Scott Derrickson is an American director, screenwriter and producer. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Early life

Scott Derrickson -Early life

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University 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.


Scott Derrickson -Career

Derrickson co-wrote and directed the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. 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 $140 million worldwide. That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams.

Derrickson next directed 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 $230 million worldwide.

In 2010, Derrickson wrote and is attached to direct both an adaptation the Danish thriller The Substitute, produced by Sam Raimi, and the Lakeshore Entertainment supernatural suspense thriller The Living.

In January 2011, it was announced that Derrickson will direct Goliath, a biblical period action movie to be made with contemporary sensibilities. In October 2011, it was announced that Derrickson will write and direct the horror-thriller Two Eyes Staring for Summit Entertainment, starring Charlize Theron. Also in 2011, Derrickson wrote and is attached to direct the television pilot Thunderstruck for AMC and Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick.

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke. The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $87 million worldwide.

In 2012, three new Derrickson projects were announced: an adaptation of Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Jason Blum producing; an adaptation of the popular video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films; and Sinister 2 which Derrickson will write but not direct.

Derrickson's script Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, and had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. It was released in 2014.

Derrickson directed his own script, Deliver Us from Evil, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Screen Gems. Eric Bana played the lead role, and the film was released wide in theaters on July 2, 2014.

On June 3, 2014, Derrickson announced that he would be directing a theatrical feature based on Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange property as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he will co-write a film version of The Outer Limits with Cargill.


Scott Derrickson -Filmography


  • Love in the Ruins (1995) (short)
  • Hellraiser: Inferno (Dimension, 2000) (video)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)


  • Love in the Ruins (1995) (short)
  • Urban Legends: Final Cut (1999)
  • Dracula: 2000 (1999) (uncredited rewrite)
  • Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) (video)
  • Land of Plenty (2000)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  • The Messengers (2007) (uncredited rewrite)
  • Scream 4 (2011) (uncredited rewrite)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • Devil's Knot (2013)
  • Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
  • Sinister 2 (2015)
  • The Outer Limits (Announced)


  • Love in the Ruins (1995) (short) (producer)
  • The Visitation (2006) (co-producer)
  • Blue Like Jazz (2012) (associate producer)
  • Sinister (2012) (executive producer)
  • Devil's Knot (2013) (executive producer)
  • Kristy (2013) (executive producer)
  • Misunderstood (2014) (executive producer)
  • Sinister 2 (2015) (producer)


Scott Derrickson -References

External links

Scott Derrickson -External links

Main reference sites

  • Scott Derrickson at the Internet Movie Database
  • Scott Derrickson on Facebook
  • Scott Derrickson on Twitter

Interviews and essays

  • Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 1 at Smoviemakers
  • Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 2 at Smoviemakers
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at Film Z
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at Inside Horror
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson, Jason Blum and Ethan Hawke at AMC Movies
  • On Religion, Evil, and Other Dark Things at Film School Rejects
  • A Chestertonian in Hollywood at Gilbert Magazine
  • A Conversation with Wim Wenders at Image Journal
  • Horror: The Perfect Christian Genre at Christianity Today
  • Scott Derrickson Explains How ‘Blow Out’ Helped Shape ‘Sinister’ at Film School Rejects

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