Charles Randolph
Born
OccupationScreenwriter, film, television producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Mili Avital (2004–present)
Children2

Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. In 2015, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Adam McKay for co-writing The Big Short. In 2019, he wrote and produced the film Bombshell, which was directed by Jay Roach and starred Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, and Nicole Kidman.

Early life

Randolph was born in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Yale Divinity School,[1] he worked as a cultural studies and philosophy professor at various universities in Vienna, Austria (including Webster Vienna Private University[2]) in the 1990s.[3]

Screenwriting

In 1997, Randolph spent a weekend giving lectures at the University of Southern California. From a chance meeting with someone who worked for the Farrelly brothers, Randolph was inspired to attempt screenwriting.[3]

Randolph has written screenplays for several films and TV movies including The Life of David Gale (2003), The Interpreter (2005), Love & Other Drugs (2010) and The Big Short (2015).

In 2016, Randolph received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Empire Award for Best Screenplay, and the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Big Short with Adam McKay. He was additionally nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay.[4] Randolph invested nearly a year adapting The Big Short; three months for an initial draft and another three months to reduce the complexity.[5]

Personal life

Randolph is married to Israeli actress Mili Avital, with whom he has two children.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2003 The Life of David Gale Yes No
2005 The Interpreter Yes No
2009 Tenderness No Yes
2010 Love & Other Drugs Yes Yes
2015 The Big Short Yes No Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
2019 Bombshell Yes Yes

Television

Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2001 Untitled Charles Randolph Project Yes Yes TV movie
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Yes Yes TV pilot
2013 The Missionary Yes Yes
2016 Exposed Yes Yes TV movie

References

  1. ^ Kennedy, Dana (February 23, 2003). "FILM; In Film, Still a Missionary". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2019-10-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Gavin, Rachael (18 January 2012). "Love and Other Drugs screenwriter Charles Randolph on big screen opportunities". if.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Charles Randolph". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  5. ^ Hogan, Brianne (January 20, 2016). "Banking on The Big Short". Creative Screenwriting.