Scott Derrickson (born July 16, 1966) is an American director, screenwriter and producer. He lives in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for directing horror films such as Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us From Evil, as well as the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe installment, Doctor Strange.
Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on literature and philosophy, and a B.A. in communications, with an emphasis on film, and a minor in theological studies. He earned his M.A. in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Derrickson co-wrote and directed the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $144 million worldwide. That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams. Derrickson next directed The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $233 million worldwide.
In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke. The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $78 million worldwide. Derrickson wrote but did not direct Sinister 2.
Derrickson's script Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in 2014. Derrickson directed his own script, Deliver Us from Evil, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Screen Gems. Eric Bana played the lead role, and the film was released wide in theaters on July 2, 2014.
In 2014, Derrickson wrote a film version of The Outer Limits with Cargill. Other upcoming Derrickson projects include an adaptation of Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Jason Blum producing, and an adaptation of the popular video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films.
In 2017, it was announced that he would direct Josh Friedman's TNT pilot "Snowpiercer" starring Jennifer Connelly.
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||No||No||Yes||Columbia Pictures|
|Hellraiser: Inferno||Yes||No||Yes||Miramax Films|
|2004||Land of Plenty||No||No||Yes||IFC Films|
|2005||The Exorcism of Emily Rose||Yes||No||Yes||Screen Gems|
|2006||The Visitation||No||Yes||No||20th Century Fox|
|2008||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Yes||No||No|
|2013||Devil's Knot||No||executive||Yes||Image Entertainment|
|Deliver Us from Evil||Yes||No||Yes||Screen Gems|
|2015||Sinister 2||No||Yes||Yes||Focus Features|
|Kristy||No||executive||No||The Weinstein Company|
|2016||Doctor Strange||Yes||No||Yes||Marvel Studios|
Critical, public and commercial reception to films Derrickson has directed as of November 13, 2016.
|Film||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||CinemaScore||Budget||Box office|
|Hellraiser: Inferno||N/A||N/A||N/A||$2 million||N/A|
|The Exorcism of Emily Rose||45% (155 reviews)||46 (32 reviews)||B||$19.3 million||$144.2 million|
|The Day the Earth Stood Still||21% (192 reviews)||40 (34 reviews)||C-||$80 million||$233.1 million|
|Sinister||62% (133 reviews)||53 (30 reviews)||C+||$3 million||$77.7 million|
|Deliver Us from Evil||28% (115 reviews)||40 (32 reviews)||B-||$30 million||$87.9 million|
|Doctor Strange||90% (250 reviews)||72 (49 reviews)||A||$165 million||$677.7 million|
We interviewed Derrickson—a Christian with a love for mystery—nearly a decade ago, and in 2002 he wrote an article ("Behind the Lens") for the Christian Century about inhabiting the world of American filmmaking as a Christian. Derrickson has also taught seminar workshops about film noir at IMAGEJournal's Glen Workshop. When he's speaking of his work, Derrickson references the biblical injunction to expose evil with light—a compelling sensibility in the world of cinema.