News ID: 270550
Published: 0244 GMT June 23, 2020

Joel Schumacher, ‘Batman Forever’ director, dies aged 80

Joel Schumacher, ‘Batman Forever’ director, dies aged 80

The filmmaker Joel Schumacher, whose hits included ‘Batman Forever’, ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Lost Boys’, died of cancer.

A statement from his publicist said that he “passed away quietly” at the age of 80 and will be “fondly remembered by his friends and collaborators”, the Guardian reported.

Schumacher initially worked in the fashion industry before entering film as a costume designer for Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper and Interiors’. He wrote his first screenplay for a 1976’s musical drama. His directorial debut came in 1981 with ‘The Incredible Shrinking Woman’ starring Lily Tomlin.

His first hit came in 1985 with the Brat Pack drama ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’, which then led him to make ‘The Lost Boys’, which became an even bigger hit in the summer of 1987. As the 90s began, he made supernatural thriller ‘Flatliners’ and romantic drama ‘Dying Young’ with Julia Roberts before scoring his most acclaimed film to date with 1993’s ‘Falling Down’ starring Michael Douglas.

The decade also saw him make two John Grisham dramas, ‘The Client’ and ‘A Time to Kill’, and enter franchise filmmaking with ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin’. His work since then included the drama ‘Tigerland’, the thriller ‘Phone Booth’ with Colin Farrell and the Jim Carrey’s horror ‘The Number 23’. His last film was 2011’s ‘Trespass’ starring Nicole Kidman.

Tributes are pouring in from those who knew him or his work.

In a 2017 retrospective of ‘Batman & Robin’, Schumacher spoke about his career in film. “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,” he said. “You know, I’m just a kid whose parents died very young who was on his own and grew up behind a movie theater before TV, and I wanted to tell those stories, and look what happened.”


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