Andrew Niccol

Andrew Niccol

Highest Rated: 94% The Truman Show (1998)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Host (2013)

Birthday: Jun 10, 1964

Birthplace: Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Drawing on the outsider view that, as he once asserted, arose from his New Zealand roots, Andrew Niccol established his reputation as a writer/director with a gift for exploring techno-paranoia and isolation in Gattaca (1997) and The Truman Show (1998).Born and raised in New Zealand, Niccol learned the filmmaking craft as a TV commercial director in Great Britain. After making ads for ten years, Niccol decided to relocate to Hollywood in order to make movies that "lasted longer than 60 seconds." Though he wrote the screenplay for The Truman Show before Gattaca, it was the latter film that became Niccol's Hollywood debut as a writer as well as director. A sleek tale of the near future and the troubling reach of science, Gattaca pitted imperfect, naturally birthed, wannabe astronaut Ethan Hawke against a system that favored the genetically engineered perfection aptly embodied by Uma Thurman and Jude Law. Though critics and the Academy admired Gattaca's visual craft and intelligence, American audiences were less than taken with its measured tone and philosophical bent; Niccol's freshman effort was better received in Europe. Niccol's screenplay for The Truman Show, however, became an unalloyed success. Co-produced by Niccol, directed by fellow down under talent Peter Weir, and famously featuring Jim Carrey in his first "straight" starring role, The Truman Show's vision of a TV-made man who is the unwitting star of a life manufactured for perpetual broadcast was lauded by the critics for its smart satire of contemporary media culture. After becoming the rare summer blockbuster that also had a brain, The Truman Show earned three Oscar nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for Niccol. After this one-two punch, Niccol was set to direct and produce his screenplay Simone (2000).Another take on The Truman Show's fascination with media-made "reality" and fantasy, Simone starred Al Pacino as a desperate Hollywood filmmaker who gets more than he bargained for when his digitally created eponymous bombshell becomes a celebrity sensation. After sitting on the shelf for two years, Simone was finally released in August 2002 to mixed reviews that either damned it as a leaden, obvious satire that let Pacino chew too much of the fabulous-looking scenery, or praised it as a savvy indictment of contemporary star culture. Regardless of the few positive notices, Simone languished at the late summer box office.

Highest Rated Movies



38% Anon Screenwriter Producer Director 2018
75% Good Kill Producer Screenwriter Director 2015
9% The Host Screenwriter $26.7M 2013
No Score Yet Paani Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Dali & I: The Surreal Story Director 2012
37% In Time Director Screenwriter Producer $36M 2011
No Score Yet The Cross Director 2010
No Score Yet Boy I Am Actor 2006
61% Lord of War Screenwriter Producer Director $24.1M 2005
61% The Terminal Executive Producer $77.1M 2004
51% Simone Producer Screenwriter Director $9.5M 2002
94% The Truman Show Producer Screenwriter 1998
83% Gattaca Director Screenwriter 1997


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