Kevin Reynolds (director)

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Kevin Reynolds
Born Kevin Hal Reynolds
(1952-01-17) January 17, 1952 (age 64)
Waco, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater Baylor University
Known for Film director and screenwriter

Kevin Hal Reynolds[1] (born January 17, 1952) is an American film director and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Reynolds was born in Waco, Texas, the son of former Baylor University President Herbert H. Reynolds.[2]


Reynolds enjoyed initial successes co-writing the Cold War hit Red Dawn in 1984 and writing and directing the Steven Spielberg-produced Fandango in 1985.

He began a long friendship with Kevin Costner after hiring him for Fandango, when Costner was a little-known actor. Reynolds later advised Costner behind the scenes for the epic western Dances with Wolves (1990), in particular with the buffalo hunting scenes, on which Reynolds was also an uncredited second unit director. Costner would again be his leading man in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), on which Costner was an uncredited second unit director. Costner then produced Reynolds' 1994 film Rapa Nui.

Costner brought on Reynolds to direct the post-apocalyptic film Waterworld (1995). Mid-way through filming, production problems led to conflict between them. It was reported Reynolds walked away near the end of post-production, leaving star/producer Costner to supervise the completion of editing. The two friends stopped speaking; Reynolds was later quoted as having said of Costner: "Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and director". Later, Reynolds and Costner reunited to record a commentary track for the extended special edition DVD of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Reynolds next directed the dramatic thriller One Eight Seven (1997), which gave Samuel L. Jackson his first top-billed leading role. More recent directorial efforts were two classical adaptations: The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002 and Tristan & Isolde in 2006.

Reynolds directed Costner again in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys in 2012.[3] The series was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, including one for Reynolds for directing.[4]

The Resurrection[edit]

In 2013, Reynolds was brought aboard as director for the planned project The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (also known more simply as Risen),[5] a film intended as a mystery/thriller and "unofficial sequel" to The Passion of the Christ[6] set to depict the events surrounding the 40 days following Christ's resurrection[7] in a script written by Paul Aiello[8][9] as told from the viewpoint of a Roman centurion ordered by Pontius Pilate to investigate growing rumors of a risen Jewish messiah and to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to quell an imminent uprising in Jerusalem.[6]

Films written[edit]

Films directed[edit]


  1. ^ "Kevin Reynolds Biography (1952-)". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Overview for Kevin Reynolds". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
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  4. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ Pulver, Andrew (October 1, 2013). "Jesus's resurrection to become Hollywood thriller". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Kit, Borys (September 30, 2013). "'Hatfields & McCoys' Director Tackling Jesus in 'Resurrection'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Murashko, Alex (March 27, 2012). "'The Resurrection:' Hollywood Producer Aims for God's Sequel to 'The Passion'". Christian Post. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 30, 2013). "Kevin Reynolds Tapped to Direct ‘Resurrection’ for LD Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Murashko, Alex (April 8, 2012). "The Resurrection Project: Hollywood Prayer Leader on Movie's Executive Board". Christian Post. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Kevin Reynolds at the Internet Movie Database