William Brent Bell

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William Brent Bell
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William Brent Bell on the set of The Boy (2016)
Born Lexington, Kentucky, US
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

William Brent Bell is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for his work in horror films such as The Devil Inside and The Boy.

Life and career[edit]

Bell was born in Lexington, Kentucky. 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 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. His second horror film was The Devil Inside, written with Matt Peterman. Produced by Peterman and Morris Paulson, the film stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, and Suzan Crowley, and was released theatrically on January 6. The film topped the US box office on its opening weekend. It was a record-breaking commercial success and grossed roughly $101 million.[4] In 2013, Bell went into production on his third horror film, Wer[5] which was released by Focus Features.

In 2014, Bell sold his pilot Posthuman to USA Network and UCP with Jason Blum producing. In 2015, Bell set up a series at Fox entitled Haunted. Bell will direct and write the show and shares executive-producing duties with Chris Morgan of the Fast & Furious franchise. This 20th Century Fox Television production is loosely based on the true story chronicled in the book The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family's Battle with Evil.[6]

On July 14, 2014, it was announced that Bell was set to direct a supernatural thriller, The Boy, which Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi would produce through Lakeshore Entertainment, along with Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa, and Roy Lee, through Vertigo Entertainment. The script was written by Stacey Menear. On January 23, 2015, Lauren Cohan signed on to star for the lead role in the film. On March 11, 2015, more cast was announced, which included Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Rupert Evans, and James Russell.

On March 10, 2015, principal photography on The Boy officially begun in Victoria, British Columbia. STX Entertainment acquired the US rights to the film and released it in North America on January 22, 2016, alongside Dirty Grandpa and The 5th Wave. The Boy has grossed $36 million in North America and $31 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $67 million, against a budget of under $10 million.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer
1997 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.inbaseline.com/person.aspx?person_id=45236[dead link]
  3. ^ "William Brent Bell". Hollywood.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Paul Heath (July 28, 2015). "What are the most profitable films of the last 5 years?". The Hollywood News. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Stay Alive' Duo Reteam for Doc-Style 'The Devil Inside'". BloodyDisgusting. October 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "‘Haunted’ Horror Drama Produced By Chris Morgan In Works At Fox". Deadline. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 

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