Screenwriter Mike Rich is the AEP Fellow for January

January 18th, 2008

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program Fellow for Thursday, January 24 is Mike Rich, screenwriter of “Finding Forrester,” “The Rookie,” and “Radio”. View his biography below:

Mike Rich’s screenwriting breakthrough came in 1998 when his script “Finding Forrester” was honored by the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship competition. Within weeks it was picked up by Columbia Pictures and was a holiday season release in 2000, starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant. Mike’s second screenplay “The Rookie” starred Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths and was both a commercial and critical success for Disney in 2002. The following year, Mike wrote the script for “Radio,” which starred Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Debra Winger.

He has been a contributing writer on “Miracle,” “Eight Below,” and “Invincible.” Mike’s most recent works include “Manhunt,” a historical piece on the search for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, “The Nativity Story,” a feature film on the Christmas story starring Keisha Castle Hughes and Oscar Isaac, and “Secretariat,â€? a feature film currently in development at Disney. Mike and his wife Grace continue to make their home in the Portland area.


4 responses to “Screenwriter Mike Rich is the AEP Fellow for January”

  1. Marlene K. Yundt says:

    Hi Mike,

    What are you working on for the next movie? I love your films. I also attend your wonderful church.

    Marlene K. Yundt

  2. Bob Woodward says:

    Would you be interested in co-authoring a screen play based on a truly inspiring true story about my son from Portland that achieved state championships in 3 sports; was diagnosed and survives a brain tumor; returnes to two more state titles. When his coach turns away he turns to music; survives through these politics only achieve a state championship in music. I have draft treatment if you would like to consider the project.

  3. James says:


    Just a reminder…We write about interesting folks like Mike Rich on the blog but those folks do not write for the blog and (though we’d hope they do) probably don’t read it. So, thanks for reading and commenting but if you really want a request to get through, you will need to contact Mr. Rich’s publicist/agent if you have formal requests.

  4. Dear Mike,

    I am Charlie Martin from the “Hal & Charlie Show” that ran for 30 years in Denver, Colorado. I am leaving my friends e-mail address and would like to speak with you. If you would like additional information please let me know and I will send you additional information to prove my identity. If you leave your agents information I can call him directly.

    Thank You,

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Charlie Martin
    Sun Lakes, Arizona

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