Joel Schumacher

Director, Screenwriter, Costume designer
Using his past experience as a window display artist and costume designer, director Joel Schumacher developed into a purveyor of slickly produced film entertainment that was more often than not a triumph of style over ... Read more »
Born: 08/28/1939 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (27)

Trespass 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Twelve 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Creek 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Number 23 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Phantom of the Opera 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Phone Booth 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Veronica Guerin 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Company 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Tigerland 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

8mm 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

2000 Malibu Road 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Flatliners 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Inland Saints (Movie)

(Director)

The Virginia Hill Story (TV Show)

Director
Writer (10)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Phantom of the Opera 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(From Story)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Car Wash 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (8)

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: Joel Schumacher 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The ShoWest Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

8mm 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Babysitter 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Slow Burn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Now We're Cookin' 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Code Name: Foxfire (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (4)

Interiors 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Sleeper 1973 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Music (1)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

("Ashley") (Song)
Art Department (1)

Killer Bees 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Biography

Using his past experience as a window display artist and costume designer, director Joel Schumacher developed into a purveyor of slickly produced film entertainment that was more often than not a triumph of style over substance. He was also one of the few directors with an uncanny knack for discovering and casting unknown actors who would later become stars, including Corey Haim, Colin Farrell, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey to name a few. After helming such forgettable movies as "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981) and "D.C. Cab" (1983), Schumacher scored his first financial hit with the Brat Pack-led "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). But it was the lasting success of the iconic horror comedy "The Lost Boys" (1987), which made stars out of the "two Coreys" and Kiefer Sutherland while earning new generations of fans over time, that put him on the map for posterity. Following the underwhelming "Flatliners" (1990), Schumacher directed perhaps his most compelling movie, the vigilante thriller "Falling Down" (1993), before venturing into blockbuster territory with the campy, but well-received "Batman Forever" (1995). Only two years later, Schumacher became a Hollywood punchline with "Batman & Robin" (1997), an unholy mess of a movie that featured close-up shots of cod pieces and protruding nipples on George Clooney's Batsuit, which almost permanently sank the franchise. He restored a degree of respectability with "Tigerland" (2000) and "Veronica Guerin" (2003), only to take a step back with a wildly flamboyant adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004). Though often derided for lacking substance, there was no doubt that Schumacher had etched a distinctive filmmaking style throughout his often bumpy career.

Relationships

Lucas Berman

Godson
Son of Bruce Berman, president of Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures, and his wife Nancy

Frank Schumacher

Father
Was a Baptist from Knoxville, TN died when Schumacher was four years old

Marian Schumacher

Mother
Was a Swedish Jew died suddenly in 1965 from diabetes complications

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Parsons The New School for Design

New York , New York
Attended on scholarship; graduated with honors

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York , New York
Attended briefly in his late teens

Milestones

2011

Directed Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the crime drama "Trespass"

2010

Directed an ensemble cast, including Chace Crawford and Ellen Barkin, in the drama thriller "Twelve"

2009

Helmed the horror film "Blood Creek"

2007

Helmed the thriller "The Number 23," starring Jim Carrey

2004

Directed the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical "The Phantom of the Opera"

2003

Helmed the biological drama "Veronica Guerin," starring Cate Blanchett as an Irish journalist who is assassinated by drug dealers

2003

Re-teamed with Colin Farrell to direct him in "Phone Booth"

2002

Returned to big-budget features with "Bad Company," starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock

2000

Helmed the acclaimed Vietnam-era drama "Tigerland," starring Colin Farrell in his first leading role

1999

Directed and wrote the screenplay for "Flawless," starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman

1997

Directed the fourth installment in the series "Batman & Robin," which was a critical disaster and essentially killed off the franchise

1996

Directed his second feature adaptation of a Grisham novel "A Time to Kill"

1995

Chosen to replace Tim Burton as the director of the third installment of the Batman series "Batman Forever"

1994

Helmed the feature adaptation of John Grisham's novel "The Client"

1993

Directed the controversial hit "Falling Down," starring Michael Douglas

1991

Re-teamed with Julia Roberts to direct her in "Dying Young"

1990

First film on which he had final cut, "Flatliners," starring Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland

1989

Directed "Cousins," a remake of a French film starring Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini

1987

Helmed the vampire thriller "The Lost Boys" starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland

1985

Directed an ensemble cast in the coming-of-age film "St. Elmo's Fire"

1985

Executive produced the short-lived NBC series "Code Name: Foxfire"

1983

First TV credit as executive producer, the unsold CBS pilot, "Now We're Cookin'"; also wrote the screenplay

1983

Directed Mr. T in the comedy "D.C. Cab"

1981

Directed first feature film, "The Incredible Shrinking Woman"

1978

Penned the feature adaptation of the stage play "The Wiz"

1976

First feature as screenwriter, "Sparkle"

1974

First TV credit as a production designer, Curtis Harrington's TV-movie, "Killer Bees"

1974

TV-movie co-writing and directing debut, "The Virginia Hill Story"

1973

Worked as costume designer on "The Last of Sheila" and "Sleeper"

1970

Talked his way into a trial job as costume designer on Frank Perry's "Play It As It Lays"

Worked as design and display artist for Henri Bendel's department store in NYC

Moved to Los Angeles

Attended the Parsons School of Design on scholarship

Bonus Trivia

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When Mr. Schumacher approached her (actress Susan Sarandon who subsequently starred in "The Client") about starring in the thriller, he shot straight for the heart. During lunch at a packed restaurant in Ms. Sarandon's Chelsea neighborhood in New York, he had flowers sent to the table and then, to her astonishment, got down on the floor. "I just couldn't imagine making the movie without her," he says. "I thought, 'I've got to do something really dramatic.' So I took her hand and I proposed. I said, 'I can't live without you. Come and marry me on the screen for four months.'" – from The New York Times, July 17, 1994

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"...The director's work has also been criticized for being more flashy than substantive. Asked about this, his voice drops. 'If you ask people to leave their homes, spend a lot of money on a movie, buy that terrible popcorn and those diluted sodas,' he said, 'you'd better tell them, a story and entertain them. There's absolutely nothing wrong about that.'" – from The New York Times, June 11, 1995

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Schumacher remained openly gay through most of his career. In Liz Smith's memoir Natural Blonde, she stated that "He called himself A Sexual Outlaw," and discussed their love affair and subsequent friendship.

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