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Christopher McQuarrie is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 1 january 1968 at Princeton Junction (USA)

Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie
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Nationality USA
Birth 1 january 1968 (51 years) at Princeton Junction (USA)

Christopher McQuarrie (born 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, producer and songwriter. A regular collaborator of director Bryan Singer, he wrote the screenplays of Singer's films Public Access, The Usual Suspects, and Jack the Giant Slayer, and wrote and produced Valkyrie, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Usual Suspects.

As a director, McQuarrie wrote and directed The Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher. He is planned to direct Mission Impossible 5, his third collaboration with actor and producer Tom Cruise after Valkyrie and Jack Reacher. He is also the writer of The Tourist, and the creator of short-lived TV series Persons Unknown.

Biography

Christopher McQuarrie étudie à la West Windsor-Plainsboro High School du New Jersey. Il y rencontre Bryan Singer, avec qui il devient ami, ainsi qu'Ethan Hawke et James Murphy. Il travaille ensuite pendant 4 ans dans une agence de détectives privés. En 1992, il tente d'entrer à l'académie du New York City Police Department, avant d'être recontacté par son ami Bryan Singer pour écrire le scénario du thriller Ennemi public (Public access). Sorti en 1993, ce premier film est projeté dans divers festivals et obtient notamment le Prix du Jury au Festival du film de Sundance et au Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville.

Deux ans plus tard, ils se retrouvent pour le thriller policier Usual Suspects. Ce film au budget modeste (6 millions de dollars) est un immense succès critique et commercial. Christopher McQuarrie reçoit l'Oscar du meilleur scénario.

En 2000, il reste dans le thriller en y ajoutant une touche de western spaghetti pour sa première réalisation, Way of the Gun, avec Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro et James Caan. Il participe brièvement au scénario de X-Men pour aider Bryan Singer. Il commence à développer avec Peter Buchman un scénario biographique sur Alexandre le Grand pour un projet de film réalisé par Martin Scorsese avec Leonardo DiCaprio. Finalement, ces deux derniers feront le film Aviator (2004) et le projet sera éclipsé par celui d'Oliver Stone : Alexandre avec Colin Farrell.

Après 8 ans d'absence, il retrouve Bryan Singer pour le scénario de Walkyrie, thriller politique sur le complot du 20 juillet 1944 contre Adolf Hitler. Tom Cruise y incarne Claus von Stauffenberg.

En 2010, il crée la série télévisée Persons Unknown qui compte 13 épisodes diffusés sur NBC. Il est ensuite chargé d'écrire le scénario de The Tourist, remake du film français Anthony Zimmer.

Après avoir participé au scénario de Mission impossible : Protocole Fantôme à la demande de Tom Cruise, il retrouve l'acteur pour Jack Reacher, adaptation d'un roman de Lee Child, dont il est également réalisateur.

En 2013, il coécrit les scénarios de Wolverine : Le Combat de l'immortel de James Mangold et Jack le chasseur de géants de Bryan Singer. Il retrouve ensuite Tom Cruise pour le cinquième volet Mission impossible où il officie comme réalisateur et scénariste.

Best films

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
(Scriptwriter)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
(Director)
The Wolverine (2013)
(Scriptwriter)
The Mummy (2017)
(Ecrivain)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
(Scriptwriter)
The Tourist (2010)
(Scriptwriter)

Usually with

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(8 films)
John Ottman
John Ottman
(4 films)
Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(4 films)
David Ellison
David Ellison
(5 films)
J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Christopher McQuarrie (15 films)

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Actor

The Usual Suspects, 1h46
Directed by Bryan Singer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak
Rating84% 4.249024.249024.249024.249024.24902
A deadly firefight and a fire aboard a ship docked in the San Pedro Bay leaves only two survivors: a Hungarian criminal named Arkos Kovaz hospitalized from severe burns, and a small-time con artist, Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), a pathetic cripple. Separately, FBI agent Jack Baer (Giancarlo Esposito) and Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) arrive in San Pedro, lured by reports of a large cocaine shipment, and Kujan's personal vendetta against Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a formerly corrupt police officer who has since given up his life of crime but who was supposedly involved in the massacre. While Baer is at the hospital attempting to get security for Kovaz, Kovaz begins yelling in Hungarian, and mentions the name Keyser Söze, which stops and stuns Baer. As Verbal later explains, Söze has a near mythical and vengeful reputation, having killed his own family when they were held hostage by a Hungarian gang and then killing all but one of the gang members before disappearing underground, keeping his true identity secret by insulating himself from his agents, who usually do not know for whom they are working.
Public Access, 1h30
Directed by Bryan Singer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about television
Actors Margaret Kerry, Brandon Boyce, Christopher McQuarrie
Roles Cop #1 / Our Town Caller
Rating53% 2.658852.658852.658852.658852.65885
A clean-cut drifter ends up in a small town called Brewster. Getting wind of the local public-access television cable TV station, the man decides to host his own show called Our Town, which becomes a focal point for town citizens to call in and voice their problems anonymously. However, things start to get ugly and tensions rise for the show, which begins to elevate the man's signature catchphrase "What's wrong with Brewster?" into an entirely new subject for the people of Brewster, when the town becomes embroiled in a mess it has created, driven by a man whose intentions might be far more sinister than he appears to be.

