Category:Screenplays by Steven Zaillian
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The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. All the King's Men (2006 film) – All the Kings Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who produced and scripted. The story is about the life of Willie Stark, a character resembling Louisiana governor Huey Long. He was elected as a US Senator and assassinated in 1935, the film co-stars Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley. All the Kings Men had previously adapted into a Best Picture-winning film by writer-director Robert Rossen in 1949. Louisiana newspaper reporter Jack Burden takes a personal interest in Willie Stark, circumstances develop that result in Starks being urged to run for governor by a local political leader, Tiny Duffy. Jack has been raised around politics and he is the former lover of Anne Stanton, whose father was once governor. Jack was raised by his godfather Judge Irwin, an honorable man, in time, Jack and political strategist Sadie Burke reveal to Stark that he is a dupe in the governors race, expected to split the vote, spout the party line and lose. Stark vows not to be fooled again and he defies Duffy publicly and begins to give speeches with straightforward talk that the public appreciates. He becomes governor in the election, using any means necessary. Duffy now works for him as lieutenant governor and he also has a silent, menacing driver and bodyguard called Sugar Boy. Finally, he recruits Jack to work for him as an adviser, Judge Irwin disapproves, seeing Stark as an opportunist. Anne Stanton seems to agree and so does her brother, Dr. Adam Stanton, Willie Stark is a persuasive man and knows how to get his way. He intends to build a new hospital and convinces Dr. Stanton. He also begins an affair with Anne Stanton, provoking Sadies jealousy, criticized publicly by Judge Irwin and embroiled in increasing political controversy, Stark demands that Jack dig up dirt on the judge to be used against him. Jack insists that no such dirt exists, but he uncovers evidence that, many years ago, following this revelation, the judge commits suicide, and Jack suffers great guilt, added to by discovering that Judge Irwin was actually his biological father. Stark embraces various corruption necessary to consolidate his power, using patronage, told that the hospital is a fraudulent front project to enable the governor to rob the state and frame him, Dr. Stanton becomes incensed when he learns of Starks relationship with his sister. He waits at the capitol and assassinates Stark, and is shot
2. American Gangster (film) – American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in their first lead acting roles together since 1995s Virtuosity, the film also co-stars Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal and Cuba Gooding Jr. Development for the film began in 2000, when Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment purchased the rights to a New York magazine story about the rise. Two years later, screenwriter Steven Zaillian introduced a 170-page scriptment to Scott, original production plans were to commence in Toronto for budget purposes, however, production eventually relocated permanently to New York City. Because of the rising budget Universal canceled production in 2004. After negotiations with Terry George, it was revived with Scott at the helm in March 2005. Principal photography commenced over a period of five months from July to December 2006, filming took place throughout New York City, American Gangster premiered in New York on October 20,2007, and was released in the United States and Canada on November 2. The film was received by most film critics, and grossed over US$266.5 million worldwide. In 1968, Frank Lucas is the man of Harlem gangster Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson. When Johnson dies of an attack, Lucas takes control of the Harlem crime scene. After handing in almost $1 million that he found in a mobsters car, after his exiled and addicted partner overdoses on a potent brand of heroin called Blue Magic, Captain Lou Toback puts Roberts in charge of a task force that targets local suppliers. Lucas buys Blue Magic directly from producers in Thailand and smuggles it into the U. S. through returning Vietnam War servicemen and his low overhead allows him to eventually wholesale Blue Magic to most the dealers in the New York area. With this monopoly, Lucas expands his control to nightclubs, casinos and he buys a mansion for his mother and recruits his five brothers, including Huey and Turner, as lieutenants to spread his empire. During his rise to becoming Harlems crime boss, Lucas falls in love with Eva, as Lucas business prospers, he makes a point of operating quietly and dressing with a modest conservatism both as a sign of strength and to avoid attracting police attention. Also, he stays away from the drugs to avoid making decisions under the influence. Lucas must also compete with local crime figure Nicky Barnes, a young gun trying to take over Harlem who has been diluting Lucas Blue Magic, after the Fall of Saigon cuts off Lucas supply, he is forced to rely on the other crime rings. Roberts detectives witness Frank Lucas cousin and driver shoot a woman, the gathered information allows Roberts and his task force to identify and search one of the last planes carrying Lucas stock, discovering Blue Magic in the coffins of dead returning servicemen. With this evidence they obtain a warrant to follow the drugs into Newarks projects, in the ensuing shootout, Steve Lucas, Frank Lucas young nephew who gave up a promising career for the New York Yankees to join Lucas crime family, is killed
