NICHOLAS STOLLER (Directed by) is a director, writer and
producer whose intelligent, character-driven comedies have established him as
one of the industry's most sought-after filmmakers. Stoller wrote and executive
produced Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to the popular 2011 film that he also
wrote and executive produced, which was released by Walt Disney Pictures on
Stoller co-wrote The Five-Year Engagement with collaborator and star Jason
Segel, which Universal Pictures released in April 2012. The film, which Stoller
produced alongside Rodney Rothman and Apatow Productions, tells the story of the
ups and downs of a man's five-year engagement with his fiancee (Emily Blunt).
Stoller previously teamed with Segel to write and executive produce James
Bobin's The Muppets for Walt Disney Pictures. The critically acclaimed film,
which starred Segel and Amy Adams, received an Academy Award for Best Original
Song and won the Critics' Choice Movie Award in the same category. The Muppets
grossed more than $165 million at the worldwide box office.
Stoller made his directorial debut with the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall,
which starred Segel, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader and
Russell Brand. The film was produced by Apatow Productions and grossed more than
$105 million worldwide. Stoller went on to make Get Him to the Greek, which he
wrote, directed and produced. Hill and Brand reprised their Forgetting Sarah
Marshall roles, as Hill's character struggles to escort rock star Aldous Snow
(Brand) from London to Los Angeles for a comeback tour that begins at the Greek
Theatre. Universal Pictures released the film in June 2010.
Additionally, Stoller wrote the smash hit Yes Man, which starred Jim Carrey
as a man who turns his life around by saying "yes" to every opportunity, as well
as a modern reimagining of "Gulliver's Travels," which starred Jack Black and
Stoller's first job in the entertainment industry was comedy writing for Judd
Apatow's celebrated FOX television series Undeclared. Segel and Stoller met
during the show and hit it off upon discovering a shared love for painful,
heart-wrenching comedy. Stoller made the transition to screenwriting doing
rewrites and co-writing numerous projects with Apatow, including Carrey's
vehicle Fun with Dick and Jane.
Stoller, a Harvard alumnus who wrote for The Harvard Lampoon, was born in
London, England, and raised in Miami. He currently resides in Los Angeles with
his wife, Francesca, and their daughters, Penelope and Frederica.
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