Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
OccupationScreenwriters, film producers
Years active1992–present
Notable work
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World
ChildrenJoe Jaffa,[1] Franki Jaffa

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are American screenwriters and film producers. They are husband and wife.[2]

They are best known for having written and co-produced the 2011 science-fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a commercially and critically successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise for which they were nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Writing. They were also co-writers/producers of its 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and produced the third installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, in 2017.

They co-wrote Jurassic World and the screen story of In the Heart of the Sea, both 2015 films. In 2013, they were announced to be the co-writers of James Cameron's Avatar 2,[3] planned for 2021.[4]

Personal lives[edit]

Silver was born to a Jewish family,[5] and is the sister of actor Michael B. Silver, and the granddaughter of screenwriter and producer Sidney Buchman.[6] In 2015, she was named one of the "Most Influential Women In Hollywood" by Elle Magazine.[7]

Jaffa was raised Christian but had a Jewish great-grandfather. He attends the post-denominational Jewish congregation IKAR with his wife.[5] The couple have been married for 30 years (as of 2019).[8]


Year Title Functioned as Notes
Writer Producer
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Yes No Silver only as writer; also Jaffa as executive producer
1993 Fallen Angels (TV series) Yes No Silver only
Episode: "Murder, Obliquely"
1996 Eye for an Eye Yes No
1997 The Relic Yes No
2010 Love Shack No Yes Also featured in cameos
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes
2015 Jurassic World Yes No
In the Heart of the Sea Yes No Story only
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes No Yes
2020 Mulan Yes No
2024 Avatar 3 Yes No Post-production


  1. ^ "Amanda Silver". Movies.yahoo.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Interview with Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa, Media Mikes, August 4, 2011
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike. "'Avatar' Sequels Upped To Three; Fox, James Cameron Set Trio of Writers To Spearhead". Deadline. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (April 22, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December, 2020". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Staff, Toi (June 20, 2015). "Jurassic World's Jewish writers". Times of Israel.
  6. ^ "Amanda Silver". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a30783/hollywood-studio-powerlist/
  8. ^ "Jews in the News: Ahmed Zayat, Eric Balfour and Ashley Tisdale". Tampa Jewish Federation. June 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2018.

External links[edit]