Schumacher, Joel: Director profile

Joel Schumacher is the director of "Twelve," starring Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. The film, which is being released by Hannover House, comes out July 30.

Schumacher began his film career as a costume designer for such legendary directors as Woody Allen (Sleeper, Interiors) and Herbert Ross (The Last of Sheila), before making his own name as a screenwriter with Sparkle and Car Wash. After cutting his teeth directing two television movies, Joel made his feature film directorial debut on The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981. His career soon took off with such iconic fare as St. Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys, followed by other successes – Cousins, Flatliners, Dying Young and Falling Down. He would go on to direct film versions of two best selling novels by John Grisham (The Client and A Time to Kill) as well as two installments of the blockbuster Batman film series, Batman Forever (the #1 movie of 1995, with Jim Carrey as ‘The Riddler’) and Batman & Robin.


Most recently, Joel brought audiences the films 8MM, Flawless (which he also wrote), Tigerland, Phone Booth, Bad Company and Veronica Guerin. In 2004 he adapted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Phantom of the Opera, for the screen. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy. He followed that up with his second collaboration with Jim Carrey, the thriller The Number 23


Joel’s latest film, Twelve, based on the novel by Nick McDonell, was honored as the closing night presentation of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and will be released nationwide by Hannover House on July 30. He is currently prepping his twenty-fourth feature film, Trespass, starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, which he will shoot for producer Irwin Winkler this fall in Louisiana.