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Chris Columbus



Screenwriter/Director Chris Columbus sold his first movie script for Jocks while still a film student at New York University; although heavily rewritten by others for the screen, this piece got Columbus' foot in the big-time door. His breakthrough script for producer Steven Spielberg was for Gremlins, and was allegedly inspired by its writer's dreams of mice at his fingers. The film, which blended warmth and whimsy with violent slapstick and some truly mean-spirited moments, was even more vicious than what was seen onscreen before it was cleaned up by Spielberg, himself. The success of Gremlins secured Columbus future writing assignments on such Spielberg projects as Young Sherlock Holmes and The Goonies (both 1985). He also developed the concept for a 1986 television cartoon series, Galaxy High School, about an extraterrestrial school populated by weird-looking space aliens. Columbus was eventually given a chance to direct the medium-budget teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting in 1988. He followed this with Home Alone (1990), directed from a script by John Hughes, which made incredible amounts of money and planted Columbus firmly on the Hollywood "A" list. Columbus continued to alternate between writing and directing as a Hollywood fixture in the '90s, churning out such box-office bonanzas as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), among other titles, before directing two even bigger blockbusters: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and its sequel the following year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Although his 2005 adaptation of Rent failed to make much of an impression with moviegoers, he continued to act as a producer on a number of big-budget projects including Night at the Museum and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In 2009 he directed I Love You, Beth Cooper, but found greater success the next year directing Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. In 2011 he got an Oscar nomination as one of the producers of The Help that drama was in the running for Best Picture.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% It Had to Be You
  • Executive Producer
2016
84% Tallulah
  • Producer
2016
91% The Witch
  • Executive Producer
2016
46% The Young Messiah
  • Producer
2016
89% Mediterranea
  • Producer
2015
16% Pixels
  • Producer
  • Director
2015
53% Little Accidents
  • Executive Producer
2015
33% Las Aparicio
  • Executive Producer
2015
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Producer
2014
42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2013
75% The Help
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Director
2011
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
14% I Love You Beth Cooper
  • Producer
  • Director
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Producer
2009
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Executive Producer
2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
43% Night at the Museum
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
46% Rent
  • Producer
  • Director
2005
27% Fantastic Four
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2005
5% Christmas With the Kranks
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2004
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Producer
2004
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2002
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2001
20% Monkeybone
  • Executive Producer
2001
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Producer
  • Director
1999
44% Stepmom
  • Producer
  • Director
1998
17% Jingle All the Way
  • Producer
1997
27% Nine Months
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
71% Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Director
1993
24% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Screenwriter
1992
62% Only the Lonely
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
55% Home Alone
  • Director
1990
89% The Abyss
  • Screenwriter
1989
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Screenwriter
1989
38% Heartbreak Hotel
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
72% The Lost Boys
  • Screenwriter
1987
77% Adventures in Babysitting
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
0% Solarbabies
  • Screenwriter
1986
65% Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Screenwriter
1985
70% The Goonies
  • Screenwriter
1985
85% Gremlins
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Screenwriter
1984
95% Night Shift
  • Screenwriter
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 3
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer

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