Some sad news to report with the death of filmmaker Joel Schumacher.
The director, whose many credits include The Lost Boys, Falling Down, Flatliners, and two Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, has passed away at the age of 80. Schumacher’s publicists said he had sadly lost a yearlong battle with cancer.
With a resume that went from TV movies, to music videos, to big Hollywood blockbusters, Schumacher had long been established as a renowned filmmaker that was able to traverse various genres and formats. He was also considered by many in the industry to be among the most charming, reportedly elevating the moods on set with his warm demeanour.
Among the New York-born filmmaker’s list of directed films: St Elmo’s Fire, The Client, A Time to Kill, 8MM, Tigerland, Phone Booth and The Phantom of the Opera. His final credits as director were for helming two episodes of Netflix’s acclaimed political-thriller series House of Cards.
Schumacher also had screenwriting credits including St Elmo’s Fire, Flawless and The Phantom of the Opera, and even worked as a costume designer in the ’70s – Woody Allen’s 1978 film Interiors among his credits there.
Here are some of the reactions coming from industry names, such as Jim Carrey and Kevin Smith:
Joel Schumacher has passed away. He saw deeper things in me than most and he lived a wonderfully creative and heroic life. I am grateful to have had him as a friend. pic.twitter.com/7kOeJ96rL8
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 22, 2020
Along with everything else in his career, Joel Schumacher was the costume designer on The Last Of Shiela. Legend. pic.twitter.com/dWsBCUhZeo
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 22, 2020
RIP, Joel Schumacher. I met him on the set of the ill-fated Batman & Robin and he couldn’t have been nicer or more hospitable (and the man looooved to gossip). The Incredible Shrinking Woman was an early cable TV classic for me and I loved St Elmo’s Fire, The Client and Flawless. https://t.co/lqs14WPhTm
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 22, 2020
#JoelSchumacher was the funniest, chicest, most hilarious director I ever worked with. Once,on set,an actress was complaining about me within earshot; how I was dreadfully over the top (I was)Joel barely looked up from his NYT+said “Oh Honey,no one ever paid to see under the top”
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) June 23, 2020
Joel Schumacher had a hell of a run. Costumes on The Last Of Sheila & Sleeper. Writer of Car Wash & The Wiz. Director of iconic 80's 90's pop hits; St Elmo's Fire, Lost Boys, Flatliners, way too many other smashes to fit here plus the prescient Fallling Down. RIP Sir. Good work! pic.twitter.com/09ASEUJ6WS
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 22, 2020
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) June 22, 2020
RIP Joel Schumacher. I love St Elmo’s Fire. He was a (very) outspoken gay director before that was cool and his movies are a throwback to a time when Hollywood made something other than bloated action films or Oscar bait homework assignments. RIP Joel. I’m glad you had fun.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 22, 2020