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Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen


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Born: March 14, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Director ...


Began career as assistant director at Ernst Deutsch Theater, Hamburg; also acted
Directed, wrote and produced the stylish thriller "Shattered", adapted from Richard Neely's novel "The Plastic Warriors"; first association with producing partner Gail Katz (who co-produced); had planned to film this story prior to "Das Boot"
Helmed the film adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller "The Perfect Storm"; seventh producing collaboration with Katz
Supervised the director's cut of "Das Boot", re-released theatrically to enormous acclaim; enhancement included redesigned and re-recorded sound bringing it up to digital standards of the day, as well as a restored negative, reprinted onto the improved color-rich film stock available
Directed first play
Executive produced Jon Avnet's "Red Corner"
First feature as a screenwriter (also director), "The Consequence", a controversial homosexual love story starring Prochnow; banned in parts of Germany
German TV directorial debut, "I Will Kill You, Wolf"
Had huge box-office success with the summer thriller "Air Force One"; served as one of the film's producers (as did Katz) and also directed; picture reunited him with Prochnow; second film with Ballhaus
Helmed the epic "Troy," starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom
Moved to California
Served as one of the executive producers of the CBS fall drama "The Agency"
Worked on a project with Kathleen Turner that dissolved when the actress became pregnant
American directorial debut, "Enemy Mine" (also filmed at Bavarian Studios)
Directed six episodes of German series "Tatort/Crime Scene"; first met and worked with actor Jurgen Prochnow on this series
Executive produced Jon Turteltaub's "Instinct" and produced Chris Columbus' "Bicentennial Man"
Helmed and co-scripted "The Neverending Story", a partly American-financed project filmed in Munich's Bavarian Studios; first English-language film
Directed "Outbreak", a thriller about a deadly virus running amok; despite the Ebola hysteria of that year, the picture stumbled at the box office compared with "In the Line of Fire", though it did more than make back its money; with Katz served as one of film's producers; first collaboration with German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus
Enjoyed hit with American debut as an executive producer, "In the Line of Fire", starring Clint Eastwood; also directed; first film made with the full cooperation of the Secret Service
Feature directorial debut, "Einer von uns Beiden/One or the Other", the story of a student who blackmails one of his professors; won the German National Film Prize as Best New Director; Prochnow acted in picture, re-released in 1979 and picked up by Lufthansa airlines to show on its cross-Atlantic flights
Formed Red Cliff Prods.
Helmed "Black and White Like Night and Days", a thriller set in the world of championship chess starring Bruno Ganz
Helmed the remake of the "The Poseidon Adventure" which centers on a passenger ship that is capsized by a tidal wave
Returned to TV as executive producer of two-part, $12 million adaptation of "The Ring", based on Wagner's "Das Niebelungenlied"
Won international acclaim with "Das Boot", at the time the most expensive German film ever made (about $12 million); received Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations, giving him the distinction of being the first director of a German film to receive a directing nod; scripted from the haunting memoirs of war correspondent Lothar-Gunther Buchheim; simultaneously created a five-hour epic for German TV

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