Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis

Canadian screenwriter, film producer and director of film and television. He is best known as a writer and producer for the winner of the Satellite Award for Best Picture: Million Dollars Baby (2004) and winner of two Academy Awards for the film Crash (2005), the latter of which he also directed. Haggis also co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is the creator of the television series Due South (1994-1999) and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001), among others. Haggis is a two-time Academy Award winner, a two-time winner Emmy Award and seven-time Gemini Award winner. He also assisted in the making of the music video “We Are the World 25 For Haiti”. Hugely popular screenwriter, Paul Haggis made Academy Awards history by writing a couple of brilliant films that, for two consecutive years, won the Best Picture statuette: we're obviously talking about Million Dollar Baby and Crash - Physical Contact. A young Canadian with cinephile aspirations, Paul spent his childhood in British Columbia with his father Edward and his mother Mary Yvonne. A graduate of Ontario in London at Fanshawe College, the then 22-year-old Haggis leaves for L.A. looking for luck. His career began in 1975, the year in which he made his debut on the small screen: he is the author of TV series such as My Friend Arnold and Love Boat, among the most loved and followed by the public. Becoming one of the creators of the hit series Walker Texas Ranger in 1993, Paul made his behind-the-camera debut in the musical film Red Hot. In 2004, Haggis gave birth to the formidable screenplay of Million Dollar Baby. Captured by the poignant story of boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (taken from a series of short stories entitled "The Challenger" by F.X. Toole), director Clint Eastwood decides to direct it for the big screen: it is immediately the rain of the Oscars. Backed by the nomination for best screenplay, he gets back to work: this time he gives birth to an unpublished work, inspired by the events of everyday life.

The feature film in question is the shocking Crash - Contact Physical, a bitter and realistic portrait of the company, which Haggis also directs and produces. Acclaimed across the country, Crash - Physical Contact triumphs on Hollywood's most magical night, taking home three statuettes, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Acclaimed and contested by the prestigious majors of the Fabbrica dei Sogni, Haggis has currently written the script for the latest effort by the cowboy Eastwood entitled Flags of Our Fathers, as well as that of The Last Kiss remake of the famous opera by Gabriele Muccino. In 2007 he was director of two more of his creations: Honeymoon with Harry and In the Valley of Elah. In addition to having written and directed a brilliant TV series, also broadcast in Italy, which tells the story of four Irish brothers who grew up in Hell's Kitchen (The Black Donnellys), Paul returned to the cinema in 2011 to direct a cast of stars. including Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks in the drama The Next Three Days, of which he is also a writer and producer. Two years later he will make a new ensemble film, in which three stories of love, passion and betrayal intersect, with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias and James Franco: Third Person (2013).