Happy Birthday: Jan de Bont

jandebont.jpgJan de Bont

Born: October 22, 1943 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

After the huge success of his directorial debut, Speed (1994), Tri-Star offered him their American version of Godzilla (1998). He obtained a script and worked out a budget. Tri-Star rejected the submitted budget (reportedly over $160,000,000) and De Bont left the project which was temporarily shelved.

Was originally set to direct Minority Report (2002), but Steven Spielberg sacked him and took over as director, probably due to the failure of The Haunting (1999).

Speed
1994
dir. Bont
starring
Keannu Reeves
Dennis Hopper
Sandra Bullock
Die Hard
1988
dir. John McTiernan
starring
Bruce Willis
Reginald VelJohnson
LETHAL WEAPON 3Lethal Weapon 3
1992
dir. Richard Donner
Starring
Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
The Haunting 1999The Haunting
1999
dir Bont
starring
Lili Taylor
Owen Wilson
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