Tim Miller (director)

Timothy Miller (born October 10, 1964) is an American filmmaker. He made his feature-film directing debut with Deadpool (2016). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film as co-story writer and executive producer of the short animated film Gopher Broke (2004). Miller directed Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), and also designed the title sequences of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor: The Dark World. He is the creator, showrunner and producer of the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots, for which he has received several Primetime Emmy nominations and awards.

Tim Miller
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Miller at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con promoting Terminator: Dark Fate
Timothy Miller

(1964-10-10) October 10, 1964 (age 58)
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
  • visual effects artist
  • animator
Years active1995–present
Known for

Early lifeEdit

Miller was born in Fort Washington, Maryland.[1] He studied illustration and animation in college.[2]


In March 1995, Miller co-founded Blur Studio, a visual effects, animation and design company with David Stinnett and Cat Chapman.[3] Miller and Jeff Fowler were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2005 for the short film Gopher Broke.[4]

In March 2008, Miller was set to produce and direct one of eight animated tales based on the Heavy Metal magazine. David Fincher and Kevin Eastman were also attached to produce and direct a story segment.[5] Miller was set by Legendary Pictures on March 15, 2012 to direct a live-action adaptation of the Warren Ellis comic book series Gravel, from a script by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell.[6] On November 14, 2012, Sony Pictures set Miller to direct Joe Haldeman's science fiction novella Seasons, which Sebastian Gutierrez was set to adapt and Michael De Luca to produce.[7] Miller and Jeff Fowler are also set to direct and produce the animated film The Goon through their Blur Studio.[8] As of 2018, these films are still in development.

Miller designed the title sequences of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011),[9] and of the film Thor: The Dark World (2013). The latter was completed in 12 weeks and included 75 shots, most of which were computer-generated.[10]

On April 8, 2011, Miller was hired by 20th Century Fox to direct the feature film Deadpool, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It was his directorial debut, and was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Ryan Reynolds starring in the title role.[11] Filming began late March 2015 in Vancouver, and the film was released on February 12, 2016.[12][13] Miller was set to direct the sequel, Deadpool 2, released in 2018,[14] but he departed the project due to creative differences with Reynolds.[15][16]

In January 2017, Deadline reported that Miller was in talks with James Cameron to work on and possibly direct a new Terminator film.[17] Skydance Media confirmed in September 2017 that Miller would direct the next Terminator film.[18] The title of the film was officially announced as Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019.[19] During production of the film, when asked about backlash regarding the female main characters, Miller said that Mackenzie Davis's character Grace would "scare the fuck" out of "closet misogynist[s]."[20] Despite decent reviews, the film became a box-office bomb, set to lose upwards of $100 million.[21]

In October 2016, Miller was hired to serve as executive producer for a Sonic the Hedgehog feature film,[22] originally being set to be produced by Sony Pictures, before being acquired by Paramount Pictures.[23] Miller and director Jeff Fowler first created a pitch for a Sonic movie with Ben Schwartz voicing the character. After the movie was green-lighted by Paramount, the two chose to cast Schwartz as the voice of Sonic in the film, having enjoyed his performance in the test reading.[24] The film was released on February 14, 2020, and received a warm critical and commercial reception.[25][26][27][28] Miller returned as executive producer for the film's sequel, released on April 8, 2022.[29]

In mid-2017, Miller was hired to direct an adaptation of William Gibson's 1984 science-fiction novel Neuromancer for Fox, which will be produced by Simon Kinberg.[30]

In January 2023, it was announced Eli Roth's film Borderlands would be going through two weeks of reshoots directed by Miller, due to Roth's participation in Thanksgiving, a slasher film that was initially created by Roth as a parody trailer for Grindhouse but has since been promoted to a feature-length film. While Roth would not be involved with the reshoots for Borderlands, he remains involved with the movie and gave Miller his blessing.[31]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Executive
2016 Deadpool Yes No Directorial debut
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Yes Yes Also co-creative consultant
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog No Yes
2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 No Yes

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Executive
2002 Aunt Luisa Yes Story No Co-directed with Paul Taylor
2003 RockFish[32] Yes Yes No Also animation supervisor
2004 Gopher Broke No Story Yes
In the Rough No Story Yes
2006 A Gentlemen's Duel No Yes Yes


Year Title Director Writer Executive
Creator Notes
2019–present Love, Death & Robots Yes Yes Yes Yes Director: "Ice Age"
Director and writer: "The Drowned Giant" & "Swarm"

Technical creditsEdit


Year Title Role
1995 Hideaway Visual effects
2001 Soulkeeper Creative supervisor (Blur Studio sequences)
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Creative director
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Creative supervisor (Ninja Ninja sequence)
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Creative director (Title sequence)
2013 Thor: The Dark World Second unit director (Opening sequence)
2023 Borderlands Director of reshoots

Video games

Year Title Role
2005 Shadow the Hedgehog Visual effects producer
2007 Hellgate: London Visual effects
2010 Mass Effect 2 Visual effects producer
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2005 77th Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film Gopher Broke Nominated [33]
2008 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game Hellgate: London Nominated [34]
2010 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer Star Wars: The Old Republic Nominated [35]
Mass Effect 2 Nominated
2011 Outstanding Animated Commercial Dante's Inferno Nominated [36][37]
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer Star Wars: The Old Republic Nominated
2017 69th Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film Deadpool Nominated [38]
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Nominated
2019 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Love, Death & Robots Won [39]
2021 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards Won [40]
2022 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Won [41]


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