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Fede Álvarez
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Alvarez in 2013
Federico Álvarez

(1978-02-09) February 9, 1978 (age 42)
Years active2001–present
Known for

Federico Álvarez (born February 9, 1978) is a Uruguayan filmmaker. He is known for directing Evil Dead (2013) and Don't Breathe (2016), as well as his short film Ataque de Pánico! (2009).

Life and career[edit]

Álvarez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2009, Álvarez released his short film Ataque de Pánico! on YouTube. Before premiering online, the film screened on October 31, 2009 at the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre film festival.[1] A few weeks later, Álvarez made a deal with Ghost House Pictures to direct a $30–$40 million sci-fi film.[2] His first project with Ghost House ended up being the direction and co-writing of the Evil Dead remake.[3] After the release of Evil Dead, Álvarez stated that he had "had the temptation to do big franchises", but instead directed and co-wrote the relatively low budget horror film Don't Breathe (2016), which received positive reviews.[4] Álvarez later revealed that during this period he was approached by Marvel Studios to direct an unspecified movie but he declined feeling he would have little creative control over it.[5] Álvarez will direct a live action version of the video game Dante's Inferno for Universal Pictures.[6] On May 3, 2016 his name was attached to direct an adaptation of Monsterpocalypse for Warner Bros.[7] In October 2016, Álvarez was brought on to direct an adaptation of Incognito for Sony Pictures, based on a script by Daniel Casey.[8] Álvarez was considered to replace Ben Affleck as director for The Batman.[9]

On April 13, 2017, Álvarez was confirmed to direct and co-write a spin-off to Labyrinth with Nicole Perlman and Jay Basu.[10] However, in April 2020, Álvarez announced that he had stepped down as director.[11]

Álvarez directed The Girl in the Spider's Web, a reboot of the English-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, based on the novel of the same name. The film featured an entirely new cast compared to the 2011 film, and was released on November 9, 2018.[12]

In April 2019, Álvarez, alongside Doug Liman, directed reshoots for the 2021 film Chaos Walking, which added an additional $15 million to the film's budget.[13]

He will direct a live action film adaptation of Dante's Inferno video game based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.[14][15] In November 2018, he announced that the script for Don't Breathe 2 was completed.[16][17] The film is scheduled to be released on August 13, 2021.[18]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2013 Evil Dead Yes Yes No Also writer song "Baby, Little Baby"
2016 Don't Breathe Yes Yes Yes Also viola soloist in soundtrack
2018 The Girl in the Spider's Web Yes Yes No
2021 Chaos Walking Yes No No Post-production reshoots only[13]
Don't Breathe 2 No Yes Yes Post-production
Untitled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel No No Yes Filming

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2001 Los Pocillos Yes No No Yes
2003 El Último Alevare Yes Yes No Yes
2005 El Cojonudo Yes Yes Yes Yes
2009 Ataque de Pánico! Yes Yes Yes Yes Also visual effects supervisor & animator
2017 La peste No No No No Composer

Television director[edit]


  1. ^ Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2009 Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ Billington, Alex. "Panic Attack Director Federico Alvarez Lands a Film at Ghost House". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Miska, Brad. "BREAKING: Director for 'The Evil Dead' Reboot!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview: Director Fede Alvarez on Don't Breathe". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ H., Shaw Williams. "Did Fede Alvarez Turn Down Marvel's Doctor Strange?". Screenrant. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  6. ^ ‘Evil Dead’s Fede Alvarez Going To Hell-m Universal’s ‘Dante’s Inferno’
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (May 3, 2016). "Warner Bros. Nabbing 'Monsterpocalypse' Movie Rights in Bidding War (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Cabin, Chris (September 11, 2016). "'Don't Breathe' Director & '10 Cloverfield Lane' Writer Pairing for Sony's 'Incognito' Adaptation". Collider. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Kit, Boris (February 10, 2017). "'Batman' Movie to be Directed by 'Planet of the Apes' Filmmaker Matt Reeves". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Knoll, Justin (April 13, 2017). "'Don't Breathe' Helmer Fede Alvarez to Direct 'Labyrinth' Spin-Off for TriStar". Variety. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Squires, John (April 29, 2020). "Fede Alvarez Explains Why He's No Longer Directing a 'Labyrinth' Sequel [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Girl In The Spider's Web (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  13. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 7, 2020). "'Chaos Walking' Eyes January 2021 Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  14. ^ Fleming, Michael (November 2, 2008). "Universal hot for 'Inferno'". Variety.
  15. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 17, 2013). "'Evil Dead's [sic] Fede Alvarez Going To Hell-m Universal's 'Dante's Inferno'". Deadline Hollywood.
  16. ^ Welk, Brian (November 3, 2018). "'Don't Breathe 2' Has a Script but 'Evil Dead 2' Does Not, Says Fede Álvarez". TheWrap. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  17. ^ Sharf, Zack (Nov 3, 2018). "Fede Álvarez Confirms 'Don't Breathe 2' Script Is Done, Sequel Will Definitely Happen Before 'Evil Dead 2'". IndieWire. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  18. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (October 21, 2020). "'Ghostbusters' Sequel Moves to Summer 2021". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2020.

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