Jonathan Liebesman is a movie writer and director from South Africa He was born on the 15th of September, 1976. He was a student of Filmmaking at the prestigious AFDA and also The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance which is present in South Africa itself. He also learned at the Tisch school of Arts which is affiliated to New York University. At the latter film institute, he along with some others wrote as well as directed a small movie of length 8 minutes titled Genesis and Catastrophe which was based on a short story written by Raoul Dahl.
The film was adorned with the Best Short Film Award given at the 2000 Austin Film Festival. It also brought him 2000 Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Young Filmmaker Award Darkness Falls of 2002was the first movie to be directed by him. He was just 26 when he did so. Darkness Falls earned an estimate of $33 million in the United States and around $15 million in the rest of the world. However, this movie did not get very good reviews. The motion picture earned a well- deserved nomination for Best Horror/Thriller by the 2003 Teen Choice awards.Not only this, it also brought the actress of the movie Emma Caulfield the Face of the Future Award which belonged to the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.
Ehren Kruger, he wrote Rings, a short film of 15 minutes which was based on the previously released movie
The Ring. This work of his brought him a lot of praise and attention. One person who was impressed by Leibesman was
Michael Bay who owns the company producing films, Platinum Dunes. In turn, he was asked to direct The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning for him. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was a hit with the movie audience worldwide. It earned a total of $50 million worldwide, with the budget of its making being only $16 million. He made The Killing Room in 2008 which was his third film of full length. It was a thriller related to politics, and the cast included
Nick Cannon, Timothy Hutton, and Chloe Sevigny.
He directed Columbia Pictures’ sci-fi movie Battle: Los Angeles in the November of 2008. Adapted from Chris Bertolini’s story, this picture was about a marine troupe’s adventure and struggle with some aliens in Los Angeles. Battle: Los Angeles was ranked No. 1 at the United States box office and gathered around $200 million worldwide. He can also be credited with the direction of Odysseus in 2009, a film by Warner Bros. which is inspired from Homer’s ancient epic Odyssey. He worked on Wrath of the Titans in June 2011 which was next in the series of Clash of the Titans movie. This movie’s actors included
Liam Neeson, the talented
Sam Worthington, and Ralph Fiennes.
The shooting started in the summer of 2011 in South Wales, England and also in studios on the outskirts of London.it also took place on the beautiful Canary Islands. Wrath of the Titans was finally released on the 30th of March 2012. Leibesman and Warner Bros. together attempted to make a picture based on the life of Julius Caesar in July 2011. He also showcased his direction with work on the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the February of 2012. This movie won five Golden Raspberry Awards. Jonathan Leibesman’s contribution to the world of films is definitely worthy of attention.