Max Borenstein is an American film writer and director.
Life and career
Borenstein wrote, edited, and directed the 2003 film Swordswallowers and Thin Men while a senior at Yale University. The film starred Peter Cellini, Zoe Kazan, Fran Kranz and Graham Norris, and featured Army Wives star Sally Pressman and Midnight's Children lead Satya Bhabha. The film won Best Feature and Best Screenplay at the New York Independent Film Festival and was named Best First Feature 2003 by Los Angeles Times critic Kevin Thomas.
Borenstein's 2008 screenplay What Is Life Worth?, based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir of the same name, was honored with inclusion on The Black List (survey), an annual list compiled by Hollywood executives of their favorite unproduced screenplays. His 2009 screenplay Jimi, commissioned by Legendary Pictures and based on the life of guitarist Jimi Hendrix, was also included on The Black List (survey).
Borenstein's script for Legendary Pictures' Seventh Son, inspired by Joseph Delaney's young adult dark fantasy novel, The Spook's Apprentice, is presently in post-production. The film, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, is directed by Sergei Bodrov.
Borenstein wrote the screenplay for Legendary's Godzilla reboot. He will write Paladin for Walt Disney Pictures and studio New Regencys MONA, based on the upcoming novel written by Swedish author Dan T. Sehlberg.
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