RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
RUPERT WYATT (Director) is the writer and director of the highly acclaimed
British prison escape thriller The Escapist. The film premiered at the 2008
Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for eight international film awards, and
was the winner of two.
Born in England, Wyatt was sent off to boarding school at the age of four. Along
with the other students, he was required to speak entirely in Latin during the
weekdays and only allowed to converse in English on the weekends. Deemed
"remarkably intelligent but stubborn as a mule" by his headmaster, Wyatt spent
his free time making slasher films using a Super-8 camera. Werner Herzog saw one
of these early works, Bloody Mayhem in 3rd Form House, and launched Wyatt's
career by recommending him for the prestigious New Moon writing and directing
Winner of a BBC film competition at the age of 16, Wyatt's professional career
as a director and screenwriter began while at university in Paris. His graduate
thesis, a contemporary adaption of Dante's Divine Comedy (Jericho Falling),
became his first screenplay to be optioned and was developed by a number of
producers and directors including Claudie Ossard (Delicatessen, Amelie), George
Litto (Blow Out), Ian Softley (Wings of a Dove), and Shooting Gallery (You Can
Count on Me). This was followed by five years of writing and developing
features in New York for Shooting Gallery, Miramax and Radical Media. Between
the years 2000-2005, Wyatt worked in London and Liverpool, directing episodic
television and developing his own scripts through the UK Film Council lottery,
and he founded the Film Consortium with producers Adrian Sturges, Simon Relph
and Michael Kuhn.
Wyatt is the founder of the film collective Picture Farm, which has produced
numerous shorts, documentaries and features, including the Sundance
Award-winning documentary Dark Days (directed by Marc Singer) which follows a
group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City subway
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