Andy Muschietti
Muschietti in 2016
Born
Andrés Walter Muschietti

(1973-08-26) 26 August 1973 (age 50)
Occupations
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present
RelativesBarbara Muschietti (sister)

Andrés Walter Muschietti (Spanish: [musˈkjeti]; born 26 August 1973) is an Argentine film director and screenwriter who achieved wide recognition with the 2013 film Mama.[1] He gained further recognition for directing both films in the It film series, the 2017 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel and its sequel, It Chapter Two. In 2023, he directed the DC Extended Universe film The Flash.

Early life

Muschietti was born and raised in Vicente López, Buenos Aires and has one older sister, Barbara Muschietti.[2] Both he and his sister studied at Fundación Universidad del Cine. He worked as a storyboard artist during his early years in the film industry. He is of Italian-Argentine ancestry.

Career

In 2013, Muschietti directed his debut film, the supernatural horror Mama, which he co-wrote with Neil Cross and his sister Barbara Muschietti, with the latter also acting as producer.[3][4][5] It was based on Muschietti's three-minute short film Mamá, which attracted Guillermo del Toro, who stated that it had the "scariest" scenes he had "ever seen." The short convinced del Toro to executive produce the feature-length film,[6] which starred Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse, and was released by Universal Pictures on 18 January 2013.[6][7] The film grossed more than $146 million and had a budget of $15 million.[8]

In September 2013, Universal hired Muschietti for a reboot of The Mummy franchise, but he left the project in May 2014 due to creative differences with Jon Spaihts' draft of the script.[9][10]

In July 2015, after the departure of Cary Joji Fukunaga, Muschietti was hired by New Line Cinema to direct It, the two-part adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Barbara produced along with Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. The films were released in 2017 and 2019, respectively.[11]

In April 2021, both Andy and Barbara Muschietti formed their own production company called Double Dream, with The Flash serving as the company’s first project.[12]

In July 2019, Muschietti entered negotiations to direct The Flash, a film set in the DC Extended Universe, while his sister, Barbara, would serve as a producer. Muschietti would direct from a screenplay by Christina Hodson while also being the fifth director attached to The Flash following Seth Grahame-Smith, Rick Famuyiwa, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein each being attached at various points in time.[13] In August 2019, Muschietti confirmed that The Flash would be his next project following the release of It Chapter Two.[14] The Flash held its world premiere on 25 April 2023 at CinemaCon, followed by a wide release on 16 June 2023.[15][16][17]

In June 2023, Muschietti was reported to be the studio's top choice to direct The Brave and the Bold for the DC Universe. Muschietti would not formally commit to the film until a script materialized after the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike concluded.[18] Muschietti was confirmed to sign on later in the month.[19] Later that month, he, Barbara and their production company Double Dream signed parallel three-year first-look deals with Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television Group., and Max.[20]

Previously announced projects

In February 2013, Universal Pictures announced Muschietti would direct the film adaptation of the Josh Malerman novel Bird Box, which Scott Stuber, Chris Morgan and Barbara would produce, with Eric Heisserer set to write the script.[21][22] In January 2014, Muschietti was reportedly among front-runners to direct a He-Man film for Warner Bros. Pictures, a remake of Masters of the Universe.[23] In June 2014, Deadline reported that Muschietti was on the shortlist of directors to direct a sequel to the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman[24] for Universal. In September 2014, Sony Pictures named Muschietti to direct the film adaptation of Shadow of the Colossus after Josh Trank left due to a commitment to an upcoming Star Wars spin-off. Barbara would co-produce the film with Kevin Misher, with Seth Lochhead set to write the screenplay.[25]

In February 2015, Deadline reported that Sony was looking to hire Muschietti to direct a live-action Robotech project, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton attached to produce, and Michael B. Gordon as screenwriter.[26] In March 2015, Plan B Entertainment optioned the film rights to Stephen King's short story "The Jaunt" from the Skeleton Crew collection, with Muschietti to direct and Barbara attached as producer.[27]

In September 2017, Deadline reported that Muschietti was attached to a film version of the book Dracul.[28]

In December 2017, it was announced that Muschietti was in talks to direct the film adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag, with the Russo brothers producing alongside Andy and Barbara Muschietti.[29] In December 2020, it was announced that the Russos would now direct the film, with the Muschiettis still involved as producers.[30]

On 29 October 2018, it was announced that Muschietti will be directing a Warner Bros. live-action film reboot of Attack on Titan.[31]

In August 2019, Muschietti was announced to produce the film adaptation of Roadwork from Stephen King with Pablo Trapero directing.[32]

In January 2020, Muschietti was announced to be directing a remake of The Howling for Netflix.[33]

Filmography

Short film

Year Title Director Writer
2008 Mamá Yes Yes

Feature film

Director

Producer

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Una noche con Sabrina Love TV switcher
2019 It Chapter Two Customer at pharmacy Uncredited
2023 The Flash Reporter hot dog

Other credits

Year Title Role
1995 Fotos del alma Assistant director
1996 Moebius Public relations manager
Evita Set production assistant
2000 Una noche con Sabrina Love Second assistant director

Television

Executive producer

Year Title Role
2017 Locke & Key Canceled pilot
2020–2022 Locke & Key
2025 Welcome to Derry

References

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