Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols.jpg
Nichols at the 2008 San Francisco Indyfest
Born (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 44)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active2006–present

Jeff Nichols (born December 7, 1978) is an American film director and screenwriter from Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Nichols is most known for his films Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), and Loving (2016), which have been critically acclaimed. He is also known for his longstanding collaboration with actor Michael Shannon, who has appeared in all of his feature films to date.


Nichols studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He wrote his first screenplay, Shotgun Stories, with actor Michael Shannon in mind to play the lead, and contacted the actor through a former teacher.[1] The film was shot on a budget of only $250,000, and released in 2007.

Nichols moved into independent productions with 2011's Take Shelter, also starring Shannon, and 2012's Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, which competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, Nichols acted as President of the Jury of the 7th Rome Film Festival.

His 2016 sci-fi drama film Midnight Special competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[2][3] The same year, he directed the drama Loving, a film about the landmark U.S. civil rights court case Loving v. Virginia, which was nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for lead actor Joel Edgerton and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for lead actress Ruth Negga.

Five of Nichols' films have featured Shannon: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, Mud, Loving.

In 2018 he directed the short film, “Long Way Back Home", inspired by a song of the same name that was written by his brother Ben and released by the country punk band, Lucero. It stars Michael Shannon, who searches the streets and backroads of Memphis for his two younger brothers, played by Garrett Hedlund and Scoot McNairy.[4]

Nichols is currently writing and directing Yankee Comandante, adapted from David Grann's New Yorker article about Che Guevara and William Alexander Morgan. Adam Driver will star in the film. Production is scheduled to start in 2021.[5] In November 2020, it was announced he would be directing and writing the screenplay for A Quiet Place: Day One, which is set to release in 2023.[6] In May 2021, it was announced he finished the script for the film.[7] However, he departed the project in October 2021,[8] to focus on a new science fiction project also in development at Paramount Pictures.[9]

In August 2022, it was announced that Nichols would be directing The Bikeriders, a film inspired by the Danny Lyon book of the same name. It is to be produced by Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, through Tri-State, their company shared with Nichols. Fred Berger will be executive producer. The ensemble cast will feature Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Toby Wallace, Emory Cohen, Beau Knapp, Karl Glusman, Happy Anderson, and Mike Faist. [10][11]

Personal life

Nichols was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Little Rock Central High School. He is the brother of Lucero guitarist and singer Ben Nichols.[12] He is influenced by Mark Twain.[13]

Directing credits


Feature films

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2007 Shotgun Stories Yes Yes Yes
2011 Take Shelter Yes Yes No
2012 Mud Yes Yes No
2016 Midnight Special Yes Yes No
Loving Yes Yes No
TBA The Bikeriders Yes Yes Yes
TBA A Quiet Place: Day One No Yes No

Short films

Year Title
2018 "Long Way Back Home"[14]


Executive producer


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2020 Hank the Cowdog Yes Yes Yes

See also


  1. ^ "The Mysterious Vision of Jeff Nichols, Hollywood's Next Blockbuster Auteur" – via
  2. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". Time Out. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Short Film By Jeff Nichols Based on Lucero's "Long Way Back Home" Tune Premieres". Music News Net.
  5. ^ "Adam Driver, Jeff Nichols reunite for new film". Arkansas Online. April 30, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Agar, Chris (November 9, 2020). "Quiet Place 3 Release Date: Universe Spinoff Releases 2022". ScreenRant. Retrieved June 2, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Deloss, John (May 29, 2021). "Next Quiet Place Movie Script Has Already Been Written". ScreenRant. Retrieved June 2, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 27, 2021). "Jeff Nichols Parts Ways With Next 'Quiet Place' Movie At Paramount". Deadline. Retrieved November 16, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 9, 2021). "Paramount Developing New Untitled Sci-Fi Pic From Jeff Nichols". Deadline. Retrieved November 16, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin; Wiseman, Andreas (August 4, 2022). "Jodie Comer, Austin Butler & Tom Hardy To Lead Ensemble For Jeff Nichols' 'The Bikeriders' At New Regency". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 1, 2022). "'The Bikeriders': Emory Cohen, Toby Wallace & Others Join Ensemble Of Jeff Nichols Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  12. ^ Coyle, Jake (April 17, 2013). "With Twain in mind, director Jeff Nichols plumbs the depths of love in 'Mud'". The Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  13. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (May 26, 2012). "Cannes 2012: Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Slides into Competition with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ Pearson, Ben (August 24, 2018). "'Long Way Back Home' Short Film Reteams Michael Shannon With Director Jeff Nichols". /Film. Retrieved November 3, 2022.