Vincenzo Natali

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Vincenzo Natali
Vincenzo Natali at WonderCon 2010 5.JPG
Natali at the 2010 ComicCon
Born (1965-01-06) January 6, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1997–present

Vincenzo Natali (born 1965) is an American-Canadian film director and screenwriter, best known for writing and directing science fiction and horror films such as Cube, Cypher, Nothing, and Splice.

Early life and education[edit]

Natali was born in Detroit, to a nursery school teacher/painter mother and a photographer father.[1] He is of Italian and English descent.[1] He moved to Toronto, along with his family, at the age of one. During his time in high school, Natali befriended British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett, who has appeared in the majority of films that Natali has directed. Natali also attended the film programme at Ryerson University. He was eventually hired as a storyboard artist at the Nelvana Animation Studios.[2] His cinematic influences included Samuel Beckett, David Cronenberg,[3] and Terry Gilliam.[4]


Natali's directing debut came in 1997, when he directed Cube which he also co-wrote.[5] The film became a success worldwide, especially in Japan and France, grossing $15 million in the latter country, and breaking box office records for a Canadian film. At the 19th Genie Awards, the film received five nominations, and also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. After this success, Natali went on to direct Cypher (2002) and Nothing (2003).[6]

Following the June 2010 release of Splice (2009),[7] Natali's next efforts were expected to be an adaptation of J. G. Ballard's 1975 novel High Rise[8] and a 3D adaptation of the Len Wein/Berni Wrightson comic book character Swamp Thing,[9] for producer Joel Silver.[10] A May 2010 item in The Hollywood Reporter, however, announced that Natali was to replace Joseph Kahn as director of the highly anticipated adaptation of cyberpunk author William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer.[11]

Natali was nominated for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards under the category "Best Director" presented by Cadaver Lab for his work Splice.[12] In 2013 his series Darknet, an adaptation of the Japanese series Tori Hada, began airing on Super Channel in Canada. In 2014, he directed the episodes "Su-zakana" and "Naka-choko" of the second season of the crime drama series Hannibal and in 2015 the episodes "Antipasto", "Primavera" and "Secondo" of the third season of the same TV series.[13] in 2015, he also directed the second episode (entitled "Simon") of the first season of the American supernatural drama television series The Returned. In 2016, he directed the fourth episode ("Dissonance Theory") of the HBO series Westworld. In 2017, he directed the fifth episode ("Lemon Scented You") of the Starz series American Gods. He directed a pilot for a new Tremors TV series starring Kevin Bacon reprising his role from the 1990 film but it was not picked up by SyFy as a series.[14]

A television adaptation of William Gibson's The Peripheral was put into development in April 2018 by Amazon,[15] with Natali an executive producer.[16] Natali will direct the show's pilot.[17]

He has directed the last 2 episodes of the first season for the Locke & Key TV series, distributed by Netflix.


Feature films
Year Film Director Writer Executive
1997 Cube Yes Yes
2002 Cypher Yes
2003 Nothing Yes Yes Yes
2009 Splice Yes Yes
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Yes
2013 Haunter Yes Yes
2018 Come True Yes
2019 In the Tall Grass Yes Yes Yes
Short and mid-length films
Year Film Director Writer Executive
1996 Elevated Yes Yes Short
2005 Getting Gilliam Yes Documentary on the making of Terry Gilliam's Tideland
2006 Quartier de la Madeleine Yes Yes Segment from the anthology film Paris, je t'aime
2006 Eyes on the Road Yes Short
2014 U is for Utopia Yes Yes Segment from the anthology film ABCs of Death 2

Episodes of Television Series:

1996: Space Cases (1x02)

1998: PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (2x18)

1998–1999: Earth: Final Conflict

2013: Darknet (1x1)

2014–2015: Hannibal (6 episodes)

2014: Hemlock Grove (2x02)

2014: Ascension (1x03)

2015: The Returned (Episode 1x02)

2015: Orphan Black (3x09)

2015–2016: The Strain (3 episodes)

2016: Wayward Pines (2x06)

2016: Marvel’s Luke Cage (1x04)

2016: Westworld (1x04)

2017: American Gods (Episode 1x05)

2018: Lost in Space (1x06)

2020: Locke & Key (1x09–1x10)

2020: The Stand (1x07-1x08)


  1. ^ a b Jarecki, Nicholas (2001). Breaking in: how 20 film directors got their start. Random House of Canada. pp. 75. ISBN 0-7679-0674-8.
  2. ^ Northern Stars: Vincenzo Natali Archived 2007-08-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Riser, Troy (21 October 2005). "Interview: Vincenzo Natali: Turtles All The Way Down". The Trades. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2011. There really weren't too many touchstones, literary or otherwise. Except Beckett. We do owe a small debt to the Theatre of the Absurd." "Yes. He's a huge influence. But we're very different kinds of directors.
  4. ^ Stubbs, Phil (2005). "Vincenzo Natali on the making of Tideland". Dreams – The Terry Gilliam Fanzine. Retrieved 10 April 2011. Yes I have a new film called Nothing - which is a title that causes endless confusion. It was just released in Canada a few months ago. If there is a single film that I've done that owes a real debt to Terry, that's it actually.
  5. ^ Gates, Anita (September 11, 1998). "Cube (1997) FILM REVIEW; No Maps, Compasses Or Faith". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Sundance '10: Vincenzo Natali Talks 'Splice' With BD". BloodyDisgusting.
  7. ^ "Vincenzo Natali on Potential 'Splice' Sequels".
  8. ^ "Vincenzo Natali Constructs Terror on 'High Rise'".
  9. ^ "Vincenzo Natali Talks Dark Desires to Bring 'Swamp Thing' Back to the Big Screen".
  10. ^ "'Splice' Director Wants To Adapt Alan Moore's Swamp Thing Stories". Archived from the original on 2010-04-10.
  11. ^ "Natali Confirmed for Neuromancer".
  12. ^ "Vote for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards".
  13. ^ Bryan Fuller Gives the Scoop on Hannibal Season 3
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  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 13, 2019), 'Westworld' Creators' Futuristic Drama 'The Peripheral' Gets Amazon Pickup, The Hollywood Reporter, retrieved November 15, 2019
  16. ^ Fingas, Jon (November 11, 2019), Amazon orders William Gibson series from the creators of 'Westworld', Engadget, retrieved November 15, 2019
  17. ^ Maas, Jennifer (November 13, 2019), Amazon Greenlights Sci-Fi Series 'The Peripheral' From 'Westworld' Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, The Wrap, retrieved November 15, 2019

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