Jane Goldman

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Jane Goldman
Jane Goldman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Jane Loretta Anne Goldman
(1970-06-11) 11 June 1970 (age 48)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Screenwriter, author, producer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Jonathan Ross (m. 1988)
Children 3

Jane Loretta Anne Goldman[1] (born 11 June 1970) is an English screenwriter, author and producer. She is mostly known for co-writing, with Matthew Vaughn, the screenplays of Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), based on the comic book series Kingsman created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, as well as X-Men: First Class (2011), Kick-Ass (2010) and Stardust (2007). Goldman also worked on the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), the sequel to First Class, in partnership with Vaughn. Both met high critical praise for their partnership works.

The Woman in Black (2012) was the first solo screenplay by Goldman. She also wrote the script for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, a 2016 film adaption of the novel, for Tim Burton.

She is known as well for writing the books Dreamworld (2000) and The X-Files Book of the Unexplained (1997), and presenting her own paranormal TV series, Jane Goldman Investigates, on the channel Living, between 2003 and 2004.

Early life[edit]

Goldman was raised in a "liberal, middle class" family in north London, the only child of a Jewish father and a Buddhist mother.[2] She attended the King Alfred School in Hampstead until the age of 15 before moving to the United States to follow Boy George on tour.[2] Upon her return to the U.K., she took a job as an entertainment reporter with the Daily Star.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Journalism, books and TV[edit]

As a journalist, Goldman worked on newspapers and magazines such as Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Times, Evening Standard, Zero, Daily Star, Total Guitar, Game Zone and Sega Zone. At the age of 19, she became a freelance writer.[3][4][5]

Goldman also wrote books: Thirteen-Something (1993), Streetsmarts: A Teenagers Safety Guide (1996), Sussed and Streetwise (1997), the two-volume best-selling series The X-Files Book of the Unexplained (1997), her first and only novel Dreamworld (2000)[6] and Do the Right Thing (2007).

Between 2003 and 2004 she had her own television series. Jane Goldman Investigates researched about the paranormal and was transmitted by channel Living between 2003 and 2004.[7] Goldman is also in the production team of a number of TV shows, such as The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.[8][9]

Screenwriting and partnership with Matthew Vaughn[edit]

She made the jump to screenwriting, and was a part of the writing team for David Baddiel's short-lived sitcom Baddiel's Syndrome, in 2001. Later, she co-wrote the screenplay of Stardust (2007), based on the eponymous novel by Neil Gaiman and directed by Matthew Vaughn. Gaiman introduced Goldman to Vaughn to provide the director some help with the adaptation process.[10] The film received many accolades[11][12] and gave the screenwriters a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.[13]

After Stardust, Goldman became a frequent collaborator of director Matthew Vaughn, co-writing his next films, the comic book adaptations Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Both films met strong praise amongst film critics. Kick-Ass enjoys a cult following and X-Men: First Class is considered by many critics the best of all X-Men films up to now. Rotten Tomatoes consensus says: "With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise."[14][15][16][17]

She continued to work in adaptations, and was also a co-writer with Vaughn and Peter Straughan in the 2011 drama-thriller The Debt, which was based on the 2007 Israeli film HaHov and directed by John Madden. Goldman also adapted for Hammer The Woman in Black, based on Susan Hill's horror novel. This film was directed by James Watkins and it is the first solo screenplay by Goldman.[18] It was released in 2012 and met positive reviews.[19][20] In March 2013, The Woman in Black won the Empire Award for Best Horror.[21]

She is credited on X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to First Class, as writing the story with Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg.[22][23]

With Vaughn, Goldman co-wrote the script for Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.[24] She wrote the script for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel of the same name, which was directed by Tim Burton.

Upcoming projects[edit]

Goldman is attached to various upcoming projects, among them are: Nonplayer, an adaptation of the sci-fi comic book by Nate Simpson for Warner Bros.; a rewrite of the Pinocchio screenplay originally written by Bryan Fuller, She is also attached to the adaptation of Anubis, based on a science fiction-comedy short story by Paul Murray.[25][26][27][28] On December 6, 2017, it was announced that Goldman will write a screenplay for Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with Rob Marshall being eyed to direct.[29]

In May 2017, HBO announced that Goldman was one of four writers working on a potential pilot for a Game of Thrones spin-off. In addition to Goldman, Carly Wray, Max Borenstein, and Brian Helgeland were also working on potential pilots.[30] Goldman has been working and communicating with George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels upon which the original series is based.[31] Current Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff would also be executive producers for whichever project is picked up by HBO.[31][32] In June 2018, it was confirmed that Goldman's pilot had been greenlit by HBO, and would focus on "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.[33]

In popular culture[edit]

Alongside her husband, broadcaster Jonathan Ross, Goldman appeared as a character in Neil Gaiman's short story "The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch" in 1996. Gaiman is a personal friend of the couple.[34][35]

Goldman appears in the video documentary Children of the Atom: Filming X-Men: First Class.[36]

