Kevin Reynolds

Director, Screenwriter, Attorney
Though he had a promising start thanks to early support from Steven Spielberg, director Kevin Reynolds became sporadically successful in Hollywood, often in stormy but productive collaborations with actor Kevin Costner ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1952 in Waco, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Clavius 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Clavius 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Hatfields & McCoys 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

Tristan & Isolde 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Count of Monte Cristo 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

187 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Beast 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Red Dawn 2012 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Red Dawn") (Source Material)

Red Dawn 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

The Informant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

1st Journalist (Actor)
Sound (1)

Jason's Lyric 1994 (Movie)

group ADR (ADR)
Music (1)

Zebrahead 1992 (Movie)

song engineer("Half Time") (Song)

Biography

Though he had a promising start thanks to early support from Steven Spielberg, director Kevin Reynolds became sporadically successful in Hollywood, often in stormy but productive collaborations with actor Kevin Costner. After his student film "Proof" attracted the attention of Spielberg, Reynolds directed a feature-length version called "Fandango" (1985) with Costner in the lead. Though a box office dud, the film earned a reputation for being one of the more appreciated directorial debuts made in recent memory. Meanwhile, Reynolds got his feet wet the year before when his script for "Red Dawn" (1984) was made by John Milius. He went on to direct the little-known Cold War action flick, "The Beast" (1988), before having a huge box office hit with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). Reynolds next helmed the notoriously troubled "Waterworld" (1995), which earned considerable pre-release press for its costly overruns and delayed shooting schedule, not to mention a public falling out with Costner during post-production. Though the two would eventually kiss and make up, Reynolds struggled to regain his footing, especially after the commercial failure of the urban drama "187" (1997). He did direct a compelling adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), only to stumble once more with the underwhelming take on "Tristan & Isolde" (2006). Regardless of his ups and downs, Reynolds remained a viable director capable of helming compelling and commercially successful films.

Relationships

Cathy Reynolds

Wife

Herbert Reynolds

Father

Nicole Reynolds

Daughter
born c. 1993

Dylan Reynolds

Son
born c. 1995

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
made a short film entitled "Proof" which provided the basis for his feature debut "Fandango" (1985)

Baylor University

Waco , Texas

Texas Maritine Academy

Texas
dropped out

Milestones

2012

Directed Costner and Bill Paxton in The History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"

2006

Directed the period drama "Tristan & Isolde"

2001

Directed the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo," starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce

1997

Helmed the drama "187," starring Samuel L. Jackson

1995

Quit post at the helm of the troubled production of sci-fi actioner "Waterworld" due to creative differences with star-producer Costner and studio MCA over the editing and content of the film just three months before the scheduled July 28th release date

1994

Directed "Rapa Nui," an eccentric period heroic adventure executive produced by Costner

1991

Earned breakthrough commercial success with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," starring Costner

1988

First directing assignment he did not script, "The Beast," a war film set in Afghanistan

1986

Made TV debut as screenwriter (from a Steven Spielberg story) with "You Gotta Believe Me," an episode of the fantasy anthology series "Amazing Stories" (NBC)

1985

Debut as a feature writer-director, "Fandango" from Amblin Entertainment; first collaboration with Kevin Costner

1984

Feature debut as screenwriter and story writer of John Milius' "Red Dawn"

1980

Made a short film titled "Proof" about parachute jumping

1979

Moved to L.A. to attend USC's film school

Wrote speeches for politicians

Practiced law in Austin, TX

Bonus Trivia

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"Progressing through a strange, heady mixture of ravishing spectacle and self-subverting camp humor, 'Rapa Nui' (the title is the islanders' name for their home) suggests an unholy alliance of Cecil B. DeMille's kitschily overscaled 'The Ten Commandments,' F.W. Murnau's haunting, lyrical 'Tabu,' and Leni Riefenstahl's body-worshipping 'Olympia.' Just when the film seems its most earnest, Reynolds will drop in a deflating, anachronistic punch line, apparently just for the pleasure of watching his elaborately constructed edifice shake." – from "'Rapa Nui' Camps Out on Easter Island" by Dave Kehr, Daily News, Sept. 9, 1994

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"'Rapa Nui' establishes Reynolds as one of the few contemporary masters of the widescreen format.""He uses strong diagonals and an incredible depth of field to create a series of highly charged, expressionistic spaces that make Easter Island look like a colony established by Dr. Caligari. His talent is great and so is the perversity of this intriguingly tortured, self-contradictory film." – from "'Rapa Nui' Camps Out on Easter Island" by Dave Kehr, Daily News, Sept. 9, 1994

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