3. Awakenings – Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sackss 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer. He administered it to patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonia and have to deal with a new life in a new time, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film was produced by Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker, Awakenings stars Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, and Max von Sydow. Also, a then-unknown Vin Diesel appeared, uncredited, in the playing a psych-ward orderly. In 1969, Dr. Malcolm Sayer is a dedicated and caring physician at a hospital in the New York City borough of The Bronx. Leonard Lowe proves elusive in this regard, but Sayer soon discovers that Leonard is able to communicate with him by using a Ouija board, a trial run with Leonard yields astounding results, Leonard completely awakens from his catatonic state. This success inspires Sayer to ask for funding from donors so that all the patients can receive the L-Dopa medication. Meanwhile, Leonard is adjusting to his new life and becomes interested in Paula. Leonard also begins to chafe at the restrictions placed upon him as a patient of the hospital, desiring the freedom to come and he stirs up a revolt by arguing his case to Sayer and the hospital administration. Sayer notices that as Leonard grows more agitated, a number of facial and body tics are starting to manifest, while Sayer and the hospital staff are thrilled by the success of L-Dopa with this group of patients, they soon find that it is a temporary measure. As the first to awaken, Leonard is also the first to demonstrate the limited duration of this period of awakening. Leonards tics grow more and more prominent and he starts to shuffle more as he walks and he soon begins to suffer full body spasms and can hardly move. Leonard puts up well with the pain, and asks Sayer to film him, Leonard acknowledges what is happening to him and has a last lunch with Paula where he tells her he cannot see her anymore. When he is about to leave, Paula dances with him, Leonard and Sayer reconcile their differences, but Leonard returns to his catatonic state soon after. The other patients fears are realized as each eventually returns to catatonia no matter how much their L-Dopa dosages are increased. Sayer tells a group of grant donors to the hospital that although the awakening did not last, another kind — one of learning to appreciate and live life — took place
4. A Civil Action (film) – A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. Both the book and the film are based on a story of a court case about environmental pollution that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts. The movie and court case revolve around the issue of trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent, and its contamination of a local aquifer. A lawsuit was filed over industrial operations that appeared to have caused cases of leukemia and cancer, as well as a wide variety of other health problems. The case involved is Anne Anderson, et al. v. Cryovac, the first reported decision in the case is at 96 F. R. D. Duvall was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, environmental toxins in the city of Woburn, Massachusetts contaminate the areas water supply, and become linked to a number of deaths of neighboring children. The local tanneries could be responsible for several cases of leukemia. Bringing a class action lawsuit in court, Jan represents families who demand a clean-up of contaminated areas. However, the case develops a life of its own and takes over the lives of Jan, Jan stubbornly declines settlement offers, gradually coming to believe that the case is about more than just the money. He allows his pride to take over, making outrageous demands, pressures take their toll, with Jan and his partners going deeply into debt. After a lengthy trial, the case is dismissed in favor of Beatrice, the plaintiffs are forced to accept a settlement with Grace that barely covers the expense involved in trying the case, leaving Jan and his partners broke. The families are deeply disappointed, and Jans partners dissolve their partnership, Jan ends up alone, living in a small apartment and running a small-time law practice. He manages to find the last key witness to the case, the files are archived while Jan later files for bankruptcy. It takes Jan several years to settle his debts, and he now practices law in Boston. The plotline has been simplified from the book, e. g. The characters Charles Nesson, Mark Phillips, Rikki Klieman, Teresa Padro and others have removed from the film version. Despite receiving mostly positive reception from critics and with Duvall getting an Oscar nomination and its domestic gross was a mere $56 million, well below its $75 million budget. The film was successful on limited release, the music score was written by Danny Elfman
