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Born: January 1, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: screenwriter, director

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New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his "The Truman Show" (1998) script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director, particularly when Jim Carrey came aboard, swelling the budget to about $60 million. Peter Weir helmed instead, bringing a complementary vision which lightened the material somewhat, and the clever satire, which followed a cheerful insurance man (Carrey) as he slowly realizes that all the people in his life are just actors in a TV show, opened to critical raves. Since the deal for "Truman" came together slowly, Niccol actually made his screenwriting and directing debut with "Gattaca" (1997), a superb, well-acted sci-fi movie that raised issues of genetic engineering in a totalitarian environment, focusing on Vincent (Ethan Hawke), an genetically imperfect man who assumes the identity of a crippled superior (Jude Law) willing to sell his DNA. Niccol added a murder mystery and a romance (with Uma Thurman) to the mix and created a believable futuristic society that...

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his "The Truman Show" (1998) script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director, particularly when Jim Carrey came aboard, swelling the budget to about $60 million. Peter Weir helmed instead, bringing a complementary vision which lightened the material somewhat, and the clever satire, which followed a cheerful insurance man (Carrey) as he slowly realizes that all the people in his life are just actors in a TV show, opened to critical raves. Since the deal for "Truman" came together slowly, Niccol actually made his screenwriting and directing debut with "Gattaca" (1997), a superb, well-acted sci-fi movie that raised issues of genetic engineering in a totalitarian environment, focusing on Vincent (Ethan Hawke), an genetically imperfect man who assumes the identity of a crippled superior (Jude Law) willing to sell his DNA. Niccol added a murder mystery and a romance (with Uma Thurman) to the mix and created a believable futuristic society that was undermined by a slightly muddled conclusion. On the heels of his success, he negotiated a two-year production deal with DreamWorks SKG to write, direct and produce projects under the banner of Niccol Productions.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Good Kill (2015)
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  Host, The (2013)
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  In Time (2011)
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  Lord of War (2005) Director
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  Simone (2002) Director
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  Gattaca (1997) Director

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Raised in New Zealand
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Moved to London
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Began career directing TV commercials in England
1997:
Feature directorial debut, "Gattaca"; also scripted
1998:
Scripted acclaimed drama "The Truman Show," starring Jim Carrey
1998:
Formed Niccol Productions
1999:
Received $2 million from New Line Cinema for script "River Road"; attached as director
2001:
Made controversial decision to use computer-generated leading lady opposite Al Pacino in "S1m0ne"
2004:
Executive produced and scripted "The Terminal," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks
2005:
Wrote, directed, and produced "Lord of War," starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke
2011:
Wrote, directed, and produced futuristic thriller "In Time"
2013:
Helmed sci-fi romance "The Host"; also adapted screenplay from novel by Stephenie Meyer
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Notes

"We have this strange relationship with television. In Los Angeles recently, there was a man who died on the freeway and it was televised. I think in many people's minds they're hoping for a violent, fiery outcome. In this case, it just happened to be a little too violent."

"From Truman's point of view, I guess I like the idea of questioning the authenticity of our lives. I would love for people coming out of the theater to look twice at whoever they're with." --Andrew Niccol in The New York Times, May 28, 1998.

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