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 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.
February 13, 2002 |
"A Beautiful Mind" is often described as a film about Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash's harrowing journey into schizophrenia. But the film, which earned eight Oscar nominations Tuesday, is also the culmination of an intensely personal journey for screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, whose script was nominated for best screenplay adaptation. "I've probably been writing this story my whole life," says Goldsman, 39, whose parents founded one of the first group homes for childhood schizophrenia in the late 1950s in Brooklyn Heights.
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.
October 25, 2009
Great article about Akiva Goldsman ["For Akiva Goldsman, a Beautiful Turnaround," Oct. 18]. It's nice to see a fair and balanced perspective on the failures and successes of writers-directors as they pursue their craft in Hollywood. Chandus Jackson Los Angeles