Luca Bercovici

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Luca Bercovici
Luca Bercovici
Luca Josef Bercovici

New York, New York
ResidenceBudapest, Hungary
OccupationFilmmaker, actor, director, writer and producer
Years active36
Known forBlueDanube Films, co-founder
Notable work
Ghoulies, American Flyers, Drop Zone, Clean and Sober, The Granny, Rockula
TelevisionTerápia, producer
Parent(s)Eric Bercovici (father)
RelativesKonrad Bercovici (great grand uncle)

Luca Bercovici is an American filmmaker, director, writer, producer and actor based in Budapest, Hungary.[1][2] He has directed eight feature films including Ghoulies, which he also co-wrote.[3] Bercovici co-founded BlueDanube Films, a full-service motion picture production company that provides production services as well as creating original content in English and Hungarian with Gábor Váradi.[2][4] He was also head of production for Raleigh Film Budapest from 2009 to 2011.[2] Bercovici is the son of television/film producer Eric Bercovici and grandson of Leonardo Bercovici, director, writer, and producer known for The Bishop's Wife, Portrait of Jennie, and The Lost Moment. He is also grand-nephew of writer Konrad Bercovici.[3]


Bercovici attended College of the Redwoods where he studied with Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Santa Monica City College, and Loyola Marymount University.[5] Bercovici studied acting professionally with Jeff Corey and Lee Strasberg. He is a graduate of the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Acting Studio.[3]


Bercovici’s acting career began in television with roles in Chicago Story and the made-for-TV movie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story starring Jamie Lee Curtis.[6] In the 1980s, Bercovici had a role in the Charles Band movie Parasite with Demi Moore, which introduced Bercovici to independent film making.[6] Bercovici’s acting career includes roles in the movies Flesh and Blood, American Flyers, Rockula, Flatland, Richard III, Night Train, and The Childhood of a Leader.[3] He has also appeared in several television series including The Fall Guy, Airwolf, F/X: The Series, Diagnosis Murder, Eyes, and the television mini-series Houdini with Adrien Brody.

In 1979, Bercovici spent six months in Japan, working on the miniseries Shōgun as dialogue director, working with Japanese actress, Yôko Shimada who was awarded the Golden Globe in 1981 for her portrayal of Mariko.[3]

Bercovici began his professional writing career in 1982 developing new series concepts for MGM and creating the pilot script The Storytellers for CBS and MGM with Jefery Levy.[7] His writing credits include Ghoulies, Rockula, The Granny, The Chain, Luck of the Draw, and Hotel of the Damned.[3]

Bercovici wrote and directed the horror comedy Ghoulies, which was the top grossing independent film in 1985 and was followed by three sequels.[3] In 1990, Bercovici directed and co-wrote the musical comedy Rockula, starring Toni Basil and Thomas Dolby.[3][8] Bercovici also played the role of Pirate Chieftain in Rockula.[9]

In 2011, Bercovici, along with Gábor Váradi, formed the production company BlueDanube Films, which entered into development on its first film, Lord of the Block starring Eric Roberts, and went on to produce the second season of the HBO Europe series, Terápia.[2][3] Bercovici and Váradi were a part of the production team to bring the filming of A Good Day to Die Hard starring Bruce Willis to Budapest, Hungary with Bercovici and Váradi serving as production supervisors on the film.[3][10]

Personal life[edit]

Luca Bercovici is a third-generation screenwriter and director following the path of both his grandfather Leonardo Bercovici (1908-1995) and his father Eric Bercovici (1933–2014). Both of his brothers, Hilary Bercovici and Jacob Bercovici, have composed music for films.




  • Medinah (TV Series) (executive producer) (2017)
  • Fallen (2016 film) (co-producer) (2015)
  • Hotel of the Damned (co-producer) (2015)
  • Terápia (TV Series) (producer) (2014)
  • Fekete leves (consulting producer) (2014)
  • The Wind of Change (executive producer) (2013)
  • Iris (2013)
  • Lela (2012)
  • Waiting Game (1996)



First assistant director / Second unit director[edit]

Production Supervisor[edit]


  1. ^ "Luca Bercovici Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Nick Holdsworth (August 3, 2011). "Varadi, Bercovici launch BlueDanubeFilms". Variety. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Luca Bercovici". IMDb. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "BlueDanube Films Ramps Up With "Lord of the Block"". PRLOG. August 2, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Luca Bercovici". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Luca Bercovici (Ghoulies, The Granny)". Scream-It-Loud, Inc. Archived from [file:///C:/Users/Backup/Downloads/ the original] Check |url= value (help) (PDF) on August 12, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Luca Bercovici". Best stars of year. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Rockula (Luca Bercovici,1990)". House of Self-Indulgence. Archived from [file:///C:/Users/Backup/Downloads/House%20of%20Self-Indulgence-%20Rockula%20(Luca%20Bercovici,%201990).pdf/ the original] Check |url= value (help) on August 12, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Making of Rockula: The Gospel According to Luca - A Rockula Online exclusive interview with Rockula director Luca Bercovici". Archived from [file:///C:/Users/Backup/Downloads/Luca%20Bercovici.pdf the original] Check |url= value (help) (PDF) on August 12, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Dora Gyárfás (2013). "They were brought here by Die Hard 5 in". ORIGO. Retrieved June 18, 2015.

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