Rupert Wyatt

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Rupert Wyatt
Born Rupert Wyatt
(1972-10-26) 26 October 1972 (age 41)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation film director
film producer

Rupert Wyatt (born 26 October 1972) is a British writer and film director.[1] His debut film was The Escapist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. His second film was Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).


Early days[edit]

Born and raised in Exeter, Devon, Wyatt was educated at Winchester College in Winchester, Hampshire.[1]

Producing career[edit]

Wyatt is the founder of the film collective Picture Farm, which has produced numerous shorts, documentaries and features, including the Sundance Award-winning documentary Dark Days.[1]

Directing career[edit]

He also co-wrote and directed the British prison escape thriller The Escapist (2008), starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Steven Mackintosh, and Liam Cunningham.[2] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, was nominated for eight international film awards, and was the winner of two.[3] In March 2010, he was selected to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, which was based on a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.[4] The film was released on 5 August 2011 to mostly positive reviews [5] and grossed more than $481 million worldwide.

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, screenwriter Erica Beeney, and their son Theodore Alexander Finch Wyatt.



  1. ^ a b c Rees, Jasper (13 Jun 2008). "British film: why breaking out gave me an opportunity to break in". Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Roark, David (January 30, 2010). "Movie on DVD review: The Escapist". Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Billington, Alex. "Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist". FirstShowing. 
  4. ^ "Rupert Wyatt Named as Planet of the Apes Prequel Director". DreadCentral. 
  5. ^ "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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