Neil Marshall

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Neil Marshall
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Neil Marshall promoting The Descent at Comic Con 2006
Born (1970-05-25) 25 May 1970 (age 46)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Spouse(s) Axelle Carolyn (2007 – present)

Neil Marshall (born 25 May 1970) is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. Marshall began his career in editing and in 2002 directed his first feature film Dog Soldiers, a horror-comedy film [1] which became a cult film. He followed up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent in 2005. Marshall also directed Doomsday in 2008, and wrote and directed Centurion in 2010. He has also directed two prominent episodes of US television series Game of Thrones: "Blackwater" and "The Watchers on the Wall", with particular acclaim for his direction on both occasions, as well as a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "The Watchers on the Wall".

Life and career[edit]

Marshall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. He was first inspired to become a film director when he saw Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at the age of eleven. He began making home movies using Super 8 mm film,[2] and in 1989, he attended film school at Newcastle Polytechnic. In the next eight years, he worked as a freelance film editor. In 1995, he was hired to co-write and edit for director Bharat Nalluri's first film, Killing Time. Marshall continued to write and develop his own projects, directing his first film in 2002, Dog Soldiers, a horror film that became a cult film in the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he followed up with a second horror film, The Descent.[3] With his direction of The Descent, he was identified as a member of the Splat Pack.[4]

His next film, Doomsday, is a 2008 science fiction action film he wrote and directed. The film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When the virus is found in London, political leaders send a team led by Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) to Scotland to find a possible cure. Sinclair's team runs into two types of survivors: marauders and medieval knights. Doomsday was conceived by Marshall based on the idea of futuristic soldiers facing medieval knights. In producing the film, he drew inspiration from various movies, including Mad Max, Escape from New York and 28 Days Later. Marshall had a budget three times the size of his previous two films. The director filmed the larger-scale Doomsday in Scotland and South Africa. The film was released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada and in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008. Doomsday did not perform well at the box office, and critics gave the film mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 49% of critics gave the film positive write-ups, based on a sample of 69, with an average score of 5.1/10.[5] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 51, based on 14 reviews.[6] In February 2015 Marshall and his agent Marc Helwig founded the television production company Applebox Entertainment[7] and signed with this company, a two-year deal with Legendary TV to form his Film dreams.[8]


Marshall won the British Independent Film Award for "Best Director of a British Independent Film" for The Descent.[3] The horror film also won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.[9] Marshall was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the Game of Thrones episode "The Watchers on the Wall".


Year Film Credit Notes
1998 Killing Time Writer, editor Co-wrote with Caspar Berry and Fleur Costello
2002 Dog Soldiers Director, writer, editor
2005 The Descent Director, writer Won British Independent Film Award for Best Director of a British Independent Film and won Saturn Award for Best Horror Film
2008 Doomsday Director, writer, editor
2009 The Descent Part 2 Executive producer
2010 Centurion Director, writer
2012, 2014 Game of Thrones Director 2 episodes: "Blackwater",[10] and "The Watchers on the Wall"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2014 Black Sails Director 2 episodes: "I." and "III."[11]
2014 Constantine Director 2 episodes: "Non Est Asylum" and "Rage of Caliban"
2015 Hannibal Director Episode: "The Great Red Dragon"[12]
2015 Tales of Halloween Director, writer Segment "Bad Seed"
2016 Timeless Director, executive producer 2 episodes: "Pilot" and "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"
2016 Westworld Director Episode: "The Stray"
2018 Lost in Space Director, executive producer
TBA The Last Voyage of the Demeter[13] Director, writer
TBA Troll Hunter[14] Director, writer
TBA Hellfest Director, writer


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  2. ^ Muller, Bill (4 August 2006). "Director rises to 'Descent'". The Arizona Republic. 
  3. ^ a b "Neil Marshall". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  4. ^ Keegan, Rebecca Winters (22 October 2006). "The Splat Pack". Time. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Doomsday Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Doomsday (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Neil Marshall and his longtime agent Marc Helwig have formed a TV/film production company, Applebox Entertainment". Dread Central. DC. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Neil Marshall & Marc Helwig Launch Production Company, Sign Deal With Legendary Television". Deadline. DC. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  9. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". Saturn Awards. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (12 September 2011). "'Game of Thrones': Neil Marshall Among Season 2 Directors". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Neil Marshall Directing Pilot for Starz' Treasure Island Prequel Series, Black Sails". Screenrant. 
  12. ^ Fuller, Bryan (March 22, 2015). "EP 8 "THE GREAT RED DRAGON" DIRECTOR NEIL MARSHALL MADE THE BEST HORROR MOVIE OF THIS CENTURY #HannibalReturnsJune4". Twitter. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ Exclusive: Neil Marshall says Troll Hunter and Last Voyage very much alive
  14. ^ Neil Marshall Talks Troll Hunter and The Last Voyage of the Demeter

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