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Sometimes dubbed "the voice of the Bronx," Price is primarily known for streetwise sagas like his 1976 novel "Blood Brothers" (filmed in 1978), a coming-of-age story set in the world of construction workers, and "The Wanderers" (published in 1974, filmed in 1979), a gritty look at the world of Bronx housing-project gangs. After both of these popular novels had been adapted for film, Price embarked on a successful career as an original screenwriter, notably with "The Color of Money" (1986), which earned him an Oscar nod, and the thoughtful crime drama-cum-character study "Sea of Love" (1989), which revitalized Al Pacino's film career.
As a novelist and screenwriter, Price has favored stories about tough guys, losers, and people desperate for a second chance. His world view comfortably coincides with that of Martin Scorsese, with whom he collaborated on "The Color of Money," the "Life Lessons" segment of "New York Stories" (1989), and an ambitious extended Michael Jackson music video, "BAD" (1987).
Several of Price's screenplays in the 1990s were high-profile remakes of film noir classics. Both "Night and the City" (1992) and "Kiss of Death" (1995) opened to mixed reviews and tepid box office. Price segued to producing as the executive producer on the unsuccessful romantic crime drama "Mad Dog and Glory" (1992), which he also scripted and appeared in. He also served as a co-producer on "Kiss of Death" and "Clockers" (both 1995). The latter was the hugely anticipated adaptation of Price's gritty fact-based 1991 novel of life amongst low-level Jersey City crack dealers.
Price was reportedly paid $1.9 million while "Clockers" was still in manuscript form ($1 million for the film rights; $900,000 to write a screenplay). Scorsese and De Niro were soon attached to the project but eventually dropped out to make Scorsese's "Casino." Writer-director Spike Lee came aboard and rewrote Price's script to emphasize the African American characters over the white policeman protagonist of the original. Lee's "Clockers" opened to respectful reviews and solid box office, though a number of reviewers quibbled about its deviations from Price's original story.
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Completed his first novel The Wanderers (1974) at age 24
Began teaching at various East Coast colleges
First novel adapted to film, "Bloodbrothers"
First onscreen appearance, in "The Wanderers"
Co-wrote first original screenplay, "Streets of Gold"
First collaboration with Martin Scorsese, wrote and appeared in "The Color of Money"
Sold unpublished manuscript "Clockers" to Universal for $1.9 million
First film as executive producer, "Mad Dog and Glory"; also wrote and appeared in
Appeared as himself in Ron Howard's comedy-drama "The Paper"
Penned screenplay adaptation for "Clockers," directed by Spike Lee
Co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of "Ransom"
Contributed to the script of "Shaft," John Singelton's loose remake of the 1971 classic
Wrote for the HBO drama series "The Wire"
Wrote the screenplat for "Freedomland," a drama directed by Joe Roth and based on his novel of the same name
Created and executive-produced (with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Ken Sanzel) the CBS series "NYC 22"