John Moore

John Moore

John Moore was born in Dundalk, Ireland. As a child, he was fascinated by watching his uncle take the stage in a local holiday theater production every winter. Moore could not imagine having the nerve to act onstage, but was fascinated by the process of the entire production and wondered if there was a way to make a living doing something like that. Around that time, he bought an Agfa 126 camera at the local drugstore and fell in love with photography. He attended Rathmines Film School at the Dublin Institute of Technology and, after graduation, began a production company with several fellow filmmakers.Moore began learning his trade as an assistant cameraman on commercials and short films and as a news cameraman. He spent time as an assistant cameraman on the high profile films "The Miracle" (1991), "The Butcher Boy" (1992) and "Braveheart" (1995). In 1995, he directed and wrote his first cinematic piece - the short film, "He Shoots, He Scores."In 2000, Moore was making a name for himself directing music videos and cutting edge, special effects-laden commercials for Adidas, Guinness, and SEGA, when execs at 20th Century Fox offered him a chance to direct the Gene Hackman/Owen Wilson feature, "Behind Enemy Lines." The explosive action film about the rescue of a downed helicopter pilot during the Bosnian war did modest business, but met with criticism for what was perceived as an American-biased, misleading portrayal of the international conflict. However, it did lead to a deal with Fox and the birth of Point Road Films, so named for the locale of Moore's childhood.Moore was next tapped to direct a remake of the 1965 classic, "The Flight of the Phoenix" (2004), yet another story of a downed aircraft -- but this one centering on the survival of passengers in the Gobi desert. It failed to take flight at the box office. For his next feature, Moore left aircraft adventures behind in favor of a different genre - horror. The remake of the 1976 mainstay, "The Omen" (2006) - released fittingly on June 6, 2006 (6-6-6) - won Moore legions of new fans, but critics were divided between those who enjoyed it as a well-made, suspenseful, creepy experience versus those who wondered why anyone would remake the classic in the first place. Despite the mixed review bag, Moore was rumored to direct the 2008 government thriller "Material Breach."