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Jonathan Michael Goldstein (born September 2, 1968) is an American screenwriter, television writer/producer, and film director. He has written for numerous situation comedies, including ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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'', and ''
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''. He is known in cinema for his collaborative work with
John Francis Daley John Francis Daley (July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir (Freaks and Geeks), Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama ''Freaks and Geeks'' and Federal Bureau of Investi ...
as a film-making duo. The pair have worked on various projects together. Daley and Goldstein's earlier work was predominantly based in the comedy genre where they were co-screenwriters for ''
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'' (2011), co-writers for ''
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'' (2013), co-story writers for ''Horrible Bosses 2'' (2014), and also co-wrote/co-directed the fifth film in the National Lampoon's Vacation (film series), ''National Lampoon's Vacation'' film series, ''Vacation (2015 film), Vacation'' (2015). The duo received co-writer credits for ''Spider-Man: Homecoming'' (2017) with other screenwriters, which was met with critical and financial success; and they co-directed the 2018 black comedy ''Game Night (film), Game Night'', which also met with critical and financial success.


Personal life

Born in New York City, Goldstein attended the University of Michigan, then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1995. He worked for two years as a corporate litigator at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Goldstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Adena Halpern.


Career

Finding the legal profession less than fulfilling, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue a career in comedy writing. Shortly thereafter, he began writing for network television comedies and eventually films. In 2007, in collaboration with his writing partner,
John Francis Daley John Francis Daley (July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir (Freaks and Geeks), Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama ''Freaks and Geeks'' and Federal Bureau of Investi ...
, Goldstein sold his first film script, ''The $40,000 Man'' to New Line Cinema. Since that first sale, Goldstein and Daley have been engaged on a number of other feature projects, including ''Hours of Fun'', ''
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'', starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, ''Cal of the Wild'' for Steven Spielberg and ''DreamWorks Pictures, DreamWorks'', and an adaptation of the documentary, ''Of All The Things'' for Warner Brothers, also with Steve Carell set to play the lead. New Line's ''
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'' was released on July 8, 2011 and has made over $200 million in worldwide box office. In 2009, the team were hired to rewrite the sequel to the animated film, ''Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (film), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs''. Goldstein and Daley co-wrote and directed their script for ''Vacation (2015 film), Vacation'', a follow-up to the 1983 comedy film ''National Lampoon's Vacation''. Ed Helms played the adult Rusty Griswold. The film grossed $104 million in worldwide box office off a budget of $32 million. Goldstein and Daley wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film ''Spider-Man: Homecoming'', and were both considered to direct before Jon Watts was hired. Goldstein and Daley directed the 2018 black comedy ''Game Night (film), Game Night'', based on a screenplay by Mark Perez. The film, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, "earned a raft of glowing reviews for its whip-smart script, energetic performances, and deliberate avoidance of modern comedy’s ubiquitous tropes," and grossed $117 million at the worldwide box office, versus a $37 million budget. While they did not receive screenwriter credit, they later said they rewrote "almost all of the original script’s dialogue, totally overhauled the characters — most notably a creepy cop portrayed by Jesse Plemons — and comprehensively reworked the original script’s third act." In 2018, it was announced that the filmmaking duo would direct a film adaptation of DC Comics' ''Flashpoint (comics), Flashpoint'' for the DC Extended Universe, but it was announced in July that they have left the project. In 2019, it was announced that Goldstein and Daley were in talks be directing the reboot of Dungeons & Dragons (film series), Dungeons & Dragons (2023). In January 2020, it was announced that, in addition to directing, they would be writing a new draft of the screenplay


Filmography

Collaborated with
John Francis Daley John Francis Daley (July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir (Freaks and Geeks), Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama ''Freaks and Geeks'' and Federal Bureau of Investi ...
Short films


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