Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Michael France

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Michael France

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The screenwriter sold his Cliffhanger script on spec and re-energized the Bondfranchise.

Michael France, the scribe who M penned Cliffhanger, GoldenEye and a slew of Marvel adaptations that grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, died April 12 in his St. Pete Beach, Fla., home after an extended illness. He was 51.

France first found fame with his 1991 spec sale for Cliffhanger, which became a worldwide hit for thesp Sylvester Stallone and helmer Renny Harlin. Another hit came in 1995, when France revived the then-dormant James Bond franchise with his script for GoldenEye. A string of Marvel adaptations followed in the early 2000s, with U's Hulk (2003), Lionsgate's The Punisher (2004) and 20th's Fantastic Four (2005). …

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