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Scott Derrickson (born July 16, 1966) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Derrickson is best known for directing horror film, Sinister (2012), and as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Doctor Strange (2016).

Scott Derrickson
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Derrickson at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1966-07-16) July 16, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present


Early lifeEdit

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University[1] with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on literature and philosophy, and a B.A. in communications, with an emphasis on film, and a minor in theological studies. He earned his M.A. in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.[citation needed][2]


In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[3] The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews.[citation needed] Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $78 million worldwide. Derrickson wrote but did not direct the second film of Sinister series.

Derrickson directed the film Doctor Strange, based on the Marvel Comics property and part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in November 2016.[4] The film was both a commercial and critical success. In February 2018, it was announced that Derrickson will executive produce the television series You Bury Me for Blumhouse Productions.[5] The series is set in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and will be a love story in contemporary war-torn Middle East.[6] In December 2018, it was announced that Derrickson will direct the Doctor Strange sequel with a planned May 2021 release.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Derrickson married a nurse[8] in September 2013 and has two sons.[9]Also he is a Christian[10]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 Love in Ruins Yes Yes Yes Short film
Also editor
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut No Yes No
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Yes Yes No Direct-to-DVD
2004 Land of Plenty No Story No
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Yes Yes No
2006 The Visitation No No Co-producer
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Yes No No
2012 Sinister Yes Yes Executive
2013 Devil's Knot No Yes Executive
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Yes Yes No
2014 Misunderstood No No Executive
2014 Kristy No No Executive
2015 Sinister 2 No Yes Yes
2016 Doctor Strange Yes Yes No
2021 Doctor Strange sequel Yes Yes No


  1. ^ "Interview With Scott Derrickson". 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  2. ^ Olson, Nick (30 June 2014). "Prayer, Dark Mysticism, and Flannery: A Conversation with Scott Derrickson". Christianity Today. Retrieved 17 April 2016. We interviewed Derrickson—a Christian with a love for mystery—nearly a decade ago, and in 2002 he wrote an article ("Behind the Lens") for the Christian Century about inhabiting the world of American filmmaking as a Christian. Derrickson has also taught seminar workshops about film noir at IMAGEJournal's Glen Workshop. When he's speaking of his work, Derrickson references the biblical injunction to expose evil with light—a compelling sensibility in the world of cinema.
  3. ^ "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  4. ^ Han, Angie (April 8, 2015). "'Star Wars: Rogue One', 'Captain America: Civil War', and More Get IMAX Releases". /Film. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Jasper, Marykate (4 February 2018). "Production Company Behind Get Out Developing TV Series from Lexi Alexander". The Mary Sue.
  6. ^ Holloway, Daniel (1 February 2018). "Blumhouse TV Developing Drama 'You Bury Me' With Scott Derrickson, Lexi Alexander (Exclusive)". Variety.
  7. ^ Lussier, Germain (11 December 2018). "Director Scott Derrickson Is Coming Back for More Doctor Strange". Gizmodo. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ "48 Things We Learned from Scott Derrickson's 'Doctor Strange' Commentary". Film School Rejects. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  9. ^ "Scott Derrickson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
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