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      Neil Burger

      Neil Burger

      Highest Rated: 73% The Illusionist (2006)

      Lowest Rated: 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Connecticut, USA

      After studying fine arts at Yale, director Neil Burger fell into the experimental film scene of the 1980s. He ended up directing a series of stylish public service announcements for MTV before landing a lucrative job as a commercial director for director-producer Ridley Scott's forward-thinking advertising production company, RSA Films. Burger's first feature, the troubling 2002 mockumentary "Interview With the Assassin," purported to document an aging man's confession to his involvement in the 1963 killing of President John F. Kennedy. Four years later, the former visual artist wrote and directed "The Illusionist," a captivating period film about a love triangle involving an arrogant nobleman and a 19th century magician. The project, which featured Golden Globe-winners Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, was somewhat overlooked due to writer-director Christopher Nolan's similarly magic-themed, concurrent release, "The Prestige." Nevertheless, Burger was praised for his film's visual achievements, including a spellbinding recreation of the Orange Tree Trick, a classic 18th-century illusion originated by Louis XVI court-magician Joseph Pinetti. His third film, 2008's "The Lucky Ones," followed a trio of Iraq War veterans struggling to find normalcy upon returning to the home front. "Limitless," his first directorial project scripted by someone else, was a Wall Street thriller with science-fiction elements. Burger's work has been championed by screenwriting and production team Brian Koppelman and David Levein, who helped to bring his first three features to the screen.

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      THE UPSIDE, FRONT FROM LEFT: KEVIN HART, DIRECTOR NEIL BURGER, ON SET, 2017. PH: DAVID LEE/© STX ENTERTAINMENT DIVERGENT, from left: director Neil Burger, Shailene Woodley, on set, 2014. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Summit Entertainment LIMITLESS, DIRECTOR NEIL BURGER, ON SET, 2011. PH: JOHN BAER/© ROGUE PICTURES LIMITLESS, FROM LEFT: ROBERT DE NIRO, DIRECTOR NEIL BURGER, ON SET, 2011. PH: JOHN BAER/© ROGUE PICTURES DIVERGENT, from left: Theo James, director Neil Burger, on set, 2014. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Summit Entertainment LIMITLESS, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR NEIL BURGER, CINEMATOGRAPHER JO WILLEMS, ON SET, 2011. PH: JOHN BAER/© ROGUE PICTURES DIVERGENT, from left: Shailene Woodley, author Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, on set, 2014. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Summit Entertainment DIVERGENT, l-r: director Neil Burger, Jai Courtney, Theo James on set, 2014, ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Summit Entertainment LIMITLESS, l-r: director Neil Burger, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper on set, 2011, ph: John Baer/©Rogue Pictures THE ILLUSIONIST, writer/director Neil Burger, on set, 2006. © Yari Film Group Releasing THE ILLUSIONIST, Paul Giamatti, Director Neil Burger, Edward Norton, on set, 2006. © Yari Film Group Releasing THE UPSIDE, DIRECTOR NEIL BURGER, ON SET, 2017. PH: DAVID LEE/© STX ENTERTAINMENT THE ILLUSIONIST, Director Neil Burger, on set, 2006. © Yari Film Group Releasing Neil Burger on the set of "The Lucky Ones" Neil Burger at arrivals for BILLIONS Showtime Series Premiere, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY January 7, 2016. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection Neil Burger at arrivals for THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Premiere, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY March 16, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      41% 73% The Marsh King's Daughter Director $1.8M 2023
      64% 45% All the Old Knives Executive Producer - 2022
      25% 55% Voyagers Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2021
      43% 82% The Upside Director $108.2M 2017
      11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Executive Producer $66.2M 2016
      28% 58% The Divergent Series: Insurgent Executive Producer $130.1M 2015
      41% 69% Divergent Director $150.8M 2014
      68% 74% Limitless Director $79.2M 2011
      38% 54% The Lucky Ones Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $183.1K 2008
      73% 83% The Illusionist Director,
      Writer
      $39.8M 2006
      67% 56% Interview With the Assassin Director,
      Writer
      $47.3K 2002