Robert Schwentke

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Robert Schwentke
Born1968 (age 49–50)
Stuttgart, Germany
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1993–present

Robert Schwentke (German: [ˈʃvɛŋkə]; born 1968) is a German film director and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Schwentke was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He graduated from Los Angeles film school, Columbia College Hollywood (CCH), in 1992.

He directed two feature films in Germany, the thriller Tattoo and the comedy Eierdiebe, the latter a semi-autobiographical film about a man being treated for testicular cancer, a disease he had been diagnosed with and survived himself in 1995.[1]

Schwentke directed 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife, based on the best-selling novel, and starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

In 2008 Summit Entertainment optioned Red, the 2003 graphic novel thriller by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner, as a feature film. Schwentke directed the film, Red, from a script by Whiteout screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber, and the adaptation was produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Transformers.[2] Principal photography began in January 2010 in Toronto and Louisiana with stars Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.[3]

Schwentke directed the action-comedy crime film R.I.P.D., based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov. The film starred Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker[4] and Jeff Bridges as Roycephus Pulsipher.[5] R.I.P.D. was released on July 19, 2013 in the United States by Universal Pictures.[6] He directed The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, which was released on March 20, 2015. He directed Part 1 of Allegiant, the two-part finale to the series, with a script by Noah Oppenheim.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eierdiebe - Ein Gespräch mit Robert Schwentke". (in German). 2004-01-22. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  2. ^ "RED Aims For Green Light, The Hollywood Reporter, June 12, 2008
  3. ^ 'Red' To Begin Shooting In January Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine., MTV
  4. ^ Armitage, Hugh (2010-04-02). "Ryan Reynolds joins 'R.I.P.D.' cast". Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  5. ^ Jones, Brandon (2011-05-28). "Jeff Bridges joins Ryan Reynolds for 'R.I.P.D' film". Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  6. ^ Marshall, Rick (2011-06-27). "'R.I.P.D.' Gets A Release Date". Archived from the original on 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  7. ^ "'Insurgent' Director Robert Schwentke Returning for 'Allegiant Part 1′ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.

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