Brian Taylor (filmmaker)

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Brian Taylor
Other namesTaylor
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer, camera operator
Years active2002–present

Brian Taylor is an American film director, screenwriter, camera operator, and producer. He is best known for collaborating with Mark Neveldine in the writing/directing team Neveldine/Taylor.


Taylor attended the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood and began his career as a cinematographer, working on independent films and low-budget shorts. In the early 2000s, Taylor united with Mark Neveldine to form the directing team Neveldine/Taylor. Known for their aggressive, high energy camerawork, the team signed with in 2004 as commercial directors. They shot campaigns for Nike, Powerade, Budweiser and many others before moving to the big screen in 2006 with their first feature, Crank.

According to Taylor, the high adrenaline Crank was written as "an attack on studio filmmaking." The film spawned a sequel, Crank: High Voltage (2009) that Quentin Tarantino called “The Gremlins 2 of action movies.” The team pioneered the RED ONE camera on the dystopian science fiction mashup Gamer (2009), then trekked across Europe with Nicolas Cage on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011).

In February 2012, Taylor signed a seven-figure deal with Sony Pictures to write and direct a film adaptation of the Twisted Metal video game series. The film has not yet been produced.

In 2016 Brian teamed up with Grant Morrison to adapt the graphic novel Happy! for Original Films. The series premiered on SyFy in 2017.  Brian and Grant went on to adapt Aldous Huxley’s masterpiece Brave New World with Amblin/UCP as a USA series in 2018.

In 2017 Taylor wrote and directed the horror comedy film Mom and Dad[1] starring Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair and Anne Winters.[2][3] The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 as part of the Midnight Madness lineup and was released in theaters on January 19, 2018.[4]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2003 Biker Boyz No No No Visual effects artist
2006 Crank Yes Yes executive Also camera operator
2008 Pathology No Yes Yes
2009 Crank: High Voltage Yes Yes executive
Gamer Yes Yes executive
Kid Revolver[5] No No executive Short film
2010 Jonah Hex No Yes No
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance[6] Yes No No
2017–2019 Happy! Yes Yes No
2017 Mom and Dad Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (February 12, 2016). "Berlin: Nicolas Cage Starring in Horror-Thriller 'Mom and Dad'". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 12, 2016). "Nicolas Cage Reunites With 'Ghost Rider' Helmer On Horror Thriller 'Mom And Dad' – Berlin". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (June 22, 2016). "Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair Starring in Thriller 'Mom and Dad'". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (November 9, 2017). "'Mom and Dad' Turns Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair Into Maniacs". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Brian Taylor". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Neveldine and Taylor Confirmed for Ghost Rider 2". July 16, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2013.

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