PAUL W.S. ANDERSON (Director, Producer) has become
internationally known for his action-packed, edge-of-your-seat films. All
together, his films have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, with #1 weekends
around the globe - an accomplishment that puts him in an elite group of
filmmakers. Anderson turns epic stories into must-see movies, having launched
four successful film franchises, and tackled diverse subjects such as classic
literature, science fiction, video game franchises, and historical fiction.
Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Anderson graduated from the
University of Warwick with a BA in Film & Literature, he continued at Warwick to
become the youngest student to achieve an MBA.
Paul's first film was 1994's low-budget success Shopping, which Anderson
wrote and directed. Starring Sadie Frost and Jude Law (with an appearance by
legendary singer Marianne Faithful), this dark film about joyriding and
ram-raiding British youth was banned in some UK theatres, but established
Anderson's flare for high-impact action.
Shopping paved the way to Hollywood for Anderson, and 1995's Mortal Kombat
became Anderson's first American No.1 box-office smash. It was also the first
successful movie adaptation of a videogame. The triumph of Mortal Kombat quickly
established Anderson as the man who could take the game off the television and
make it explode on the big screen, and into a successful franchise.
Sidestepping offers to direct a sequel to Mortal Kombat, Anderson chose instead
to turn his attention to science fiction. His next directorial projects
included Soldier and Event Horizon. Blade Runner screenwriter David Peoples
wrote Soldier as a "sidequel" to the bleakly powerful Blade Runner. Now
considered a cult classic, Event Horizon starred Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill,
Jason Isaacs and Joely Richardson.
Anderson returned to adapting videogames for the big screen with the survival
horror Resident Evil (2002), starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.
Anderson wrote, directed and produced the feature. A resounding commercial
success, the movie spawned Anderson's second successful franchise that includes
No.1 hits Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012).
Anderson wrote and produced the sequels with Impact Pictures partner, Jeremy
Bolt, he returned to the director's chair for Afterlife & Retribution.
Anderson confirmed his box-office power when he wrote and directed the highly
anticipated AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004). This kicked off Anderson's third
successful franchise; the movie opened at No.1 and went on to be the
highest-grossing film in both the Alien and Predator series.
In 2008, Anderson's Death Race, starring Jason Statham and Joan Allen, rolled
into theaters. Anderson's film was a remake of the 1975 cult classic Death Race
2000 starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The film was distributed
by Universal Pictures and was produced by Anderson through Impact Pictures with
In 2009, Anderson wrapped the sci-fi horror Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid
and Ben Foster, for which he took on the role of producer. Anderson and Bolt
produced through their Impact Pictures banner.
Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth film in the highly successful franchise
released in 2010. The film stars Milla Jovovich and was filmed using the Vincent
Pace 3D system developed for Avatar. It went on to become Anderson's first
global number one, staying at the top of the International Box Office for a
straight month and ultimately grossing $300 million worldwide.
Following this unprecedented peak with the ever-evolving Resident Evil
franchise, Anderson diversified to direct and produce the stylish and action
packed update of Alexandre Dumas classic The Three Musketeers for Constantin
Film and Summit Entertainment. Filmed in 3D the film boasts an all-star cast
including Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Logan Lerman with
Luke Evans, Ray Stephenson and Matthew Macfadyen as the charismatic titular
characters. Released in 2011 the film was globally embraced, grossing $150
Following on in 2011, Anderson returned to his blockbuster franchise writing,
producing & directing Resident Evil: Retribution, the eagerly anticipated fifth
installment of the Resident Evil movie brand. It blended familiar and beloved
faces with hot newcomers in this clever metamorphosis of the series. Released in
September 2012 it raked an impressive $240m worldwide. Bringing the Resident
Evil pentalogy to a spectacular worldwide gross of more than $930m.
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