5. Clear and Present Danger (film) – Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 American spy thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancys novel of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and it is the last film version of Clancys novels to feature Harrison Ford as Ryan and James Earl Jones as Vice Admiral James Greer, as well as the final installment directed by Noyce. The film premiered in theaters in the United States on August 3,1994, a U. S. Coast Guard patrol boat stops a suspicious yacht, discovering that an American businessman and his family have been murdered. The murdered man is a friend of the President. President Bennett learns that the man was murdered because of his ties to a drug cartel, having skimmed over $650 million from it. Seeking to keep Ryan out of the loop, Cutter turns to the CIAs Deputy Director for Operations Bob Ritter, Ritter assembles a black operations team with the help of John Clark. The team inserts itself in Colombia, with Clark running the logistics, through a contact, Cortez discovers FBI Director Emil Jacobs is visiting Colombia to negotiate with Colombias attorney general concerning the frozen money. Cortez has Jacobs ambushed and killed, engineering it so that suspicion will fall on Escobedo, Cortez brokers a deal with Cutter. In exchange, Cutter will shut down all operations in Colombia, Cutter agrees and orders Ritter to get rid of all evidence of their operations and cut off the troops in Colombia from all support. Ryan is told about the meeting between Cutter and Cortez and he hacks Ritters computer and discovers the conspiracy unfolding in Colombia. The black-ops team is ambushed in Colombia, as Ryan arrives and finds Clark and they fly to where the soldiers were attacked and find the squads sniper, Chavez, who tells them two of his unit members have been captured and the rest are dead. Ryan visits Escobedos mansion and tells him what Cortez has been doing, enraged, Escobedo accuses Cortez of treachery. One of Cortezs men kills Escobedo and his henchmen, but is shot by Chávez, Ryan, Clark and Chávez rescue the prisoners, kill Cortez, and escape. Ryan confronts the President and tells him he intends to inform the Congressional Oversight Committee about the conspiracy despite the damage it could do to his career and he walks out of the Oval Office and begins his testimony to Congress. John Milius says he wrote the first draft and later wrote the sequence where Jack Ryan is ambushed in SUVs and he says the original ending had Cortez come to Washington to kill the national security adviser, only to then be killed in a mugging by drug addicts. The films musical score was composed by James Horner, milan Records released an album featuring selections from the score on August 2,1994. An expanded two-disc collectors edition was released in 2013 by specialty label Intrada Records, the new version now includes the complete score by Horner, remixed from the original scoring master tapes with cues appearing in the same order as they appear in the film. The film received reviews from critics
6. Exodus: Gods and Kings – Exodus, Gods and Kings is a 2014 British-American biblically based epic film directed by Ridley Scott. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ghassan Massoud, Golshifteh Farahani and Ben Kingsley. It is inspired by the episode of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses. The film was released theatrically on December 12,2014 by 20th Century Fox, Exodus, Gods and Kings received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and earned $268 million on a $140 million budget. The film was dedicated to Ridleys director brother Tony Scott who comitted suicide at August 2012, in 1300 BC, Moses, a general and accepted member of the Egyptian royal family, prepares to attack the Hittite army with Prince Ramesses. A High Priestess of Sekhmet divines a prophecy from animal intestines and he tells the two men of the prophecy, in which one will save the other and become a leader. During the attack on the Hittites, Moses saves Ramesses life, later, Moses is sent to the city of Pithom to meet with the Viceroy Hegep, who oversees the Hebrew slaves. Upon his arrival, he encounters the slave Joshua, who is the descendant of Joseph, and Moses is appalled by the horrific conditions of the slaves. Shortly afterwards, Moses meets Nun, who informs him of his true lineage, Moses is stunned at the revelation and leaves angrily. However, two Hebrews also overhear Nuns story and report their discovery to Hegep, Seti dies soon after Moses return to Memphis, and Ramesses becomes the new Pharaoh. Hegep arrives to reveal Moses true identity, but Ramesses is conflicted about whether to believe the story, at the urging of Queen Tuya, he interrogates the servant Miriam, who denies being Moses sister. When Ramesses threatens to cut off Miriams arm, Moses comes to her defense, although Tuya wants Moses to be put to death, Ramesses decides to send him into exile. Before leaving Egypt, Moses meets with his mother and Miriam. Following a journey into the desert, Moses comes to Midian where he meets Zipporah and her father, Moses becomes a shepherd, marries Zipporah and has a son Gershom. Nine years later, Moses gets injured during a rockslide and he comes face to face with a burning bush and a boy called Malak, who serves as a representative of the God of Abraham. While recovering, Moses confesses his past to Zipporah and reveals what God has asked him to do and this drives a wedge between the couple, because Zipporah fears he will leave their family. After he arrives in Egypt, Moses reunites with Nun and Joshua, Moses returns to confront Ramesses, demanding the Hebrews be released from servitude. Ramesses refuses to listen, insisting that to free the slaves would be economically impossible, upon Moses threatening Ramesses life, Ramesses orders the death of Moses, executing random Hebrew families until he is found
