buy those." If the 43-year-old scribe sounds insouciant, he has reason to be. At least 50 million people have read the novel, and awareness of the Ron Howard film, opening in the U.S.
March 24, 2002 |
In Los Angeles, script reading can be a badge of honor, a sign of position. "Don't bother Mommy now, she's reading scripts." The little tyke is expected to back off, knowing there's no appeal. Mommy's mired in her "weekend read," plowing through scripts of unproduced movies. It means Mommy's important. Now another kind of script is gaining a new popularity: the published versions of movies already made and in some cases even playing at the multiplex.
March 10, 2002 |
It's a balmy Tuesday night in West Hollywood. And no one's enjoying it more than the mid-size guy who's ambling up Sunset in navy T-shirt and chino pants, hands in pockets, looking like he might be mentally whistling a happy tune. Akiva Goldsman, Oscar-nominated author of the screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind," is about to realize a dream. As a child in Brooklyn, Goldsman never hankered for Academy Awards.