Rafael Yglesias

Rafael Yglesias is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for the 1993 movie Fearless, which he adapted from his own novel of the same name.


Yglesias began writing screenplays in 1980. In addition to Fearless, directed by Peter Weir and starring Jeff Bridges, his films include Death and the Maiden, directed by Roman Polanski and based on the play by Ariel Dorfman; Les Misérables, directed by Bille August and based on the novel by Victor Hugo, and From Hell, directed by the Hughes Brothers and based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. His film Dark Water is a remake of a J-horror film of the same name and was directed by Walter Salles.

Yglesias turned to television writing in the mid-2000s when with the screenwriter Tom Schulman he adapted The Anatomy of Hope, a nonfiction book by Jerome Groopman about the psychological experience of illness, for HBO. The pilot was directed by J.J. Abrams but the network declined to move forward with a full series order.

From 2014 to 2016, Yglesias worked on Aquarius, created by John McNamara and starring David Duchovny, ultimately writing five episodes of the two-season series.

The revelation of possible child sexual abuse by Woody Allen of his adopted daughter prompted Yglesias to publish in Slate a rare nonfiction piece about his decision, despite his own history of having been a victim of child sexual abuse, to work with Polanski, like Allen a filmmaker involved in a sexual abuse scandal.[1]

He is the father of Matthew Yglesias and Nicholas


  • Hide Fox, and All After
  • The Work Is Innocent
  • The Game Player
  • Hot Properties
  • Only Children
  • The Murderer Next Door
  • Fearless
  • Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil
  • A Happy Marriage
  • The Wisdom of Perversity
  • Fabulous at Fifty


  1. ^ Yglesias, Rafael (2014-02-10). "Why I Worked With Roman Polanski". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-04-27.

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