James Mangold

James Mangold (born December 16, 1963) is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known[2] for the films Cop Land (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), The Wolverine (2013) and Logan (2017), the last of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[3] He then directed and produced the sports drama film Ford v Ferrari (2019), which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[4]

James Mangold
James Mangold Press Conference Logan Berlinale 2017 03.jpg
Mangold in 2017
Born (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 57)[1]
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts (BFA)
Columbia University (MFA)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1985–present
(m. 1999; div. 2014)
Parent(s)Robert Mangold
Sylvia Plimack Mangold

Early lifeEdit

Mangold was born in New York City in 1963, and is the son of artists Robert Mangold and Sylvia Plimack Mangold.[5] He was raised in New York State's Hudson River Valley and graduated from Washingtonville High School.[5][6] He is of Jewish ancestry.[7]

He was admitted into and later attended the California Institute of the Arts film/video program.[6] While there, he mentored under Alexander Mackendrick. During Mangold's third year, Mackendrick suggested that he should study at CalArts School of Theater as an actor, alongside his regular film studies.[8]


In 1985, Mangold secured a writer/director deal at Disney.[6] He wrote a television movie and co-wrote the animated feature Oliver and Company.[6] A few years later, Mangold moved to New York and applied to Columbia University's film school,[6] where he graduated with an MFA in film.[9] While there, he studied under Miloš Forman and developed both Heavy and Cop Land.

He has worked as a feature writer and director since 1995, when his first feature, the independent film Heavy, won the best directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Mangold subsequently wrote and directed Cop Land (1997), starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta;[10] Girl, Interrupted,[6] which won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for Angelina Jolie; Kate & Leopold,[11] starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, for which Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor in a musical or comedy in 2001, and the 2003 thriller Identity which starred John Cusack.[12]

In 2005, Mangold co-wrote (with Gill Dennis) and directed Walk the Line, a film about the young life of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash and his relationship with June Carter Cash. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and was released on November 18, 2005. He also served as producer under his production banner, Tree Line Film.[13] It was nominated for five Oscars and Witherspoon won Best Actress for her performance as June Carter Cash. Mangold also appeared as an actor in The Sweetest Thing as a doctor and love interest to Christina Applegate as well as in his own Kate & Leopold playing a movie director.

In 2009, Mangold was signed by Universal Pictures to direct Juliet, based on a novel by the Danish author Anne Fortier.[14] In 2011 Paramount acquired the rights[15] of the movie with the writers Eyal Podell, Jonathon E. Stewart, Aryan Saha, Chad and Dara Creasey on board to develop the script.

Mangold at the San Diego Comic-Con to promote The Wolverine, 2013.

In June 2011, Mangold was hired, initially just to direct the X-Men movie The Wolverine. Along with screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank and Mark Bomback, Mangold also adapted the screenplay based upon Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's Japanese Wolverine saga and entered production in Japan and Australia in July 2012. He completed photography in November of the same year. On release, it was a box office success, ending up with a worldwide gross of $414,828,246 with a budget of $120 million, according to Box Office Mojo.[16]

Following the box office success and moderate critical response to The Wolverine, Mangold signed on to write the story and direct the sequel, Logan (2017). The film marked Mangold and Jackman's third collaboration. Scott Frank was hired to return as co-screenwriter, working as a team with Mangold and Michael Green.[17] The development of the film was lengthy, with Jackman citing his and Mangold's desire to do the character justice for his last time in the role.[18][19] The film incorporated elements from Mark Millar's Old Man Logan run on the comics.[20] Mangold has stated that the plot primarily focuses on character development, rather than superhero spectacle.[21] Logan was a commercial success, and received high praise for its gritty approach on the titular character and emotional depth. Often called one of the greatest superhero films of all time, the movie also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, becoming the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for Adapted Screenplay, as well as Mangold's first Oscar nomination.[22][23]

