Scott Derrickson

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Scott Derrickson
Scott Derrickson by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Derrickson at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1966-07-16) July 16, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Scott Derrickson (born July 16, 1966) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Derrickson is best known for directing numerous horror films, such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Sinister (2012), and Deliver Us From Evil (2014), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Doctor Strange (2016).

Early life[edit]

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University[1] with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on literature and philosophy, and a B.A. in communications, with an emphasis on film, and a minor in theological studies. He earned his M.A. in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.[citation needed][2]


Derrickson co-wrote and directed the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $144 million worldwide.[3] That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams. Derrickson next directed The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $233 million worldwide.[4]

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[5] The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews.[citation needed] Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $78 million worldwide. Derrickson wrote but did not direct Sinister 2.

Derrickson's script Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in 2014. Derrickson directed his own script, Deliver Us from Evil, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Screen Gems. Eric Bana played the lead role, and the film was released wide in theaters on July 2, 2014.[citation needed]

In 2014, Derrickson wrote a film version of The Outer Limits with Cargill.[6][7] Other upcoming Derrickson projects include an adaptation of Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Jason Blum producing, and an adaptation of the popular video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films.

Derrickson directed the film Doctor Strange, based on the Marvel Comics property and part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in November 2016.[8] The film was both a commercial and critical success. In February 2018, it was announced that Derrickson will executive produce the television series You Bury Me for Blumhouse Productions.[9] The series is set in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and will be a love story in contemporary war-torn Middle East.[10] In December 2018, it was announced that Derrickson will direct the Doctor Strange sequel with a planned May 2021 release.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Derrickson married a nurse[12] in September 1993 and has two sons.[13]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Studio
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut No Yes No Columbia Pictures
Hellraiser: Inferno Yes Yes No Miramax Films
2004 Land of Plenty No Yes No IFC Films
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Yes Yes No Screen Gems
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Yes No No 20th Century Fox
2012 Sinister Yes Yes executive Summit Entertainment
2013 Devil's Knot No Yes executive Image Entertainment
Deliver Us from Evil Yes Yes No Screen Gems
2015 Sinister 2 No Yes Yes Focus Features
2016 Doctor Strange Yes Yes No Marvel Studios

Producer only

Year Film Studio Notes
2006 The Visitation 20th Century Fox
2014 Misunderstood Sundance Selects Executive producer
Kristy The Weinstein Company


Critical, public and commercial reception to films Derrickson has directed as of November 13, 2016.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[14] Metacritic[15] CinemaScore[16] Budget Box office[17]
Hellraiser: Inferno N/A N/A N/A $2 million N/A
The Exorcism of Emily Rose 45% (155 reviews) 46 (32 reviews) B $19.3 million $144.2 million
The Day the Earth Stood Still 21% (192 reviews) 40 (34 reviews) C- $80 million $233.1 million
Sinister 62% (133 reviews) 53 (30 reviews) C+ $3 million $77.7 million
Deliver Us from Evil 28% (115 reviews) 40 (32 reviews) B- $30 million $87.9 million
Doctor Strange 90% (250 reviews) 72 (49 reviews) A $165 million $677.7 million


  1. ^ "Interview With Scott Derrickson". 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  2. ^ Olson, Nick (30 June 2014). "Prayer, Dark Mysticism, and Flannery: A Conversation with Scott Derrickson". Christianity Today. Retrieved 17 April 2016. We interviewed Derrickson—a Christian with a love for mystery—nearly a decade ago, and in 2002 he wrote an article ("Behind the Lens") for the Christian Century about inhabiting the world of American filmmaking as a Christian. Derrickson has also taught seminar workshops about film noir at IMAGEJournal's Glen Workshop. When he's speaking of his work, Derrickson references the biblical injunction to expose evil with light—a compelling sensibility in the world of cinema.
  3. ^ "The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ "The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (2008) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^ "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  6. ^ Scott Derrickson [@scottderrickson] (3 June 2014). "My next movie will be STRANGE:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2014). "'The Outer Limits' Movie in the Works From MGM, Scott Derrickson (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Han, Angie (April 8, 2015). "'Star Wars: Rogue One', 'Captain America: Civil War', and More Get IMAX Releases". /Film. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Jasper, Marykate (4 February 2018). "Production Company Behind Get Out Developing TV Series from Lexi Alexander". The Mary Sue.
  10. ^ Holloway, Daniel (1 February 2018). "Blumhouse TV Developing Drama 'You Bury Me' With Scott Derrickson, Lexi Alexander (Exclusive)". Variety.
  11. ^ Lussier, Germain (11 December 2018). "Director Scott Derrickson Is Coming Back for More Doctor Strange". Gizmodo. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "48 Things We Learned from Scott Derrickson's 'Doctor Strange' Commentary". Film School Rejects. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  13. ^ "Scott Derrickson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  14. ^ "Scott Derrickson". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Scott Derrickson". Metacritic. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "Scott Derrickson Movie Box office". Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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