Lee Toland Krieger

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Lee Toland Krieger
Lee Toland Krieger (cropped).jpg
Born (1983-01-24) January 24, 1983 (age 35)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2004–present

Lee Toland Krieger (born January 24, 1983) is an American film director and screenwriter best known for the films The Vicious Kind (2009), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

Early life[edit]

Krieger was born and raised in Los Angeles.[1] He became "hooked" on filmmaking at the age of 13 when his neighbor, film producer Steve Perry, brought him to the set of the 1996 film Executive Decision.[2] Krieger later interned for Perry during high school, and in college he worked for Neil LaBute and his producing partner Gail Mutrux.[3] He graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television in 2005.[4]


Krieger founded a production company, Autumn Entertainment, in 2004, under which his first project was December Ends, a feature film shot on a US$75,000 budget.[5] The film premiered at the 2006 Method Fest, two years after it was shot,[5] where it won the festival's Best Picture award.[6]

In 2009, Krieger wrote and directed The Vicious Kind, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and earned him numerous accolades including the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Denver Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.[4] He was later asked by producer Jennifer Todd to direct Celeste and Jesse Forever, based on a script written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, which would also premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.[2] After the success of Celeste and Jesse Forever, he received offers to direct similar scripts, but turned them down in lieu of writing his own material for future projects.[1]

He has also directed many commercials with clients such as Joseph Abboud and AG Jeans, and music videos for Universal Music Group and the Island Def Jam Music Group.[4]

He directed The Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman. Production started in March 2014, and the film was released in April 2015.[7]

In September 19, 2012, Lionsgate acquired the rights to the script Vanish Man written by Denison Hatch.[8] Later in February 2015, Krieger was set to rewrite and direct the film, which 21 Laps Entertainment would produce.[9]

On February 29, 2016, it was announced that Krieger would direct The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the final film in The Divergent Series.[10] The project is currently on hold due to Lionsgate's decision to release the final film as a TV movie, mainly because of the third film in the series, Allegiant, underperforming.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Krieger currently lives in Los Angeles.[4] He is the grandson of actor Lee Krieger.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Vicious Kind Director also Writer and Producer
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever
2014 Happyland 1 episode
2015 The Age of Adaline
2017 Beyond 1 episode
Riverdale 4 episodes
2018 Life Sentence 1 episode
You 2 episodes
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


  1. ^ a b Weiss, Keely (August 2, 2012). "A Conversation With "Celeste and Jesse Forever" Director Lee Toland Krieger". Neon Tommy. University of Southern California. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Kaufman, Anthony (July 21, 2012). "'Forever' director wants to write". Variety. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Director Lee Toland Krieger Talks Celeste and Jesse Forever, More". ShockYa.com. August 4, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Celeste and Jesse Forever". University of Southern California. July 26, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Picarella, Michael (March 23, 2006). "Local director to debut film at Method Fest". The Acorn. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ ""December Ends" and "Dreamland" Among Type Prize Recipients at Method Fest". IndieWire. April 8, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 16, 2013). "Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn Set To Star In 'The Age Of Adaline'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Abrams, Rachel (September 19, 2012). "Lionsgate nabs assistant's spec 'Vanish Man'". variety.com. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2015). "'Age Of Adaline's Lee Toland Krieger To Helm 'Vanish Man' For Lionsgate, 21 Laps". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ascendant Lands Age of Adaline's Lee Toland Krieger to Direct Divergent Finale". Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  11. ^ "'Divergent' Finale to Skip Theaters, Launch as a TV Movie and Spinoff Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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