Scott Derrickson

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Scott Derrickson
Scott Derricson.jpg
Scott Derrickson in 2008
Born March 18 1977
Occupation screenwriter, producer, and director

Scott Derrickson is an American director, screenwriter and producer. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University, with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on literature and philosophy, and a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis on film, and a minor in theological studies. He earned his M.A. in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.[1]


Derrickson co-wrote and directed the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $140 million worldwide. That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams.

Derrickson next directed The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $230 million worldwide.

In 2010, Derrickson wrote and is attached to direct both an adaptation the Danish thriller The Substitute, produced by Sam Raimi,[2] and the Lakeshore Entertainment supernatural suspense thriller The Living.[3]

In January 2011, it was announced that Derrickson will direct Goliath, a biblical period action movie to be made with contemporary sensibilities. In October 2011, it was announced that Derrickson will write and direct the horror-thriller Two Eyes Staring for Summit Entertainment, starring Charlize Theron. Also in 2011, Derrickson wrote and is attached to direct the television pilot Thunderstruck for AMC and Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick.

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[4] The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $87 million worldwide.

In 2012, three new Derrickson projects were announced: an adaptation of Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Jason Blum producing; an adaptation of the popular video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films; and Sinister 2 which Derrickson will write but not direct.

Derrickson's script Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, and had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. It will be released in 2014.

Derrickson is currently directing his own script Deliver Us from Evil for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Screen Gems, with Eric Bana playing the lead role. The film is set to be released wide in theaters on July 2, 2014.



  1. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)[5]
  2. Deus Ex (CBS Films, 2014) (announced)
  3. When Gravity Fails (IM Global, 2014)
  4. The Breathing Method (Blumhouse Productions, 2014)[6]
  5. Two Eyes Staring (Summit Entertainment, 2013) (announced)[6]
  6. Goliath (Relativity Entertainment, 2013) (announced)[6]
  7. Sinister (Summit Entertainment, 2012)[6]
  8. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Screen Gems, 2005)
  10. Hellraiser: Inferno (Dimension, 2000) (video)
  11. Love in the Ruins (1995) (short)


  1. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)[5]
  2. Sinister 2 (Blumhouse, 2014) (announced)
  3. Deus Ex (CBS Films, 2014) (announced)
  4. When Gravity Fails (IM Global, 2014)
  5. Devil's Knot (2013)
  6. Two Eyes Staring (Summit Entertainment, 2013) (announced)
  7. Sinister (Summit Entertainment, 2012)[6]
  8. Scream 4 (Dimension, 2011) (uncredited rewrite)[5]
  9. The Messengers (Sony, 2007) (uncredited rewrite)[5]
  10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Screen Gems, 2005)
  11. Land of Plenty (2000)
  12. Hellraiser: Inferno (Dimension, 2000) (video)
  13. Dracula: 2000 (Dimension, 1999) (uncredited rewrite)[5]
  14. Urban Legends: Final Cut (Sony, 1999)
  15. Love in the Ruins (1995) (short)


  1. Sinister 2 (Blumhouse, 2014) (announced)
  2. Random (The Weinstein Company, 2013) (executive producer)
  3. Devil's Knot (2013) (executive producer)
  4. Blue Like Jazz (2012) (associate producer)
  5. Sinister (Summit Entertainment, 2012) (executive producer)
  6. The Visitation (2006) (co-producer)
  7. Love in the Ruins (1995) (short) (producer)

Unproduced screenplays (selected)[edit]

  1. Thunderstruck (2012) (TV pilot)
  2. The Substitute (Mandate Pictures/Sony Pictures, 2010) (attached as director)
  3. The Living (Lakeshore Entertainment, 2000) (attached as director)
  4. Poltergeist (MGM Studios, 2009)
  5. The Birds (Universal Pictures, 2007) (attached as director)[5]
  6. Nine Chambers (Universal Pictures, 2007) (attached as director)[5]
  7. Kingdom Come (Sony Entertainment, 2006) (attached as director)[5]
  8. Hyperion (IEG Entertainment, 2006)[5]
  9. Mystic (Walt Disney Pictures, 2001) (attached as director)[5]
  10. Future Tense (APG Entertainment, 2000)[5]
  11. Mindbender (Dimension Entertainment, 2000) (attached as director)[5]
  12. Darkness Falling (Sony Entertainment, 1997) (attached as director)[5]
  13. The Church (Trimark Pictures, 1996) (attached as director)[5]


  1. ^ Bergen International Film Festival[dead link]
  2. ^ "Sam Raimi Brings the Spooky for Families". 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Scott Derrickson Joins The Living". 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ a b c d e IMDB

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