Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80

Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80

A representative for Schumacher said the filmmaker died on Monday in NY after a year-long battle with cancer.

The native New Yorker also wrote the 1976 low-budget comedy Car Wash and the screenplays for a pair of film adaptations of Broadway musicals: 1978's The Wiz and 2004's The Phantom of the Opera - along with his films Flawless, St. Elmo's Fire and D.C. Cab.

Alongside The Breakfast Club, which came out in the same year, it became one of the seminal films of the Brat Pack era and launched Demi Moore's film career.

Schumacher directed some of Hollywood's most in-demand stars, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Anthony Hopkins, and Susan Sarandon. The Lost Boys and The Client did reasonably well for themselves on the critical front, and while Flatliners was a more mixed affair, it remained well known enough to earn the standalone sequel/remake treatment in 2017, with that movie also simply being called Flatliners.

The success of The Client landed Schumacher his most famous job: Replacing Tim Burton as the director of the '90s Batman franchise.

Schumacher developed a reputation for spotting young talent, casting stars like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Renfro in their first major screen roles. Its sequel, "Batman & Robin", was panned by critics and didn't perform as well at the box office at its predecessor.

Former "House of Cards" showrunner Beau Willimon collaborated with Schumacher when the director helmed episodes of the Netflix series early in its run.

Schumacher was reportedly the composer's first choice as director, with Lord Lloyd Webber having admired his work with music on The Lost Boys. "That's what our name's there for".

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