|Intro||German film producer and director|
|Was||Screenwriter Film producer Film director Filmmaker|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||11 April 1949, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany|
|Death||24 January 2011, Los Angeles, USA (aged 61 years)|
Bernd Eichinger (11 April 1949 – 24 January 2011) was a German film producer, director and screenwriter.
Life and career
Eichinger was born in Neuburg an der Donau. He attended the University of Television and Film Munich in the 1970s, and bought a stake in the fledgling studio company Neue Constantin Film in 1979, becoming its executive director. Under his leadership, Constantin Film evolved into one of the most successful German film businesses. As of 2005, he was chairman of the supervisory board and still owned a substantial stake in the company. Eichinger also produced some movies independently (for example Downfall). One of Eichinger's last films was about the left-wing terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF) based on the book Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ("The Baader-Meinhof Complex") by Stefan Aust.
The range of genres of films, for television and the big screen, was unusually varied. He produced a 3D zombie movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife; to Atomised, a film adaptation of the controversial novel by French recluse Michel Houellebecq. He was an incredibly prolific film maker, with almost 100 films to his credit.
Eichinger was known as tenacious. It took him 20 years to convince Patrick Süskind, the German author of Perfume:The Story of a Murderer, to trust him with the rights to make the international bestseller into a film. In 2006 the film was released, grossing $135 million worldwide.
In the 1980s Eichinger obtained the film rights to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, decades before making movies based on Marvel comics was trending.
In 1991 he was a co-founder of Summit, the Los Angeles-based production and film sales company. Due to the success of Twilight, Summit eventually became Summit Entertainment.
Eichinger was married to Katja Hoffman, a journalist. He has a daughter from a previous relationship, Nina Eichinger, an actress and TV presenter.
Eichinger died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 24 January 2011 at the age of 61.
- 1984 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
- 1986 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
- 1993 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Producing
Bernd Eichinger's best known films include:
|1977||Grete Minde||Heidi Genée||German|
|1977||Die Konsequenz||Wolfgang Petersen||German|
|1982||Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo||Uli Edel||German|
|1984||The Neverending Story||Wolfgang Petersen||English|
|1986||The Name of the Rose||Jean-Jacques Annaud||English|
|1989||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Uli Edel||English|
|1991||Manta, Manta||Wolfgang Büld||German|
|1992||The Cement Garden||Andrew Birkin||English|
|1993||The House of the Spirits||Bille August||English|
|1994||The Fantastic Four||Oley Sassone||English|
|1994||Der bewegte Mann||Sönke Wortmann||German|
|1996||A Girl Called Rosemary||Bernd Eichinger||German||TV film|
|1997||Smilla's Sense of Snow||Bille August||English|
|1997||Prince Valiant||Anthony Hickox||English|
|1999||Der große Bagarozy||Bernd Eichinger||German||also screenwriter|
|2001||Nowhere in Africa||Caroline Link||German||co-produced by Eichinger; won Oscar|
|2002||Resident Evil||Paul W. S. Anderson||English|
|2004||Downfall||Oliver Hirschbiegel||German||also screenwriter|
|2004||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Alexander Witt||English|
|2005||Fantastic Four||Tim Story||English|
|2006||Perfume: The Story of a Murderer||Tom Tykwer||English||co-writer|
|2007||Resident Evil: Extinction||Russell Mulcahy||English|
|2007||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||Tim Story||English|
|2008||The Baader Meinhof Complex||Uli Edel||German||also screenwriter|
|2010||Zeiten ändern dich||Uli Edel||German||co-writer|
|2010||Resident Evil: Afterlife||Paul W. S. Anderson||English|
|2012||The Vow||Michael Sucsy||English||not credited|