Lloyd Fonvielle, Screenwriter on 'The Lords of Discipline,' Dies at 64

Courtesy of Cotty Chubb
Lloyd Fonvielle circa 1978.

He also contributed to the films 'The Mummy,' 'The Bride' and 'Cherry 2000.'

Lloyd Fonvielle, who wrote the screenplays for the 1980s films The Lords of Discipline and The Bride and received a story credit on the 1999 blockbuster The Mummy, has died. He was 64.

Fonvielle died Feb. 19 while at his writing desk in his apartment in Las Vegas, according to his friend Eli Selden of Anonymous Content. The cause of death was hypertension and the lung disease COPD, the coroner’s office said.

A working writer in Hollywood for more than two decades, Fonvielle also wrote and directed the 1988 Showtime telefilm Gotham, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Virginia Madsen.

He penned Little Surprises (1996), a 36-minute comedy directed by Jeff Goldblum that earned an Academy Award nomination for best live-action short. He also was accorded story credit on the Melanie Griffith sci-fi adventure Cherry 2000 (1985), which he executive produced as well.


The Lords of Discipline (1983), adapted from the Pat Conroy novel, starred David Keith and Bill Paxton in a story about a military academy that accepts its first black cadet in 1964. The Bride (1985), an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, had Sting as the scientist who creates a mate (Jennifer Beals) for his monster. Both films were directed by Englishman Franc Roddam.

Fonvielle's prolific writing career also encompassed erudite essays on photography and freewheeling short stories about the American West.

Among his writings on photography was the introduction to a book on the iconic photographer Walker Evans, published by Aperture, and the preface to Election Eve, a book of photographs by William Eggleston. His essays on ballet and diverse other subjects also appeared in The New York Times, Salon and Slate.

Fonvielle was born in Wilmington, N.C., on March 22, 1950. His father was an Episcopal minister and his mother a grammar school teacher. He grew up in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., attended prep school at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and spent a year at Stanford before dropping out to pursue his writing.

He lived for 30 years in New York City and Southern California before relocating to Las Vegas in 2004. Most recently, he was behind the blog Mardecortesbaja.com: A Journal of Visual Culture, which served as a platform for his views on pop culture, art, history and religion.

Fonvielle also was an early adaptor of Amazon as a vehicle for publishing his noir novellas and Western short stories.

Survivors include his mother, Laura, sisters Libba, Lee, Anna and Roe and many nephews and nieces. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Twitter: @mikebarnes4