Michael France

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Michael France
Born (1962-01-04)January 4, 1962
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Died April 12, 2013(2013-04-12) (aged 51)
St. Pete Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter
Spouse Elizabeth France
Children 3

Michael France (January 4, 1962 – April 12, 2013) was an American screenwriter. He is best remembered for writing the screenplays for Cliffhanger (1993), the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995), and the comic book films Hulk (2003), The Punisher (2004), and Fantastic Four (2005).[1]

Early life

France was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended the University of Florida in the early 1980s, working as a projectionist at a small movie theater in Gainesville and participating in its programming. He earned a graduate degree from the film school at Columbia University in New York City, New York.


France moved to Los Angeles, California, where he sold the script for Cliffhanger.[2] He later wrote the scripts for GoldenEye, Hulk, The Punisher, and Fantastic Four. He also did some uncredited work on The World is Not Enough.[3] France bought the historic Beach Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida; built in 1939, the theater is known for its screening of independent and foreign films.[2]

Personal life

France lived in St. Pete Beach, Florida, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children.[2] He died on April 12, 2013, after what was called "an extended illness". He was 51 years old.[3]


  1. Cunningham, Todd (April 14, 2013). "Michael France, Screenwriter on Superhero Movies, Dead at 51". The Wrap.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Abel, Jonathan (April 12, 2007). "Beach's indy icon going Hollywood". Tampa Bay Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Persall, Steve (April 13, 2013). "Michael France, screenwriter and Beach Theatre owner, dies". Tampa Bay Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links