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 â€œSecretariat,â€? a feature film currently in development at Disney. Mike and his wife Grace continue to make their home in the Portland area.