Director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80
Director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80.
Schumacher, whose credits include The Lost Boys, St. Elmo's Fire and two Batman movies, passed away yesterday (June 22nd).
Born in New York in 1939, Schumacher first found work in the film industry as a costume designer before transitioning into directing with low-budget sci-fi comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman.
His breakout hit came in 1985 with drama St. Elmo's Fire, which he followed up with cult classic The Lost Boys.
He would go on to direct thrillers The Client and A Time to Kill, as well as two Batman sequels.
The director's final work came in 2013, when he directed a series of episodes of political drama, House Of Cards.
Tributes have been paid to Schumacher for across the film and TV industry, a selection are included below:
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
I am in tears learning of Joel Schumacher's passing. He was a force. He was one of kind. Creative. Intense. Passionate. He played a huge part in the shaping of my life. I don't have the right words right now.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) 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