NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
SHAWN LEVY (Director/Producer) is one of the most commercially successful
film directors of the past decade. To date, his films have grossed over a billion dollars
worldwide. Levy has honed his craft, seamlessly weaving comedy and heart into
captivating stories that resonate with audiences. His youthful, enthusiastic approach to
filmmaking is evident in the storylines and characters he creates, reflecting a joyful
intensity for each project at hand.
Levy is currently developing several films to produce through his production
company 21 Laps Entertainment, which is housed at Twentieth Century Fox.
21 Laps recently produced the 2008 comedy What Happens in Vegas, starring
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, which earned over $200 million worldwide.
At present, Levy is producing and directing the action comedy Date Night,
starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, which chronicles a couple whose weekly ritual of
dinner and a movie unexpectedly develops into much more.
Levy both produced and directed the blockbuster hit Night at the Museum starring
Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey
Rooney, which grossed over $580 million worldwide.
He directed the successful 2006 comedy, The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin,
Kevin Kline, BeyoncĂ© Knowles and Jean Reno, and served as the executive producer of
Pink Panther 2. Levy also directed Cheaper by the Dozen starring Steve Martin, Bonnie
Hunt, Ashton Kutcher and Hilary Duff, which grossed more than $200 million
In 2002, Levy directed the hit romantic comedy Just Married, starring Ashton
Kutcher and Brittany Murphy, which grossed over $100 million. That same year he
helmed the family comedy Big Fat Liar for Universal Pictures with Frankie Muniz, Paul
Giamatti and Amanda Bynes.
Levy graduated at the age of 20 from the Drama Department of Yale University.
He later studied film in the Masters Film Production Program at USC, where he produced
and directed the short film Broken Record. This film won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago
Film Festival, in addition to being selected to screen at the Director's Guild of America.
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