Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

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Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
BornRick Jaffa
(1956-05-08) May 8, 1956 (age 67)
Dallas County, Texas, U.S.
Amanda Silver
(1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Screenwriters, film producers
Years active1992–present

Rick Jaffa (born May 8, 1956) and Amanda Silver (born May 24, 1963) are an American husband and wife screenwriting and film production duo.[1]

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 they 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 all 4 sequels to James Cameron's Avatar, starting with Avatar: The Way of Water,[2] which was theatrically released in 2022.[3]

Personal lives[edit]

Jaffa and Silver have been married since 1989 and have two children. Silver is the sister of actor Michael B. Silver and the granddaughter of screenwriter and producer Sidney Buchman.[4] In 2015, she was named one of the "Most Influential Women In Hollywood" by Elle Magazine.[5]


Year Title Functioned as Notes
Writer Producer
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Yes (Silver) Executive (Jaffa)
1993 Fallen Angels Yes (Silver) No TV series, 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 Story No
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes No Yes
2020 Mulan Yes No
2022 Avatar: The Way of Water Yes No
2024 Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes Post-production
2024 Avatar 3 Yes No Post-production
2026 Avatar 4 Story No Filming
2028 Avatar 5 Story No Pre-production


  1. ^ Interview with Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa, Media Mikes, August 4, 2011
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 2013). "'Avatar' Sequels Upped To Three; Fox, James Cameron Set Trio of Writers To Spearhead". Deadline. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (April 22, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December, 2020". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Amanda Silver". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "The 50 Women Who Rule Hollywood Now". October 21, 2015.

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