Andy Muschietti

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Andy Muschietti
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Muschietti in 2016
Andrés Muschietti

(1973-08-26) 26 August 1973 (age 46)
Years active1995–present
Known forMama
RelativesBarbara Muschietti (sister)

Andrés Muschietti (Spanish: [musˈkjeti];[1] born August 26, 1973) is an Argentine filmmaker who achieved wide recognition with the 2013 film Mama which he made with Neil Cross and his sister, producer and screenwriter Barbara Muschietti, based on the three-minute film of the same name. This film, which he made at age 39, had attracted the attention of Guillermo del Toro, who then served as executive producer.

He gained further recognition for directing both films in the It film series. The first being the 2017 eponymous film adaptation of the Stephen King novel It, which became the highest-grossing horror film of all time,[2] and the second being its 2019 second part, It Chapter Two. Both are distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and produced by New Line Cinema.

Muschietti is set to direct two upcoming films, also for Warner Bros.: The Flash starring Ezra Miller, set in the DC Extended Universe,[3][4] and a live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan.[5]

Early life[edit]

Muschietti was born and raised in Vicente López, Buenos Aires alongside his sister Barbara Muschietti. Both he and his sister studied at Fundación Universidad del Cine.


In 2013, Muschietti directed his debut film, the supernatural horror Mama, which he co-wrote with Neil Cross and his sister Barbara Muschietti, with the latter also acting as producer.[6][7][8] It was based on Muschietti's three-minute short film Mamá, which attracted Guillermo del Toro, who stated that it had the "scariest" scenes he had "ever seen." The short convinced del Toro to executive produce the feature-length film,[9] which starred Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse, and was released by Universal Pictures on January 18, 2013.[9][10] The film grossed more than $146 million and had a budget of $15 million.[11]

In September 2013, Universal hired Muschietti for a reboot of The Mummy franchise, but he left the project in May 2014 due to creative differences with Jon Spaihts' draft of the script.[12][13]

In July 2015, after the departure of Cary Joji Fukunaga, Muschietti was hired by New Line Cinema to direct It, the two-part adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Barbara produced along with Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. The films were released in 2017 and 2019, respectively.[14]

Previously announced projects[edit]

In February 2013, Universal Pictures announced Muschietti would direct the film adaptation of the Josh Malerman novel Bird Box, which Scott Stuber, Chris Morgan and Barbara would produce, with Eric Heisserer set to write the script.[15][16] In January 2014, Muschietti was reportedly among front-runners to direct a He-Man film for Warner Bros. Pictures, a remake of Masters of the Universe.[17] In June 2014, Deadline reported that Muschietti was on the shortlist of directors to direct a sequel to the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman[18] for Universal. In September 2014, Sony Pictures named Muschietti to direct the film adaptation of Shadow of the Colossus after Josh Trank left due to a commitment to an upcoming Star Wars spin-off. Barbara would co-produce the film with Kevin Misher, with Seth Lochhead set to write the screenplay.[19]

In February 2015, Deadline reported that Sony was looking to hire Muschietti to direct a live-action Robotech project, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton attached to produce, and Michael B. Gordon as screenwriter.[20] In March 2015, Plan B Entertainment optioned the film rights to Stephen King's short story "The Jaunt" from the Skeleton Crew collection, with Muschietti to direct and Barbara attached as producer.[21]

On October 29, 2018, it was announced that Muschietti will be directing a Warner Bros. live-action film reboot of Attack on Titan.[22]

In July 2019, Warner Bros. was looking to hire Muschietti to direct a DC Extended Universe film The Flash.[23] The Flash is scheduled to be released on July 1, 2022.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Muschietti's sister, Barbara Muschietti, is also a film writer and producer.[25] He is of Italian-Argentine ancestry.


Year Film Director Writer Notes
2008 Mamá Yes Yes Short film
2013 Mama Yes Yes Based on his short film
2017 It Yes No Based on the novel by Stephen King
2019 It Chapter Two Yes No
2022 The Flash Yes No
TBA Attack on Titan Yes No

Other credits[edit]

Year Film Notes
1996 Moebius Public relations manager
Evita Set production assistant
2000 Una noche con Sabrina Love Second assistant director
Actor: TV Switcher
2020 Locke & Key Executive producer


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  2. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (September 29, 2017). "Stephen King's It scares off The Exorcist to become highest-grossing horror ever". The Guardian. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (2019-08-29). "'It' Director Andy Muschietti Confirms 'The Flash' Is His Next Movie". Collider. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  4. ^ "Next FLASH Director Confirmed: IT's ANDY MUSCHIETTI". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (2018-10-29). "'It' Directory Andy Muschietti Boards 'Attack on Titan'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  6. ^ Chang, Justin (January 15, 2013). "Mama". Variety.
  7. ^ Rolfe, Pamela (April 17, 2013). "Bittersweet Results for Spanish Box Office in First Quarter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 5, 2013). "Studios Translate Local Language Movies Into Lucrative Global Business". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Couch, Aaron (December 29, 2012). "Guillermo Del Toro Plugs 'Claustrophobic' 'Mama' Short (Video)". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Universal Eyes 'Mama' Sequel Although Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested". February 20, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mama (2013)". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (September 13, 2013). "'Mama' Director in Talks to Helm 'Mummy' Reboot for Universal". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 6, 2014). "'Mummy' Reboot Loses 'Mama' Director Andy Muschetti". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (July 16, 2015). "Stephen King's 'It' Finds New Director (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (February 26, 2013). "'Mama' Director to Helm Adaptation of 'Bird Box' (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Eric Heisserer In Talks To Adapt 'Bird Box' For Universal". Deadline Hollywood. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  17. ^ The Phantom (January 10, 2014). "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Close to Happening; Looking at New Directors!". Schmoes Know. Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  18. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (June 4, 2014). "'Huntsman 2' Helmer Short List: Frank Darabont, Gavin O'Connor, Andy Muschietti". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 4, 2014). "Andrés Muschietti to Direct 'Shadow of the Colossus' Adaptation for Sony". Variety. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  20. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (February 4, 2015). "Robotech Movie Back With Hollywood Gang, '300' Scribe Michael Gordon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  21. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (March 12, 2015). "Plan B Takes 'The Jaunt' With Stephen King And 'Mama' Helmer Andy Muschietti". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (October 29, 2018). "Andy Muschietti to Direct 'Attack on Titan' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (July 2, 2019). "'Flash' Shocker: 'It' Director Andy Muschietti in Talks to Tackle DC Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (December 11, 2019). "'The Flash' and 'The Matrix 4' Get Release Dates from Warner Bros". Variety. Archived from the original on December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Harding, Oscar. "Mama: Interview With Director Andrés Muschietti". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2015.

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