Brad Peyton

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Brad Peyton
Peyton at WonderCon 2015
Peyton at WonderCon 2015
Born (1978-05-27) May 27, 1978 (age 41)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, television producer
Years active1999–present

Brad Peyton (born May 27, 1978) is a Canadian film director, writer, and producer, best known for directing the Dwayne Johnson star vehicles Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), San Andreas (2015) and Rampage (2018).

Life and career[edit]

Peyton was born in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He graduated from the Canadian Film Centre.[1] He first gained fame with a short film and gothic comedy entitled Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002). The film was initially shown to Peyton's classmates, who clapped in approval. Filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa thus suggested Peyton should also show the film to a lawyer in the film industry in New York. This allowed the film to be distributed among the filmmaking elite. Evelyn also appeared in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002.

He then created and produced the surreal claymation television series What It's Like Being Alone, which was picked up by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2006.[2] Reportedly, one of Peyton's mentors is US actor Tom Hanks.[1]

Following the success of Alone, Peyton went on to direct Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 2010. In 2012, he directed the successful sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, entitled Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, [3] which starred Dwayne Johnson and grossed $325.9 million. In 2015, Peyton directed the disaster film San Andreas, which also starred Johnson,[4] and the horror film Incarnate.

Peyton directed the feature film adaptation Rampage (2018), starring Dwayne Johnson, marking their third collaboration. In June 2016 it was confirmed that he had signed on to direct the feature film adaptation of Malignant Man produced by James Wan.[5][6][7] On February 10, 2017, it was reported that Peyton will direct, write and produce the upcoming disaster film, Black Hole, which will begin production in early 2018.[8] In March 2017, it was reported that Peyton will be directing a film adaptation of the video game series Just Cause, with Jason Momoa set to star.[9]


Year Title Director Producer
2009 Suck No executive
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Yes No
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Yes No
2015 San Andreas Yes No
2016 Incarnate Yes executive
2018 Rampage Yes Yes


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2001 Ted Yes No
Full Yes Yes
Beyond the Fields Yes No
2002 Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl Yes Yes Nominated- Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama
2004 Bad Luck Yes Yes
A Tale of Bad Luck Yes Yes


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2006 What It's Like Being Alone No No executive Creator
2013 Republic of Doyle Yes No No 4 episodes
2014–2015 Dr. Dimensionpants No Yes executive Creator
2015 Pirate's Passage No Yes Yes TV Movie
2016–2018 Frontier Yes No executive Nominated- Best Direction in a Dramatic Series


Critical, public, and commercial reception to films Peyton has directed, as of April 18, 2018.

Year Film Rotten Tomatoes[10] Metacritic[11] CinemaScore[12] Budget Box office[13]
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 14% (96 reviews) 30 (22 reviews) B– $85 million $112.5 million
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 43% (125 reviews) 41 (27 reviews) A– $79 million $335.3 million
2015 San Andreas 50% (175 reviews) 43 (42 reviews) A– $110 million $473.8 million
2016 Incarnate 17% (26 reviews) 30 (9 reviews) C– $5 million $9 million
2018 Rampage 53% (207 reviews) 45 (43 reviews) A– $120 million $428.3 million


  1. ^ a b Bill Brioux, "Weirdly cool animated show on CBC Archived 2012-07-17 at," Jam! Showbiz:, June 24, 2006, URL accessed 22 January 2007.
  2. ^ Stephen Cole, "Peyton's Place: Inside Brad Peyton's What It's Like Being Alone,", June 26, 2006, URL accessed August 29, 2006.
  3. ^ URL accessed 7 August 2011.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (5 June 2012). "'Journey 2' Director In Talks for Disaster Movie 'San Andreas 3D'". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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  7. ^ Kit, Borys (June 13, 2016). "'San Andreas' Director Teams With James Wan for 'Malignant Man' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ "STX Locks Worldwide Deal for Brad Peyton Thriller, Black Hole". February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Bezanidis, Michael. "'Aquaman' Star Jason Momoa Signs On For 'Just Cause' Film Adaptation". Heroic Hollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Brad Peyton". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Brad Peyton". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  12. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Brad Peyton Movie Box office". Retrieved 21 June 2015.

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