Akiva Goldsman

Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer known for his work on blockbuster motion pictures and adaptations of popular novels.[1]

Akiva Goldsman
Goldsman at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1962-07-07) July 7, 1962
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
New York. U.S.
OccupationDirector, producer, writer
Years active1994–present
Rebecca Spikings
(m. 2004; died 2010)

Joann Richter
(m. 2014)

Goldsman's filmography as a screenwriter includes Batman Forever and its sequel Batman & Robin; I, Robot; I Am Legend; Cinderella Man, and numerous rewrites that are both credited and uncredited. He also wrote more than a dozen episodes for the science fiction television series Fringe.

In 2002, Goldsman received the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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. He also penned the screenplay for its 2009 prequel Angels & Demons.

Early life

Goldsman was born in New York to Jewish parents and raised in Brooklyn Heights. His parents, Tev Goldsman and Mira Rothenberg, were both clinical child psychologists who ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children.[2] After graduating from St. Ann's School which is also in Brooklyn Heights, he received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and attended the graduate fiction writing program at New York University. Many of his connections were made at St. Ann's.


Goldsman has a production company at Warner Bros. named Weed Road Pictures.[3]

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.[4]

Goldsman made his feature film directing debut with Winter's Tale, a film adaption of the Mark Helprin novel, The principal cast consisted of Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith and William Hurt.[5] The film was released on February 14, 2014. He also directed the horror thriller film Stephanie (2017),[6] with Frank Grillo in the leading role,[7] and co-wrote and produced the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, which was released on August 4, 2017, and was one of Goldsman's post Apotheosis films.[8]

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

Goldsman was revealed in September 2018 to have been on the writing staff for Star Trek: Picard, revolving around the later years of the character of Jean-Luc Picard.[9]


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".[10][11] 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.[12] Rebecca was the daughter of producer Barry Spikings.

In 2012, Akiva met his third wife Joann Richter. The couple were married in 2014 and have two daughters, and divide their time between Los Angeles and New York.[13]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1994 The Client No No Yes
Silent Fall No No Yes
1995 Batman Forever No No Yes
1996 A Time to Kill No No Yes Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million
1997 Batman & Robin No No Yes Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
1998 Lost in Space No Yes Yes
Practical Magic No No Yes
2001 A Beautiful Mind No No Yes Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2004 I, Robot No No Yes
2005 Cinderella Man No No Yes Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
2006 The Da Vinci Code No No Yes
2007 I Am Legend No Yes Yes
2009 Angels & Demons No No Yes
2014 Winter's Tale Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent No No Yes
2016 The 5th Wave No No Yes
2017 Rings No No Yes
Transformers: The Last Knight No No Story Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
The Dark Tower No Yes Yes
Stephanie Yes No No

Producer only

Year Film Notes
1999 Deep Blue Sea
2004 Starsky & Hutch
2005 Constantine
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2006 I'm Reed Fish Executive producer
2007 Brooklyn Rules Executive producer
2008 Hancock
2010 The Losers
Fair Game
Jonah Hex
Paranormal Activity 2 Executive producer
2011 Paranormal Activity 3
2012 Paranormal Activity 4
2013 Lone Survivor
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
2019 Doctor Sleep Executive producer


Year Film Director Executive
Writer Notes
2017 Star Trek: Discovery Yes Yes Yes 3 episodes (writer);
2 episodes (director)
2018-2019 Titans Yes Yes Yes 2 episodes (writer);
2 episodes (director)

Other credits

Year Film Notes
2008 Hancock Role: Executive
2009 Star Trek Role: Vulcan Council Member
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Role: Starfleet Admiral

Upcoming works

In 2016, it was announced that Goldsman would script an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel.[14] Its final release date is still unknown. In July 2017, Paramount Pictures announced plans to make a film adaptation of the novel Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy with Goldsman as producer.[15]


  1. McNary, Dave (July 12, 2017). "Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-mar-10-lv-mind10-story.html
  3. "The Toxic Avenger Mops Up in Redo Deal". Deadline.
  4. Kroll, Justin (August 13, 2012). "Eric Bana circling 'Lone Survivor': Thesp in talks to join case of Peter Berg-helmed SEAL drama". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  5. Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2012). "William Hurt Joins Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  6. Fleming, Mike (January 27, 2015). "Frank Grillo to Star in Akiva Goldsman's Horror-Thriller 'Stephanie'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  7. Fleming, Mike (January 27, 2015). "Frank Grillo to Court Stephanie". Dread Central. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  8. "Sony Sets a Date For Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'". Bloody Disgusting. January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  9. Stewart, Patrick (September 24, 2018). "The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. "IMDB Filmography of Akiva Goldsman".
  11. "Fringe: The Definitive and Exhaustive Chat with John Noble". The Los Angeles Times. September 2009.
  12. "Producer Spikings-Goldsman dies of heart attack". Variety. July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
  13. http://www.zimbio.com/Akiva+Goldsman+Joann+Goldsman/pictures/pro http://guestofaguest.com/directory/akiva-goldsman/217301
  14. LESNICK, SILAS. "Akiva Goldsman to Script The Caves of Steel Movie". ComingSoon. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  15. Fleming Jr., Mike. "Akiva Goldsman Moves To Paramount; 'Rainbow Six,' 'Ologies' & 'Avengelyne' On Menu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 12, 2017.

Further reading

  • Thane, Christopher (November 1999). "Swimming with sharks". Fade In. Vol. 5 no. 3. p. 17.
  • Divine, Christian (January 2002). "Peace of mind". Creative Screenwriting. Vol. 9 no. 1. pp. 69, 71–74.
  • Fleming, Michael (June 2006). "Good as Goldsman". Fade In. Vol. 9 no. 2. pp. [50]–52.
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