Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American director and producer. He is known for directing the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He was also a producer of the films Black Mass, The Revenant, War Dogs, The Lego Ninjago Movie, and the Horrible Bosses series.
Ratner got his start directing with music videos in the 1990s, and directed his first motion picture, Money Talks, in 1997. Overall, the films Ratner has directed have earned over $2 billion at the global box office.
Ratner is the co-founder of RatPac Entertainment, a film production and financing company. Ratner led RatPac's partnership with Dune Entertainment in September 2013 for a co-financing deal with Warner Bros. that included 75 films.
In late 2017, a former talent agency employee accused Ratner of rape and seven other women accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment. Said accusations have led to a severance of ties between Ratner and Warner Bros.
Ratner at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born|| March 28, 1969
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Known for||RatPac Entertainment
Ratner was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of Marsha Pratts (remarried), a socialite, and Ronald Ratner. He grew up in a "middle-class Jewish family". His father was the son of a wealthy Miami businessman. His mother was born in Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s with her parents, Fanita and Mario Presman (their families had originally moved to Cuba from Eastern Europe). Ratner's mother was sixteen when he was born. Ratner told Aventura Business Monthly in a May 2011 cover story interview that he "really didn't know" his biological father, and that he considers Alvin Malnik, who opened the famous Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, to be his father, "the one who raised" him. Ratner's biological father became homeless in Miami Beach, a situation which inspired the younger Ratner to become a board member of the nationwide nonprofit organization Chrysalis, which helps the homeless find work.
Ratner attended Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy elementary school and attended Alexander Muss High School in Israel and graduated in 1986 from Miami Beach Senior High School. While growing up in Miami Beach, Ratner was an extra on the set of Scarface and was able to watch Miami Vice film around town. He is a 1990 graduate of New York University. In 2010, he cited Martin Scorsese's 1980 film Raging Bull as his inspiration to enter the world of film.
Ratner has directed several music videos for artists such as Mariah Carey, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, Michael Jackson, D'Angelo, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Wu-Tang Clan, and P. Diddy. While a student at NYU, he released his first short film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?.
Ratner had his motion picture debut when he directed Money Talks in 1997. The film, an action-comedy about a con-man accused of organizing a prison break, was Ratner's first collaboration with comedian Chris Tucker.
He also edited the English version of the film Kites, starring Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Bárbara Mori using techniques developed in the critically acclaimed series Kung Faux.
In 2011, Ratner produced the TV documentary, American Masters: Woody Allen – A Documentary. That same year, he produced Horrible Bosses, a comedy about employees plotting to kill their bosses. Horrible Bosses opened at the domestic box office with $28.1 million in its first weekend.
In 2015, Ratner produced Black Mass, a biopic about gangster James “Whitey” Bulger played by Johnny Depp. The same year, Ratner was executive producer on The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
As of 2016, Ratner was reported to be working on Unfit, based on Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.
In December 2012, Ratner and Australian media mogul James Packer formed a joint venture, RatPac Entertainment. The firm will produce independent films and co-produce big-budget films with a major studio. Packer's stake in the company was later bought out by Len Blavatnik's First Access Entertainment. The company makes 25 films annually. By 2017, the company co-financed over 50 films which had 51 Oscar nominations and earned a total of over $10 billion in box office.
RatPac and Dune Entertainment formed a film investment vehicle, which in September 2013, entered a multi-year, 75-film co-financing partnership with Warner Bros. The company has also partnered with New Regency, advertising firm WPP, Chinese firm CMC Capital Partners, and Shanghai Media Group.
In June 2014, Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Class 5 Films acquired the movie rights to the non-fiction article American Hippopotamus, by Jon Mooallem, about the meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910 and the attempts made by Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Fritz Joubert Duquesne and Congressman Robert Broussard to import hippopotamuses into the Louisiana bayous and to convince Americans to eat them. The movie will highlight the Burnham - Duquesne rivalry, two famous spies who had previously been under orders to assassinate each other. Ratner, Edward Norton, and William Migliore will produce this feature film.
Ratner was seen on MTV series Punk'd when Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the X-Men films, was the subject of a practical joke that made it appear Ratner's $3.6 million home in Beverly Hills was destroyed by a BBQ grill explosion. Ashton Kutcher later arrived at his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd.
In April 2007, Fox Broadcasting announced that he, Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet would be the judges for the network's filmmaking-competition, reality TV series, On the Lot, which premiered to low ratings in May 2007.
In 2009, Ratner created The Shooter Series which compiled his work, including interviews with Ratner, and a short film about Mickey Rourke's transition into boxing.
On August 4, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Ratner would produce the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer. However, Ratner resigned on November 8, 2011 after remarking that "rehearsal is for fags". Ratner later apologized for his remarks. Eddie Murphy, who was scheduled to host the ceremony, also resigned in deference to a new production team. Ratner was replaced by Brian Grazer, and Murphy was replaced by previous Oscar host Billy Crystal.
In October 2017, a former talent agency employee accused Ratner of rape. On November 1, 2017, seven women, including Ellen Page, Olivia Munn, and Natasha Henstridge, accused Ratner of sexual misconduct and harassment, as well as following an actress into a bathroom without invitation and masturbating as another entered his trailer to deliver food. Page has stated that Ratner outed her as gay at a cast and crew meet and greet for X-Men: The Last Stand, which made her feel violated.
