Rawson Marshall Thurber

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Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rawson Marshall Thurber 2018.jpg
Thurber at the Hong Kong premiere of Skyscraper in 2018
Born (1975-02-09) February 9, 1975 (age 47)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
  • actor
Years active1997–present
Notable work
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
We're the Millers
Central Intelligence
Skyscraper
Red Notice

Rawson Marshall Thurber (born February 9, 1975) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for directing the films Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We're the Millers, Central Intelligence, Red Notice and Skyscraper.

Early life[edit]

Thurber was born in San Francisco, California.[1] He is the son of attorney Marshall Thurber.[2]

He was a 1997 graduate of Union College (Schenectady, New York), where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and played wide receiver on the football team for two years. He is also a graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.[3]

Career[edit]

Thurber worked as an assistant to screenwriter John August, beginning with the 2000 August-created television show D.C.[4] In 2002, he wrote and directed the original Terry Tate: Office Linebacker commercials for Reebok.[5]

In 2004, he wrote and directed the hit comedy film, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.[6]

He wrote and directed the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, released in 2008.[7]

He directed the 2013 hit We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.[8] In June 2014, he was rumored to replace Edgar Wright to direct Marvel's Ant-Man, but later turned the job down.[9]

He wrote and directed 2016's action-comedy Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.[10]

Thurber wrote and directed the 2018 action film Skyscraper from Legendary Pictures, reteaming with Dwayne Johnson and released by Universal.[11] He next wrote and directed Legendary's $150 million budget action comedy Red Notice (2021), starring Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Johnson. It is the third time he has collaborated with the latter.[12] The project was released by Netflix.[13]

In 2021, Ubisoft announced Thurber would direct the film adaptation of its game series, The Division, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.[14] The film will be released on Netflix.

In 2022, entertainment company eOne announced that Thurber will be writing and producing pilot for upcoming TV series Dungeons & Dragons.[15] He also signed on to direct a live-action film based on the Voltron franchise.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Yes Yes No
2008 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Yes Yes Yes
2013 We're the Millers Yes No No
2016 Central Intelligence Yes Yes No
2018 Skyscraper Yes Yes Yes
2021 Red Notice Yes Yes Yes

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Obnoxious Las Vegas Homophobe
2007 The Nines Game Night Guest
2010 Easy A Quiznos Guy
2013 We're the Millers The Ultimate Border Guard
2015 The Wedding Ringer Cop
2016 Central Intelligence Handsome Pants-Catcher
2022 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Voltron Vendor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Chris (January 20, 2008). "From reward to risk". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "F. Marshall Thurber #47196". calbar.ca.
  3. ^ "Rawson Thurber '97 is creator of Dodgeball". Union College News Archives. June 29, 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Johnaugust.com". Johnaugust.com. April 14, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Man Behind Reebok's Terry Tate". Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (June 18, 2004). "FILM REVIEW; Loser Nerds vs. Pumped-Up Jocks (Revenge Again?)". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Scott, A. O. (April 10, 2009). "A Stockbroker in Training Has Turns in His Journey". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (April 22, 2015). "3-Agency Tug Of War Ends With WME Signing 'Dodgeball' Helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber". Deadline. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Simon Brew. "Denofgeek.com". Denofgeek.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "'Central Intelligence': Rawson Marshall Thurber on Directing a Spy Comedy that Doesn't Wink at the Audience". Collider. June 19, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (May 26, 2016). "Legendary Wins Bidding War for China-Set Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Action Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  12. ^ Fritz, Ben (March 9, 2018). "How Much Does Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Make for One Movie?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (July 8, 2019). "Netflix Takes 'Red Notice'; Ryan Reynolds Joins Dwayne Johnson & Gal Gadot In Rawson Marshall Thurber-Directed Global Heist Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  14. ^ Nakamura, Reid (August 2, 2016). "Jessica Chastain Joins Jake Gyllenhaal in Tom Clancy Video Game Adaptation 'The Division'". The Wrap.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Rawson Marshall Thurber To Spearhead Flagship 'Dungeons & Dragons' TV Series For eOne". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Live-Action 'Voltron' Movie, With Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct, Ignites Bidding War (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2022.

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