Andy Muschietti

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Andy Muschietti
Andrés Muschietti.jpg
Born
Andrés Muschietti

(1973-08-26) 26 August 1973 (age 47)
Occupation
Years active1995–present
Known forMama
It
It Chapter Two
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 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] He is also set to be directing a remake of The Howling for Netflix.[6]

Early life[edit]

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

Career[edit]

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.[7][8][9] 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,[10] which starred Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse, and was released by Universal Pictures on January 18, 2013.[10][11] The film grossed more than $146 million and had a budget of $15 million.[12]

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.[13][14]

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.[15]

In April 2021, both Andy and Barbara Muschietti formed their own production company called Double Dream, with The Flash serving as the company’s first project.[16]

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.[17][18] 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.[19] 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[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

In September 2017, Deadline reported that Muschietti was attached to a film version of the book Dracula, titled Dracul.[24]

In December 2017, it was announced that Muschietti will produce alongside his sister, Barbara the adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Electric Slate by Simon Stålenhag to be directed by the Russo brothers.[25]

On October 29, 2018, it was announced that Muschietti will be directing a Warner Bros. live-action film reboot of Attack on Titan.[26]

In July 2019, Warner Bros. was looking to hire Muschietti to direct a DC Extended Universe film The Flash.[27] In August 2019, Muschietti confirmed that The Flash will be his next project.[28] The Flash is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2022.[29][30][31]

In August 2019, Muschietti was announced to produce the film adaptation of Roadwork from Stephen King with Pablo Trapero directing.[32]

In January 2020, Muschietti was announced to be directing a remake of The Howling for Netflix.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Muschietti's sister, Barbara Muschietti, is also a film writer and producer.[33] He is of Italian-Argentine ancestry.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2008 Mamá Yes Yes Short film
2013 Mama Yes Yes Directorial debut
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 Filming

Other credits[edit]

Year Title Role
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award / Organization Category Title Result Ref.
2013 Fantasporto Best Director Mama Won [34]
Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Mama Won [35]
2020 Imagen Awards Best Director – Feature Film It Chapter Two Nominated [36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mensaje de Andy Muschietti". September 8, 2017.
  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. ^ a b Goodman, J. J. (2020-01-08). "EXCLUSIVE: 'IT' Director Andrés Muschietti WILL helm 'The Howling' for Netflix". That Hashtag Show. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (January 15, 2013). "Mama". Variety.
  8. ^ Rolfe, Pamela (April 17, 2013). "Bittersweet Results for Spanish Box Office in First Quarter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 5, 2013). "Studios Translate Local Language Movies Into Lucrative Global Business". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Couch, Aaron (December 29, 2012). "Guillermo Del Toro Plugs 'Claustrophobic' 'Mama' Short (Video)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Universal Eyes 'Mama' Sequel Although Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested". hitfix.com. February 20, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mama (2013)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (September 13, 2013). "'Mama' Director in Talks to Helm 'Mummy' Reboot for Universal". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 6, 2014). "'Mummy' Reboot Loses 'Mama' Director Andy Muschetti". thewrap.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (July 16, 2015). "Stephen King's 'It' Finds New Director (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2021-04-16). "Andy Muschietti & Barbara Muschietti Form Production Company Double Dream". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  17. ^ Kit, Borys (February 26, 2013). "'Mama' Director to Helm Adaptation of 'Bird Box' (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  18. ^ "Eric Heisserer In Talks To Adapt 'Bird Box' For Universal". Deadline Hollywood. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 4, 2014). "'Huntsman 2' Helmer Short List: Frank Darabont, Gavin O'Connor, Andy Muschietti". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 4, 2014). "Andrés Muschietti to Direct 'Shadow of the Colossus' Adaptation for Sony". Variety. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  22. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 4, 2015). "Robotech Movie Back With Hollywood Gang, '300' Scribe Michael Gordon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  23. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 12, 2015). "Plan B Takes 'The Jaunt' With Stephen King And 'Mama' Helmer Andy Muschietti". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  24. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2017-09-05). "Paramount Bites Into 'Dracul': 'It' Director Andy Muschietti In Mix". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  25. ^ "Endgame Writers Confirm Electric State Movie is Still Happening". ScreenRant. 19 July 2019.
  26. ^ McNary, Dave (October 29, 2018). "Andy Muschietti to Direct 'Attack on Titan' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Chitwood, Adam (2019-08-29). "'It' Director Andy Muschietti Confirms 'The Flash' Is His Next Movie". Collider. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2020-04-20). "'The Batman' Flies To Fall 2021, 'Sopranos' Prequel Moves To March & More As Warner Bros Makes Release Date Changes Due To COVID-19 Climate". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  31. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2020-10-06). "'The Batman' Flies To 2022 Post 'Dune' Drift, 'Matrix 4' Moves Up To Christmas 2021, 'Shazam! 2' Zaps To 2023 & More WB Changes – Update". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  32. ^ Evangelista, Chris (12 August 2019). "Stephen King's 'Roadwork' Movie Now Under Construction, with 'It' Team Producing". Slashfilm.
  33. ^ Harding, Oscar. "Mama: Interview With Director Andrés Muschietti". whatculture.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  34. ^ ""Mamã" de Andrés Muschietti é o grande vencedor do Fantasporto 2013" [Andrés Muschietti's "Mama" is the big winner of the 2013 Fantasporto] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  35. ^ "Variety to Honor David O. Russell and "10 Directors to Watch"". Palm Springs International Film Society. 31 December 2012. Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  36. ^ Lee, Janet W. (7 August 2020). "2020 Imagen Awards Nominations: 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold,' 'I Carry You With Me' and More". Variety. Retrieved 29 June 2021.

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