Was paid a mid-six figure sum for his spec script _Tripoli (2007)_ in the fall of 2001. That script landed him the deal to write Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Both projects are set up with producer Mark Gordon at 20th Century Fox, and have Ridley Scott attached to direct both.
Won Pushcart Prize for short fiction, 1997. He also published the novel, "Light House: A Trifle". Light House was optioned by Warner Brothers and Monahan wrote the script in 1998.
Former Spy magazine editor
While filming Kingdom of Heaven in Seville, Spain, Monahan bought back the rights to his novel "Light House: A Trifle" from Penguin- Putnam, and took the book off the market.
In the book "A Mind for Murder: Harvard and the Unabomber", by Alston Chase, William Monahan is identified as being the only person to solve the bomber's lexically-based targeting methodology before the Unabomber's capture.
One of 115 invitees to join AMPAS in 2007.
Personal Quotes (1)
I wanted to be an old-fashioned man of letters, so I essentially prepared myself very carefully through my 20s for a job that doesn't exist anymore; You may be able to find a man of letters in Syria or the Horn of Africa, but you could work Manhattan or London with dogs for a year and never find one. Anthony Burgess is dead, Vidal is the last lion, and at any rate belles-lettres aren't where they were left. Anyway, I'm making movies now. Just before all this happened, I thought, 'Out of everything you can do or think you can do, pick one thing and be it.' What I picked was to be the screenwriter.