Hossein Amini

Award winning writer and director for film and television
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Biography

Hossein Amini is a film writer who was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James' classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roach and Alison Elliott.

He has also written Jude, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film, and has worked on Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo di Caprio, as well as The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger.

In 2011 he wrote the screenplay for Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs 2012.

In 2014 Hossein made his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January, starring Vigo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

He is currently working on the film adaptation of John le Carré's novel Our Kind of Traitor, along with The Alienist for Paramount and McMafia for Cuba Pictures.

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Film

Writer & Director

Producer Tom Sternberg
Starring
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Viggo Mortensen
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    Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel about an American embezzler in Greece
    Studio Canal
    Working Title
     

    Writer

     
    Adaptation of the John le Carre novel
    Potboiler Productions and Ink Factory
    In development
     
     

    Rewrite. Adaptation of the Rumpelstiltskin classic story

    Twentieth Century Fox
    In development
     
    Director Nicolas Winding Refn
    Starring
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Carey Mulligan
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    Adaptation of James Salliss' novel about a Hollywood stuntman who also works as a getaway driver
    Universal Pictures
    Mark Platt Productions
     
    Director Rupert Sanders
    Starring
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Charlize Theron
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    The much-loved fairy tale with a twist

    Universal Pictures
    FilmEngine
     
    Producer Donna Gigliotti, Mike Medavoy, Barry Mendel, Jake Myers
    Director Mikael Hafstrom
    Starring
  • John Cusack
  • Yun-Fat Chow
  • Li Gong
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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    Film following an American expat in 1940s Shanghai investigating his friend's death
    The Weinstein Company
    Phoenix Pictures
     
     
    Film based on the character created by Tom Clancy
    Paramount Pictures
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy novels following the coming of age of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry
    New Line Cinema
    In development
     
    Director Carter Smith
     
    Adatpation of Sara Gran's thriller about a young woman who is either possessed by dark forces or losing her mind
    Miramax
    In development
     
    Producer Quentin Tarantino
    Director John Madden
    Starring
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Diane Lane
  • Mickey Rourke
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    Thriller following a husband and wife targerted by hitmen after being placed in witness protection
    Miramax
     
     
    Adaptation of Michael Faber's novel about a young prostitute in 1860s London
    Sony
    Laura Ziskin Productions
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of Jonathan Stroud's novel about a magician's young apprentice who becomes caught up in a flood of magical intrigue, rebellion and murder
    Miramax
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of Leon Uris' novel chronicling the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Jewish freedom fighters of the ghetto
    Miramax
    In development
     
    Producer Paul Feldsher, Robert D. Jaffe, Stanley R. Jaffe, Marty Katz
    Director Shekhar Kapur
    Starring
  • Wes Bentley
  • Kate Hudson
  • Heath Ledger
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    Adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's novel set in 1884 following a British officer accused of cowardice after resigning his post
    Paramount
    Miramax
     
    Producer Lawrence Bender, Marty Katz
    Director John Dahl
    Starring
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • James Franco
  • Connie Nielsen
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    Film charting the audacious rescue attempt of 500 American soldiers entrapped in a Japanese POW camp
    Miramax Films
     
    Gangs Of New York
    Oscar Nominated: Best Original Screenplay
    Producer Harvey Weinstein, Alberto Grimaldi
    Director Martin Scorcese
    Starring
  • Daniel Day Lewis
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Leonardo di Caprio
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    Award-winning film portraying a young man's quest for revenge in 19th centry New York
    Miramax Films
     
     
    Adaptation of Dorothy Hughes's novel following an ex-airman who offers to help solve a series of murders
    Columbia Pictures
    Stanley Jaffe
    In development
     
    The Wings Of The Dove
    Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay
    Producer David Parfitt
    Director Ian Softley
    Starring
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Alison Elliott
  • Linus Roache
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    Award-winning adaptation of Henry James' novel about two lovers who conspire to steal an heiress' fortune
    Miramax Films
     
    Producer Andrew Eaton
    Director Michael Winterbottom
    Starring
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Kate Winslet
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    Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure chronicling the doomed romance of two cousins
    Polygram/BBC
    Revolution Films
     
    Director Diarmuid Lawrence
    Starring
  • Amanda Donohue
  • Colin Salmon
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    Thriller following an undercover police officer infiltrating the Manchester underworld
    BBC 2
    Granada
     
    The Dying Of The Light
    BAFTA Nominated: Best Single Drama
    Director Peter Kosminsky
     
    Film chronicling the story of British aid worker Sean Devereaux, who was assassinated in Somalia
    ITV
    Yorkshire TV
     

    TV

    Writer

     

    Crime drama set in 19th century New York about a psychiatrist

    Paramount
    In development
     
    McMafia
    1 x 60'
    Director James Watkins
     

    Adaptation of Misha Glenny's novel

    Cuba Pictures
    In development