Tool announced the addition of director Marc Forster to its commercial roster. With a versatile range of films to his credit, such as World War Z, Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland, Forster has persistently evaded categorization, having directed films of varying scales and genres for studios and independents alike.
Forster most recently directed Paramount‘s World War Z, starring and produced by Brad Pitt. The film is based on Max Brooks’ post-apocalyptic novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
Forster both directed and co-wrote his first film, Everything Put Together. The psychological drama was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and at the Independent Spirit Awards, Forster won the Someone to Watch award and was nominated for the best feature under $500,000 honor.
Forster’s 2001 film Monster’s Ball was a critical and commercial success that received two Oscar nominations with Halle Berry winning for best actress. The film offered a powerful glimpse into the legacies of race, loss and redemption, as well as performances by Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle and Sean Combs.
In Finding Neverland (2004), Forster recreated turn-of-the-century London, crafting the semi-autobiographical story of the friendship between J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and the four young boys and single mother who lived next door. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie, Finding Neverland earned Forster a DGA best director nomination. It was also recognized as best film of the year by the National Board of Review, and received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, and 11 BAFTA nominations, all including best picture.
Forster’s next film was Stay (2005), starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling. He followed that with the comedy Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah. Stranger Than Fiction premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Ferrell’s performance.
In 2007, Forster adapted the New York Times best-selling novel The Kite Runner. The film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not In The English Language.
Following The Kite Runner, Forster was asked to direct the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace. The film, starring Daniel Craig, was the first Bond film ever to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget, and became one of the highest grossing films in the franchise’s history, with a worldwide box office earning of more than $586 million.
Forster’s independent action drama Machine Gun Preacher, released in September 2011, starred Gerard Butler. The film was based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who becomes a crusader for refugee children in Sudan.
Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, Forster came to the United States in 1990 to attend NYU Film School, graduating in 1993.