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      Ruben Fleischer

      Ruben Fleischer

      Highest Rated: 89% Zombieland (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 30% Gangster Squad (2013)

      Birthday: Oct 31, 1974

      Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

      Just when it seemed as if nothing more could be done with zombies, the walking dead, or the aftermath of an apocalypse, Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland," from a script by Paul Wernick and Rhet Reese, reinvigorated the seemingly exhausted genre with an irreverent road comedy, complete with self-referential humor and surprising guest stars, all while retaining the outrageous violence of its predecessors. Modestly budgeted, it was met with largely positive reviews and strong word of mouth, eventually becoming the highest-grossing zombie movie of all time, surpassing even Zack Snyder's 2004 "Dawn of the Dead" remake. Fleischer, who cut his teeth directing ads for brands such as Burger King and Cisco, and music videos for artists such as M.I.A. and Electric Six, reteamed with "Zombieland" star and newly-minted Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg for "30 Minutes or Less," an action comedy about a slacker pizza delivery driver who is forced to rob a bank, under the threat of a set of explosives that have been rigged to his body. Rare for a director working in Hollywood, Fleischer didn't actually study film in an academic setting, instead earning a history degree from Wesleyan University and working for a brief period as an HTML programmer in San Francisco. He landed a Production Assistant post on the WB series "Dawson's Creek," where his friendship with Mike White ("Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl") enabled him to lay the foundation of his career, which ultimately led to directing.

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      VENOM, L-R: TOM HARDY, DIRECTOR REUBEN FLETCHER ON SET, 2018. PH: FRANK MASI/© COLUMBIA PICTURES GANGSTER SQUAD, from left: Robert Patrick, director Ruben Fleischer, on set, 2013. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. GANGSTER SQUAD, from left: director Ruben Fleischer, Sean Penn, on set, 2013. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. ZOMBIELAND, from left: Woody Harrelson, director Ruben Fleischer on set, 2009, Ph: Glen Wilson/© Columbia ZOMBIELAND, director Ruben Fleischer on set, 2009, Ph:Glen wilson/© Columbia Ruben Fleischer at arrivals for VENOM Premiere, Regency Village Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 1, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 90% Uncharted Director,
      Executive Producer
      $147.7M 2022
      57% 84% Venom: Let There Be Carnage Executive Producer $213.5M 2021
      79% 75% Bad Trip Producer - 2021
      68% 88% Zombieland: Double Tap Director,
      Executive Producer
      $73.1M 2019
      70% 66% The Mule Executive Producer $103.8M 2018
      30% 80% Venom Director $213.5M 2018
      66% 43% Unicorn Store Producer - 2017
      38% 45% Two Night Stand Producer $15.6K 2014
      30% 57% Gangster Squad Director,
      Executive Producer
      $46.0M 2013
      45% 40% 30 Minutes or Less Director $37.1M 2011
      89% 86% Zombieland Director $75.6M 2009

      TV

      Credit
      69% 70% White House Plumbers Executive Producer 2023
      83% 96% Jury Duty Executive Producer 2023
      No Score Yet 68% The Good Doctor Director 2023
      89% 82% The Bold Type Executive Producer 2017-2021
      93% 81% Superstore Director,
      Executive Producer
      2015-2021
      93% 83% Stumptown Executive Producer,
      Director
      2019-2020
      No Score Yet 78% American Housewife Executive Producer,
      Director
      2016-2017
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Director 2006