Boaz Yakin (Hebrew: בועז יכין, born June 20, 1966) is an Israeli-American screenwriter, film director, and producer based in New York City. He has written screenplays to films like The Rookie, Fresh, A Price Above Rubies, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Now You See Me, and has directed the 2000 sports drama Remember the Titans and the 2012 Jason Statham action film Safe. As a producer he has collaborated frequently with filmmaker Eli Roth and served as executive producer for the first two entries in the Hostel franchise.
|Born||June 20, 1966|
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, director, producer|
|Known for||Remember the Titans|
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
Yakin was born in New York City. Both his parents are Israeli-born, and met in Paris while studying mime with Marcel Marceau. His father's family are of Sephardic Jewish (Syrian-Jewish and Egyptian-Jewish) descent, and his mother's family is of Ashkenazi Jewish (Polish-Jewish) descent.
He attended the Bronx High School of Science, where he was classmates in 1983 with actor Jon Cryer. He studied filmmaking at City College of New York then at New York University and made his first deal for a screenplay at age 19.
His name consists of the first two pillars of Freemasonry.
After finishing school, Yakin worked in the film industry, developing projects for several companies, and saw his first screenplay reach the screen in 1989, when The Punisher, a vehicle for Dolph Lundgren, was released. Yakin's next screenplay was The Rookie, starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. Wanting to take on more personal material, Yakin drew from his experiences growing up in New York's inner city for his next screenplay, Fresh. Yakin opted to direct his screenplay for Fresh himself. The film won critical acclaim, earning the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
Yakin went back to his youth for inspiration on his next project. His experience with the Chassidic community informed his screenplay for A Price Above Rubies. Yakin rebounded with his next assignment, which was his first film that he directed but did not write; Remember the Titans was a major box office success, and moved him to the upper tier of bankable Hollywood talents.
His 2020 film, Aviva, was set to premier at the SXSW Film Festival, but was released publicly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|1990||The Rookie||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Scott Spiegel|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Yes||Yes||No|
|1999||From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||No||Story||No||Co-wrote with Scott Spiegel|
|2000||Remember the Titans||Yes||No||No|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Victoria Arch|
|2008||Death in Love||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2010||Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard|
|2013||Now You See Me||No||Yes||Executive||Co-wrote with Ed Solomon and Edward Ricourt|
|2015||Max||Yes||Yes||Executive||Co-wrote with Sheldon Lettich|
|2021||The Harder They Fall||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Jeymes Samuel|
Executive producer only
- Marathon, a graphic novel illustrated by Joe Infurnari, First Second, 2012
- Jerusalem, a graphic novel illustrated by Nick Bertozzi, First Second, 2013
- Profile at filmreference.com
- Davis, Barry. "Sometimes you have to invest yourself", The Jerusalem Post, July 16, 2008.
- "Annual Report" (PDF). FFEU.org. Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 11, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- Biography of Boaz Yakin, in allrovi.com
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- Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards 2009, Sundance Festival
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- McNary, Dave (May 30, 2014). "Dog Tale 'Max,' Starring Josh Wiggins, Fetches Jan. 30 Release Date". variety.com. Archived from the original on June 8, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- Hoffman, Jordan. "Why Hollywood director Boaz Yakin's newest project is a gender-fluid art film". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Keehn, Anne. "Alma Har'el Rocks With The Rolling Stones". Swindle. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2013.