Oscar Directors: Forster, Marc–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography

Marc Forster August 28, 2020

Marc Forster Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance:

Social Class: Upper middle; doctor and architect

Nationality: German; in NY at age 20

Education: NYU


First Film: experimental film, 1999; then Sundance, 2000, age 31

First Oscar Nomination: Finding Neverland, 2004; age 35

Other Nominations: No

Genre (specialties): Variety

Collaborators: writer

Last Film:


Career Output:

Career Span: 2000-present





Marc Forster (born 30 November 1969) is a German-Swiss filmmaker, best known for directing the feature films Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, World War Z, and Christopher Robin, as well as numerous television commercials. He is a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award nominee.

Forster was born in Au (today Illertissen), in the Neu-Ulm district of Bavaria, Germany. His parents, a German doctor and a Swiss architect, moved to Switzerland when Forster was 9 years old. He spent his adolescence in Davos, a winter resort in eastern Switzerland and as well as at the international boarding school Institut Montana Zugerberg in central Switzerland.

In 1990, when he was 20, Forster moved to New York.  For the next three years, he attended New York University’s film school, making several documentary films. In 1995, he moved to Hollywood and shot an experimental low-budget film ($10,000) called Loungers, which won the Slamdance Audience Award.

Forster’s first feature-length motion picture was the psychological drama Everything Put Together (2000), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

His breakthrough film was Monster’s Ball (2001), in which he directed Halle Berry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row. The film also starred Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, and Sean Combs.

Finding Neverland (2004) was based on the life of author J.M. Barrie. The film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Forster received BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe nominations for his direction.

Forster’s next film, the thriller Stay (2005) starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and grossed $8 million (USD) in the United States on an estimated budget of $50 million.[1] Stranger than Fiction (2006), a surreal romantic comedy starring Will Ferrell, was a critical success.[2] The film grossed $54 million worldwide [3] and earned Will Ferrell a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Forster then directed an adaptation of best-seller Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, scripted by repeat collaborator David Benioff and starring British newcomer Khalid Abdalla. The film follows an Afghani-American man who returns to his war-ravaged country to save the son of his former best friend. The Kite Runner was released on December 14, 2007 and grossed $73 million worldwide. It also earned a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not In the English Language.

Forster directed the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace which began shooting on January 2, 2008, shortly before his 39th birthday, making him the youngest director in the series’ history (beating the previous record set by Guy Hamilton, who was 41 when he directed Goldfinger). Quantum of Solace was released in the UK on October 31, 2008. It became one of the highest grossing Bond films in the franchise’s history, with a worldwide box office of more than $586 million.

Forster directed the film adaptation of the novel World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which Paramount, which opened June 21, 2013 to $66 million and grossed more than $540 million worldwide. To date, it is the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt’s career and is the most successful Zombie movie of all time.

Forster directed his screenplay of All I See Is You, a visually driven drama following a blind woman (Blake Lively) and her husband (Jason Clarke) who, upon the restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves and their marriage, released in 2016.

In February 2014, Universal won the screen rights to Red Rising, a debut novel by Pierce Brown, in a seven-figure deal. Red Rising is a dystopian science sci fi set on a terraformed Mars. Forster is attached to direct the project.

In June 2015, Forster signed on to direct the first installment of the anti-civil war trilogy “The Downslope,” an original Stanley Kubrick screenplay from 1956. Forster will be a producer on all three films.

In November 2016, Walt Disney Pictures announced that Forster will direct the live-action film adaptation of Winnie the Pooh, which was titled Christopher Robin. The film had its world premiere on July 30, 2018 and was theatrically released on August 3, 2018.

Forster along with Will Smith bought German rights group Telepool in June 2018.


1995 Loungers Yes No Yes Co-wrote with Sebastian Roche
2000 Everything Put Together Yes No Yes Co-wrote with Adam Forgash and Catherine Lloyd Burns
2001 Monster’s Ball Yes No No
2004 Finding Neverland Yes No No Cameo as “Costume Room Worker”
2005 Stay Yes No No
2006 Stranger than Fiction Yes No No
2007 The Kite Runner Yes No No
2008 Quantum of Solace Yes No No
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Yes Yes No
2013 World War Z Yes Executive No
2016 All I See Is You Yes Yes Yes Co-wrote with Sean Conway
2018 Christopher Robin Yes No