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Amanda 'Mandy' Silver was a writer and producer of the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Silver is a grand-daughter of Oscar-winning screenwriter Sidney Buchman, who wrote and produced such films as Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), The Talk of the Town (1942), Sahara (1943), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again (1949) and many others. President of the Screen Writers Guild in 1941-1942, he was blacklisted in 1951 but continued to write, most notably Cleopatra (1963), until his death in 1975 in Cannes, France.

Amanda Silver graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television in 1989 and married Rick Jaffa the same year. She wrote the very successful 1992 movie The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, on which Jaffa was an executive producer and an uncredited co-writer. She also wrote an episode of TV series Fallen Angels (1993), and with Jaffa co-wrote Eye for an Eye (1996) and The Relic (1997). Silver and Jaffa originated the idea for a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise in 2006 and pitched it to 20th Century Fox. They began writing a script soon afterwards. In 2010 they returned to the industry, producing and making their acting debuts in the comedy Love Shack, which her actor brother Michael B. Silver wrote and directed. After some set-backs with original director Scott Frank, they were back onboard as writers and producers of the finished Apes movie made by director Rupert Wyatt and released in August 2011. Following its success they began writing a script for a sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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