Renny Harlin

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Renny Harlin
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Born
Lauri Mauritz Harjola

(1959-03-15) 15 March 1959 (age 59)
Occupation Director
Producer
Screenwriter
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
Geena Davis
(m. 1993;div. 1998)
Children1
Website www.rennyharlin.com

Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola; 15 March 1959) is a Finnish film director, producer and screenwriter. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , Die Hard 2 , Cliffhanger , The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea.

Film director occupation of a person who directs a film

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A film producer is a person who oversees film production. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.

Screenwriter writer who writes for TV, films, comics and games

A screenplay writer, scriptwriter or scenarist, is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.

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Harlin's movies have earned $525,410,873 in the United States and $1,160,546,146 in the worldwide aggregate box office as of October 2016, making him the 115th highest-grossing director in the global film market. [1] His film Cutthroat Island held the Guinness world record for "Biggest Box-Office Flop of All Time". [2] He shared a similar fate 20 years later with the film, "Legend of the Ancient Sword" in China. [3]

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

<i>Cutthroat Island</i> 1995 romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin

Cutthroat Island is a 1995 comedy adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and written by Robert King and Marc Norman based on a story by Michael Frost Beckner, James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans, and Raymond Gideon. It stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella. The film is an international co-production among companies in the United States, France, Germany, and Italy.

Legend of the Ancient Sword is a Chinese fantasy-adventure-action film directed by Renny Harlin and based on the video game Gu Jian Qi Tan 2. The film was released worldwide on October 1, 2018.

Life and career

Early life and work

Harlin was born in Riihimäki, Finland, to a nurse and a physician. [4]

Riihimäki Town in Tavastia Proper, Finland

Riihimäki is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of Helsinki and 109 kilometres southeast of Tampere. An important railway junction is located in Riihimäki, railway tracks go to Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti from there. Würth Oy has its Finnish Headquarters and logistics center in Riihimäki. Valio has a major dairy in Herajoki part of Riihimäki. The famous Sako rifles are produced in Riihimäki.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

Physician professional who practices medicine

A physician, medical practitioner, medical doctor, or simply doctor is a professional who practises medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring health through the study, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Physicians may focus their practice on certain disease categories, types of patients and methods of treatment—known as specialities—or they may assume responsibility for the provision of continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families, and communities—known as general practice. Medical practice properly requires both a detailed knowledge of the academic disciplines underlying diseases and their treatment—the science of medicine—and also a decent competence in its applied practice—the art or craft of medicine.

Harlin started his career in the film business in the beginning of the 1980s, directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later, he worked as a buyer for a Finnish film distributor and met fellow Finn Markus Selin in Los Angeles in 1982. They became friends and started writing a screenplay called "Arctic Heat", which later evolved into Born American , with Mike Norris in the leading role. They secured financing from the U.S., and in 1986, Born American became the most expensive Finnish film ever opened in the U.S. in over 1,000 theaters. [5]

A film distributor is responsible for the marketing of a film. The distribution company is usually different from the production company. Distribution deals are an important part of financing a film.

Markus Selin Finnish television producer and film producer

Markus Selin is a television and film producer.

Screenplay written work by screenwriters for a film or television program

A screenplay, or script, is a written work by screenwriters for a film, television program or video game. These screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression and dialogues of the characters are also narrated. A screenplay written for television is also known as a teleplay.

Harlin moved to Los Angeles and got a job from Irwin Yablans, who offered him a script of Prison to film. The film was made with a low budget and distributed with only 42 copies. In the same year, 1988, he got a job from New Line Cinema to direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) after meeting producer Robert Shaye, who at first did not want Harlin to direct the film. It became the highest-grossing film in the series until the 2003 release of Freddy vs. Jason , and its budget was seven times greater than the original A Nightmare on Elm Street . [5]

Irwin Yablans is an American independent film producer and distributor known for his work in the horror film industry. His brother, Frank Yablans, was also a producer.

New Line Cinema American film studio and distributor

New Line Productions Inc., doing business as New Line Cinema, is an American film production studio of Warner Bros. It was founded in 1967 by Robert Shaye as an independent film distribution company, later becoming a film studio. It was acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in 1994; Turner later merged with Time Warner in 1996, and New Line was merged with Warner Bros. Pictures in 2008. Currently, its films are distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

<i>A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master</i> 1988 film by Renny Harlin

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin and stars Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, and Danny Hassel. Following the death of Nancy Thompson, Freddy Krueger reappears in the dreams of Kristen Parker, Joey Crusel, and Roland Kincaid. Krueger uses Kristen's best friend, Alice Johnson, to gain access to new victims. The film is a sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).

Breakthrough and the 1990s

After the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , Harlin was set to direct Alien 3 . He was attached in the project for a little over a year, but in the end, he was forced to leave the project due to creative differences with the producers. [6]

<i>Alien 3</i> 1992 American science-fiction horror film by David Fincher

Alien 3 is a 1992 American science fiction horror film directed by David Fincher and written by David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson from a story by Vincent Ward. It stars Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley and is the third film installment in the Alien franchise, preceded by Aliens (1986) and succeeded by Alien Resurrection (1997).

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Die Hard 2 were edited simultaneously and released a week apart in 1990. The former flopped, but the latter was a commercial success. Harlin achieved critical acclaim the following year when he produced Rambling Rose through his own Midnight Sun Pictures for director Martha Coolidge. The film won Best Feature at the 1992 Independent Spirit Awards and earned its star and Harlin's then-partner Laura Dern a Best Actress Oscar nomination at the 1992 Academy Awards.

