Irving Yacine Belateche is a screenwriter, award-winning author, and professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He’s written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and other studios, as well as for TV networks SyFy and HBO. He’s also the author of the bestselling novels Einstein’s Secret and The Origin of Dracula.
Among the twenty-two feature film scripts Professor Belateche has sold are Combustion, Testament, Expecting, and The Veil. He also adapted the Hugo Award winning novel, The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester, for Paramount Pictures and producer Robert Evans (Chinatown). He’s written scripts for producers Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction), Joel Silver (The Matrix), Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Get Out), and director Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump).
As an educator, Professor Belateche has taught undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional filmmakers (screenwriters, directors, and producers) in the United States, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and North Africa. He founded and designed the screenwriting program at ShanghaiTech University in China, and he’s also taught seminars at Tencent and Blizzard Entertainment (the world’s two largest gaming companies).