7. The Falcon and the Snowman – The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 American spy drama film directed by John Schlesinger. It is loosely based on a story about two young American men, Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, who sold U. S. security secrets to the Soviet Union. The Falcon and the Snowman is based on the life story of two men from wealthy Californian families, who sold classified government information to the Soviet Union during the mid-1970s. S. Boyce becomes disillusioned with the U. S. government through his new position, frustrated by this duplicity, Boyce decides to repay his government by passing classified secrets to the Soviets. Lee is an addict and minor smuggler, sometimes called the Snowman. As the pair become increasingly involved with espionage, Lees ambition to create a major espionage business coupled with his drug use began alienating the two from each other. Alex, their Soviet handler, becomes increasingly reluctant to deal through Lee as the middleman because of Lees periods of irrationality, Boyce wants to end the espionage so that he can resume a normal life with his girlfriend Lana and attend college. He meets with Lees KGB handler to explain the situation, Lee is desperate to regain the Soviets regard after realizing that the KGB no longer needs him as a courier now that they have direct contact with Boyce. Lee is observed tossing a note over the fence at the Soviet embassy in Mexico City and he is arrested by Mexican police, and a U. S. Foreign Service officer accompanies him to the police station, when the police search his pockets and find film and a postcard, they produce pictures of the same location that was on the postcard, showing officers surrounding a dead man on the street. The Foreign Service officer explains that the Mexican police are trying to implicate him with the murder of a policeman, the police drag away Lee and torture him. Hours later, he reveals that he is a Soviet spy, the real reason the police had been ordered to detain him. Told by the Mexican police that he will be deported, Lee is offered a choice of where to be sent, Lee suggests Costa Rica, but the choice is merely between the Soviet Union and the United States. Lee reluctantly agrees to go back to America and is arrested as he walks across the border, knowing that he too will soon be captured, Boyce releases his pet falcon named Fawkes in a field and then sits down to wait. Moments later, U. S. Marshals and FBI agents surround, the movie ends with both Lee and Boyce in prisoner jumpsuits and shackles, flanked on either side by officers escorting them to prison. Before the credits is mentioned that Lee was convicted for a sentence and Boyce. Timothy Hutton as Christopher Boyce Sean Penn as Andrew Daulton Lee Pat Hingle as Mr. Boyce Joyce Van Patten as Mrs. Boyce Rob Reed as Boyce child Richard Dysart as Dr. Lee Priscilla Pointer as Mrs. S. Customs Official Jennifer Runyon as Carole Daniel McDonald Clay Marvin J and this is a movie about spies, but it is not a thriller in any routine sense of the word
8. Gangs of New York – Gangs of New York is a 2002 American epic period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City. The screenplay is by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, and Kenneth Lonergan and it was inspired by Herbert Asburys 1927 nonfiction book, The Gangs of New York. It was made in Cinecittà, Rome, distributed by Miramax Films and nominated for awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film is set in 1862 and follows gang leader Bill The Butcher Cutting in his roles as crime boss and political kingmaker under the helm of Boss Tweed. The film culminates in a violent confrontation between Cutting and his mob with the protagonist Amsterdam Vallon and his immigrant allies, which coincides with the New York Draft Riots of 1863 and it was released on December 20,2002 and grossed $193 million worldwide. Bill kills Vallon and orders that he be buried with honor, having witnessed this, Vallons young son hides the knife that killed his father and is taken to an orphanage on Blackwells Island. In September 1862, Vallons son, now calling himself Amsterdam, returns to Five Points seeking revenge, an old acquaintance, Johnny Sirocco, familiarizes him with the local clans of gangs and thieves, all of whom pay tribute to Bill, who controls the neighborhood. Amsterdam joins Johnnys gang of thieves and is introduced to Bill and he learns that many of his fathers former