Stuart Hazeldine

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Stuart Hazeldine
Stuart Hazeldine.jpg
Born 10 June 1971
United Kingdom
Occupation Writer/Director

Stuart Hazeldine (born 10 June 1971 in Surrey, England[1]) is a British screenwriter, film producer and director. He lives in London.

Biography[edit]

Raised in Hersham, Surrey, he began making student films while studying American History at the University of Kent and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduation, he sold his first feature screenplay, Underground, to British producers Jeremy Bolt and Paul Trijbits in 1995.

In 1997, he secured representation in Los Angeles after writing Blade Runner Down, a spec sequel to the film Blade Runner, based on the novel Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human by K. W. Jeter.[2] He then wrote an early draft of The Mutant Chronicles, followed by an adaptation of The 10th Victim from a story by Matt Greenberg, both for producer Edward R. Pressman.[3][4]

In 1999, after selling the horror treatment Rizen to Universal Pictures and writing an unused draft of Paycheck for Spyglass Entertainment, he began the first of many collaborations with director Alex Proyas when they co-wrote an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death together.[5][6]

His first produced script was the science fiction adventure TV movie Riverworld, based on the novels by Philip Jose Farmer, for Alliance Atlantis and the Sci Fi Channel. It premiered in March 2003. An adaptation of the comic book Battle Chasers followed in 2004.[7]

In 2005 he wrote and directed his debut short film, Christian.[8]

In 2006 he rewrote the supernatural thriller "Knowing" directed by Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage, then he adapted John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost for Legendary Pictures, which will enter production in 2011, also directed by Alex Proyas and starring Bradley Cooper as Lucifer/Satan. .[9][10][11]

In 2007 he rewrote the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves, and co-wrote an adaptation of John Christopher's science fiction trilogy The Tripods with Proyas.

In 2010/11 he co-wrote the screenplay "Moses", based on the life of the Biblical prophet and leader, with American writer Michael Green for Lin Pictures and Warner Bros.[12]

Exam[edit]

Main article: Exam (film)

In 2008 he wrote, directed, produced and financed his debut feature film, the psychological thriller Exam,[13] which stars Luke Mably,[14] Colin Salmon and Jimi Mistry.[15] The film was completed in May 2009 and received its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 19 June 2009.[16] It then screened at the Raindance Film Festival 2009 where it was nominated for Best UK Feature [17] and was subsequently nominated for the Raindance Award (for films made 'under the radar' without industry help) at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards.[18]

The film was released in UK cinemas on 8 January 2010 by Hazeldine Films and Miracle Communications,[19][20] garnering four star reviews from Empire, Total Film and Little White Lies magazines [21] and on 7 June it was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[22]

Stuart was nominated for "Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer" at the BAFTA Awards 2010 [23] and the film went on to win the Panavision Independent Spirit Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2010 [24] and the Bronze Hitchcock Award at the Dinard Film Festival 2010.[25] During 2010 it also played at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and the San Sebastian Fantasy/Horror Film Festival.

Independent Film Company sold the film to nineteen territories, ten of them for theatrical release including France, Russia and Japan. IFC Films acquired US rights,[26] releasing it via their Midnight genre label On Demand on 23 July 2010 [27] and on DVD on 16 November.[28]

Works[edit]

Produced screenplays[edit]

Unproduced screenplays (selected)[edit]

As director[edit]

  • Christian (2005, short)
  • Exam (2009)

References[edit]