Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian
January 30, 1953
Fresno, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||San Francisco State University|
Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and has earned Oscar nominations for the films Awakenings, Gangs of New York, Moneyball and The Irishman. He was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011. Zaillian is the founder of Film Rites, a film production company. In 2016, he created, wrote and directed the HBO limited series The Night Of.
Steven Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. Zaillian is of Armenian descent. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University in 1975 with a degree in Cinema.
Steven Zaillian is known for writing screenplays that often deal with tragedy and drama. Zaillian has written screenplays for many notable films. Zaillian wrote the screenplay for the 1990 film Awakenings. His most notable work is the 1993 screenplay for the film Schindler's List, for which he won an Academy Award. The Schindler’s List screenplay was voted the 49th best screenplay of all time by the Writers Guild of America West, the 32nd best of all time by IMDb, and the 49th best by filmsite.org. Zaillian directed and wrote the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer, for which he earned critical and commercial acclaim. Zaillian also wrote and directed the 1998 film A Civil Action and wrote the screenplays for films Gangs of New York in 2002, and American Gangster in 2007. In 2007, in partnership with Mandate Pictures, he signed a deal with Columbia Pictures. Zaillian co-wrote the screenplay for Moneyball in 2011 with Aaron Sorkin. Zaillian also wrote the screenplay for the 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His most recent work includes creating, directing, writing, and producing the 2016 Emmy-winning HBO miniseries The Night Of and writing the screenplay for the 2019 Netflix film The Irishman.
|1985||The Falcon and the Snowman||No||Yes||No|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer||Yes||Yes||No|
|Jack the Bear||No||Yes||No|
|1994||Clear and Present Danger||No||Yes||No|
|1996||Mission: Impossible||No||Yes||No||"Story by", with David Koepp|
|1998||A Civil Action||Yes||Yes||executive|
|2002||Gangs of New York||No||Yes||No|
|2006||All the King's Men||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||Moneyball||No||Yes||No||co-written with Aaron Sorkin|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||No||Yes||executive|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||No||Yes||No|
|2021||Those Who Wish Me Dead||No||No||Yes|
|2016||The Night Of||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Executive producer only
- Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
- The Cold Light of Day (2012)
- The Current War (2017)
- My Dinner with Hervé (2018)
- "Blue" Gene Tyranny (2015). "Steven Zaillian". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
- "Armenia's tragedy was long in coming to the movie screen". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
- "A conversation with Steven Zaillian – Armen Sarvar Official Website". Retrieved January 13, 2020.
- Setencich, Eli (March 23, 1994). "'Schindler's' screenwriter goes back to dad's vision". Fresno Bee. p. B1. Retrieved July 26, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Steven Zaillian biography". Tribute. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Garrett, Diane (May 1, 2007). "Zaillian signs deal with Columbia". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2021..
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (April 2, 2019). "Showtime To Win Auction For Steve Zaillian Series On Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley Books". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- Malone, Michael (September 25, 2019). "Showtime to Turn Highsmith's 'Ripley' Novels Into Series". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved October 15, 2019.