1993's action thriller Cliffhanger had Harlin work for the first time with Sylvester Stallone. Harlin's career suffered a blow with the pirate adventure film Cutthroat Island in 1995 which was a box office bomb. He did go on to have moderate success with Long Kiss Goodnight starring Samuel L Jackson and Geena Davis in 1996 and Deep Blue Sea in 1999, starring Samuel L Jackson, LLCoolJ, Saffron Burrows, Jacqueline McKenzie and Thomas Jane.

2000s

Harlin wanted to direct a movie based on Formula One, but unable to secure the rights, he instead produced the film Driven in 2001, based on the American Champ Car series. Harlin's next project after Driven was to be a movie adaptation of the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder , but Harlin left the project after a disagreement with Bradbury. [7] Although the director was changed, Harlin was credited as a producer when the finished film was released in 2005.

Harlin took over directing the action mystery film Mindhunters when the original director Peter Howitt dropped out, but the release was delayed by studio conflicts. Harlin went on to re-shoot a more traditional horror version of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), after the studio was unhappy with the version cut by director Paul Schrader, which was more of a psychological drama. [8] Mindhunters was released in the U.S. in 2005. Both films were moderate successes.[ citation needed ]

In 2006, Harlin collaborated with Markus Selin to direct a biopic of the Finnish President and Marshall of Finland Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, but budget constraints put the project on hold. Instead, Harlin made another foray into low-budget horror with The Covenant , which was another moderate commercial success. In 2007, the Mannerheim film project resumed temporarily, and Harlin returned to Finland. Production began in 2008 with Mikko Nousiainen starring as Mannerheim. However, 30% of the funding was cut by one of the financiers due to the global economic recession, and the delay meant that the time window for shooting the winter scenes during the spring of 2009 passed. Pre-production finally commenced in 2010, and the project was assigned to Dome Karukoski in August 2011. [9]

In 2007, it was announced that Harlin would direct an adaptation of the comic-book series Brodie's Law . [10] Harlin directed the WWE Studios action movie 12 Rounds , starring John Cena. It was released in March 2009. [11] In 2009, Harlin directed an independent war film in Georgia. The film, 5 Days of War , was a story about the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia in the region of South Ossetia. In the film, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili was played by Cuban-American actor Andy García. [12]

2010s and move to China

In 2011, it was reported that Harlin was planning a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight . [13] In April 2012, it was announced that Harlin would direct Devil's Pass , set in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The fact-based film dealt with the Dyatlov Pass incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. The film was released in 2013. [14] On February 4, 2013, it was announced that Harlin would direct The Legend of Hercules , which opened in theatres on January 10, 2014. [15]

On May 19, 2014, Harlin was set to direct the action comedy film Skiptrace , with Jackie Chan set to star along with Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing. [16] However, on September 3, 2014, it was reported that Johnny Knoxville would fill the role previously thought to be played by Scott. [17] The film and his work in China promise new success for Harlin. [18]

Future projects

On June 2016, it was announced Harlin will direct Legend of the Ancient Sword at Alibaba Pictures, based on a Chinese role-playing video game. [19] On June 16, 2017, it was announced Harlin will direct Hanging Coffins for Shanghai Film Group and Shanghai New Wave Films. [20] On June 18, 2017, it was announced Harlin will direct Operation Somalia. The film's story, based on true events, revolves around a rescue operation against Somali pirates mounted by Chinese special forces. [21] On May 8, 2018, it was announced Harlin will direct Solara, a Chinese sci-fi epic revolving around an international team that must work together to save Earth from a global catastrophe. [22] On June 18, 2018, it was announced Harlin will direct Operation Wild. [23]

Unproduced films

Harlin's next project after Driven was to be a movie adaptation of the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder , but Harlin left the project after a disagreement with Bradbury. [24] Although the director was changed, Harlin was credited as a producer when the finished film was released in 2005.

In 2006, Harlin collaborated with Markus Selin to direct a biopic of the Finnish President and Marshall of Finland Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, but budget constraints put the project on hold. Instead, Harlin made another foray into low-budget horror with The Covenant , which was another moderate commercial success. In 2007 the Mannerheim film project resumed temporarily and Harlin returned to Finland. Production began in 2008 with Mikko Nousiainen starring as Mannerheim. However, 30% of the funding was cut by one of the financiers due to the global economic recession, and the delay meant that the time window for shooting the winter scenes during the spring of 2009 passed. Pre-production finally commenced in 2010, and the project was assigned to Dome Karukoski in August 2011. [25]

In 2007, it was announced that Harlin would direct an adaptation of the comic-book series Brodie's Law . [26]

In 2011 it was reported that he was planning a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight . [27]

Personal life

Harlin was married to actress Geena Davis from 1993 to 1998. He has one child, from a relationship with Tiffany Browne.

Filmography

Films

YearFilmNotes
1986 Born American
1987 Prison
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Director
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Die Hard 2
1993 Cliffhanger
1995 Cutthroat Island Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight
1999 Deep Blue Sea
2001 Driven Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2004 Mindhunters
Exorcist: The Beginning Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2006 The Covenant
2007 Cleaner
2009 12 Rounds
2011 5 Days of War
2013 Devil's Pass
2014 The Legend of Hercules Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2016 Skiptrace
2018 Legend of the Ancient Sword
2019 Bodies at Rest
TBA The Misfits
TBAOperation Somalia
TBAOperation Wild
TBASolara

Short films

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