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Iconic Hollywood Director Joel Schumacher Dies At Age 80

Joel Schumacher, Hollywood ace director has died at the age of 80. Schumacher’s publicists said he had been ill with cancer for more than a year.

 

Films directed by Schumacher include “St Elmo’s Fire”, “The Lost Boys” and “Flatliners”. The filmmaker was also behind a string of big-budget films in the 1980s and 1990s, including “The Client” and “A Time to Kill”, as well as two “Batman” sequels.

Iconic Hollywood Director Joel Schumacher Dies At Age 80

The New York native first entered the film industry as a costume designer in the 1970s, working alongside luminaries such as Woody Allen.

 

He went on to write the 1976 low-budget comedy “Car Wash”, as well as the screenplay for a film adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Wiz.” But his big break came in 1985, with his third feature film “St Elmo’s Fire”, which he co-wrote and directed.

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Joel Schumacher worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Michael Douglas. He directed 1993’s film “Falling Down”, which was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme D’Or.

 

He took over the reins of the Batman franchise from Tim Burton in 1995 casting Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader and Jim Carrey as the Riddler. The film grossed more than $300m worldwide

 

Famous for his ability to pick out new talent, he was fundamental in establishing the careers of A-list stars such as Donald Sutherland, Rob Lowe, and Colin Farrell.

 

In 2013, he took on a couple of episodes of the first season of Netflix series “House of Cards”, before more or less retiring from work.

 

He once said: “If you love a movie, there are hundreds of people who made it lovable for you. If you don’t like it, blame the director. That’s what our name’s there for.”

 

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