Max Borenstein

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Max Borenstein
Occupation film writer

Max Borenstein is an American film writer and director.

Life and career[edit]

Borenstein wrote, edited, and directed the 2003 film Swordswallowers and Thin Men while a senior at Yale University. The film starred Peter Cellini, Zoe Kazan, Fran Kranz and Graham Norris, and featured Army Wives star Sally Pressman and Midnight's Children lead Satya Bhabha. The film won Best Feature and Best Screenplay at the New York Independent Film Festival and was named Best First Feature 2003 by Los Angeles Times critic Kevin Thomas.[1]

Borenstein's 2008 screenplay What Is Life Worth?, based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir of the same name, was honored with inclusion on the The Black List, an annual list compiled by Hollywood executives of their favorite unproduced screenplays.[2] His 2009 screenplay Jimi, commissioned by Legendary Pictures and based on the life of guitarist Jimi Hendrix, was also included on The Black List.[3] Borenstein has written additional projects for Legendary, including Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).[4]

He will write the sequel to Godzilla,[5] Paladin for Walt Disney Pictures,[6] and Mona for New Regency.[7]





  1. ^ "The truth sinks in - Los Angeles Times". 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Screenplay Junkie #6: The 2008 Black List". Film Junk. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  3. ^ "50 Great Unproduced Movie Scripts". Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (September 16, 2014). "Legendary's 'Skull Island'; Tom Hiddleston Stars, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Helms King Kong Origin Tale". Deadline. 
  5. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 18, 2014). "'Godzilla' Sequel To Be Scripted By Max Borenstein". 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (March 9, 2012). "Disney Developing Sci-Fi Space Adventure 'Paladin' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (January 30, 2013). "Max Borenstein To Adapt 'Mona' For New Regency". Deadline. 

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