Jonathan Goldstein (screenwriter)

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Jonathan Goldstein
Born Jonathan Michael Goldstein
(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter,
Years active 1999-present

Jonathan Michael Goldstein (born September 2, 1968) is an American screenwriter and television writer/producer. He has written for numerous situation comedies, including The PJ's starring Eddie Murphy, The Geena Davis Show, Good Morning Miami, Four Kings, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. He is best known for co-writing Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Personal life[edit]

Born in New York City, Goldstein attended the University of Michigan, then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1995.[1] He worked for two years as a corporate litigator at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.[2] Goldstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Adena Halpern.[3]


Finding the legal profession less than fulfilling, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue a career in comedy writing. Jonathan was raised Jewish from his parent(s). Shortly thereafter, he began writing for network television comedies and eventually films.

In 2007, in collaboration with his feature writing partner, John Francis Daley, Goldstein sold his first film script, The $40,000 Man to New Line Cinema.[4] Since that first sale, Goldstein and Daley have been engaged on a number of other feature projects, including Hours of Fun,[5] The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey,[6] "Cal of the Wild" for Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks,[7] a sequel/reboot of the Chevy Chase National Lampoon's Vacation franchise,[8] and an adaptation of the documentary, Of All The Things for Warner Brothers, also with Steve Carell set to play the lead.[9] New Line's Horrible Bosses was released on July 8, 2011 and has made over $200 million in worldwide box office.[10] Most recently, the team were hired to rewrite the sequel to the animated film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.[11]

In 2012 it was announced that Goldstein and Daley would co-direct[12] their script for the reboot to the 1983 comedy film National Lampoon's Vacation. Ed Helms is slated to play the adult Rusty Griswold.[13]

As of April 11, 2014, Jonathan Goldstein, a former Beachwood High School student, is a member of Beachwood High School's Gallery of Success.

He is known professionally as Jonathan Goldstein, not to be confused with Jonathan L. Goldstein, the American actor, or Jonathan S. Goldstein, the American-Canadian author and radio producer.


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