Israelite at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016 promoting Power Rangers
September 20, 1984 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Occupation||Film director, writer and producer|
|Known for||Project Almanac
|Relatives||Jonathan Liebesman (cousin)|
Israelite was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand. He moved to Australia and graduated in Film and Television from Curtin University, then earned his MFA from the American Film Institute. His cousin is director Jonathan Liebesman.
Israelite started his career with writing and directing several short films, including Acholiland.
In 2015, Israelite made his feature film directing debut with the found footage science fiction thriller Project Almanac, based on the script by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Michael Bay produced the film, which was released on January 30, 2015 by Paramount Pictures, grossing more than $32 million with a budget of $12 million.
Future and cancelled projectsEdit
In February 2014, Israelite was among the directors who were being eyed by the Marvel Studios to direct the superhero film Doctor Strange, but later in June 2014 Scott Derrickson was confirmed as director.
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