BRIAN KOPPELMAN and
DAVID LEVIEN met, as teen-agers, at John F. Kennedy International Airport and
instantly became friends.
A Tufts University
graduate, Koppelman distinguished himself during his college years by
discovering the award winning singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. Upon graduation,
he went on to develop a career in the music business and earned a law degree
from Fordham University at night.
Levien graduated from
the University of Michigan, where he published short stories in the
undergraduate literary magazine. After graduation, he spent three years in Los
Angeles, where he worked in the film business and began writing screenplays and
fiction, including the novel Wormwood, published in 1999 by Hyperion-Miramax.
Koppelman and Levien
had conspired for years about writing and directing movies together. In October
of 1996, they began writing the screenplay Rounders. In the interest of
creating a script that was as authentic as it was entertaining, Koppelman and
Levien entered the dangerous world of underground poker halls. (Thorough
research has become a trademark for the pair.) Purchased by Miramax Films in
March of 1997, the film was produced the following winter, with noted filmmaker
John Dahl (Last Seduction, Red Rock West) as the director and
starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, and Martin
Landau. The captivating film about a law student who not only gambles away his
tuition money, but his girlfriend, his law degree and nearly his life, opened
number one at the box office.
In addition, Koppelman
and Levien produced Interview with the Assassin, which premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival to glowing reviews. The film will be released by Magnolia
Pictures in November 2002.
Recently Koppelman and
Levien have completed various projects including a re-write of The Runaway
Jury, based on John Grisham's novel, which will lens for Regency in
September 2002, and The First Family, a spec script the duo sold to Steve
Reuther's Bel Air Entertainment.
Next up for the team is
The Storm Returns, which they will write, direct and produce for
Dreamworks Pictures. Levien and Koppelman reside in New York.
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