Wiseman in June 2007
Len Ryan Wiseman|
March 4, 1973
Fremont, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer|
Dana (m. ? – 2003)|
(m. 2004; div. 2016)
Len Ryan Wiseman (born March 4, 1973) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work on the Underworld series, Live Free or Die Hard, and the 2012 film Total Recall.
Wiseman began his career in film as a property assistant on a number of Roland Emmerich films: Stargate (1994); Independence Day (1996); and Godzilla (1998). After creating advertisements for clients including Sony, he directed music videos for artists such as Megadeth, En Vogue and, Static-X. He received a Best Art Direction nomination for Quarashi's "Stick 'Em Up" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and a Best Director nomination for Rufus Wainwright's "Across the Universe" at the Music Video Production Association (MVPA) Awards.
In 2003, Wiseman co-created and directed the film Underworld. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the film did well at the box office and has gained a cult following. He directed the 2006 sequel Underworld: Evolution, and produced the follow-ups Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening, and Underworld: Blood Wars.
In 2007, he directed the fourth installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis, which opened to generally favorable reviews and box office success. He directed the 2012 release Total Recall, which starred Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and his wife Kate Beckinsale In 2013 it was announced that Wiseman would direct a live action film version of the comic book series The Darkness (though no updates have been announced as of March 2016).
Wiseman has also directed the pilot episodes of three television series—the 2010 launch of CBS's Hawaii Five-0, the 2013 pilot of Fox's Sleepy Hollow, and the 2016 pilot of Fox series Lucifer. All three series were picked up for ongoing production, though Wiseman was not involved in further episodes.
Wiseman's first marriage was to a kindergarten teacher named Dana. He divorced her, finalised near Christmas 2003, after meeting actress Kate Beckinsale on the set of his 2003 release Underworld. Beckinsale also ended a relationship with her partner Michael Sheen.
- One Against the Wind (1991)
- Stargate (1994) (property assistant)
- Independence Day (1996) (property assistant)
- Men in Black (1997) (property assistant) (uncredited)
- Godzilla (1998) (property assistant)
- Underworld (2003) (director)
- Underworld: Evolution (2006) (director)
- Live Free or Die Hard (2007) (director)
- Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) (producer)
- Hawaii Five-0 (2010) ("Pilot")
- Underworld: Awakening (2012) (producer)
- Total Recall (2012) (director)
- Sleepy Hollow (2013) (executive producer)
- Max Steel (2013) (executive producer) (writer)
- Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) (producer)
- The Gifted (2017) "rX"
- Swamp Thing (2019) ("Pilot"}
- McClane (TBA) (director)
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