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Rupert Wyatt (born 26 October 1972) is an English screenwriter, director, and producer.[1] He made his directorial debut with the 2008 film The Escapist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His second film was the 2011 blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Rupert Wyatt
Born (1972-10-26) 26 October 1972 (age 46)
Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Erica Beeney


Early lifeEdit

Wyatt was born and raised near Winchester in Hampshire. He was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford and Winchester College, Winchester.[1]



Wyatt is the founder of the film collective Picture Farm, which has produced numerous shorts, documentaries and features, including the Sundance Award-winning documentary Dark Days.[1]


He also co-wrote and directed the British prison escape thriller The Escapist (2008), starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Steven Mackintosh, and Liam Cunningham.[2] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, was nominated for eight international film awards, and was the winner of two.[3] In March 2010, he was selected to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, which was based on a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.[4] The film was released on 5 August 2011 to mostly positive reviews [5] and grossed more than $481 million worldwide.

Wyatt was to be the director of 20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off film Gambit, to be released on 7 October 2016,[6] but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[7]

In August 2016 it was revealed that he had started work on a new sci-fi film titled, Captive State which he will direct and co-write with Erica Beeney.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Wyatt currently lives between Los Angeles and Hudson, New York with his wife, filmmaker Erica Beeney, and their three children.


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2008 The Escapist Yes Yes No Nominated – British Independent Film – Douglas Hickox Award
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Yes No No Nominated – Empire Award for Best Director
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Director
2014 The Gambler Yes No No Also music supervisor
2019 Captive State Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Director Producer Notes
2014 Turn: Washington's Spies Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
2016 The Exorcist Yes Executive Episode: "Pilot"
2020 Halo Yes Executive


  1. ^ a b c Rees, Jasper (13 Jun 2008). "British film: why breaking out gave me an opportunity to break in". Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  2. ^ Roark, David (30 January 2010). "Movie on DVD review: The Escapist". Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  3. ^ Billington, Alex. "Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist". FirstShowing.
  4. ^ "Rupert Wyatt Named as Planet of the Apes Prequel Director". DreadCentral.
  5. ^ "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Channing Tatum's 'Gambit' film now has a director". MARVELHYPE. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. ^ Hayes, Britt (16 September 2015). "'Gambit' Solo Movie Loses Director Rupert Wyatt". Screen Crush. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Rupert Wyatt to Direct, Write Sci-Fi Film 'Captive State' (EXCLUSIVE)".

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