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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 March 1965Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK
Birth NamePaul William Scott Anderson
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping (1994) (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States.

Shopping (1994) allowed Anderson to get the chance to direct Mortal Kombat (1995), an adaptation of the hit video game, which showcased his directorial trademarks - visually stunning scenery and quick-cut editing. The film did well enough for him to choose his next project, which was Soldier (1998) with Warner Bros., with Kurt Russell in the lead. Unfortunately, Russell decided at the time to go on hiatus, pushing the release date of that film into 1998. In the meantime, Anderson directed Event Horizon (1997) from a script by Philip Eisner, which featured Anderson regulars Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs. The science fiction/horror film, a Gothic horror version of Solaris (1972), was stylish and scary, but was critically panned and did not do well in the box office, which Anderson blamed on studio-enforced cuts to the story. (Anderson has promised a Director's Cut, though none has been announced as of yet).

Soldier (1998) didn't fare well with critics and box office either, and Anderson's planned 2000 remake of Death Race 2000 (1975) was canceled. This forced him to think smaller, which led to The Sight (2000), a supernatural mystery movie that was a minor hit. He then resurfaced to direct another video game adaption, Resident Evil (2002). Long rumored among fans to be a choice comeback vehicle for zombie grandfather George A. Romero, the writing and directing credits eventually transferred to Anderson. He next was given the helm for the long-awaited film adaption of the popular Dark Horse comic book, AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jonah Falcon < jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

Spouse (1)

Milla Jovovich (22 August 2009 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (8)

Visually stunning scenery
Quick-cut editing
Tough female characters
Very often, he uses odd tilted high or low angles for a creepy effect to the atmosphere of his films.
Dialog and characters that transcend their video game origins, thus highlighting humanity's place in the universe.
Always uses a slow or fast revolving pull back shot, at certain points in his films.
Has a reputation for declining to direct follow-ups to his films (i.e. Mortal Kombat, AVP, Resident Evil).
Often casts wife Milla Jovovich in a leading or a supporting role

Trivia (7)

Graduated from Warwick University in the UK.
Engaged to actress/model Milla Jovovich.
Sick and tired of having to explain the significance of the raining frogs in Magnolia (1999), he added the initials W.S. to his name to avoid confusion with indie filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Unfortunately, the modified name is too similar to another celebrated auteur, Wes Anderson, and Paul is constantly fielding questions about what it's like to work with Bill Murray.
One of only two people to have both written and directed an Alien movie (the other being James Cameron).
Constantly mentions plans to release director's cut editions of all of his movies on DVD. To date, the only one that has surfaced is AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
Daughter, Ever Anderson, born 3 November 2007. Mother is his fiancée, Milla Jovovich.
Son-in-law of Galina Jovovich.

Personal Quotes (3)

I don't think it would be possible for me to respect people like Ridley Scott or James Cameron more than I already do. They're gods of filmmaking.
"AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) is not trying to be Alien (1979) or Aliens (1986), and it's not trying to be Predator (1987). Those are genius movies. The impact that these creatures had on audiences was immense. But 26 years on, and dozens of comic books later, everyone knows what the Alien looks like. You've got to do something different with it, and make a slightly different movie. So, in a way, we were definitely making an Alien and a Predator movie, but a different one from the one the other directors had made".
If you work with a subject matter beloved by a hardcore fan base, then there's going to be a huge amount of discussion of what you've got wrong or right. In some ways you can never please overly obsessive fans, it's just impossible.

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