William Brent Bell

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William Brent Bell
Born Lexington, Kentucky, US
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

William Brent Bell is an American screenwriter and film director, better known for his work in horror films.

Life and career[edit]

Bell was born in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1999, Bell wrote and directed his first feature, Sparkle and Charm. In 2000, along with writing partner Matthew Peterman, Bell wrote screenplay Mercury, which was bought by Universal Studios with Gale Anne Hurd producing.[1]

Since then, Bell and Peterman have set up several film projects at studios. Some include Ignition, a kid's action-drama set up at Warner Bros. with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn producing and Illusion, a thriller set up at Walt Disney Pictures.[2] On the television side the duo have created several one-hour TV series including Eye to Eye with Warner Bros. Television and McG, Worthy and McGraw with ABC Television and Tim Minear as well as The Fix with Sarah Timberman and Sony Television. Bell and Peterman have also developed a number of videogames including Master Thief, with John Woo.[3]

Bell's first horror project was as co-writer and director of the horror thriller, Stay Alive, which was produced with McG and Peter Schlessel and financed by Spyglass Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment. Stay Alive was acquired and distributed domestically by Buena Vista Pictures and internationally by Universal Pictures. He later directed The Devil Inside, his second horror film, written with Matt Peterman. Bell is currently in post production on his third horror film, Wer.[4]


Year Film Director Writer Producer
1999 Sparkle and Charm Yes Yes Yes
2006 Stay Alive Yes Yes No
2012 The Devil Inside Yes Yes No
2013 Wer Yes Yes No
2016 The Boy Yes No No


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