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Arash Amel

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Books  Butterfly #1, Butterfly
Movies  Grace of Monaco, Erased
Role  Screenwriter
Name  Arash Amel

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Born  1976Aberyswyth, Wales
Similar People  Olivier Dahan, Pierre‑Ange Le Pogam, Philipp Stolzl, Uday Chopra, Grace Kelly

Occupation  Screenwriter, producer

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Arash Amel (Persian: آرش عامل‎‎) (born 1976) is a screenwriter and film producer.


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Personal life

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Amel was born in Aberyswyth, Wales in 1976, but spent several years in Iran before emigrating to the UK as a child. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California.

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He was named one of Screen International's British Stars of Tomorrow in 2013.

He was nominated for an Emmy for Grace of Monaco in 2015.

Grace of Monaco

Amel wrote and produced the controversial Princess Grace period drama Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth and Frank Langella, and directed by Olivier Dahan. The script was listed in the 2011 Black List of the most liked Hollywood screenplays written in that year. The film opened the Cannes Film Festival 2014, where it was heavily criticised. Harvey Weinstein, whose company owns the distribution rights to Grace of Monaco, was absent from the Cannes premier of the movie. Weinstein was said to have been doing charity work with his wife Georgina Chapman. Weinstein stated that the director's cut of the film was missing a key scene that would address the "legitimate concerns" raised by the royal family over the depiction in Dahan's film. In January 2015, Harvey Weinstein clarified the events leading to his conflict with the director, praising the screenplay and indicating that the US release will be a "Writer's Cut", restoring the movie to the spirit of the screenplay The Weinstein Company signed on for, which he compared to The King's Speech. He said, "The writer, Arash Amel, called me and said, what happened to my script. It’s like welcome to Hollywood. Writers don’t have any say, but we decided to pair him up with a team of people and see what he could do about restoring the movie to the way it looked when he wrote it. He did a wonderful job." Though Amel never publicly took a side in the long-running feud over final cut, he refused to attend the film's official photo call and press conference at the Cannes Film Festival for the director's cut being screened.

Amel's script was also criticised by the Royal Family of Monaco for being "farcical" and was said to "bore no relation to reality." The Prince's Palace released a statement stating, "The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes." Amel defending himself against these claims, replying, "It was never about the truth in a literal way, it was about the interpretation of an icon." Mark Kermode in The Guardian wrote, "The biggest problem is Arash Amel's script, which asks us to side with tax evaders and gamblers (Monaco did indeed incur a French blockade for tax-sheltering their billionaires), and to imagine that there is something beautiful and noble about allowing companies to shirk their revenue responsibilities. (Presumably the forthcoming DVD will be heavily promoted on Amazon?)". Kermode's review of Olivier Dahan's film was directly rebutted in a long defense of the movie by critic Brad Stevens in the British Film Institute's film magazine Sight & Sound, stating "The critical condescension that met Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco biopic shows tastemakers still struggling with ‘feminine’ cinema."

Other work

Amel is also adapting for the screen and producing Chris Greenhalgh's epic love story Seducing Ingrid Bergman, in partnership with Uday Chopra and YRF Entertainment. The novel was published in the UK in 2012 and in the US in 2014. Amel's adaptation was listed in the 2014 Hollywood Black List of the most liked screenplays. The film is to be directed by James Mangold.

On April 13, 2013, it was announced that Amel was writing the biopic of slain war journalist Marie Colvin, to be produced by Basil Iwanyk and Charlize Theron, with Theron slated to star. The movie will be based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War" by Marie Brenner. It will be directed by Matthew Heineman.

On August 14, 2013, Universal Pictures announced its acquisition of Amel's science fiction screenplay Soldiers of the Sun as the beginning of a new action franchise starring Vin Diesel. The project will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Vin Diesel, and Samantha Vincent. Universal subsequently set Amel to adapt Robert Ludlum's The Parsifal Mosaic for Zhang Yimou to direct, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer producing.

His previous credit is the Aaron Eckhart thriller Erased, which opened to mostly bad reviews. Amel also wote the sequel to I Am Legend for Warner Bros. Akiva Goldsman announced in 2014 that the sequel had been scrapped and the studio is rebooting the franchise.

Other Media

Amel created the BOOM! Studios comic book series Butterfly, co-written by Marguerite Bennet with artwork by Antonio Fuso. It was launched in September 2014 to positive reviews, and was subsequently acquired by Channel 4 to be adapted into a television series


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