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Michael Goldenberg

Michael Goldenberg (born January 18, 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter and film director. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon College of Drama in 1986 with a B.F.A.[1]. Goldenberg is best known for writing the screenplay for the fifth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was the only time a Harry Potter film did not have its screenplay written by Steve Kloves.

Michael Goldenberg
Born (1965-01-18) January 18, 1965 (age 54)
New York, New York, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, playwright, director
Known forContact, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Goldenberg was the screenwriter and director of Bed of Roses (1996). He was the co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of Contact (1997) and co-adapted the live-action version of Peter Pan (2003) with director P. J. Hogan. He is also the screenwriter for the fifth Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

Goldenberg was selected to write the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in November 2004 when Steve Kloves, who had adapted the previous four Harry Potter books, turned down the opportunity to do the fifth film due to exhaustion and an interest in pursuing other projects.[2] The BBC reported Goldenberg was to write and direct a futuristic drama for Warner Bros. afterward.[3] He was also one of the screenwriters for the superhero movie Green Lantern, having rewritten the script for director Martin Campbell.[4] In August 2010, Goldenberg was hired to write the screenplay for Green Lantern 2.[5]

He also co-wrote (with Geoff Johns) the Green Lantern Prequel Special: SINESTRO #1 for DC Comics (featuring Sinestro from the Green Lantern film). It had a 'Movie Art' cover (using a still from the film) and internal art by Fernando Dagnino Guerra. The comic was one of 5 different comic Prequel Specials.[6] He also wrote a screenplay for a Wonder Woman film, that was not used.[7]

On July 29, it was announced by Disney that he would be writing the screenplay for the upcoming Artemis Fowl movie. It will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will be released in 2019.


Year Title Director Notes
1996 Bed of Roses Himself Also director
1997 Contact Robert Zemeckis Co-wrote with James V. Hart
2003 Peter Pan P.J. Hogan Co-wrote with P.J. Hogan
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix David Yates
2011 Green Lantern Martin Campbell Co-wrote with Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green
2020 Artemis Fowl Kenneth Branagh Co-wrote with Adam Kline and Conor McPherson


  1. ^ CMU School of Drama | Notable Alumni
  2. ^ Archived 2006-03-17 at the Wayback Machine However, Kloves would later return for those of Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. Retrieved on 05-29-07
  3. ^ Retrieved on 05-29-07
  4. ^ Variety Retrieved on January 25, 2010
  5. ^ Variety Retrieved on August 9, 2010
  6. ^ Mullin, Pamela (February 10, 2011). "green-lantern-prequels-to-be-published-this-may". DC Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  7. ^ IGN Retrieved on June 6, 2012

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