Posts tagged ‘best screenwriters’

September 20, 2013

The Highest-Grossing Screenwriters of All Time

Thomas Mentel recently shared a list of the five highest-grossing screenwriters of all time (meaning their films have made the most money collectively, not necessarily themselves). There are probably some names on this list that you don’t know, but you absolutely should. One name not on the list worth noting is Melissa Rosenburg — the highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time (due primarily to her work on the Twilight series).

Here are a few excerpts from Mentel’s list:

5. David S. Goyer – $1.91 Billion (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)

Goyer has made a career out of being the go-to screenwriter for comic adaptations for the screen. However, he’s also had a lot of duds over the years with films like Sony’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Fox’s Jumper. But overall, he’s been a consistent player for Warner for over a decade with films like the Blade trilogy and the well-regarded sci-fi film Dark City.

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May 1, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Stanley Kubrick

stanley-kubrick_1505797cThe Writer:

Stanley Kubrick is widely considered one of the best writers and directors of all time and is particularly respected for his ability to master an obscenely wide range of film genres. His films range from suspense (The Shining) to science fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey) to comedy (Dr. Strangelove). James Cameron has said of Kubrick, “I remember going with a great sense of anticipation to each new Stanley Kubrick film and thinking, ‘Can he pull it off and amaze me again?’ And he always did. The lesson I learnt from Kubrick was, ‘Never do the same thing twice’.”

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March 7, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Ben Hecht

sjff_04_img1506The Writer:

Ben Hecht won the first ever Oscar given for screenwriting (at the time the category was called “Best Original Story”) in 1927 for his gangster drama Underworld. He has one of the longest lists of credits I’ve ever seen on IMDB, including writing credits on such classics as Gone with the Wind, the original Scarface (here’s the script for the 1983 version), the original Some Like It Hot (the 1958 version), and the play which His Girl Friday is based on. What follows is a partial listing of his impressive credits as both scribe and script doctor.

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November 4, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Woody Allen

The Writer:

Woody Allen has a style all his own. You always know when you’re watching a Woody Allen film — usually because he’s also starring in it, and directing. But these giveaways aside, Allen has an undeniably unique voice and a quirky sense of humor that has set him apart as one of the great screenwriters of our time.

Credits:

Nero Fiddled (screenplay) (post-production) – 2012

Midnight in Paris (written by) – 2011

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (written by) – 2010

Sdelka (short) (play) – 2009

Whatever Works (written by) – 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (written by) – 2008

Cassandra’s Dream (written by) – 2007

Scoop (written by) – 2006

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