Harlin on 28 June 2017
15 March 1959
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter|
(m. 1993;div. 1998)
Renny Harlin (born 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola; known since 1987 as Harlin by his father's original surname) is a Finnish film director, producer and screenwriter. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , The Adventures of Ford Fairlane , Die Hard 2 , Cliffhanger , The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea .
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.His film Cutthroat Island held the Guinness world record for "Biggest Box-Office Flop of All Time".
Harlin was born in Riihimäki, Finland, to Oiva Harjola (formerly Harlin), a chief physician at Riihimäki Hospital, and Liisa Koskiluoma, a nurse.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Harlin, Markus Selin and a number of other businessmen founded the indoor amusement park Planet FunFun in Kerava, Finland, in 1992, which included everything from a tropical park to a cinema park, the latter of which Harlin also gave his own special stamp by swinging his film sets and props to special theme rooms. The park also hosted sports competitions and filmed television series. However, Harlin's park remained short lived and last opened its doors in 1995.
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, LL Cool J, Saffron Burrows, Jacqueline McKenzie and Thomas Jane.
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 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. [ citation needed ]Mindhunters was released in the U.S. in 2005. Both films were moderate successes.
In 2007, it was announced that Harlin would direct an adaptation of the comic-book series Brodie's Law .Harlin directed the WWE Studios action movie 12 Rounds , starring John Cena. It was released in March 2009. 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.
In April 2012, it was announced that Harlin would direct Devil's Pass , set in Russia's Ural Mountains and starring Matt Stokoe. The film dealt with the Dyatlov Pass incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. At the film's climax, the character played by Matt Stokoe gets attacked by a mutant version of himself from the future. The film was released in 2013.On February 4, 2013, it was announced that Harlin would direct The Legend of Hercules , which opened in theatres on January 10, 2014. One of two Hercules movies released in 2014 – the other being Hercules , starring Dwayne Johnson – it was critically panned and was a box-office bomb.
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.On September 3, 2014, it was reported that Johnny Knoxville would fill the role previously thought to be played by Scott.
On June 2016, it was announced Harlin would direct Legend of the Ancient Sword at Alibaba Pictures, based on a Chinese role-playing video game.The film was a box-office bomb grossing only 1.25 million dollars against a budget of 11 million.
On June 16, 2017, it was announced Harlin will direct Hanging Coffins for Shanghai Film Group and Shanghai New Wave Films.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. 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. On June 18, 2018, it was announced Harlin will direct Operation Wild.
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.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.
In 2007, it was announced that Harlin would direct an adaptation of the comic-book series Brodie's Law .
In 2011 it was reported that he was planning a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight .
Harlin was married to actress Geena Davis from 1993 to 1998. He has one child, from a relationship with Tiffany Browne.
Harlin lived in the United States from the mid-1980s until 2014, when he moved to China.
|1988||A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master||Yes||No||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Director|
|1990||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Yes||No||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director|
|Die Hard 2||Yes||No|
|1991||Rambling Rose||No||Yes||Winner—Independent Spirit Award|
|1995||Cutthroat Island||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director|
|The Long Kiss Goodnight||Yes||Yes|
|1999||Blast from the Past||No||Yes|
|Deep Blue Sea||Yes||No|
|2001||Driven||Yes||No||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director|
|Exorcist: The Beginning||Yes||No||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director|
|5 Days of War||Yes||Yes|
|2014||The Legend of Hercules||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director|
|2018||Legend of the Ancient Sword||Yes||No|
|2019||Bodies at Rest||Yes||No|
|1980||Huostaanotto||Yes||No||as Lauri Harjola|
|1981||Kohtauspaikka 33||Yes||Yes||as Lauri Harjola|
|1994||The Foot Shooting Party||No||Yes|
|1993-1994||Gladiaattorit||Yes||Yes||Produced 53 episodes, directed 21 episodes|
|2011-2012||Burn Notice||Yes||No||Season 5, Episodes 514 & 518 [Season Finale], and Season 6, Episodes 606 & 610|
|2012||White Collar||Yes||No||Season 4, Episode 409|
|2012||Covert Affairs||Yes||No||Season 3, Episode 316 [Season Finale]|
|2013||Graceland||Yes||No||Season 1, Episodes 103, 105 & 108|
Virginia Elizabeth Davis is an American actress and activist. Davis has received numerous accolades for her acting work in both film and television, and is noted for her portrayals of strong and authentic female characters as well as her involvement in advocacy for women in the industry.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of nine slasher films, a television series, novels, and comic books. The films began with the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) created by Wes Craven. The series revolves around the fictional character Freddy Krueger, a former child killer who after being burned alive by the vengeful parents of his victims, returns from the grave to terrorize and kill the teenage residents of Springwood, Ohio in their dreams. The original film was written and directed by Craven, who returned to co-script the second sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), and to write and direct New Nightmare (1994). The films collectively grossed $750 million at the box office worldwide.
