Joel Schumacher

Director, Writer

Born: New York City, New York, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Joel T. Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Schumacher rose to fame after directing hit films of his decade St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987) and Flatliners (1990). He later went on to direct John Grisham adaptations The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996). His films Falling Down (1993) and 8mm (1999) were competed for Palme d'Or and Golden Bear respectively. In 1993, he signed on to direct the next installments of Batman film series. Schumacher-directed Batman films Batman Forever (1995) and particularly Batman & Robin (1997) received negative reactions from both public and critics. After Batman films, Schumacher pulled back from blockbusters and returned to making minimalist films such as Tigerland (2000) and Phone Booth (2002), both earning positive reviews. He also directed The Phantom of the Opera (2004), The Number 23 (2007) and several episodes of House of Cards. Known for casting young actors, Schumacher helped actors like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Matthew McConaughey to launch careers.

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