JOEL SCHUMACHER (Directed by)
has become one of America's most vigorous, talented and successful filmmakers.
In 1995, he brought moviegoers the biggest domestic box office hit of the year,
"Batman Forever." The epic adventure-fantasy amassed a worldwide gross
of more than $330 million. He next directed its successful fourth installment,
"Batman and Robin," starring George Clooney as Batman and Arnold
Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
Previous to "Batman Forever,"
Schumacher directed the critically-acclaimed hit version of the John Grisham
novel, "The Client," starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. In
1996, he directed the highly successful adaptation of another Grisham novel,
"A Time to Kill," starring Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson,
Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey.
Schumacher's features, such as
"St. Elmo's Fire," "The Lost Boys," "Cousins"
and "Flatliners" starring Julia Roberts, have displayed the filmmaker's
versatility and close attention to performance, nuance and atmosphere.
"Dying Young" reunited Schumacher with Julia Roberts. He followed this
up with the gritty, controversial "Falling Down," starring Michael
In 1999, Schumacher directed the
thriller "8MM," starring Nicolas Cage. Also, in 1999, he wrote and
directed "Flawless," starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour
Hoffman. He also directed the military drama, "Tigerland," about young
men training for Vietnam in 1971.
Most recently, Schumacher completed the
forthcoming "Phone Booth" before re-teaming with "Bad
Company" producer Jerry Bruckheimer to direct the forthcoming
"Veronica Guerin," the true story of the Dublin journalist who was
assassinated while reporting on Irish organized crime, with Cate Blanchett
starring as Guerin.
Schumacher was born and raised in New
York City, where he studied design and display at Parsons School of Design. He
began his career in the entertainment industry as an art director for television
commercials before becoming costume designer for such notable films as Woody
Allen's "Sleeper" and "Interiors," Herbert Ross'
"The Last of Sheila" and Paul Mazursky's "Blume In Love."
He then wrote the screenplays for "Sparkle" and the hit comedy
He made his directing debut with the
television movie, "The Virginia Hill Story," starring Dyan Cannon in
the title role and Harvey Keitel as the mobster, "Bugsy Siegel." This
was followed by his award-winning telefilm, "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar
and Grill." "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," starring Lily
Tomlin, marked his feature film directing debut, followed by "D.C.
Cab" for which he also wrote the screenplay. Schumacher also wrote the
script for "St. Elmo's Fire" with Carl Kurlander.
In 1988, he directed the successful
Chicago theatrical run of David Mamet's scorching Hollywood satire,
"Speed the Plow."
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