Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University 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.
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 $140 million worldwide. 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 $230 million worldwide.
In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke. The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $87 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 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.
In 2014, Derrickson wrote a film version of The Outer Limits with Cargill. 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.
In 2015, Derrickson began directing a theatrical feature film based on Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange property as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is scheduled for release in November 2016.
|1995||Love in Ruins||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A||N/A|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||No||No||Yes||Columbia Pictures||9%|
|Hellraiser: Inferno||Yes||No||Yes||Dimension Films
|2005||The Exorcism of Emily Rose||Yes||No||Yes||Screen Gems||45%|
|2008||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Yes||No||No||20th Century Fox||21%|
|2013||Devil's Knot||No||Yes||Yes||Image Entertainment||21%|
|2014||Deliver Us from Evil||Yes||No||Yes||Screen Gems||28%|
|2015||Sinister 2||No||Yes||Yes||Focus Features||13%|
|2016||Doctor Strange||Yes||No||No||Marvel Studios||TBC|
|TBA||Two Eyes Staring||Yes||No||Yes||Summit Entertainment||TBA|
Critical, public and commercial reception to films Derrickson has directed as of May 14, 2015.
|Film||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||CinemaScore||Budget||Box office|
|Hellraiser: Inferno||N/A||N/A||N/A||$2 million||N/A|
|The Exorcism of Emily Rose||45% (155 reviews)||46 (32 reviews)||N/A||$19.3 million||$144.2 million|
|The Day the Earth Stood Still||21% (192 reviews)||40 (34 reviews)||N/A||$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|
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- 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.
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Main reference sites
- Scott Derrickson at the Internet Movie Database
- Scott Derrickson on Facebook
- Scott Derrickson on Twitter
Interviews and essays
- Interview with Scott Derrickson at The Movie Crypt
- Interview with Scott Derrickson at DecentFilms
- Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 1 at Smoviemakers
- Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 2 at Smoviemakers
- Interview with Scott Derrickson at Film Z
- Interview with Scott Derrickson at Inside Horror
- Interview with Scott Derrickson, Jason Blum and Ethan Hawke at AMC Movies
- On Religion, Evil, and Other Dark Things at Film School Rejects
- A Chestertonian in Hollywood at Gilbert Magazine
- Horror: The Perfect Christian Genre at Christianity Today
- Scott Derrickson Explains How ‘Blow Out’ Helped Shape ‘Sinister’ at Film School Rejects