Rob Tapert speaking at SPADA 2010
May 14, 1955 |
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.A.
|Occupation||Film and television producer|
|Spouse(s)||Lucy Lawless (1998–present)|
Robert Gerard Tapert (born May 14, 1955), sometimes credited as Rob Tapert or Robert G. Tapert, is an American film producer, best known as the co-founder of Renaissance Pictures and went on to become founder of Ghost House Pictures.
Tapert first became involved with filmmaking while attending Michigan State University. He intended to study economics, but was drawn into film courses by his roommate Sam Raimi, who had been making films of his own for many years, usually with his brothers Ivan and Ted, and Raimi's childhood friend Bruce Campbell.
He has two sisters Dorothy Tapert and Mary Beth Tapert, he also has a younger brother, Jeff Tapert. He is married to actress Lucy Lawless.
Tapert and Sam Raimi worked together to create the film The Happy Valley Kid, the story of a young man, played by Tapert, who goes to college only to be met with rejection at every turn. Near the end of the film he loses his mind, dresses up as a cowboy, and begins gunning down all those who wronged him. Despite its dramatic plot, the film is largely a comedy. The film was screened at Michigan State university several times and made a profit for Raimi and Tapert.
Tapert next made a feature film, a graphic horror film titled The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. Thanks to a glowing review from horror author Stephen King, the film was a success with the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival in France, although not a favorite of critics. The film was successful enough to spawn two sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.
Tapert has produced numerous other films, typically involving Raimi and/or Campbell in some capacity, such as Crimewave, Easy Wheels, Lunatics: A Love Story, Darkman, Timecop, The Gift, The Grudge (and its sequel, The Grudge 2) and 30 Days of Night.
Tapert's most recent television project, Spartacus: Blood and Sand for Starz, premiered in 2010. Tapert and his friend Sam Raimi founded Ghost House Pictures, which came upon the interest of a project named Panic Attack!, directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez. Tapert produced alongside Sam Raimi the Ghost House Pictures film Dybbuk Box, which was renamed The Possession.
Tapert, along with Raimi and Campbell, produced the remake of The Evil Dead, through Ghost House Pictures. The film was directed by Fede Alvarez, who also wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody, who "Americanized" the script.
Robert is currently developing a new drama series "Airborne", a Vietnam War drama that will capture the human story of war as it follows the lives of a young helicopter crew. 
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