worked for two years with Mel Gibson
on the screenplay for The Passion of The Christ. He brought unique qualifications to the job, having first won acclaim for his adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (directed by John Houston, 1979). He is the son of renowned Poet Robert Fitzgerald whose translations of Homer, Virgil and Sophocles are still considered by most as definitive, and Sally Fitzgerald, whose editions of Flannery O'connor's letters (Habit ofBeing) are equally renowned. O'Connor herself, America's most honored Catholic writer, was a friend of the Fitzgeralds.
As a screenwriter, Fitzgerald has continued to specialize in literary adaptations. The more challenging the better. In the 90's he wrote a teleplay for Zelda (directed by Pat O'Connor, 1993) starring Natasha Richardson and Timothy Hutton, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (directed by Nicholas Roeg, 1994), with John Malkovich and Tim Roth, Moby Dick (Dir Frank Rodham) with Patrick Stewart as Ahab, In Cold Blood (directed by Jonathan Kaplan, 1996) with Eric Roberts. Fitzgerald is currently working on a mini-series for German TV based on Bulwer-Lytton's novel The Last Days of Pompeii.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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