Journalist Danielle Berrin described being repeatedly sexually harassed by Ratner while writing an interview cover story on him in 2008 for The Jewish Journal, as well as in a follow-up article for The Jewish Journal in 2011. Actress Sarah Shahi stated that on multiple occasions during filming of Rush Hour 3 (2007), Ratner pushed his groin against her and made graphic sexual comments.
Ratner filed a libel suit on November 1, 2017, accusing Melanie Kohler of damaging his reputation by writing a Facebook post in which she accused him of raping her. Kohler's attorneys urged the judge to throw out the case, but the motion to dismiss was denied in February 2018.
|1990||Whatever Happened to Mason Reese||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1997||Money Talks||Yes||Feature film|
|Making the Video||Yes||TV series documentary|
|2000||The Family Man||Yes||Feature film|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Yes|
|Velocity Rules||Yes||Short film|
|2002||Red Dragon||Yes||Feature film|
|Paid in Full||Yes|
|Me and Daphne||Yes|
|A Ribbon of Dreams||Yes|
|2004||After the Sunset||Yes||Yes|
|2005||Before, During and 'After the Sunset'||Yes||Video documentary|
|Prison Break (pilot episode)||Yes||TV series|
|Santa's Slay||Yes||Feature film|
|Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Yes||Feature film|
|End Game||Yes||Direct-to-video film|
|Becker Hargrove, Inc.||Yes||Short film|
|Rush Hour 3||Yes||Feature film|
|Code Name: The Cleaner||Yes|
|Helmut by June||Yes||TV documentary|
|Women's Murder Club||Yes||TV series|
|Blue Blood||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
|New York, I Love You||Yes||Feature film|
|2009||Cop House||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
|I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale||Yes||Documentary short|
|Prison Break: The Final Break||Yes||TV movie|
|The Shooter Series: vol. 1||Yes||Video|
|Kites: The Remix||Yes||Feature film|
|Nick Cannon: Mr. Show Biz||Yes||TV documentary|
|2012||Mirror Mirror||Yes||Feature film|
|2014||30 for 30: Soccer Stories||Yes||Yes||TV series|
|Night Will Fall||Yes||Documentary|
|Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films||Yes|
|One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film||Yes|
|The Water Diviner||Yes||Feature film|
|Horrible Bosses 2||Yes|
|The 100 Years Show||Yes||Documentary short|
|By Sidney Lumet||Yes||Documentary|
|Chuck Norris vs. Communism||Yes|
|Black Mass||Yes||Feature film|
|I Saw the Light||Yes|
|S is for Stanley||Yes||Documentary|
|Fun Size Horror: Volume Two||Yes||Short film|
|Kill Them Mommy!||Yes|
|In the Name of Honor||Yes||Documentary|
|The Audition||Yes||Short film|
|The Revenant||Yes||Feature film|
|Breakthrough||Yes||TV documentary series|
|2016||Dark Crimes||Yes||Feature film|
|Before the Flood||Yes||Documentary|
|Rules Don't Apply||Yes||Feature film|
|Author: The J.T. Leroy Story||Yes||Documentary|
|Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds||Yes||TV documentary|
|War Dogs||Yes||Feature film|
|Rush Hour||Yes||TV series|
|2017||American Masters||Yes||TV series|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Yes||Feature film|
|TBA||Hong Kong Phooey|
|Untitled Boston College Fox Project||Yes|
|In the Company of Lies||Yes|
|1987||"Christmas in Hollis"||Run–D.M.C.|
|1988||"Louder Than a Bomb"||Public Enemy|
|1993||"Rat Bastard"||Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich|
|"Kick the Bobo"||Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich|
|"Stay Real"||Erick Sermon|
|"Tonight's da Night"||Redman|
|"Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings"||LL Cool J|
|1994||"Nuttin' but Love"||Heavy D & the Boyz|
|"I'll Take Her"||Ill Al Skratch featuring Brian McKnight|
|"I Like the Way You Work It"||Blackstreet|
|"Love U 4 Life"||Jodeci|
|"Every Little Thing I Do"||Soul for Real|
|"Who Do U Love"||Deborah Cox|
|"Sex Wit You"||Heavy D & the Boyz|
|"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Mary J. Blige|
|1996||"Lady" (DJ Premier Remix)||D'Angelo featuring AZ|
|"Don't Wanna Lose You"||Lionel Richie|
|1997||"I'll Be"||Foxy Brown|
|"Invisible Man"||98 Degrees|
|1998||"How Deep Is Your Love"||Dru Hill|
|1999||"I Still Believe"||Mariah Carey|
|"Thank God I Found You"||Mariah Carey|
|2000||"This Could Be Heaven"||Seal|
|2005||"It's Like That"||Mariah Carey|
|"We Belong Together"||Mariah Carey|
|"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"||Jessica Simpson|
|2006||"Make Them Suffer"||Cannibal Corpse|
|"A Public Affair"||Jessica Simpson|
|2008||"7 Things"||Miley Cyrus|
|"Touch My Body"||Mariah Carey|
|"Just Like Me"||Jamie Foxx|
|"When You Leave (Numa Numa)" (Basshunter Remix)||Alina|
|2011||"Mrs. Right"||Mindless Behavior|
Films Ratner has directed have received generally mixed to negative reviews.
|The Family Man||53%||42|
|Rush Hour 2||52%||48|
|After the Sunset||18%||38|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||58%||58|
|Rush Hour 3||18%||44|
|New York, I Love You (Brett Ratner segment)||35%||49|
|Movie 43 ("Happy Birthday" segment)||4%||18|