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David Harold Franzoni (born March 4, 1947) is an American screenwriter and film producer. He conceived the story for, co-wrote and co-produced the 2000 film Gladiator,[1][2] for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.[2][3][4][5] His other screenplays include King Arthur (2004),[6][7][8][3][4] Amistad (1997),[9] and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986).[10]

David Franzoni
Born (1947-03-04) March 4, 1947 (age 72)
Alma materUniversity of Vermont
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active1980-present
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture
2000 Gladiator
BAFTA Award for Best Film
2000 Gladiator


Franzoni's script for Gladiator was a revival of the sword-and-sandal genre,[11] using characters very different from the original and drawing upon available historic and archaeological sources.[12] He started to write the story in the 1970s, after reading a book about Roman gladiatorial games.

For Amistad, Franzoni decided not to use a standard narrative for the film and explained that "The typical slant in this sort of film is to have the poor, chained black man arrive in the presence of the white guy, who has a good soul and fights the good faith to liberate the black man".[13] Franzoni was also the one who convinced Steven Spielberg to direct the film.[11]

Franzoni stated that the screenplay of King Arthur "aims more for history than myth",[14] and again relied upon archaeological evidence in an attempt to create a more realistic human and political interpretation of the character.[15][16]



  1. ^ Ortega Giménez, Alfonso (17 December 2013). "Derecho romano". Cine y derecho en 21 películas (in Spanish). Editorial Club Universitario. p. 191. ISBN 9788415941729.
  2. ^ a b Marks, Dara (23 February 2009). "Filmography". Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. A&C Black. p. 337. ISBN 9781408109427.
  3. ^ a b Indick 2004, p. 250, "Conclusion".
  4. ^ a b Santas et al. 2014, p. 230, G.
  5. ^ Scott, Ridley (2005). "Filmography". In Knapp, Laurence F.; Kulas, Andrea F. (eds.). Ridley Scott: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 27. ISBN 9781578067268.
  6. ^ Santas et al. 2014, p. 309, K.
  7. ^ Shaheen, Kareem (6 June 2016). "Rumi film will challenge Muslim stereotypes, says Gladiator writer". The Guardian. Istanbul. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ Indick 2004, p. 145, "Part Four".
  9. ^ Godawa 2011, p. 202, Christianity.
  10. ^ Sun, Rebecca (16 June 2014). "Oscar-winning Producer David Franzoni Signs With Paradigm". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b Alberich, Enric (2009). Películas clave del cine histórico (in Spanish). Ediciones Robinbook. p. 188. ISBN 9788496924741.
  12. ^ Caparrós Lera, José María; José Martín, Jerónimo (2001). "Gladiator de Ridley Scott". El cine de fin de milenio (1999-2000) (in Spanish). Ediciones Rialp. p. 128. ISBN 9788432133442.
  13. ^ Hixson, Walter L. (2003). "Steven Spielberg American Dream". The American Experience in World War II: The United States and the road to war in Europe. Taylor & Francis. p. 253. ISBN 9780415940290.
  14. ^ Soriano, John. "'s Exclusive Interview with David Franzoni" (PDF). WGAW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  15. ^ Godawa 2011, p. 76, Story Telling in the Movies.
  16. ^ Matthews, John (2004). "An interview with David Franzoni". Arthuriana. 14 (3): 116.


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