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, 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. Borenstein wrote additional projects for Legendary, including Seventh Son and Godzilla. For future projects, Borenstein will write the sequel for Godzilla and first draft of Skull Island for Legendary, Paladin for Walt Disney Pictures, and Mona for New Regency.
- Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003) also director/editor
- Jimi (2009) - unproduced
- Godzilla (2014)
- Seventh Son (2015)
- Kong: Skull Island (2016)
- Untitled Godzilla sequel (2018)
- Paladin (TBA)
- Mona (TBA)
- "The truth sinks in - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Screenplay Junkie #6: The 2008 Black List". Film Junk. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
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- Fleming Jr., Mike (September 18, 2014). "‘Godzilla’ Sequel To Be Scripted By Max Borenstein". Deadline.com.
- Fleming, Jr, Mike (September 16, 2014). "Legendary’s ‘Skull Island'; Tom Hiddleston Stars, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Helms King Kong Origin Tale". Deadline.
- Kit, Borys (March 9, 2012). "Disney Developing Sci-Fi Space Adventure 'Paladin' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (January 30, 2013). "Max Borenstein To Adapt ‘Mona’ For New Regency". Deadline.
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