19 March 1976 |
Nicholas Stoller (born 19 March 1976) is an English–American screenwriter and director. He is known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek.
Life and career
Stoller was born in London, England, and raised in Miami, Florida, United States with his brother Matt Stoller. His mother, Phyllis, is a travel tour operator, and his father, Eric C. Stoller, is a bank executive. Stoller attended high school at St. Paul's, a New Hampshire boarding school. He went on to attend Harvard College and wrote for the comedy publication The Harvard Lampoon, and played for the improv comedy troupe The Immediate Gratification Players while an undergraduate.
From 2000 to 2001, Stoller wrote for Judd Apatow's short-lived Fox television series Undeclared and later co-wrote, again with Apatow, the 2005 comedy Fun with Dick and Jane. Stoller’s directorial debut, the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is a romantic comedy starring Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader and Russell Brand. The film was produced by Apatow Productions and was released by Universal on 18 April 2008.
In 2007, he wrote a single-camera comedy about a new teacher taking a job at the boarding school he once attended. He wrote Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey; the film was produced by Richard Zanuck and David Heyman. Stoller next wrote and directed a new film for Universal and Apatow Productions titled Get Him to the Greek. The film reteamed Stoller and Apatow with Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The film premiered on 25 May 2010 and opened in theaters on 4 June 2010.
In 2008, Stoller and Segel co-wrote The Muppets, the latest film incarnation to feature the characters in nearly 12 years. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released on November 23, 2011. After the film's success, Stoller and the film's director, James Bobin, began writing Muppets Most Wanted, a semi-sequel to the film.
Stoller's latest project was the film The Five-Year Engagement (2012), which he directed and wrote with Jason Segel, who also starred. Apatow Productions produced the picture, which is about the ups and downs of a couple's five-year engagement.
Stoller met Francesca Delbanco (daughter of writer Nicholas Delbanco and granddaughter of cellist Bernard Greenhouse) at a playwriting workshop for Harvard graduates in 2001. They married in a Jewish ceremony in September 2005. They have a daughter.
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Writer||Filming|||
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Director, Writer, Producer|||
|2011||The Muppets||Writer, Executive Producer|||
|Get Him to the Greek||Director, Writer|||
|Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Director|||
|2007||Blades of Glory||Soundtrack||Song: Blades of Glory|||
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Writer|||
|2012||Untitled Nicholas Stoller/CBS Project||Director, Writer, Executive Producer||Pre-Production|||
|2001-2002||Undeclared||Writer, Story Editor||Various Episodes|||
|2000||Strangers with Candy||Writer||#2.10: A Price Too High for Riches|||
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- Pfefferman, Naomi (7 April 2008), "Teen angst bring laughs film director won’t ‘Forget’", JewishJournal.com, retrieved 26 May 2010
- "The Dark Side" WHRB radio interview, 2008
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- Siegel, Tatiana (28 February 2008). "Apatow sets 'Five-Year Engagement'". Variety. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
- Fritz, Ben (15 January 2013). "Disney cancels 'Little Mermaid 3-D,' dates 'Pirates 5' for 2015". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- Kit, Borys (8 January 2013). "Tina Fey in Talks to Join Disney's 'Muppets' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 January 2013.