Brad Peyton (born May 27, 1978) is a Canadian film director, writer, and producer, best known for directing the Dwayne Johnson star vehicles Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), San Andreas (2015) and Rampage (2018).
Peyton at WonderCon 2015
May 27, 1978|
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, television producer|
Life and careerEdit
Peyton was born in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He graduated from the Canadian Film Centre. He first gained fame with a short film and gothic comedy entitled Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002). The film was initially shown to Peyton's classmates, who clapped in approval. Filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa thus suggested Peyton should also show the film to a lawyer in the film industry in New York. This allowed the film to be distributed among the filmmaking elite. Evelyn also appeared in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002.
He then created and produced the claymation television series What It's Like Being Alone, which was picked up by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2006. Reportedly, one of Peyton's mentors is US actor Tom Hanks.
Following the success of Alone, Peyton went on to direct Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 2010. In 2012, he directed the successful sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, entitled Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,  which starred Dwayne Johnson and grossed $325.9 million. In 2015, Peyton directed the disaster film San Andreas, which also starred Johnson, and the horror film Incarnate.
Peyton directed the feature film adaptation Rampage (2018), starring Dwayne Johnson, marking their third collaboration. In June 2016 it was confirmed that he had signed on to direct the feature film adaptation of Malignant Man produced by James Wan. On February 10, 2017, it was reported that Peyton will direct, write and produce the upcoming disaster film, Black Hole, which will begin production in early 2018. In March 2017, it was reported that Peyton will be directing a film adaptation of the video game series Just Cause, with Jason Momoa set to star.
|Beyond the Fields||Director|
|2002||Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl||Director, Writer||(short)|
Nominated—Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama
|A Tale of Bad Luck|
|2006||What It's Like Being Alone||Creator, Executive Producer||(TV series)|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Director|
|2012||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island|
|2013||Republic of Doyle||Four episodes (TV series)|
|2014–2015||Dr. Dimensionpants||Creator, Executive Producer, Writer||(Animated TV series)|
|2015||Pirate's Passage||Writer, Producer||TV Movie|
|2016||Incarnate||Director, Executive Producer|
|2016–2018||Frontier||Director, Executive Producer||(TV series)|
Nominated—Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
Critical, public, and commercial reception to films Peyton has directed, as of April 18, 2018.
|Year||Film||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||CinemaScore||Budget||Box office|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||14% (96 reviews)||30 (22 reviews)||B–||$85 million||$112.5 million|
|2012||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||43% (125 reviews)||41 (27 reviews)||A–||$79 million||$335.3 million|
|2015||San Andreas||50% (175 reviews)||43 (42 reviews)||A–||$110 million||$468.8 million|
|2016||Incarnate||17% (26 reviews)||30 (9 reviews)||C–||$5 million||$9 million|
|2018||Rampage||52% (207 reviews)||45 (43 reviews)||A–||$120 million||$425.7 million|
- Bill Brioux, "Weirdly cool animated show on CBC," Jam! Showbiz: Canoe.ca, June 24, 2006, URL accessed 22 January 2007.
- Stephen Cole, "Peyton's Place: Inside Brad Peyton's What It's Like Being Alone," CBC.ca, June 26, 2006, URL accessed August 29, 2006.
- http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=53676 URL accessed 7 August 2011.
- Kit, Borys (5 June 2012). "'Journey 2' Director In Talks for Disaster Movie 'San Andreas 3D'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- Kit, Borys (June 13, 2016). "'San Andreas' Director Teams With James Wan for 'Malignant Man' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "STX Locks Worldwide Deal for Brad Peyton Thriller, Black Hole". February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
- Bezanidis, Michael. "'Aquaman' Star Jason Momoa Signs On For 'Just Cause' Film Adaptation". Heroic Hollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- "Brad Peyton". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Brad Peyton". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Brad Peyton Movie Box office". boxofficemojo.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 21 June 2015.