JAN DE BONT
(Director/Executive Producer) was already one of the most respected
cinematographers in the industry when he made his American directorial
debut with the blockbuster "Speed." The action thriller
catapulted Sandra Bullock to stardom, firmly established Keanu
Reeves as an action star, and became one of the highest grossing
films of 1994. Two years later, De Bont's second feature, "Twister,"
opened to a then-record $41.2 million and went on to gross in
excess of $600 million worldwide.
Born in Eindhoven, Holland, De Bont studied at the National Film
Academy in Amsterdam and was inspired by a new form of independent,
low-budget filmmaking, which originated in Paris. He began making
professional documentaries while still in film school and went
on to gain experience as a director on the popular German comedy
De Bont first gained prominence as a cinematographer in Europe,
making his debut on 1961's "Paranoia," which won awards
at the Berlin, Venice and Oberhausen film festivals. Years later,
he lensed "The Wrestler," which marked the directing
debut of Paul Verhoeven. De Bont and Verhoeven subsequently teamed
on a series of Dutch films, including "Strictly Business,"
the Oscar-nominated "Turkish Delight," "Keetje
Tippel" and "The Fourth Man."
Moving to the United States, De Bont worked with a number of noted
directors on such films as John McTieman's "Die Hard,"
Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Joel Schumacher's "Flatliners"
and Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon 3." He also continued
to collaborate with Paul Verhoeven on the films "Flesh and
Blood" and "Basic Instinct."
In 1993, De Bont was offered the opportunity to helm "Speed,"
which launched his directing career. He later directed the sequel
"Speed 2 - Cruise Control." More recently, he served
as executive producer on the independent film "SLC Punk,"
which opened last year's Sundance Film Festival. De Bont and his
Blue Tulip Productions will next co-produce "Minority Report,"
which will star Tom Cruise under the direction of Steven Spielberg.
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