Steve Kloves

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Steve Kloves
Born Stephen Keith Kloves
(1960-03-18) March 18, 1960 (age 54)
Austin, Texas
Years active 1984–present
Known for Harry Potter
The Amazing Spider-Man

Stephen Keith "Steve" Kloves[1] (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[edit]

Kloves, born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Sunnyvale, California,[2] 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.[2] 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).[2]

His first experience with professional screenwriting left him wanting more interaction with the actors so that the characters would stay true to his vision.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Realizing that he had to return to writing to support his family, he began adapting Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys into a screenplay.[2] Kloves was offered the chance to direct but he declined, preferring to direct only his own original work.[2] This was his first try at adapting another work to film.[2] 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.[2] 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.

As of 2011, Kloves is working on a film adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which he will write and direct.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Racing with the Moon Screenplay
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Director/Screenplay Sutherland Trophy
Nominated–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director
Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
1993 Flesh and Bone Director/Screenplay
2000 Wonder Boys Screenplay Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
USC Scripter Award
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–London Critics Circle Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Nominated–Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Screenplay Nominated–BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Screenplay Nominated–BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Screenplay Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Writer
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Screenplay Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Writing
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Screenplay
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Screenplay Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Screenplay Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated–San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Screenplay with James Vanderbilt & Alvin Sargent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Movies: AboutSteve Kloves". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sragow, Michael (February 24, 2000). "A wizard of Hollywood!". Salon.com. Retrieved July 14, 2009.  Interview with Steve Kloves.
  3. ^ 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. 

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