LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
JAN DE BONT (Director) is a total filmmaker in the
European tradition. As a film student in Holland, he much admired the epics,
westerns and war movies coming out of Hollywood and their special way of
combining emotion with action that helped the audience become a full
participant. He demonstrated the same technique when he made his American
directing debut 20 years later, in 1994, with "Speed," which launched
the film career of Sandra Bullock.
Two years later De Bont's film "Twister" opened
to a record-breaking $41.2 million in its first weekend, going on to gross
worldwide in excess of $600 million. De Bont followed with "Speed 2: Cruise
Control" in 1997 and "The Haunting" in 1999.
De Bont's company Blue Tulip Productions was formed in 1996
and co-produced the science-fiction thriller "Minority Report"
starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg. Blue Tulip has a wide
range of projects with various studios, including Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount,
Universal and MGM.
De Bont was born in Eindhoven, Holland and began making 9mm
films at the age of 10. He moved onto 16mm while still in high school. At the
National Film Academy in Amsterdam, he saw Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of
Glory" and became an unconditional admirer of the director's visual
style. De Bont became a charter member of the Dutch New Wave, traveling
frequently to Paris to see movies and exchange ideas with directors, like
Jean-Luc Godard, who were an inspiration to young filmmakers all over Europe.
Becoming (of necessity) the master of all aspects of the
filmmaking process — from camera and sound
to production design and editing — De Bont
began making documentaries professionally while still in film school, and after
graduating he founded his own production company. Later, he acquired
considerable experience working with actors, directing the popular German comedy
series "Express," for which he re-staged sketches from "Monty
Python's Flying Circus," the cutting edge British series.
De Bont became a cinematographer of renown in Europe where he
worked with Paul Verhoeven, among others. He quickly became one of the most
sought-after cinematographers in America. He is known for his amazing camera
work on such films as
"Black Rain" directed by Ridley Scott, "Die
Hard" directed by John McTiernan, "Flatliners" directed by Joel
Schumacher, "Lethal Weapon 3" directed by Richard Donner and Paul
Verhoeven' s "Basic Instinct," among others.
A great supporter of women as action heroes, De Bont helped
launch Helen Hunt's movie career and also Sandra Bullock's. Now he takes up
the "Tomb Raider" mantle to work with another female action hero,
De Bont lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
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