Brad Peyton

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Brad Peyton
Peyton at WonderCon 2015
Peyton at WonderCon 2015
Born (1978-05-27) May 27, 1978 (age 39)
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, television producer
Years active 1999-present

Brad Peyton (born May 27, 1978) is a Canadian-born American film director, writer and television producer. He is best known for directing the 2015 disaster film, San Andreas.

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 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 hugely 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] Peyton directed Incarnate which was released in Belgium in 2015.

Peyton has since signed on to direct the feature film adaptation of Rampage, as well as the San Andreas sequel; both of which will star Dwayne Johnson, marking their collaboration for a third and fourth time, respectively. 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 As Notes
2001 Ted Director (short)
Full Director, Writer
Beyond the Fields Director
2002 Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl Director, Writer (short)
Nominated—Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama
2004 Bad Luck (short)
A Tale of Bad Luck
2006 What It's Like Being Alone (TV series) (also executive producer)
2009 Suck Executive Producer
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Director
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
2013 Republic of Doyle Four episodes (TV series)
2014-2015 Dr. Dimensionpants Creator, Executive Producer, Writer (Animated TV series)
2015 Pirate's Passage Writer, Producer TV Movie
San Andreas Director
2016 Incarnate
Frontier Director, Executive Producer TV series
2018 Rampage Director, Producer
TBA Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon Director [10]
Untitled San Andreas sequel [11]
Monument 14 Director, writer [12]
Black Hole Director, producer, writer [13]
Untitled Lobo film Director, writer


Critical, public, and commercial reception to films Peyton has directed, as of August 16, 2015.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[14] Metacritic[15] CinemaScore[16] Budget Box office[17]
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 14% (96 reviews) 30 (22 reviews) B- $85 million $112.5 million
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 42% (125 reviews) 41 (27 reviews) A- $79 million $335.3 million
San Andreas 50% (175 reviews) 43 (42 reviews) A- $110 million $468.8 million
Average 35% 38 B+ $91 million $305.5 million


  1. ^ a b Bill Brioux, "Weirdly cool animated show on CBC," 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 Wants A More "Mature" Journey 3". Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hall, Jacob (February 18, 2016). "'San Andreas 2' Is on the Way, Will Hopefully Allow The Rock to Finally Punch an Earthquake". Slash Film. 
  12. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (December 12, 2012). "Brad Peyton To Write, Direct ‘Monument 14′ For Reel FX And Strange Weather". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "STX Locks Worldwide Deal for Brad Peyton Thriller, Black Hole". February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Brad Peyton". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Brad Peyton". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Brad Peyton Movie Box office". Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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