Johannes Roberts

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Johannes Roberts
Born (1976-05-24) 24 May 1976 (age 44)
OccupationFilm director, writer, producer
Years active2001–present

Johannes Roberts (born 24 May 1976) is a British film director, producer, and writer who is mainly known for horror and thriller movies.

Life and career[edit]

Johannes Roberts directed the underwater thriller 47 Meters Down. The film starred Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters trapped on the ocean floor, surrounded by sharks and running out of air. It is the first fiction drama film to be filmed almost entirely underwater. The film was just days away from a DVD release, with copies even out in some Target Corporation and Walmart stores, when it was bought from Dimension Films by Entertainment Studios, who pulled it from shelves and released it theatrically on 2000 screens. The film went on to earn over $62 million theatrically, off a budget of only $5 million, and become the most successful independent film of 2017. The film was succeeded by 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, released in theatres on 16 August 2019. The franchise has now grossed over $100 million worldwide.

Roberts directed his first feature film in 2000 at the age of 22. Self funded for £5,000 the film, Sanitarium, was released around the world. Over the next five years Roberts directed a series of low-budget horror films for DVD, including the cult release Forest of the Damned starring Tom Savini and the world's first series made for cell phones When Evil Calls.

In 2010, Roberts wrote and directed the thriller F – a story of a group of teachers under attack by a group of pupils in a college after hours. Made for only £100k the film was picked up by Studio Canal and released theatrically in the UK to critical acclaim.

Roberts then directed Stephen Rea in the television film Roadkill for NBC before helming the science fiction thriller Storage 24 for Universal Pictures.[1] Written by and starring Noel Clarke, the film was lauded for its innovative use of award-winning practical creature effects.

Roberts wrote and directed the ghost story The Other Side of the Door, produced by Alexandre Aja. Filmed entirely in Mumbai and starring Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Sofia Rosinsky, and Javier Botet. It grossed over $14 million, becoming one of Fox International's most commercially successful releases.

After 47 Meters Down Roberts directed the sequel to the horror film The Strangers (2008),[2][3] entitled The Strangers: Prey at Night and released in 2018, and starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman. The film entered the US box office at #3 behind Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time, and finished with a total of over $32 million.

In 2019, Roberts helmed another sequel, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged[4][5] which became his third consecutive US top ten hit in three years – grossing $46 million and taking the 47 franchise to over $100 million.[6]

In December 2018, Roberts was hired to write and direct a reboot of the Resident Evil film franchise.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horror Feature: Exclusive Interview With Director Johannes Roberts". www.horrorchannel.co.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  2. ^ "'The Strangers 2' Moving Ahead With Director Johannes Roberts". EW.com. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (4 February 2017). "Bloom To Scare Up Sales For Johannes Roberts' 'The Strangers 2' — Berlin". Deadline. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Review: Soggy sequel '47 Meters Down: Uncaged' is a waterlogged creature feature". Los Angeles Times. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ Bibbiani, William (15 August 2019). "Johannes Roberts Talks About the Self-Aware Humor of the '47 Meters Down' Franchise [Interview]". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Director Johannes Roberts Confirms Plans for 47 METERS DOWN 3". STARBURST Magazine. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (5 December 2018). "'Resident Evil' Reboot Finds Writer, Director in '47 Meters Down' Filmmaker (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2020.

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