Christopher Wilkinson

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Christopher Wilkinson
Born (1950-03-29) March 29, 1950 (age 67)
New York, NY, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Temple University
Occupation Screenwriter, producer, director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Cathy Guisewite (1997-2011)
Children 2

Christopher Wilkinson (born March 29, 1950) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Nixon (1995).[1] He also wrote the screenplays for Ali (2001)[2] and Copying Beethoven (2006), the latter of which he also produced.[3] Most of his scripts are historically based and co-written with Stephen J. Rivele.

Early life and education[edit]

Wilkinson was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia. He began his career as a musician before attending film school at Temple University.[4]

Career[edit]

Wilkinson has written several biopics with frequent writing partner Stephen J. Rivele, starting with Nixon (1995)[5] and including Ali (2001)[2] and Copying Beethoven (2006).[3][6] He was a writer and executive producer on Pawn Sacrifice (2014) and Miles Ahead (2015), and wrote and directed the PBS film Virtuosity (2014).

Wilkinson worked on the screenplays for Mercury, a biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury,[7] the long-planned All Eyez on Me, based on the final days of rapper Tupac Shakur,[8][9][10] and Birth of the Dragon, inspired by the real-life no-rules fight between Bruce Lee and Chinese kung fu master Wong Jack Man.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson resides in Los Angeles, California, with his son.[12] He was formerly married to cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (creator of the comic strip Cathy).

Filmography[edit]

  • Echoes (1980) - writer/director/producer
  • Engine 2, Ladder 3 (1982) - writer/director/producer
  • The River (1984) - second unit director
  • Nuts (1987) - writer (uncredited)
  • Penrod (1990) - writer/director/producer
  • Nobody's Home (1990) - writer/director/producer
  • For the Boys (1991) - second unit director/associate producer
  • Intersection (1994) - second unit director/post-production supervisor
  • Nixon (1995) - writer
  • Ali (2001) - writer
  • Copying Beethoven (2006) - writer/producer
  • Virtuosity (2014) - writer/director/producer
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2014) - writer/executive producer
  • Miles Ahead (2015) - writer/executive producer
  • Birth of the Dragon (2016) - writer/producer
  • All Eyez on Me (2017) - writer
  • A Star Is Born (2018) - co-writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ “The Oscars: A Scorecard,” New York Times, March 25, 1996.
  2. ^ a b Claude Brodesser, “Smith laces up for ‘Ali’,” Variety, May 15, 2001.
  3. ^ a b Michael Wilmington, “Movie review: ‘Copying Beethoven’,” Chicago Tribune, November 9, 2006.
  4. ^ Chris Wehner, “10 Questions with Nixon & Ali Screenwriter Chris Wilkinson,” Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine. Screenwriter's Utopia, March 29, 2005.
  5. ^ Janet Maslin, “Stone’s Embrace of a Despised President,” New York Times, December 20, 1995.
  6. ^ Manohla Dargis, “Handmaiden to a Maestro and Midwife to His Symphony,” New York Times, November 10, 2006.
  7. ^ Jeff Sneider, “Frears frontrunner to helm Freddie Mercury pic,” Variety, May 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Daniel Kreps, “Tupac Movie to Focus on Rapper’s Final Day,” Rolling Stone, August 27, 2010.
  9. ^ Claude Brodesser-Akner, “A New Tupac Shakur Biopic Will Answer Why He Was Killed, If Not By Whom,” Vulture, August 26, 2010.
  10. ^ Chris Coplan, “Tupac biopic finally going into production,” Consequence of Sound, September 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Borys Kit, “Bruce Lee Origin Story Heading to Big Screen,” The Hollywood Reporter, February 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Biography for Christopher Wilkinson, IMDb. Accessed October 10, 2013.

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