MI6 profiles Marc Forster, the Swiss-German director for the upcoming 22nd James Bond due out November 7th 2008...

Meet The Filmmakers - Marc Forster Biography
17th July 2007

Marc Forster was born in 1969 in Ulm, Germany. Son of a Swiss doctor and a German architect, Forster spent much of his childhood in Davos, Switzerland, where he studied at the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg.

There he fell in love with movies at an early age after seeing “Apocalypse Now” (1979) with Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) at the tender age of 12. From that moment on he knew he wanted to direct.

After completing school in Switzerland, Forster moved to New York in 1990 at age 20, where he was accepted into the New York University Film School. His work at the University consisted of a number of low budget documentaries before he tried his hand at directing a work of fiction.

Forster’s first feature film was a low budget, experimental production. “Loungers”, only costing $10,000 to produce, was released in 1995 and took home a Slamdance Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

From his very first production, Forster can be said to be an award winning filmmaker. “Everything Put Together”, his 2000 neo-noir drama, won two Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Despite these small-budget successes, Forster had to prove himself suitable for Hollywood and moved to Los Angeles. He once declined a $500,000 offer to direct a film despite having no income at the time and living from money he borrowed from friends. He didn't believe the script was good and was afraid his reputation as a director would suffer.


Marc Forster - Selected Filmography

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Finding Neverland (2004)
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Monster's Ball (2001)
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Everything Put Together (2000)
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Forster got his chance with 2001’s “Monster's Ball” – in which Halle Berry delivered her Oscar Winning performance. The tragic story of a man on Death Row and the love affair between his wife and his prison guard clocked up 10 film awards to Forster’s name including a Screen Guild Award, a Satellite Award and a Black Reel award. The film received much critical acclaim and Forster became a regular Hollywood name.

After turning down the chance to helm "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", he instead opted to to direct Hollywood hot-shot Johnny Depp as Sir John Matthew Barrie (the acclaimed author of Peter Pan), trying to discover a creative outlet in "Finding Neverland".

"I have always been drawn to different kinds of stories and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge. The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of fresh possibilities and I look forward to working with Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael Wilson, as well as the team at Sony and MGM on this new film."

His 2005 film, “Stay”, demonstrates creative visual effects and a novel direction style but received mixed reviews from critics, despite its high profile cast. More recently, Forster took on the quirky romantic comedy, “Stranger than Fiction”, starring Will Ferrell and Dustin Hoffman – the second time Forster has worked with Hoffman thus far.

Forster’s most recent project is “The Kite Runner” with a relatively unknown cast and is based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. Forster’s 2007 movie adaptation sees an Afghani living in the US return to his homeland to help an old friend. The first unit wrapped shooting in late 2006 and “The Kite Runner” is set for a November 2007 release.

Marc Forster has already clocked up an award-worthy career in a short space of time and is widely regarded as an accomplished and daring director of modern motion pictures.

Selected Interview Quotes
"I've been looking for the right project, I just haven't found it until now I just always enjoyed them [blockbuster Hollywood movies] very, very much, loved the whole Indiana Jones series, the old Bonds, all those movies."

"I'm just literally mixing The Kite Runner in July and then sometime in August or September, I start [Bond]. To be honest, I haven't put in any thought because really, my mind is in The Kite Runner and scoring and finishing that up. I haven't really spent any tim with that stuff. I wish I could tell you. Maybe in a later period."

"I think finding Bond girls will always be an interesting task, but, not something I have dealt with at this point."

"When you grow up like that, and suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says, 'It's impossible.' And I'm here and I'm living my dream."

"What I'm passionate about is telling stories which mean something to me."

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