Francis Veber

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
This prolific French writer and director originally intended to become a doctor but switched to journalism before finding his calling on the stage and screen. Francis Veber began his writing career while serving in the ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1937 in France

Filmography

Writer (41)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

(from feature film: "Le Dinner de Cons") (Source Material)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

(from feature film: "Le Dinner de Cons") (Source Material)

A Pain in the Ass 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Valet 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tais-Toi 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Closet 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dinner Game 1999 (Movie)

("Le diner de cons") (Play as Source Material)

The Dinner Game 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fantome avec chauffeur 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

from screenplay("La Cage Aux Folles") (From Story)

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

from film("Les Fugitifs") (Story By)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Fugitifs 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hold-Up 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hold-Up 1985 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

original French screenplay (Screenplay)

Les Comperes 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Chevre 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Toy 1982 (Movie)

from film("Le Jouet") (Story By)

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

La Cage aux folles II 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Partners 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

(French segment) (Screenplay)

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Cage aux folles 1979 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

La Cage aux folles 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cause toujours... tu m'interesses! 1977 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Le Jouet 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On aura tout vu 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Adieu Poulet 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Telephone Rose 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peur sur la Ville 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Retour du Grand Blond 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Valise 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Etait une fois un flic 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (12)

A Pain in the Ass 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Valet 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Tais-Toi 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Closet 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dinner Game 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Out on A Limb 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Fugitifs 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Comperes 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

La Chevre 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Jouet 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Partners 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

This prolific French writer and director originally intended to become a doctor but switched to journalism before finding his calling on the stage and screen. Francis Veber began his writing career while serving in the military, contributing to BLED, a publication of the Algerian Army. After his military discharge, he worked as a radio reporter and then segued to writing scripts for the TV series "L'Agence interim". In 1968, Veber enjoyed his first stage success with the play "L'Enlevement/The Kidnapping", which enjoyed an eight-month run in Paris. His second play, "Le Contrat/The Contract" led to a scripting assignment for the short film "Appelez-moi Mathilde/Call Me Mathilde" (1970).<p>With 1971's "Il etait une fois un flic/There Once Was a Cop" (1971), Veber began his feature career in earnest. For much of the 1970s, he served as writer of a number of successful, farcical comedies that recalled the work of Neil Simon in that most revolved around odd couples. Among his more popular scripts were "Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire/The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe" (1973, directed by Yves Robert), "La Cage aux folles" (1978, directed by Edouard Molinaro), for which he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Coup de tete/Hot Head" (1979). He made his directorial debut with "Le Jouet" in 1976. Veber's infectious comedies include three pairings of Pierre Richard and Gerard Depardieu: "Le Chevre/The Goat" (1982), "Les Comperes" (1983) and "Les Fugitifs" (1986). Several of these proved so successful in his native France that they were remade in Hollywood.<p>By the 80s, in fact, Veber was already gaining a toehold in Tinseltown, due partly to the success of "La Cage aux folles". No less a talent than Billy Wilder used Veber's play "Le Contrat/The Contract" as the basis for what became his last film--"Buddy Buddy" (1981). While Jim Burrows' "Partners" and Richard Donner's version of "The Toy" (both 1982) both proved uneven (as did the 1985 Tom Hanks vehicle "The Man With One Red Shoe"), Veber continued to be courted by Hollywood. He made his American directorial debut with "Three Fugitives" (1989), based on his 1986 hit. "Out on a Limb" (1991), however, was an artistic disaster that dampened Veber's US career. He went on to pen the script for the Depardieu comedy "My Father, the Hero" (1994) before returning to France where he enjoyed renewed success with "Le Jaguar" (1996), a polished revisiting of his theme of mismatched buddies. Utilizing his own boulevard comedy, Veber crafted one of biggest hits and most artistically satisfying films in his long career with 1998's "Le Diner de cons/The Dinner Game". Taking a fairly simple premise--a group of friends meet each Wednesday for dinner with the proviso that everyone is to bring a "world-class dimwit" as a guest--Veber spun a humorous and entertaining comedy that offered strong roles for Thierry Lhermitte and Jacques Villert. It was only natural that Hollywood immediately snapped up the remake rights.

EDUCATION

completed four years of medical school

Milestones

2007

Directed Daniel Auteuil in the comedy, "La Doublure/The Valet"

2003

Directed Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu in the comedy-crime caper film, "Tais-toi!/shut up!"

2001

Directed the light comedy "Le Placard/The Closet", with Daniel Auteil

1998

Adapted own play "Le Diner de cons"; also directed

1997

Executive produced "Father's Day", an American version of "Les Comperes", starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal

1996

Wrote and directed "Le Jaguar", starring Jean Reno

1994

Penned the script for the English-language comedy, "My Father, the Hero", starring Gerard Depardieu

1992

Helmed second US-produced film "Out on a Limb"

1991

Served as executive producer of "Pure Luck"

1989

First US-produced film, "Three Fugitives", an Americanized remake of "Les Fugitifs"

1986

Enjoyed a popular success with "Les Fugitifs"

1983

Wrote and directed the comedy "Les Comperes"

1982

Scripted and excutive produced "Partners"

1982

First American success as a director, "La chevre/The Goat"

1981

Stage play ("The Contract") filmed in Americanized remake by Billy Wilder as "Buddy Buddy, teaming Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

1979

Shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for "La Cage aux folles"

1976

Film directing debut, "Le jouet"; also scripted

1973

Adapted own stage play ("Le Contrat/The Contract") as "L'Emmerdeur/A Pain in the A--", directed by Eduard Molinaro

1970

Screenwriting debut, "Il etait une fois un flic/There Once Was a Cop"

1968

Short film writing debut, "Appelez-moi Mathilde/Call Me Mathilde"

1968

First play produced in Paris, "L'enlevement/The Kidnapping"; ran eight months at Theatre Edward VII

Worked in television

After studying medicine, switched careers to become journalist

While doing military service, wrote for Algerian Army publication BLED; upon discharge spent three years as reporter for Radio Luxembourg in Paris

Wrote screenplays for Georges Lautner, Yves Robert and Eduard Molinaro before making directing debut

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