David Franzoni

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David Harold Franzoni (born March 4, 1947) is an American screenwriter. His best known screenplays include King Arthur, Gladiator, Amistad, and Jumpin' Jack Flash. Franzoni has close connections with both DreamWorks Pictures and Steven Spielberg. When he graduated from the University of Vermont in the 1970s he took a motorcycle trip across the world, going from Europe to the Middle East, South Asia, and Australia. He is a fan and collector of motorcycles to this day. His son Hudson, is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles. Origins of selected projects: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (directed by Penny Marshall) was an original script of Franzoni's, but a serious thriller, never envisioned as a comedy. As a spec. script, it was his first sale and began his career as a professional screenwriter. While working on a rewrite for this project with Michael Apted at Warner Brothers, and while beginning a project for Ron Howard (also at Warner Brothers) Franzoni was shot outside his apartment in Mid-Wilshire, and to this day treasures a voice mail from Ron calling to see if David was "still with us".

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