Joel Schumacher, client designer-turned-director, dead at 80

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Joel Schumacher, costumer designer-turned-director, dead at 80

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Joel Schumacher speaks at a discussion with Joel Schumacher including Kiefer Sutherland throughout the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 11, 2014 in East Hampton, New York.

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Joel Schumacher, the outfit designer-turned-director well-known for movies consisting of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and 2 “Batman” movies, passed away in New York City Monday after a year-long fight with cancer. He was 80.

Schumacher was born in New York City and went to Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. While he began his profession in the fashion business, Schumacher eventually chose to pursue a profession in filmmaking.

He relocated to Los Angeles and worked as an outfit designer prior to transitioning to directing, composing and producing.

Schumacher is most likely most popular for his deal with “St. Elmo’s Fire,” a maturing movie including Brat Pack stars Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez, in addition to “The Lost Post,” a scary funny about young vampires in California starring Kiefer Sutherland.

He went on to direct 2 Batman movies, “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin.” 

While the Val Kilmer-led “Batman Forever” had the highest-grossing opening weekend of 1995, the follow-up “Batman and Robin,” which included George Clooney as the caped crusader, was commonly panned.

Schumacher likewise directed the movie adjustment of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Number 23” and 2 episodes of the very first season of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Throughout his profession, Schumacher established a track record for finding young skill. He cast young stars like Sutherland, Colin Farrell and Matthew McConaughey in their very first significant movie functions.

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