Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Schindler’s List and he has been nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. The Times called him “the most artful and subtle screenwriter Hollywood has had since Robert Towne.” He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival.
Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University and lives in Los Angeles. He is of Armenian descent. —Wikipedia
I agree with Mike. I saw this film before the original version, and I thought that it was amazing. I read the book after watching the movie and was extremely surprised to see negative reviews of this film. What shocked me even more was the film earning the title of "worst film of the year" by many critics.
This is one film that I seem to disagree with the rest of the world on. I love the 1949 version, but I honestly think this is a strong piece as well. I think Zaillian handles the material quite well as screenwriter and director. It's beautifully lensed by The Pianist photographer Pawel Edelman and acted with conviction by a great cast.