Steve Kloves

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Steve Kloves
Born
Stephen Keith Kloves

(1960-03-18) March 18, 1960 (age 61)
Austin, Texas, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active1984–present
Known for The Fabulous Baker Boys
Harry Potter
Wonder Boys
Fantastic Beasts

Stephen Keith Kloves [1] (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He wrote and directed the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys and is mainly known for his adaptations of novels, especially for all but one of the Harry Potter films and for Wonder Boys .

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Life and career

Kloves, born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Sunnyvale, California, [2] where he graduated from Fremont High School. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles but dropped out when he was not admitted into the film school in his third year. [2] As an unpaid intern for a Hollywood agent, he gained attention for a screenplay he wrote called Swings. This led to a meeting where he successfully pitched Racing with the Moon (1984). [2]

His first experience with professional screenwriting left him wanting more interaction with the actors so that the characters would stay true to his vision. [2] Kloves wrote The Fabulous Baker Boys and also intended it to be his directorial debut. After years of trying to sell the project in Hollywood, the film finally got off the ground and was released in 1989. [2] The Fabulous Baker Boys did reasonably well and was critically acclaimed, but his next shot as writer/director for Flesh and Bone in 1993 fared poorly at the box office. Kloves then stopped writing for three years. [2]

Realizing that he had to return to writing to support his family, he began adapting Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys into a screenplay. [2] Kloves was offered the chance to direct but he declined, preferring to direct only his own original work. [2] This was his first try at adapting another work to film. [2] His screenplay was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award after the film's release in 2000.

Warner Bros. sent Kloves a list of novels that the company was considering to adapt as films. The listing included the first Harry Potter novel, which intrigued him despite his usual indifference to these catalogs. [2] He went on to write the screenplays for the first four films in the series. However, he turned down writing the fifth film, stating that "The fourth film, Goblet of Fire, was really hard to do. I wrote on it for two years. But it’s not that simple and I don't know that I'll ever fully understand why I didn't do it." [3] After Michael Goldenberg wrote the screenplay for the fifth film, Kloves then returned to write the sixth, seventh and eighth installments.

In 2011, Kloves was attached to work on a film adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . [4]

Kloves produced the Andy Serkis-directed movie, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle . His daughter, Callie, wrote the screenplay. [5]

Filmography

Films

YearTitleDirectorWriterProducerNotes
1984 Racing with the Moon NoYesNo
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys YesYesNo Sutherland Trophy
Nominated– National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director
Nominated– Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
1993 Flesh and Bone YesYesNo
2000 Wonder Boys NoYesNo Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
USC Scripter Award
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated– BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated– Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– London Critics Circle Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Nominated– Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated– Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone NoYesNoNominated– BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets NoYesNoNominated– BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban NoYesNoNominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated– Saturn Award for Best Writer
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire NoYesNoNominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated– Saturn Award for Best Writing
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince NoYesNo
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 NoYesNoNominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 NoYesNoNominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Nominated– San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man NoYesNowith James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NoNoYes
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald NoNoYes
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle NoNoYes
2022 Untitled third Fantastic Beasts film NoYesYeswith J.K. Rowling
TBA The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time YesYesNo

Other credits

YearTitleCredit
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Special thanks
2018 Alpha

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References

  1. Van Gelder, Lawrence (2009). "Movies: AboutSteve Kloves". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sragow, Michael (February 24, 2000). "A wizard of Hollywood!". Salon.com. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2009. Interview with Steve Kloves.
  3. Martin, Denise (2009-06-17). "'Harry Potter' countdown: Steve Kloves on a 'haunting moment' in 'Half-Blood Prince'" . Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  4. Connelly, Brendon (April 24, 2011). "Wonderful Novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Being Adapted Into A Film by Harry Potter Writer". Bleedingcool.com. Since 2016, Kloves produced the Fantastic Beasts films, a spinoff prequel series to the main Harry Potter series. Kloves co-wrote the third installment with J.K. Rowling.<ref> "The third Fantastic Beasts film confirms new details including cast members and location | Wizarding World". www.wizardingworld.com. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  5. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5886139/