In March 2017, Mangold was in negotiations with Fox to develop and direct an adaptation of Don Winslow's upcoming novel The Force about corrupt NYPD officers.[24] In June 2017, Fox set a release date for The Force for March 1, 2019.[25] The release date was not met, as the film was still in development. Later in February 2018, it was announced that Mangold was set to direct a film about the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Christian Bale and Matt Damon starring as Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby respectively, and Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller writing the script.[26] The film, titled Ford v. Ferrari, was released in November 2019 to critical acclaim. The film received 4 nominations including Best Picture, with two wins for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing at the 92nd Academy Awards.[27][28]

In January 2020, it was announced that Mangold would direct a biopic featuring the life of the singer Bob Dylan, with Timothée Chalamet starring as Dylan.[29]

In February 2020, it was announced that Mangold was in talks to direct the untitled fifth Indiana Jones film, taking over for Steven Spielberg, who will instead act as producer.[30] In May 2020, it was officially confirmed that Mangold will serve as director.[31]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1988 Oliver & Company No No Yes No
1995 Heavy Yes No Yes No
1997 Cop Land Yes No Yes No
1999 Girl, Interrupted Yes No Yes No
2001 Lift No Executive No No
Kate & Leopold Yes No Yes Yes Uncredited cameo as "Irate Director Richard"
2002 The Sweetest Thing No No No Yes As "Dr. Greg"
2003 Identity Yes No Yes No Co-screenwriter with Michael Cooney
2005 Walk the Line Yes No Yes No National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
2007 3:10 to Yuma Yes No No No
2010 Knight and Day Yes No No No Also script revisions (uncredited)
2013 The Wolverine Yes No No No
2017 Logan Yes Executive Yes No National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated– Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Greatest Showman No Executive No No
2019 Ford v Ferrari Yes Yes No No National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated– Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
2020 The Call of the Wild No Yes No No
2022 Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film Yes No Yes No
TBA Juliet Yes Yes No No Pre-production
Crenshaw Yes Yes No No Announced
Going Electric Yes Yes No No
The Force Yes Yes No No


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color No No Yes Episode: "The Deacon Street Deer"
1992 Claymation Easter No No Story Television special
2006–2008 Men in Trees Yes Executive No Director (Episode: "Pilot") / Executive producer (36 episodes)
2012 NYC 22 Yes No No Episode: "Pilot"
2012–2013 Vegas Yes Executive No Director (Episode: "Pilot") / Executive producer (21 episodes)
2015–2017 Zoo No Executive No 21 episodes; also executive consultant
2017–2018 Damnation No Executive No 10 episodes
2019–present City on a Hill No Consulting No 10 episodes

Awards received by Mangold filmsEdit

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1999 Girl, Interrupted 1 1 1 1
2001 Kate & Leopold 1 2 1
2005 Walk the Line 5 1 4 2 3 3
2007 3:10 to Yuma 2
2017 Logan 1
2019 Ford v Ferrari 4 2 3 1 1
Total 14 4 7 3 7 5

Directed Academy Award performancesEdit

Mangold has directed multiple Academy Award-winning and nominated performances.

Year Performer Film Result
Academy Award for Best Actor
2005 Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Nominated
Academy Award for Best Actress
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line Won
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted Won


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  3. ^ 2018|Oscars.org
  4. ^ 2020|Oscars.org
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  10. ^ Blair, Ian (August 21, 1997). "Mangold gets big names to come on board". New Straits Times. p. 5. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  11. ^ Turner, Miki (December 26, 2001). "Hugh Jackman's Charm". Lakeland Ledger. p. D5. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
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  25. ^ McNary, Dave (June 29, 2017). "Fox to Release NYPD Thriller 'The Force' in March 2019". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
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  28. ^ "Parasite" wins Best Picture - Oscars on YouTube
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  30. ^ Gaulppo, Mia (February 26, 2020). "James Mangold in talks to replace steven spielberg as 'indiana jones 5' director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
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