Marc Forster

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Marc Forster
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Forster in May 2013.
Born (1969-11-30) 30 November 1969 (age 49)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Marc Forster (born 30 November 1969) is a German-born Swiss filmmaker, best known for directing the feature films Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, World War Z, and Christopher Robin, as well as numerous television commercials. He is a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award nominee.

Life and career[edit]

Forster was born in Au (today Illertissen), in the Neu-Ulm district of Bavaria, Germany. His parents, a German doctor and a Swiss architect, moved to Switzerland when Forster was 9 years old. He spent his adolescence in Davos, a winter resort in eastern Switzerland and as well as at the international boarding school Institut Montana Zugerberg in central Switzerland.

In 1990, when he was 20 years old, Forster moved to New York, in the United States. For the next three years, he attended New York University's film school, making several documentary films. In 1995, he moved to Hollywood and shot an experimental low-budget film ($10,000) called Loungers, which won the Slamdance Audience Award. Forster's first feature-length motion picture was the psychological drama Everything Put Together (2000), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball (2001), in which he directed Halle Berry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row. The film also starred Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, and Sean Combs. His next film, Finding Neverland (2004), was based on the life of author J.M. Barrie. The film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Forster received BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe nominations for his direction.

Forster's next film, the thriller Stay (2005) starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and grossed $8 million (USD) in the United States on an estimated budget of $50 million.[1] Stranger than Fiction (2006), a surreal romantic comedy starring Will Ferrell, was a critical success.[2] The film grossed $54 million worldwide [3] and earned Will Ferrell a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Forster then directed an adaptation of best-seller Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, scripted by repeat collaborator David Benioff and starring British newcomer Khalid Abdalla. The film follows an Afghani-American man who returns to his war-ravaged country to save the son of his former best friend. The Kite Runner was released on December 14, 2007 and grossed $73 million worldwide.[4] It also earned a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not In the English Language.

Additionally, Forster directed the twenty-second James Bond film, Quantum of Solace which began shooting on January 2, 2008, shortly before his 39th birthday, making him the youngest director in the series' history (beating the previous record set by Guy Hamilton, who was 41 when he directed Goldfinger five years before Forster's birth). Quantum of Solace was released in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2008.[5][6] It became one of the highest grossing Bond films in the franchise's history, with a worldwide box office of more than $586 million.[7]

Marc Forster on set shooting Quantum of Solace.

Forster directed the film adaptation of the novel World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which Paramount announced at the July 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.[8] The film opened June 21, 2013 to more than $66 million and has grossed more than $540 million worldwide. To date, it is the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt's career and is the most successful Zombie movie of all time.[9]

Forster directed his screenplay of All I See Is You, a visually driven drama following a blind woman (Blake Lively) and her husband (Jason Clarke) who, upon the restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves and their marriage, released in 2016.

In February 2014, Universal Pictures won the screen rights to Red Rising, a debut novel by Pierce Brown, in a seven-figure deal. Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction tale set on a terraformed Mars. Forster is attached to direct the project.[10]

In June 2015, Forster signed on to direct the first installment of the anti-civil war trilogy The Downslope, an original Stanley Kubrick screenplay composed in 1956. Forster will be a producer on all three films.[11]

In November 2016, Walt Disney Pictures announced that Forster will direct the live-action film adaptation of Winnie the Pooh, which was titled Christopher Robin. The film had its world premiere on July 30, 2018 and was theatrically released on August 3, 2018.[12] Forster along with Will Smith bought German rights group Telepool in June 2018.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Director Producer Writer Notes
Loungers 1995 Yes No Yes Directorial Debut
Everything Put Together 2000 Yes No Yes
Monster's Ball 2001 Yes No No
Finding Neverland 2004 Yes No No Cameo as "Costume Room Worker"
Sueño 2005 No Yes No
Stay Yes No No
Stranger than Fiction 2006 Yes No No
The Kite Runner 2007 Yes No No
Quantum of Solace 2008 Yes No No
LX Forty 2009 Yes Yes Yes Short film
Machine Gun Preacher 2011 Yes Yes No
Disconnect 2012 No Executive No
World War Z 2013 Yes Executive No
Hand of God 2014–17 Yes Executive No 20 episodes (directed 2 episodes)
All I See Is You 2016 Yes Yes Yes
The Receipt: Lost & Found 2017 Yes No No Short film
Christopher Robin 2018 Yes No No
Come Sunday No Executive No

Awards[edit]

Title Notes
Everything Put Together Independent Spirit Award for Someone to Watch Award
Finding Neverland Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay (2005) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stranger_than_fiction/ Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=strangerthanfiction.htm Box office data at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "The Kite Runner (2007) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com.
  5. ^ "Forster back in action with 'Bond 22'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007-06-19. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  6. ^ "New Bond film title is confirmed". BBC News Online. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  7. ^ "Quantum of Solace (2008) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com.
  8. ^ "Brad Pitt Officially Cast in Marc Forster's World War Z Movie «". Firstshowing.net. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  9. ^ "Zombie Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike (2014-02-06). "Universal Wins 7-Figure Auction For 'Red Rising,' With Marc Forster Helming Mars Tale". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  11. ^ Busch, Anita (June 22, 2015). "Stanley Kubrick's 'The Downslope' Will Be Film Trilogy From Filmmaker Marc Forster". deadline.com. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (2016-11-18). "Marc Forster to Direct Live-Action Movie About Winnie the Pooh's Pal, 'Christopher Robin' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  13. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-06-26). "Will Smith, Marc Forster Acquire German Film Distributor Telepool GmbH". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  14. ^ "Will Smith and Director Marc Forster Buy German Rights Group Telepool". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-27.


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