We at AEE have learned that longtime legendary American film writer and director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80. It had been reported on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 that Schumacher has passed away in New York City, after battling cancer for a year, his representative had stated.
Schumacher was born on August 9th, 1939, in Long Island City, Queens, New York. He attended the Parsons School of Design at New School University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. The soon to be movie director paid his way by designing clothing and packaging for Revlon. Also, he worked as a window dresser at Bendel’s department store in New York.
Schumacher was best known as the director of the films, St. Elmo’s Fire, Flatliners, Batman Forever Batman & Robin, and The Lost Boys.
The director’s style had always dealt with darker themed movies. He was a regular for The Warner Bros. Studio. A legendary maker of films, Schumacher worked with the likes of Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Douglas, Matthew McConaughey, and Colin Ferrell.
Schumacher discovered what young talent he had when casting The “Brat Pack” that would include Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy. This was for the 1985 film St. Elmo’s Fire.
He was also a costume director on Woody Allen’s Sleeper (1973) and wrote the screenplay for the critically received film Sparkle (1976).
The Icon in Filmmaking was asked a question in a piece done by Venice magazine if he had any advice for first-time directors, Schumacher said.
“Be bold, take risks, follow your own instincts, listen to other people only when you really believe in your gut that they’re right. Get a great cast, get a cinematographer that isn’t jealous that you’re the director. Get an editor that’s not jealous you’re the director. You can do it.”
We would like to send our condolences to the Schumacher family on behalf of AEE.
Let’s take this time to pay our respects and honor the career, work, and legacy of one of the greatest directors of film to ever do it.