|Born||Stephen Keith Kloves
March 18, 1960
|Known for||Harry Potter adaptations|
Stephen Keith "Steve" Kloves (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter mainly renowned for his adaptations of novels, especially for the Harry Potter film series and for Wonder Boys. He has also directed two motion pictures.
Life and career
Kloves, born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Sunnyvale, California, where he graduated from Fremont High School. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles but dropped out after reducing his schedule to only a few courses in his second year. As an unpaid intern for a Hollywood agent, he gained attention for a screenplay he wrote called Swings. This led to a meeting where he successfully pitched Racing with the Moon (1984).
His first experience with professional screenwriting left him wanting more interaction with the actors so that the characters would stay true to his vision. Kloves wrote The Fabulous Baker Boys and also intended it to be his directorial debut. After years of trying to sell the project in Hollywood, the film finally got off the ground and was released in 1989. The Fabulous Baker Boys did reasonably well, but his next shot as writer/director for Flesh and Bone in 1993 fared poorly at the box office. Kloves then stopped writing for three years.
Realizing that he had to return to writing to support his family, he began adapting Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys into a screenplay. Kloves was offered the chance to direct but he declined, preferring to direct only his own original work. This was his first try at adapting another work to film. His screenplay was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award after the film's release in 2000.
Warner Bros. sent Kloves a list of novels that the company was considering to adapt as films. The listing included the first Harry Potter novel, which intrigued him despite his usual indifference to these catalogs. He went on to write the screenplays for the first four films in the series. After Michael Goldenberg wrote the screenplay for the fifth film, Kloves then returned to write the sixth, seventh and eighth installments.
- Racing with the Moon (1984)
- The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) (also Director)
- Flesh and Bone (1993) (also Director)
- Wonder Boys (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (with James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent) (2012)
- Akira (TBC)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (TBC)
- Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Movies: AboutSteve Kloves". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- Sragow, Michael (February 24, 2000). "A wizard of Hollywood!". Salon.com. Retrieved July 14, 2009. Interview with Steve Kloves.
- Connelly, Brendon (April 24, 2011). "Wonderful Novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Being Adapted Into A Film by Harry Potter Writer". Bleedingcool.com.
- "Steve Kloves". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "Official: Two Parts for "Deathly Hallows" Movie, David Yates to Direct Both Films". The Leaky Cauldron. Retrieved March 31, 2008.