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Pierre Morel

Pierre Morel

Highest Rated: 80% District B13 (2004)

Lowest Rated: 10% Freelance (2023)

Birthday: May 12, 1964

Birthplace: France

Pierre Morel started as a cinematographer on a series of shorts in his native France before his first feature film credit as a Steadicam Operator on "L'enfant lion" (1993). He continued to split his time between cinematography and camera work over the next few years on a succession of French films and TV shows, alongside several American productions filmed in Europe, including "The Transporter" (2002), "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) and "Before Sunset" (2004). However it was his directorial debut on "District 13" (2004) that brought Morel to the attention of the wider world. This hyperkinetic adrenaline-fuelled action movie set in Paris marked Morel as a director to watch. And he really made his name on the international market with his next project, "Taken" (2008), starring Liam Neeson. "Taken" not only included one of the most quotable lines in modern film history ("If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.") but also launched a new subgenre, puckishly dubbed geriaction (i.e. tough guy roles played by older actors). He repeated the formula in "From Paris With Love" (2010), starring John Travolta, and "The Gunman" (2015) with Sean Penn.

Photos

Pierre Morel at arrivals for PEPPERMINT Premiere, Regal LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection PEPPERMINT, (L TO R): DIRECTOR PIERRE MOREL, JENNIFER GARNER, ON-SET, 2018. © STX ENTERTAINMENT PEPPERMINT, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR PIERRE MOREL, JENNIFER GARNER, ON SET, 2018. PH TONY RIVETTI JR./© STX ENTERTAINMENT PEPPERMINT, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR PIERRE MOREL, JENNIFER GARNER, ON SET, 2018. PH TONY RIVETTI JR./© STX ENTERTAINMENT FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, foreground from left: John Travolta, director Pierre Morel, on set, 2010. ph: Susie Allnutt/©Lionsgate FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, John Travolta (center), director Pierre Morel (right), on set, 2010. ©Lionsgate FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, John Travolta (second from right), director Pierre Morel, on set, 2010. ©Lionsgate DISTRICT B13, (aka BANLIEUE 13),Cyril Raffaelli, Bibi Naceri, Dany Verissimo, 2004. ©Magnolia Pictures

Filmography

Movies

Credit
10% 76% Freelance Director $5.3M 2023
No Score Yet 40% The Ambush Director - 2021
13% 70% Peppermint Director $35.4M 2018
29% 27% Overdrive Producer - 2017
15% 31% The Gunman Director $10.6M 2015
37% 54% From Paris With Love Director $24.0M 2010
60% 85% Taken Director $145.0M 2008
No Score Yet 42% Taxi 4 Cinematographer - 2007
13% 51% War Cinematographer $22.5M 2007
20% 57% Love and Other Disasters Cinematographer - 2006
66% 75% Unleashed Cinematographer $24.5M 2005
80% 78% District B13 Director $1.2M 2004
54% 73% The Transporter Cinematographer $25.3M 2002

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 77% The Night Shift Executive Producer 2016-2017
42% 57% Zero Hour Executive Producer,
Director
2013