Michael Blake, “Dances With Wolves” Screenwriter, Dies at 69

Daniel Blake, a popular writer who won an Oscar for writing the script of “Dances With Wolves”, has passed away at the age of 69, his producing partner and manager Daniel Ostroff confirmed the news earlier this week.

Blake, 69, died peacefully in Tucson, Ariz after he lost his battle with a long illness, Ostroff stated on Monday.

Back in 1988, Blake wrote the novel “Dances With Wolves” and it was later translated into a feature that went on to be an Oscar award winner. The book in itself sold 3.5 million copies and was translated into 15 different languages due to its popularity.

“Dances With Wolves” the movie, was released in 1990 and it was directed by Kevin Costner who also starred in the movie as well. The movie in itself was a smash with both critics and fans after it was released.

In addition to the six awards that the film managed to scoop during the Oscars, including the best screenplay, “Dances With Wolves” also was the big winner in the years Golden Globe Awards and WGA Awards.

Blake was later commissioned to write two more screenplays by Costner, that is “The One” and “The Mick and before embarking on their project “Dances WithWolves” the two, Blake and Costner, also worked on “Stacy’s Knights” which was released in 1983.

Before his death, Blake recently wrote a screenplay which was based on a German novel titled “Winnetou” for Constntin Films back in 2011. 

 

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