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Joel Schumacher, Director of 'St Elmo's Fire' and 'The Lost Boys,' Dies at 80

TheWrap logo TheWrap 6/22/2020 Beatrice Verhoeven
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Joel Schumacher, director of films like "St. Elmo's Fire," "The Client" and "A Time to Kill" has died from a year-long battle with cancer, his spokesperson told TheWrap. He was 80 years old.

His films "Falling Down" (1993) and "8mm" (1999) competed for Palme d'Or and Golden Bear, respectively. His other credits include "Flatliners," "The Lost Boys," "Tigerland," "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin," as well as "Phone Booth," The Phantom of the Opera," "The Number 23" and most recently, two episodes of "House of Cards."

Schumacher developed a reputation for spotting young talent, casting stars like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Renfro in their first major screen roles.


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His first screenplay was 1976's musical drama "Sparkle," which he developed with Howard Rosenman. His other screenwriting credits include 1976's "Car Wash" and 1979's "The Wiz." His directorial debut was "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" in 1981," starring Lily Tomlin.

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