JOEL SCHUMACHER

August 29, 1939 – June 22, 2020
New York City, New York
80 years old

“I think I’m one of the luckiest people that ever lived. I got my dream. I got it so much bigger than even I could have dreamed it.”

— Joel Schumacher

Even if you somehow made it through your life without seeing a single Joel Schumacher film, you knew his name. The prolific director would easily make a list of the top 20 film directors of all the time. Yes, we would be panned for his directing of “Batman & Robin,” even being nominated for Worst Director at that year’s Razzie Awards. But before that, he made “Batman Forever,” which is always remembered as a positive installment in the series. He could deliver career-making films like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Falling Down,” and turn heads with lesser known films like “The Number 23,” which was my personal favorite, and “8MM,” with Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix. He worked with Keifer Sutherland throughout his career, with “The Lost Boys,” “Flatliners,” and even “Phone Booth.” Joel Schumacher is gone, but never forgotten.

FAVORITE FILM

“The Number 23” (2007)

LAST FILM SEEN

“Flatliners” (1990)

BEST SUPERHERO FILM

“Batman Forever” (1995)

BIGGEST AWARD WIN

Distinguished Collaborator Award at 2011 Costume Designers Guild Awards

JOEL SCHUMACHER’S FILMOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR
1981The Incredible Shrinking Woman
1983D.C. Cab
1985St. Elmo’s Fire
1987The Lost Boys
1989Cousins
1990Flatliners
1991Dying Young
1993Falling Down
1994The Client
1995Batman Forever
1996A Time to Kill
1997Batman & Robin
19998MM
1999Flawless
2000Tigerland
2002Bad Company
2002Phone Booth
2003Veronica Guerin
2004The Phantom of the Opera
2007The Number 23
2009Blood Creek
2010Twelve
2011Trespass
PRODUCER
1995The BabysitterExecutive Producer
19998MMProducer
1999FlawlessProducer
2000GossipExecutive Producer
WRITER
1976Sparkle
1976Car WashWritten by
1978The WizScreenplay by
1983D.C. CabStory | Written by
1985St. Elmo’s FireWritten by
1999FlawlessWritten by
2004The Phantom of the OperaScreenplay by
2012SparkleStory by

JOEL SCHUMACHER‘S TELEVISION

DIRECTOR
1974Virginia HillTelevision movie
1979Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and GrillTelevision movie
1988INXS: Kick: The Video Flick – “Devil Inside”Video short documentary
19922000 Malibu Road5 Episodes
1993Lenny Kravitz: Heaven Help – European VersionVideo short
1994Seal: Kiss from a Rose, Version 1Video short
2004I’m Only Looking: The Best of INXS – “Devil Inside”Video documentary
2008Choose or LoseTelevision special
2011Man in the MirrorShort
2012The Killing Floor: Star BabyVideo short
2013House of Cards2 Episodes
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
1983Now We’re Cookin’Television movie
1985Code Name: FoxfireEpisode: “Slay It Again, Sam”
1986Slow BurnTelevision movie
19922000 Malibu RoadEpisode: “#1.6”
2015Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors3 Episodes
WRITER
1974Virginia HillTelevision movie
1979Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and GrillTelevision movieWritten by
1983Now We’re Cookin’Television movieWritten by
1985Code Name: FoxfireEpisode: “Slay It Again, Sam”Created | Story by

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