EXCLUSIVE: Over the weekend, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and agents at CAA reached loggerheads and made a mutual decision to part company. Today, he has signed with WME. The move will come as a surprise to some because Goldsman had been a CAA client for so long and is a close friend of agency head Richard Lovett, but the way it was described to me, they realized the relationship had run its course. Abruptly.
Goldsman most recently did a rewrite of Insurgent, the sequel to Summit’s Divergent. Goldsman, who won his Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, made his directorial debut on Winter’s Tale, and he wants to devote more time on that front. He and his Beautiful Mind partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer also are teamed with Stephen King on the long-gestating, ambitious multi-platform adaptation of The Dark Tower, King’s mammoth nine-volume book series. The original plan to make three movies and two limited-run TV series was scaled down when the property was grabbed by Media Rights Capital. They most recently have been discussing starting with a single movie with Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Since Goldsman’s one of the highest-paid writers in town and because he has become such a prolific producer, this is a coup for WME, but it is not a clean poaching if you are keeping score on these things, because CAA and Goldsman called it quits first.