Eli Richbourg died suddenly as the result of a brain aneurysm in Paris, France on March 20th, 2013 at 42 years old. Eli was a longtime collaborator of director Joel Schumacher, working in various capacities on such films as Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, A Time to Kill, 8MM, Flawless, Tigerland, Bad Company, Phone Booth, Veronica Guerin, Phantom of the Opera, The Number 23, Blood Creek and most recently Trespass.
Based in Paris, Eli had recently been named Head of Development for French gaming company Ubisoft, where he was developing films based on the video games Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell. He was also involved in several independent projects that he had written, including his screenplay of the Andy Dougan book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev, set for production by Pathé Pictures, and starring Gerard Butler. His original screenplay,The Shot, was also being produced by Pathé with Michaël Fassbender attached. According to the New York Times, his writing fees for Dynamo and The Shot established Eli among the highest compensated screenwriters in France.
Eli was a good friend of Fresh Voices, generously offering his time to discuss his love, passion and approach to the art of screenwriting. He genuinly hoped to inspire others and prove that success is acheivable with hard work, tenacity and determination. Read the interview Eli did exclusively for Fresh Voices here.
Eli is survived by his wife, Gaelle, and 22-month old son, Paul. A fund has been set up to help support Paul's education. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on giving.