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22 June 2020 20:38

A Million Little Pieces Sam Taylor-Johnson Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Joel Schumacher, who directed some two dozen films including Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Brat Pack pics St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys along with Falling Down and John Grisham adaptations The Client and A Time to Kill, died today. Cast of 'Saint Elmo's Fire' (1985) Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock His publicists at ID PR said he had a yearlong battle with cancer. Schumacher was revered as one of Hollywood's great storytellers. He had enormous charm and wit and could walk onto a tense set and instantly change everyone's mood. It was magic chemistry.

His credits also include the 1980s pics D.C. Cab and The Incredible Shrinking Woman. He also helmed The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, Flawless, 8MM Phone Booth, Trespass and most recently two 2013 episodes of Netflix's House of Cards. Related Story Corey Feldman Says Joel Schumacher Tried To Prevent 'Descent' Into Drugs As Hollywood Remembers Late Director Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2020: Photo Gallery The native New Yorker also wrote the 1976 low-budget comedy Car Wash and the screenplays for a pair of film adaptations of Broadway musicals: 1978's The Wiz and 2004's The Phantom of the Opera — along with his films Flawless, St. Elmo's Fire and D.C. Cab. He also penned the 1976 feature Sparkle, which was remade in 2012. Tommy Lee Jones, and Jim Carrey in 'Batman Forever' (1995) Moviestore/Shutterstock He also was in the director's chair for some high-profile music videos including Seal's chart-topping hit "Kiss from a Rose," from 1995's Batman Forever; and INXS' "Devil Inside" (1988); and the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End," which earned Schumacher a Best Director nom at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Born on August 29, 1939, in NYC, Schumacher first made his name as a costume designer for such 1070s pics as Woody Allen's Sleeper and Interiors, along with Blume in Love, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Last of Sheila.

He also was production designer on the 1974 telefilm Killer Bees during the disaster-movie era. Schumacher directed some of Hollywood's most in-demand stars, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Anthony Hopkins, and Susan Sarandon. He also had a knack for helming young talents who would go on to be stars, such as Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, Colin Farrell and Gerard Butler. Michael Douglas in 'Falling Down' (1993) Moviestore/Shutterstock The filmmaker's Falling Down, starring Douglas as a frustrated everyman who explodes in rage, premiered at Cannes in 1993 and was a Palme d'Or nominee. His 1999 feature 8MM, starring Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix and James Gandolfini, was up for the Golden Bear at Berlin. Schumacher also received the Distinguished Collaborator Award from the Costume Designers Guild in 2011 and that same year shared a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for the mental health documentary Half of Us. Director Joel Schumacher, who helmed two Batman films after rising to fame with hits including St Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, has died aged 80. A representative for the flamboyant filmmaker said he died in New York on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer. The director's first film St Elmo's Fire helped make a name for the so-called "Brat Pack" group of young actors as it starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy in 1985. Schumacher became one of the pre-eminent filmmakers of the 1990s after directing the vampire horror comedy "The Lost Boys" two years later. The filmmaker went on to inherit the DC universe from Tim Burton after directing Flatliners and A Time To Kill. Advertisement His garish take on Batman resulted in two of the the franchise's most cartoonish movies in 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman & Robin. Schumacher also directed the thrillers Tigerland and Phone Booth, as well as The Phantom Of The Opera in 2004. He more recently directed two episodes of Netflix's "House of Cards" in 2013. Schumacher was raised by his mother in Queens, New York, after his father died when he was four-years-old. He quickly became enmeshed in the city's nightlife as a teenager. Schumacher told New York magazine earlier this year: "The street was my education. "You could ride your bike over the 59th Street Bridge then. So I rode my bike everywhere. "I was in Manhattan all the time and all over Queens. If you're a kid on a bike, anything can happen, and predators come out of the woodwork, my God. I looked very innocent, but I wasn't." Schumacher later went on to dress New York department store windows before turning his hand to filmmaking.