Schumacher has worked on a wide variety of films, including the story of teenage vampires “The Lost Boys”, Julia Roberts’ melodrama “Dying Young”, the dark satire “Falling Down” starring Michael Douglas, and a pair of thrillers the novels of John Grisham. , “The Customer” and “A Time to Kill.”
He was also known in some circles for his relationship with the Batman franchise, directing “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin” in the 1990s, in a remarkable tonal departure from the dark approach that director Tim Burton brought to them. the movies.
Born in Queens, Schumacher attended Parsons School of Design at New School University and worked as a hairdresser before coming to Hollywood as a costume designer, including an early job in Woody Allen’s science fiction comedy “Sleeper.”
Schumacher became a writer in the 1970s – including screenplays for “The Wiz” and “Car Wash” – before embarking on his career as a director with a pair of television films, followed by “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”, starring Lily Tomlin, and “DC Cab.”
Schumacher has developed a reputation for discovering new talent, as evidenced by the entire cast of “St. Elmo’s” and “Lost Boys,” which includes Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Kiefer Sutherland.
Most recently, Schumacher directed the film version of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” and some episodes of the Netflix drama “House of Cards.”