Hollywood literary agent Caren Bohrman, owner and president of the Bohrman Agency and the broker behind screenplay deals for films including “The Fugitive,” died Sunday in Oakland, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. She was 56.
Bohrman, who was directly involved in nearly 200 screenplays and pilots over nearly three decades in literary representation and management, also made the deals behind films including “Crazy/Beautiful,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,” “The United States of Leland,” “Warlock” and “Employee of the Month.”
More recently, she had worked on “Admissions,” with Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga and Tom Skerritt; the Maria Bello-Michael Sheen vehicle “Beautiful Boy”; and Rachel McAdams-Channing Tatum starrer “The Vow.” She had more than a dozen projects in various stages of development at the time of her death.
The independent-minded Bohrman eschewed “omnibus” projects, with actors and studios attached to a script, instead favoring a boutique approach to script development, lavishing attention on the writer — nurturing some over a period of decades — and on language, plot and structure.
She also secured the U.S. theatrical release of director Salvador Carrasco’s “The Other Conquest,” a film produced by Placido Domingo and focusing on neo-colonialism from an Aztec point of view.
Bohrman also worked with writer-director Bryan Michael Stoller on a bigscreen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch’s book “They Cage the Animals,” which was to be Michael Jackson’s directorial debut.
Bohrman initially sought to be a journalist, but her first job in the entertainment industry was as a receptionist at a literary agency in the mid 1980s. There she quickly rose through the ranks, becoming an agent within a year of her hiring. She helped start lit departments at a number of agencies, then launched her own, the Bohrman Agency, in 1994.
Bohrman was born in Los Angeles and majored in journalism at Sonoma U. and also studied business and film.
Her father Stan Bohrman, a news anchor and investigative reporter in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, died in 1994.
Survivors include her partner, Michael Hruska; brother David Bohrman, a former senior exec at CNN and now president of Current TV; sister Catherine; and her mother, Delle Bohrman, a screenwriter.
Donations may be made to her sister Catherine Bohrman or Michael Hruska to help cover uninsured medical health care costs or to your local hospice or fire department.