Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson (born July 16, 1966) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for directing the films The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Sinister (2012), Deliver Us from Evil (2014), Doctor Strange (2016), and The Black Phone (2021).

Scott Derrickson
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Derrickson at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1966-07-16) July 16, 1966 (age 56)
Years active1995–present
Notable workThe Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Deliver Us from Evil
Doctor Strange
The Black Phone

Early lifeEdit

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in philosophy and literature and a B.A. in communications with an emphasis in film and theology.[1] He completed his graduate studies at USC School of Cinema-Television.


Derrickson co-wrote and directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel.[2] The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $144 million worldwide.[3] That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams.[citation needed]

Derrickson in 2008

Derrickson next directed a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $233 million worldwide.[4]

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[5] 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 co-wrote but did not direct the second film of Sinister series.[citation needed]

Deliver Us from Evil is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Derrickson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.[6] The film is officially based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by former police Sergeant Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, and its marketing campaign highlighted that it was "inspired by actual accounts". The film was released on July 2, 2014,[7] and grossed $87.9 million against a $30 million budget.

Derrickson at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Derrickson next directed the film Doctor Strange, based on the Marvel Comics property and part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in November 2016.[8] The film was a commercial and critical success.

In December 2018, it was announced that Derrickson would direct the Doctor Strange sequel entitled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which was planned for a May 2021 release.[9] In January 2020, Derrickson announced that he had stepped away from directing duties as a result of unspecified creative differences, after which Sam Raimi took over. Derrickson remained involved with the film as an executive producer.[10]

In March 2020, it was announced that Derrickson had been hired to write and direct Skydance Media's Bermuda Triangle action-adventure, Bermuda, starring Chris Evans.[11]

In May 2020, Derrickson was announced as the director of a sequel to Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth. Maggie Levin will join him in writing the script for the movie.[12] More recently, it was announced that Derrickson signed a first look deal with Blumhouse Television.[13]

In 2021, Derrickson directed the adaptation of Joe Hill's short story The Black Phone, from a script by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.[14] Produced by Blumhouse and Universal Pictures, The Black Phone re-teamed Derrickson with Ethan Hawke and James Ransone, and was theatrically released to positive reviews on June 24, 2022.

In March 2022, Derrickson was set to direct The Gorge for Skydance. Apple TV+ acquried the right of the film.[15]


Derrickson at the 2015 WonderCon

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 Love in the Ruins Yes Yes Yes Also editor
2021 Shadowprowler Yes Yes Executive
2023 TBA Yes No No Segment of V/H/S/85

Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut No Yes No
Hellraiser: Inferno Yes Yes No Direct-to-DVD
2004 Land of Plenty No Story No
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Yes Yes No
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
2015 Sinister 2 No Yes Yes
2016 Doctor Strange Yes Yes No
2021 The Black Phone Yes Yes Yes
TBA The Gorge Yes No Yes
TBA Bermuda Yes Yes Executive

Uncredited rewrites

Executive producer only



  1. ^ "Interview With Scott Derrickson". November 1, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Hansen, Eric T. (September 4, 2005). "What in God's Name?!". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". May 3, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Foreman, Liza (September 4, 2013). "Scott Derrickson Signs On to Direct 'Beware the Night'". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Pictures, Sony (November 13, 2013). "Sony Pictures Moves Sex Tape and Beware the Night". Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  8. ^ 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 10, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Lussier, Germain (December 11, 2018). "Director Scott Derrickson Is Coming Back for More Doctor Strange". Gizmodo. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "'Doctor Strange 2' Loses Director Scott Derrickson – Variety". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 4, 2020). "Scott Derrickson to Direct Skydance's 'Bermuda' With Chris Evans Circling Lead (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 26, 2020). "Scott Derrickson Set To Direct 'Labyrinth' Sequel For TriStar Pictures; Maggie Levin To Write Script". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (December 14, 2020). "Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Ink First-Look TV Deal With Blumhouse". Deadline. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (October 30, 2020). "'Doctor Strange' Director Scott Derrickson Boards Blumhouse Horror Movie 'Black Phone'". Variety. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 17, 2022). "Scott Derrickson To Direct 'The Gorge' For Skydance". Deadline Hollywood.

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