Born and raised in the south of England, RUPERT WYATT (Director) was educated at
the Dragon School, Oxford and Winchester College, Hampshire.
Rupert is a founder of Picture Farm; an award winning London & New York based
production collective and Commercials company, which includes film makers Ben
Freedman, Damian Lewis and Gareth Lewis, and Marc Singer. In its 15 year history
Picture Farm has produced short films, documentaries, and features including the
Sundance award-winning documentary Dark Days (2000), the award winning Short
Film "Get The Picture," starring Brian Cox. The Baker (2007), starring Damian
Lewis. And multiple award-winning The Escapist (2008).
Rupert studied Film in Paris, France and while at University began screenwriting
for producers Claudie Ossard (Amelie) and Jean-Pierre Ramsay (Total Eclipse).
This was followed by five years of writing and developing features in New York
for companies Shooting Gallery, Miramax and Radical Media.
Between 2000 and 2005 Rupert worked in London and Liverpool directing episodic
television and developing his own scripts through UK Film Council lottery funded
the Film Consortium and with producers Adrian Sturges, Simon Relph and Michael
Wyatt co-wrote and directed the British prison escape thriller The Escapist
(2008) starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper and Joseph Fiennes. The
film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, was nominated for eight
international film awards and won two.
In March of 2010 Wyatt signed onto direct 20th Century Fox's Rise Of The Planet
Of The Apes starring Andy Serkis; the reboot of the Planet of the Apes
franchise. Since its release, the film has seen enormous success worldwide, both
critically and commercially.
Wyatt currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife Erica Beeney; a
screenwriter, and their two children.
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