Director

Mission: Impossible - Fallout, 2h13
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby
Rating77% 3.8957853.8957853.8957853.8957853.895785
Quand l'IMF (Impossible Mission Force) échoue dans une mission, le monde est confronté a un désastre. Ethan Hunt accompagné de son équipe et de quelques fidèles alliées sont lancés dans une course contre la montre, pour la corriger.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, 2h12
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films
Actors Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Lee Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson
Rating73% 3.6974253.6974253.6974253.6974253.697425
After intercepting nerve gas being sold to terrorists, Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is convinced he can prove the existence of the Syndicate, an international criminal consortium that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not believe exists. Hunt is captured by the Syndicate, but escapes a torture chamber led by Syndicate member Janik "Bone Doctor" Vinter (Jens Hultén) with the help of MI6 agent and Syndicate operative Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).
Jack Reacher, 2h10
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall
Rating69% 3.4955653.4955653.4955653.4955653.495565
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van into a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park and, after dropping a quarter into the meter, readies a sniper rifle. He takes aim and kills five people on the river’s North Shore Trail from long range before fleeing in the van.
The Way of the Gun, 1h59
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Benicio del Toro, Ryan Phillippe, James Caan, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt
Rating66% 3.3489653.3489653.3489653.3489653.348965
Parker and Longbaugh are at a sperm donation facility, where they overhear a telephone conversation detailing a $1,000,000 payment to a surrogate mother for bearing the child of Hale Chidduck. Parker and Longbaugh resolve to kidnap the surrogate, Robin, but their attempt escalates into a shootout with her bodyguards, Jeffers and Obecks. The kidnappers are able to elude the bodyguards, who are arrested.

Scriptwriter

Mission: Impossible - Fallout, 2h13
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby
Rating77% 3.8957853.8957853.8957853.8957853.895785
Quand l'IMF (Impossible Mission Force) échoue dans une mission, le monde est confronté a un désastre. Ethan Hunt accompagné de son équipe et de quelques fidèles alliées sont lancés dans une course contre la montre, pour la corriger.
The Mummy
The Mummy (2017)
, 1h50
Directed by Alex Kurtzman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films based on mythology, Zombie films, Mythologie égyptienne
Actors Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance
Roles Ecrivain
Rating55% 2.7500452.7500452.7500452.7500452.750045
En 1127, un groupe de croisés anglais cache un rubis de l'Égypte antique dans la tombe d'un des leurs. De nos jours, à Londres, un chantier ferroviaire souterrain pour le Crossrail met à jour leur catacombe.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, 2h12
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films
Actors Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Lee Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson
Roles Story
Rating73% 3.6974253.6974253.6974253.6974253.697425
After intercepting nerve gas being sold to terrorists, Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is convinced he can prove the existence of the Syndicate, an international criminal consortium that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not believe exists. Hunt is captured by the Syndicate, but escapes a torture chamber led by Syndicate member Janik "Bone Doctor" Vinter (Jens Hultén) with the help of MI6 agent and Syndicate operative Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).
Edge of Tomorrow, 2h3
Directed by Doug Liman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Films about religion, Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Temporal paradox, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lara Pulver
Rating78% 3.9477153.9477153.9477153.9477153.947715
A race of extraterrestrials called Mimics has taken over continental Europe. In England, General Brigham, head of humanity's United Defense Force, orders Major William Cage, a public affairs officer with no combat experience, to cover the next day's amphibious assault in France. Cage objects to the dangerous assignment and threatens to blackmail Brigham to avoid it. Brigham has Cage arrested; Cage is knocked out trying to escape. He wakes in handcuffs at a forward operating base at Heathrow Airport and discovers he has been demoted to private, charged with desertion, and assigned to a combat squad named "J" squad under the command of Master Sergeant Farell.
Jack the Giant Slayer, 1h54
Directed by Bryan Singer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Giant monster films, Children's films, Disaster films, Mise en scène d'une plante
Actors Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor
Rating61% 3.0918253.0918253.0918253.0918253.091825
In the Kingdom of Cloister, Jack, a young farm boy, is fascinated by the legend of Erik, an ancient king who defeated an army of invading giants from a realm in the sky by controlling them with a magical crown. At the same time, Princess Isabelle becomes fascinated with the same legend.
The Wolverine, 2h6
Directed by James Mangold
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Martial arts films, Samurai films, Superhero films, Yakuza films, Political films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Gangster films
Actors Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Tao Okamoto
Rating66% 3.346883.346883.346883.346883.34688
In 1945, Logan is held in a Japanese POW camp near Nagasaki. During the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Logan rescues an officer named Ichirō Yashida and shields him from the blast.
Jack Reacher, 2h10
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall
Rating69% 3.4955653.4955653.4955653.4955653.495565
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van into a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park and, after dropping a quarter into the meter, readies a sniper rifle. He takes aim and kills five people on the river’s North Shore Trail from long range before fleeing in the van.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 2h13
Directed by Brad Bird
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Tom Cruise, Jeremy Lee Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway
Rating73% 3.6970953.6970953.6970953.6970953.697095
In Budapest to intercept a courier working for an individual code-named "Cobalt", IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by assassin Sabine Moreau. Hanaway's team leader, Jane Carter, and newly promoted field agent Benji Dunn extract Ethan Hunt and his source, Bogdan, from a Moscow prison. Ethan is recruited to lead Jane and Benji to infiltrate secret Moscow Kremlin archives and locate files identifying Cobalt. During the mission, someone broadcasts across the IMF frequency, alerting the Russians to Ethan's team. Although Benji and Jane escape, a bomb destroys the Kremlin and SVR agent Anatoly Sidorov arrests Ethan, suspecting him as a key player in the attack.
The Tourist, 1h39
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell
Rating60% 3.0007853.0007853.0007853.0007853.000785
An English woman, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie), is being followed by French Police who are working with Scotland Yard under the direction of Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany). Acheson has spent years hunting Alexander Pearce, a lover of Elise, who owes £744 million in back taxes, and is believed to have received plastic surgery to alter his appearance. At a Parisian cafe, Elise receives written instructions from Pearce: Board the train to Venice; pick out a man; let the police believe that he is Pearce. Elise burns the note, evades the police and boards the train.