Kevin Reynolds (director)
|Born||Kevin Hal Reynolds
January 17, 1952
|Alma mater||Baylor University|
|Known for||Film director and screenwriter|
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.
In 2013, Reynolds was brought aboard as director for the planned project The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (also known more simply as Risen), a film intended as a mystery/thriller and "unofficial sequel" to The Passion of the Christ set to depict the events surrounding the 40 days following Christ's resurrection in a script written by Paul Aiello 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.
- Fandango (1985)
- The Beast (1988)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
- Rapa Nui (1994)
- Waterworld (1995)
- One Eight Seven (1997)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
- Tristan & Isolde (2006)
- Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
- Risen (2016)
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- Murashko, Alex (April 8, 2012). "The Resurrection Project: Hollywood Prayer Leader on Movie's Executive Board". Christian Post. Retrieved July 4, 2012.