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Jonathan Mostow (born November 28, 1961, in Woodbridge, Connecticut) is an American film director, writer and producer.
A graduate of Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut and Harvard, Mostow also trained at the American Repertory Company and New York City's Lee Strasberg Institute. He helmed several short films and documentaries as well as music videos before making his first feature, the direct-to-video release Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers (1989). He then made the Showtime film Flight of the Black Angel (1991), about a colonel who trains fighter pilots and his troubled protégé who wants to attack the local population.
Mostow established himself in the action genre with 1997's Breakdown. The thriller, starring Kurt Russell as a man whose wife seems to have vanished in the desert, was fairly well received at the box-office. He went on to co-found a production company with former executive Hal Lieberman and signed a four-year deal with Universal. He also spent several years developing The Game (1997), with the hope of directing, but instead David Fincher landed the assignment while Mostow was relegated to an executive producer credit.
Mostow and Michael Douglas (who starred in The Game) were to collaborate on a World War II-era submarine film U-571 (2000) but Douglas pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, the director assembled a cast including Harvey Keitel, Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Noseworthy, Matthew Settle and Thomas Guiry for U-571, a film about an attempt by the USA to intercept a German U-boat carrying a coding device. Loosely based on fact (although it really involved British forces, not Americans), the film performed fairly well at the box-office with $77 million in domestic receipts.
In 2003 directed the third installment of The Terminator series, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; which performed below industry expectations and failed to duplicate the critical reception of its predecessors.
After a six year absence, Mostow returned to direct another film called Surrogates which is based on the comic book series starring Bruce Willis. The film was released into cinemas on September 25th, 2009, and was a critical and commercial failure.
He also has produced and created The Megas with Virgin Comics, which he is fast-tracking into a feature film
Fright Show (1985) (segment "Dr. Dobermind")
Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers (1989)
Flight of Black Angel (1991) (TV)