David Franzoni

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David Franzoni
Born (1947-03-04) March 4, 1947 (age 70)
Alma mater University of Vermont
Occupation Screenwriter, producer
Years active 1980-present

Best Picture
2000 Gladiator

Best Film
2000 Gladiator

David Harold Franzoni (born March 4, 1947) is an American screenwriter and film producer. His best known screenplays include King Arthur,[1] Gladiator[2][3][4][5][6] (which was nominated to the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and won for Best Picture),[7][8][9][10] Amistad,[11] and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.[12] In Gladiator he worked on the story and as a producer too.[4][5][6][9][10][13][14]

In Gladiator David Franzoni returned to the peplum,[13] using characters very different from the original and drawing upon available historic and archaeological sources.[15] He started to write the story in 1970s, after reading a book of the Roman's games, and convinced Steven Spielberg to direct the film.[13] Franzoni decided not to use an archetypal script for the film and explained that "The typical slant in this sort of film is to have the poor, chained black man arrive in the presence of the white guy, who has a good soul and fights the good faith to liberate the black man".[16]

Franzoni described the screenplay of King Arthur as "aims more for history than myth",[17] and again relied upon archaeological evidence in an attempt to create a more realistic human and political interpretation of the character.[18][19]


  1. ^ Santas et al. 2014, p. 309, K.
  2. ^ Ortega Giménez, Alfonso (17 December 2013). "Derecho romano". Cine y derecho en 21 películas (in Spanish). Editorial Club Universitario. p. 191. ISBN 9788415941729. 
  3. ^ Villapalos Salas, Gustavo; San Miguel Pérez, Enrique (1 September 2014). Lecciones de Historia del Derecho Español (in Spanish). Editorial Universitaria Ramon Areces. p. 38. ISBN 9788499611785. 
  4. ^ a b Marks, Dara (23 February 2009). "Filmography". Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. A&C Black. p. 337. ISBN 9781408109427. 
  5. ^ a b Sweet, Leonard (1 February 2012). "Notes". 11: Indispensable Relationships You Can't Be Without. David C. Cook. p. 248. ISBN 9781434766519. 
  6. ^ a b Cook, Bernie (1 January 2010). "Filmography". Thelma & Louise Live!: The Cultural Afterlife of an American Film. University of Texas Press. p. 209. ISBN 9780292782501. 
  7. ^ Shaheen, Kareem (6 June 2016). "Rumi film will challenge Muslim stereotypes, says Gladiator writer". The Guardian. Istanbul. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Indick 2004, p. 145, "Part Four".
  9. ^ a b Indick 2004, p. 250, "Conclusion".
  10. ^ a b Santas et al. 2014, p. 230, G.
  11. ^ Godawa 2011, p. 202, Christianity.
  12. ^ Sun, Rebecca (16 June 2014). "Oscar-winning Producer David Franzoni Signs With Paradigm". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c Alberich, Enric (2009). Películas clave del cine histórico (in Spanish). Ediciones Robinbook. p. 188. ISBN 9788496924741. 
  14. ^ Scott, Ridley (2005). "Filmography". In Knapp, Laurence F.; Kulas, Andrea F. Ridley Scott: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 27. ISBN 9781578067268. 
  15. ^ Caparrós Lera, José María; José Martín, Jerónimo (2001). "Gladiator de Ridley Scott". El cine de fin de milenio (1999-2000) (in Spanish). Ediciones Rialp. p. 128. ISBN 9788432133442. 
  16. ^ Hixson, Walter L. (2003). "Steven Spielberg American Dream". The American Experience in World War II: The United States and the road to war in Europe. Taylor & Francis. p. 253. ISBN 9780415940290. 
  17. ^ Soriano, John. "WGA.org's Exclusive Interview with David Franzoni" (PDF). WGAW. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  18. ^ Godawa 2011, p. 76, Story Telling in the Movies.
  19. ^ Matthews, John (2004). "An interview with David Franzoni". Arthuriana. 14 (3): 116. 


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