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Director Joel Schumacher Dies Aged 80

Joel Schumacher
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 03: Director Joel Schumacher attends a Campari event during the 6th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 3, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

The film industry is mourning this week with the death of director Joel Schumacher, who has sadly passed away aged 80, after a long battle with cancer.

Tributes have poured in throughout the last few hours for the filmmaker, who began his career as a costume designer, having worked on various Woody Allen films in the 1970s including “Sleeping” and “Interiors.” Among those sharing their love for the filmmaker is actor Jim Carrey, who posted this tribute on Twitter:

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After directing a couple of TV movies, he made his first feature in 1981 with “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” starring Lily Tomlin and based on Richard Matheson’s novel. “St Elmo’s Fire” came in 1985 before his cult hit horror “The Lost Boys” premiered in 1987 to favorable reviews.

Starring Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric, the gory vampire horror tells the story of two brothers discovering that their neighborhood is infested with vampires. It’s widely regarded as one of Schumacher’s best, thanks to a brilliant soundtrack and entertaining plot.

Schumacher reunited with Sutherland again in 1990 with “Flatliners,” a sci-fi horror telling the story of five medical students. It picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Editing, but lost to “The Hunt for Red October.” The Golden Globe-winning actor also posted a tribute on Twitter yesterday dedicated to the late Schumacher:

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In 1995 & 1997 came Schumacher’s two most famed films, “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.” Both films featured different versions of Batman, with Van Kilmer is the original leading man, with George Clooney stepping into the role for the next in the series. The former received 3 below-the-line Oscar nominations, however, the latter was not received favorably, criticized for its tone and plot among other things.

Schumacher moved away from the superhero series heading into the 2000s, with “Phone Booth” starring Colin Farrell regarded as one of his most underrated pieces of work. In 2004 came his film adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera,” one of his most successful films awards wise, having been nominated for 3 Academy Awards.

Schumacher’s most recent directorial works were two episodes of the first season of “House of Cards,” widely regarded as the best season of the series that helped put Netflix on the map.

As a director, producer, and costume designer among other things, Schumacher showed a tremendous amount of versatility and talent throughout his career, daring to do something different with every project. He helped bring several actors to the forefront of the minds of audiences and will be a sorely missed part of the film industry.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!

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