Cutthroat Island is a 1995 adventure swashbuckler 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.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 American spy action thriller film co-produced and directed by Renny Harlin, and produced by Shane Black and Stephanie Austin with screenplay written by Black. The film, starring Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Amandes, Yvonne Zima, Brian Cox, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko and David Morse, follows an amnesiatic schoolteacher who sets out on a journey to find out who she is with the help of a private detective until they discover a dark conspiracy.
Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action-adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner. Based on a concept by climber John Long, the film follows Gabe, a mountain climber who becomes embroiled in a heist of a U.S. Treasury plane flying through the Rocky Mountains. Released on 28 May 1993, the film earned $255 million worldwide.
Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 American science fiction horror film directed by Renny Harlin. It stars Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, and rapper LL Cool J. Set in an isolated underwater facility, the film follows a team of scientists and their research on mako sharks to help fight Alzheimer's disease. The situation plunges into chaos when multiple genetically engineered sharks go on a rampage and flood the facility.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American fantasy slasher film and the fourth installment 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. After completing his revenge against the families who killed him, Krueger uses Kristen's best friend, Alice Johnson, to gain access to new victims in order to sate his murderous needs. The film is a sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and was followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). It is often popularly referred to as "the MTV Nightmare" of the franchise.
Thomas "Dome" Karukoski is a Finnish film director. He is considered to be one of Finland's most successful film directors, having won over 30 festival awards and having directed six feature films that became blockbusters in his home country and also received international recognition.
Markus Selin is a television and film producer.
Gladiaattorit is a Finnish competition television program part of the international Gladiators franchise.
5 Days of War is a 2011 action film directed by Renny Harlin. The story is about the Russo-Georgian War over the Russian-backed breakaway autonomous republic of South Ossetia in Georgia, including the events leading up to the conflict.
Born American is a 1986 Finnish film directed by Renny Harlin. It was originally supposed to star Chuck Norris but he backed out when filming was delayed by funding problems and his son, Mike Norris, landed the lead instead. A Finnish production, this was at that time the most expensive film ever to have been made in Finland. The Finnish Board of Film Classification initially banned the movie due to its excessive violence and anti-Soviet elements. Because of that, the movie had to be shortened 3.5 minutes before it was finally accepted for distribution October 29, 1986 with the Supreme Court decision. The premiere was December 19, 1986. The success of the film in the United States allowed Harlin to get his foot in the door in Hollywood.
Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, who was widely credited as Rebecca Spikings, was an American film producer and filmmaker. She produced or co-produced a number of films, including Deep Blue Sea in 1999 and 2004's Mindhunters. Her television work included the 1996 HBO movie, Mistrial, starring Bill Pullman.
"Nightmare", also known as "(Running From This) Nightmare", is a song by American recording artist and actress Tuesday Knight. The song serves as the opening song for the fourth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, in which Knight co-starred. Although not officially released as a single or included on the original soundtrack for the film at the time, "Nightmare" has become a cult hit among horror fans and is one of Knight's most well-known and signature songs. It was released officially as a single in 2016.
Skiptrace is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese-American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Renny Harlin, produced, starring and based on a story by Jackie Chan. The film co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Fan Bingbing. It was released in China on July 21, 2016 and in the United States on September 2, 2016.
The Legend of Hercules is a 2014 American 3D action fantasy film directed by Renny Harlin, written by Daniel Giat and Sean Hood, and starring Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, and Liam Garrigan. It was one of two Hollywood-studio Hercules films released in 2014, alongside Paramount Pictures' and MGM's co-production Hercules, released six months earlier on January 10, 2014. The Legend of Hercules was a box-office bomb and received universally negative reviews, unlike Hercules, which was a financial box-office success and opened to far stronger reviews.
Alibaba Pictures Group is a Chinese film company under Alibaba Group. The film company was formerly ChinaVision Media, of which Alibaba Group bought a majority stake in late 2014. It subsequently was renamed from ChinaVision to Alibaba Pictures Group. By April 2015, it was the largest Chinese film company by worth, with a market value of US$8.77 billion and by June of the same year it was worth US$9.6 billion.
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.
GuJian2 is a 3D role-playing video game developed by Aurogon with the Vision engine and published by Gamebar. The second main entry of the Gujian series, it was originally released in China on August 18, 2013 for Microsoft Windows. A sequel, Gujian3, was released in 2018.
Bodies at Rest is a 2019 action thriller film directed by Renny Harlin, starring Nick Cheung, Richie Jen, and Yang Zi. It is Harlin's third Chinese-language film, following Skiptrace (2016) and Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018). The film had its world premiere as the opening film of the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 18, 2019. It was released in China on August 16, 2019.
... vuoden 1984, jolloin ... Renny Harlin poistui Suomesta Yhdysvaltoihin ...
Viisi vuotta Kiinassa asunut Ohjaaja ... En kaipaa Amerikassa asumista yhtään, vaikka asuin siellä 30 vuotta.
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