Andrew Niccol

Andrew Niccol

Highest Rated: 95% The Truman Show (1998)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Host (2013)

Birthday: Jun 10, 1964

Birthplace: Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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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Filmography

Movies

Credit
37% 35% Anon Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2018
75% 49% Good Kill Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$17.8K 2014
9% 49% The Host Director,
Screenwriter
$26.6M 2013
36% 51% In Time Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$37.6M 2011
61% 84% Lord of War Director,
Writer,
Producer
$24.1M 2005
61% 74% The Terminal Executive Producer $77M 2004
No Score Yet 67% The Sleeping Dictionary Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2003
50% 36% Simone Director,
Writer,
Producer
$9.7M 2002
95% 89% The Truman Show Screenwriter,
Producer
$125.6M 1998
82% 87% Gattaca Director,
Writer
$12.3M 1997

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015

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