loyalists are now in Bills employ, including Happy Jack Mulraney, who is now a corrupt constable, and McGloin, who is one of Bills lieutenants. Each year, Bill celebrates the anniversary of his victory over the Dead Rabbits, Amsterdam becomes attracted to pickpocket and grifter Jenny Everdeane, who Johnny is infatuated with. Amsterdams interest is dampened, however, upon learning that she was once Bills ward, Amsterdam gains Bills confidence and Bill becomes his mentor, involving him in the dealings of corrupt politician William M. Tweed. Amsterdam saves Bill from an attempt, and is tormented by the thought that he may have done so out of honest devotion. Jenny nurses Bills wounds, and she and Amsterdam have an argument which dissolves into passionate lovemaking. Bill speaks to Amsterdam of the downfall of civilization and how he has maintained power through the spectacle of violence, on the evening of the anniversary, Johnny, in a fit of jealousy over Jenny, reveals Amsterdams true identity and intentions to Bill. Bill baits Amsterdam with a knife throwing act involving Jenny, as Bill toasts Priest Vallon, Amsterdam throws his knife, but Bill deflects it and wounds Amsterdam with a counter throw. Bill proclaims that rather than dying, Amsterdam shall live in shame, going into hiding, Jenny nurses Amsterdam back to health and implores him to escape with her to San Francisco. Monk McGinn, a barber who fought for Priest Vallon, gives Amsterdam a straight razor that belonged to Amsterdams father, Amsterdam announces his return by hanging a dead rabbit in Paradise Square. Bill sends Happy Jack to investigate, but Amsterdam kills him, in retaliation, Bill has Johnny severely beaten and run through with a pike, leaving it to Amsterdam to end his suffering. The racist McGloin attacks Amsterdams African American friend Jimmy, but is beaten by Amsterdam, the Natives confront them, and Bill promises to return when they are ready to fight
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film) – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 Swedish-American psychological thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and written by Steven Zaillian, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, it tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist s investigation to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who disappeared 40 years prior. He recruits the help of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, Sony Pictures Entertainment began development on the film in 2009. It took the company a few months to obtain the rights to the novel, while recruiting Zaillian, the casting process for the lead roles was exhaustive and intense, Craig faced scheduling conflicts, and a number of actresses were sought for the role of Lisbeth Salander. The script took six months to write, which included three months of analyzing the novel. Pre-release screenings occurred in London, New York City, and Stockholm, Critics gave the film favorable reviews, praising its bleak tone and lauding Mara and Craigs performances. With a production budget of $90 million, the film grossed $232.6 million over its theatrical run. In addition to being included in several publications best-of lists, the film was a candidate for numerous awards, in Stockholm, Sweden, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, co-owner of Millennium magazine, has lost a libel case brought against him by businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström. Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant but troubled investigator and hacker, compiles an extensive background check on Blomkvist for business magnate Henrik Vanger, who has a special task for him. In exchange for the promise of damning information about Wennerström, Blomkvist agrees to investigate the disappearance and assumed murder of Henriks grandniece, after moving to the Vanger familys compound, Blomkvist uncovers a notebook containing a list of names and numbers that no one has been able to decipher. Salander, who is under legal guardianship due to diagnosed mental incompetency, is appointed a new guardian, lawyer Nils Bjurman. Bjurman, a sexual sadist, abuses his authority to extort sexual favors from Salander and violently rapes her, not realizing she has a hidden video camera on her bag. At their next meeting she stuns him with a gun, rapes him with a dildo. Threatening to disclose the video recording, she blackmails him into writing a glowing progress report, Blomkvists daughter Pernilla visits him and notes that the numbers from the notebook are Bible references. Blomkvist tells Vangers lawyer, Dirch Frode, that he help with his research. Blomkvist hires Salander to investigate the notebooks content and she uncovers a connection to a series of murders of young women from 1947 through 1967, with the women either being Jewish or having Biblical names, many of the Vangers are known antisemites. During the investigation, Salander and Blomkvist become lovers, Henriks openly national socialist brother Harald identifies Martin, Harriets brother and operational head of the Vanger empire, and Blomkvist marks Martin as a possible suspect. Salanders research uncovers evidence that Martin and his father, Gottfried, committed the murders