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      Joel Schumacher

      Joel Schumacher

      Highest Rated: 86% Car Wash (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Twelve (2010)

      Birthday: Aug 29, 1939

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Joel Schumacher's first passion was fashion. Growing up in New York City led him to attend The New School and The Fashion Institute of Technology, which guided him right to a career in the field. That wasn't enough, though, and as he went through his 20s, Schumacher realized he wanted to work in film. Leaving New York City, he went west to California, getting his start in the industry as a costume designer first with "Play It As It Lays" (1972) and then with the Woody Allen movies "Sleeper" (1973) and "Interiors" (1978). He worked his way into screenwriting with "Sparkle" (1976) and "The Wiz" (1978). After a decade working his way into the world of film, Schumacher landed his first feature director role, working with star Lily Tomlin in "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981). His work in the '80s was defined mostly by his biggest hits of the decade, the Brat Pack-starring "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) and the cult horror flick "The Lost Boys" (1987). Schumacher's '90s work was filled with variety, making everything from cult thrillers like "Flatliners" (1990) to John Grisham adaptations "The Client" (1994) and "A Time to Kill" (1996). Most notably, he took over the Batman mantle from Tim Burton, directing the successful Batman Forever (1995) and infamous series-stunting bomb "Batman & Robin" (1997). After the critical drubbing his Batman work took, Schumacher worked on smaller, low budget films such as the Nicholas Cage-starring "8MM" (1999). He slowly worked his way back to bigger budgets, with highlights being the musical "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004) and the Colin Farrell-starring "Phone Booth" (2002). He slowed down his pace as he got into his 70s, with his biggest work being the Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman-starring "Trespass" (2011) and a few episodes of "House of Cards" (Netflix 2013- ). Joel Schumacher died on June 22, 2020 in New York, NY at the age of 80, a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

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      BAD COMPANY, Director Joel Schumacher on the set, 2002 (c) Walt Disney, FLAWLESS, Director, Joel Schumacher, directs a scene with Robert De Niro, 1999. 8MM, Director, Joel Schumacher, 1999. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, director Joel Schumacher, Patrick Wilson on set, 2004, (c) Warner Brothers BATMAN FOREVER, Director, JOEL SCHUMACHER, 1995. ST. ELMO'S FIRE, Director, Joel Schumacher, directs Rob Lowe in a scene, 1985, (c) Columbia Pictures FALLING DOWN, Joel Schumacher, 1993. FALLING DOWN, Joel Schumacher, directing Michael Douglas, 1993. PHONE BOOTH, Director Joel Schumacher, Radha Mitchell, Colin Farrell on the set, 2003, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Joel Schumacher, Andrew Lloyd Webber, 2004, (c) Warner Brothers TIGERLAND, Colin Farrell, director Joel Schumacher, on set, 2000. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Minnie Driver, director Joel Schumacher on set, 2004, (c) Warner Brothers COUSINS, Director Joel Schumacher, Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, on set, 1989. ©Paramount House of Cards, Joel Schumacher, 02/01/2013, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Joel Schumacher, 02/01/2013, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Robin Wright (L), Joel Schumacher (R), 'Chapter 6', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/01/2013, ©NETFLIX Investigation Discovery Upfront 2015-16, Joel Schumacher, ©INVESTIGATIONDISCOVERY House of Cards, Joel Schumacher (L), Robin Wright (R), 'Chapter 6', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/01/2013, ©NETFLIX THE NUMBER 23, Jim Carrey, director Joel Schumacher, Virginia Madsen, on set, 2007. ©New Line Cinema THE NUMBER 23, Jim Carrey, director Joel Schumacher, on set, 2007. ©New Line Cinema

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      77% 88% Halston Self $147.7K 2019
      9% 22% Trespass Director $16.8K 2011
      3% 32% Twelve Director $181.6K 2010
      50% 30% Town Creek Director - 2009
      No Score Yet 38% Bloodsucking Cinema Unknown (Character) - 2007
      7% 56% The Number 23 Director $35.1M 2007
      33% 84% The Phantom of the Opera Director $51.2M 2004
      53% 69% Veronica Guerin Director $1.6M 2003
      72% 64% Phone Booth Director $46.6M 2002
      10% 35% Bad Company Director $30.2M 2002
      77% 71% Tigerland Director $139.3K 2000
      28% 47% Gossip Executive Producer $5.1M 2000
      40% 54% Flawless Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $4.5M 1999
      23% 52% 8MM Director,
      Producer
      $36.3M 1999
      12% 16% Batman & Robin Director $107.3M 1997
      67% 85% A Time to Kill Director $108.7M 1996
      41% 32% Batman Forever Director $182.5M 1995
      80% 68% The Client Director $90.8M 1994
      75% 84% Falling Down Director $40.4M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2000 Malibu Road Director - 1992
      25% 65% Dying Young Director $32.3M 1991
      50% 59% Flatliners Director $58.7M 1990
      56% 68% Cousins Director $21.7M 1989
      77% 85% The Lost Boys Director $31.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 67% Slow Burn Executive Producer - 1986
      42% 68% St. Elmo's Fire Director,
      Writer
      - 1985
      18% 53% D.C. Cab Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      27% 51% The Incredible Shrinking Woman Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill Director - 1979
      43% 65% The Wiz Screenwriter - 1978
      76% 79% Interiors Costume Design - 1978
      86% 60% Car Wash Writer - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story Director - 1974
      70% 53% Blume in Love Costume Design - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 60% Nightcap Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      77% 76% House of Cards Director 2013