Andrew Niccol

Director, Screenwriter
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds. " He interested ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1963 in New Zealand

Filmography

Writer (9)

The Cross 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Kill 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Host 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dali & I: The Surreal Story (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (8)

The Cross 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Kill 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Host 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Dali & I: The Surreal Story (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds. " He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his "The Truman Show" (1998) script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director, particularly when Jim Carrey came aboard, swelling the budget to about $60 million. Peter Weir helmed instead, bringing a complementary vision which lightened the material somewhat, and the clever satire, which followed a cheerful insurance man (Carrey) as he slowly realizes that all the people in his life are just actors in a TV show, opened to critical raves. Since the deal for "Truman" came together slowly, Niccol actually made his screenwriting and directing debut with "Gattaca" (1997), a superb, well-acted sci-fi movie that raised issues of genetic engineering in a totalitarian environment, focusing on Vincent (Ethan Hawke), an genetically imperfect man who assumes the identity of a crippled superior (Jude Law) willing to sell his DNA. Niccol added a murder mystery and a romance (with Uma Thurman) to the mix and created a believable futuristic society that was undermined by a slightly muddled conclusion. On the heels of his success, he negotiated a two-year production deal with DreamWorks SKG to write, direct and produce projects under the banner of Niccol Productions.

Milestones

2013

Helmed sci-fi romance "The Host"; also adapted screenplay from novel by Stephenie Meyer

2011

Wrote, directed, and produced futuristic thriller "In Time"

2005

Wrote, directed, and produced "Lord of War," starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke

2004

Executive produced and scripted "The Terminal," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks

2001

Made controversial decision to use computer-generated leading lady opposite Al Pacino in "S1m0ne"

1999

Received $2 million from New Line Cinema for script "River Road"; attached as director

1998

Scripted acclaimed drama "The Truman Show," starring Jim Carrey

1998

Formed Niccol Productions

1997

Feature directorial debut, "Gattaca"; also scripted

Moved to London

Raised in New Zealand

Began career directing TV commercials in England

Bonus Trivia

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"We have this strange relationship with television. In Los Angeles recently, there was a man who died on the freeway and it was televised. I think in many people's minds they're hoping for a violent, fiery outcome. In this case, it just happened to be a little too violent.""From Truman's point of view, I guess I like the idea of questioning the authenticity of our lives. I would love for people coming out of the theater to look twice at whoever they're with." – Niccol in The New York Times, May 28, 1998

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