Works[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes Ref.
2007 Stardust Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn) Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (shared with Vaughn, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess) [37]
2010 Kick-Ass Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn), co-producer Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Scream-Play
[38]
[39]
2011 James Bond Supports International Women's Day Screenplay 2 min. short in praise of the International Women's Day. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. [40]
2011 X-Men: First Class Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn and Zack Stentz & Ashley Miller)
2011 The Debt Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn and Peter Straughan)
2012 The Woman in Black Screenplay Nominated – Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay

[41]

2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Story (with Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg; screenplay by Simon Kinberg)
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn), co-producer Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing

[42]
[43]

2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Screenplay
2016 The Limehouse Golem Screenplay, executive producer [44]
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn)
TBA Fables Screenplay (with Jeremy Slater)
TBA The Little Mermaid Screenplay [29]

Books[edit]

Year Book Notes Notes Ref.
1993 Thirteen-Something: A Survivor's Guide Non-fiction / Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd.[45]
1994 Sex: How? Why? What? Non-fiction / Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd, reprinted by Penguin 1996
1996 Streetsmarts: A Teenager's Safety Guide Non-fiction / Published by Barrons Juveniles
1997 Sussed and Streetwise: A Teenager's Safety Guide Non-fiction / Published by Penguin Books
1995 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained – Vol. 1 Non-fiction / Published by Harper Paperbacks
1997 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained – Vol. 2 Non-fiction / Published by Simon & Schuster
2000 Dreamworld Fiction (Goldman's first novel) / Published by Pocket Books, MTV Books
2003 Do the Right Thing: A Teenager's Survival Guide for Tricky Situations Non-fiction / Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd.
2008 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained: Volumes 1 and 2 Non-fiction / Published by It Books

Television[edit]

Year TV Programme Credit/Role Notes Ref.
1988 Going Live 'Fashion Expert'
2001 Baddiel's Syndrome Screenplay [46]
2003–04 Jane Goldman Investigates Presenter
2004– The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Producer and executive producer
2007 The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Producer [47]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s Executive producer [48]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s Executive producer [49]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s Executive producer [50]
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Executive producer [51]
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s Executive producer [52]
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s Executive producer [53]
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Executive producer [54]
TBA Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel Creator & Showrunner [55]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Profile: Jane Goldman". The Scotsman. March 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Real Me: Jane Goldman reveals all to Nina Myskow". Thefreelibrary.com. 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Cheat Sheet: Jane Goldman". Best For Film. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Day, Elizabeth (2010-03-21). "Jane Goldman: Meet the screenwriter of the controversial new film Kick-Ass | Interview". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Jane Goldman - Psychological Thrillers". Psychological Thrillers. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Jane Goldman Investigates". Epguides.com. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Next Time. "Big Fat Quiz". Channel 4. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stardust (2007)". IMDb. 
  11. ^ "Stardust". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Jameson Empire Awards 2013". Empireonline.com. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jane Goldman Adapting Eisner Award-Winning Comic 'Nonplayer' For Warner Bros". Indiewire. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  23. ^ Alex DiVincenzo (15 February 2011). "Kick-Ass writer adapting Peter Ackroyd's Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem – Horror Movie News | Arrow in the Head". Joblo.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Matthew Vaughn to Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar's THE SECRET SERVICE for 2014 Release". Collider. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Jane Goldman to Rewrite PINOCCHIO for Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr". Collider. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  26. ^ McWeeny, Drew (2 December 2011). "Jane Goldman and Tim Burton team for Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  27. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (17 February 2011). "Goldman, Stenham to pen Origin-Film4 co-productions | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "X-Men: Days of Future Past". 23 May 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2017 – via IMDb. 
  29. ^ a b "'The Little Mermaid' Live-Action Disney Reboot Eyes Rob Marshall as Director". Variety.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  30. ^ Holloway, Daniel (May 4, 2017). "'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs in the Works at HBO". Variety. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  31. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (May 4, 2017). "'Game of Thrones': HBO Exploring Four Different Follow-Up Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  32. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 4, 2017). "HBO Preps 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Off Series With George R.R. Martin". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  33. ^ Wigler, Josh (June 8, 2018). "HBO Orders First 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  34. ^ Bruton, Richard (12 June 2008). "Propaganda undertakes a little light reading in Miss Finch". Forbidden Planet Blog. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  35. ^ "Articles tagged "Neil Gaiman"". 365graphicnovels. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  36. ^ "Children of the Atom: Filming X-Men: First Class". 9 September 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2017 – via IMDb. 
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  41. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596365/awards
  42. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/awards
  43. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/fullcredits
  44. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4733640/fullcredits
  45. ^ bda. "- Piccadilly Press". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  46. ^ Culture. "'I've always wanted to be in therapy'". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  47. ^ [1] Archived 17 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  48. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 80s". Channel 4. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  49. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 90s". Channel 4. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  50. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 00s". Channel 4. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  51. ^ The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2012) Full Cast & Crew – IMDb
  52. ^ The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s (2013) Full Cast & Crew – IMDb
  53. ^ The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s (2013) Full Cast & Crew – IMDb
  54. ^ The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2013) Full Cast & Crew – IMDb
  55. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-prequel-pilot-lands-at-hbo-george-rr-martin-jane-goldman-1118513

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