David Harold Franzoni is an American screenwriter. His best known screenplays include King Arthur, Gladiator, Amistad, and Jumpin' Jack Flash.
Franzoni has close connections with both DreamWorks Pictures and Steven Spielberg.
When he graduated from the University of Vermont in the 1970s he took a motorcycle trip across the world, going from Europe to the Middle East, South Asia, and Australia. He is a fan and collector of motorcycles to this day.
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (directed by Penny Marshall) was an original script of Franzoni's, but a serious thriller, never envisioned as a comedy.
After "Jumpin' Jack Flash", Franzoni adapted the book "Citizen Cohen" (directed by Frank Pierson) for HBO for which he won the Cable Ace; Pen Center West Literary Award; Peabody Award; and was nominated for an Emmy.
He was nominated for a BAFTA for best screenplay and won the BAFTA for best picture. He also won the Golden Globe for best picture.
"King Arthur" (directed by Antoine Fuqua) was an original script and "take" on the timeless legend of the mythic King Arthur, based on the historical works of Dr. Linda Malcor and her co-author, C. Scott Littleton.