Marc Norman (born 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American screenwriter, novelist and playwright.

Early life

Norman graduated in 1964 with a M.A. in English Literature from the University of California.[1]

Career

After working for Leonard Stern, David Suskind and Daniel Melnick, Norman wrote several features and television projects, including the TV movie The Challenge and an episode of the Mission: Impossible TV series. Other screenwriting credits include the films Oklahoma Crude (which he would later adapt into a novel), The Killer Elite and The Aviator. In 1995, he was one of several writers hired to rewrite Cutthroat Island, at the behest of director Renny Harlin.[2]

With Tom Stoppard, Norman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 71st Academy Awards for his screenplay of Shakespeare in Love; the pair were also nominated for a BAFTA and received the Silver Bear for an outstanding single writing achievement at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[3][4] He also shared a Best Picture Oscar for the film as co-producer. The original idea was suggested to Norman in the late 1980s by his son Zachary.[5][6]

Books

Norman has written both fiction and non-fictions books. He wrote Bike Riding in Los Angeles. A Novel (New York: Dutton 1972); Oklahoma Crude (New York,Dutton 1973); Fools' Errand (New York, Norton, 1978), and What Happens Next?: A History of Hollywood Screenwriting (New York: Harmony Books 2007; UK: Aurum Press 2008).[7]

References

  1. ^ "Marc Norman". therealmarcnorman.com.
  2. ^ Fischer, Russ (September 14, 2011). "Trivia: Renny Harlin Begged Not To Make Legendary Flop 'Cutthroat Island'". SlashFilm.com.
  3. ^ "BAFTA Awards 1999". Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  5. ^ Avon Calling, Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-12-23/features/9812230314_1_romeo-and-ethel-shakespeare-marc-norman
  6. ^ Peter Biskind, "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film" (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p. 327.
  7. ^ "Review: What Happens Next by Marc Norman". the Guardian. April 5, 2008.