Vincenzo Natali

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Vincenzo Natali
Vincenzo Natali at WonderCon 2010 5.JPG
Natali at ComicCon 2010
Born (1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 45)
Detroit, United States
Other names Vince Natali
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1997–present

Vincenzo Natali (born January 6, 1969) is an American-Canadian film director and screenwriter, best known for writing and directing science fiction films such as Cube, Cypher, Nothing and Splice.

Early life[edit]

Natali was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a nursery school teacher/painter mother and a photographer father.[1] He is of Italian and English descent.[1] He moved to Toronto, along with his family, at the age of one. During his time in high school, Natali befriended British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett who has appeared in the majority of films that Natali has directed. Natali also attended the film programme at Ryerson University. He was eventually hired as a storyboard artist at the Nelvana Animation Studios.[2] His cinematic influences included Samuel Beckett, David Cronenberg,[3] and Terry Gilliam.[4]

Career[edit]

Natali's directing debut came in 1997, when he was approached to direct Cube (1997).[5] The film became a success worldwide, especially in Japan and France, grossing $15 million in France, and breaking box office records for a Canadian film. At the 19th Genie Awards, the film received five nominations and also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. After this success, Natali went on to direct Cypher (2002) and Nothing (2003).[6]

Following the June 2010 release of Splice (2009),[7] Natali's next efforts were expected to be an adaptation of J. G. Ballard's 1975 novel High Rise[8] and a 3D adaptation of the Len Wein/Berni Wrightson comic book character Swamp Thing,[9] for producer Joel Silver.[10] A May 2010 item in The Hollywood Reporter, however, announced that Natali was to replace Joseph Khan as director of the highly anticipated adaptation of cyberpunk author William Gibson's 1984 masterwork Neuromancer.[11] Natali is nominated for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards under the category "Best Director" presented by Cadaver Lab for his work Splice.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1997 Elevated Yes Yes short
Cube Yes Yes
2002 Cypher Yes
2003 Nothing Yes Yes
2005 Getting Gilliam Yes Yes documentary on the making of Tideland
2006 Quartier de la Madeleine Yes Yes short segment of Paris, je t'aime
2009 Splice Yes Yes
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Yes executive producer
2013 Haunter Yes Yes
TBA Neuromancer Yes Yes in development[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jarecki, Nicholas (2001). Breaking in: how 20 film directors got their start. Random House of Canada. p. 75. ISBN 0-7679-0674-8. 
  2. ^ Northern Stars: Vincenzo Natali
  3. ^ Riser, Troy (21 October 2005). "Interview: Vincenzo Natali: Turtles All The Way Down". the-trades.com. The Trades. Retrieved 10 April 2011. "There really weren't too many touchstones, literary or otherwise. Except Beckett. We do owe a small debt to the Theatre of the Absurd." "Yes. He's a huge influence. But we're very different kinds of directors." 
  4. ^ Stubbs, Phil (2005). "Vincenzo Natali on the making of Tideland". smart.co.uk. Dreams – The Terry Gilliam Fanzine. Retrieved 10 April 2011. "Yes I have a new film called Nothing - which is a title that causes endless confusion. It was just released in Canada a few months ago. If there is a single film that I've done that owes a real debt to Terry, that's it actually." 
  5. ^ Gates, Anita (September 11, 1998). "Cube (1997) FILM REVIEW; No Maps, Compasses Or Faith". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Sundance '10: Vincenzo Natali Talks 'Splice' With BD". BloodyDisgusting. 
  7. ^ "Vincenzo Natali on Potential 'Splice' Sequels". 
  8. ^ "Vincenzo Natali Constructs Terror on 'High Rise'". 
  9. ^ "Vincenzo Natali Talks Dark Desires to Bring 'Swamp Thing' Back to the Big Screen". 
  10. ^ "'Splice' Director Wants To Adapt Alan Moore's Swamp Thing Stories". 
  11. ^ "Natali Confirmed for Neuromancer". 
  12. ^ "Vote for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards". 
  13. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=39171

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