Paul Greengrass

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Paul Greengrass : biography

1955-8-13 –
United 93

In 2006, Greengrass directed United 93, a film based on the September 11th hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93. The film received immense critical acclaim, particularly for Greengrass’ again quasi-documentary-style directing. After receiving many Best Director awards and nominations from critics circles (including the Broadcast Film Critics Association), Greengrass won the BAFTA award for Best Director at the 60th British Academy Film Awards and received an Oscar nomination for Achievement in Directing at the 79th Academy Awards. For his role in writing the film, he earned Writers Guild of America Award and BAFTA nominations for Best Original Screenplay.

The Bourne Ultimatum

He followed this with a return to the Bourne franchise. The Bourne Ultimatum, released in 2007, was an even bigger success than the previous two films and provided him with yet another BAFTA nomination for Best Director at the 61st British Academy Film Awards.

Green Zone

Green Zone stars Matt Damon as the head of a U.S. military team on an unsuccessful hunt for weapons of mass destruction in post-war Iraq. It was filmed in Spain and Morocco and released in 2010. The film was first announced as being based on the bestselling, award-winning non-fiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by the Washington Post’s Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran. However the final film is a largely fictionalized action thriller only loosely inspired by events in the book.

Captain Phillips

Greengrass is currently in post-production on a film about the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. Based on the book A Captain’s Duty and starring Tom Hanks, the film was shot in the Summer of 2012 in Massachusetts, Virginia and Malta. It will be released on 11 October 2013.

Future projects

The Fear Index

He is next set to direct an adaptation of Robert Harris’s bestselling novel The Fear Index, a thriller centering on the connection of a fictional Geneva hedge fund to the 2010 Flash Crash. Harris has adapted the novel himself. The film will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox.

In May 2012, Greengrass announced his plan to make to make a documentary about football giants FC Barcelona. Entitled Barça, the film will examine the process and legacy of one of the world’s most famous sports franchises, focusing primarily on the four years in which Pep Guardiola guided the club to 14 trophies. The movie is expected to be finished ahead of the 2014 World Cup, when public attention will begin focusing on international event in Rio de Janeiro.

Directors UK

In June 2008, he was one of many British directors to set up Directors UK and is currently the president of the board.

Unmade projects

Greengrass was initially attached to direct the film adaptation of Watchmen. Greengrass’s version was not set in the alternate 1980s of the graphic novel, but in the modern world. However the production was shut down a few weeks before filming was due to start and the eventual Watchmen film, far closer to the graphic novel, was directed by Zack Snyder.