Hailed as one of the film industry’s most exciting and provocative new talents after the huge success of The Usual Suspects, Bryan Singer has become one of the most successful film directors in Hollywood.
Since his debut feature film, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Public Access, Bryan has consistently entertained audiences by directing films that can be characterized by his bold visual style and richly drawn characters. His recent film, the World War 2 thriller Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, and Bill Nighy, grossed nearly 200 million worldwide and gave the rebooted United Artists it’s first bona fide commercial hit.
Bryan first gained widespread attention in 1995 with the mystery/thriller The Usual Suspects, starring Chazz Palminteri, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollack and Kevin Spacey. The film won two Academy Awards, Spacey for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and Bryan won a BAFTA award for Best Picture. His next feature was the critically acclaimed Apt Pupil, which was adapted from a Stephen King novella and starred Academy Award nominee Sir Ian McKellen.
Bryan followed with two wildly successful films – the summer 2000 blockbuster, X-Men, and the even more successful 2003 sequel, X2: X-Men United. He helmed the adaptations with a keen awareness of the 40-year-old comic franchise’s legion of admirers. Comic fans and new audiences overwhelmingly embraced Bryan’s vision, which seamlessly fused the science fiction and action/adventure genres with an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian Mckellan, and Halle Berry.
Taking on another iconic comic book character with Superman Returns, Bryan relaunched the long dormant franchise with talented newcomer Brandon Routh as the title character along with The Usual Suspects star Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. The first blockbuster shot on the Panavision Genesis digital camera, Bryan’s vision excited fans and critics alike while drawing audiences worldwide to traditional and Imax 3-D formats.
In television, Bryan directed the pilot and serves as an executive producer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Fox television series House, starring Hugh Laurie, which is consistently among the top 10 shows on television.
Bryan loves all aspects of the filmmaking genre and has directed numerous high profile commercials for Magnum ice cream, Toyota, Degree, Coca-Cola, and 7 Up, plus a hilarious film for MTV starring Busta Rhymes. Bryan’s commercials like his movies are renowned for displaying his versatility in great performances, storytelling, special effects and comedy. “I love filmmaking, and I love the process. And I would rather do nothing else. It’s a privilege to be able to paint such big pictures, so to speak,” declared Bryan.