About Marcus Nispel
Originally from Germany, Nispel got his start as an art director in the Frankfurt branch of Young & Rubicam, a global marketing and communications group. Nispel came to America in 1984 on a Fulbright Scholarship at age 20 and made his directorial debut on a series of music videos for C&C Music Factory, including "Gonna Make You Sweat" and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm " Nispel directed videos for many other famous artists, a few of which hit #1, including "Greedy Fly" for Bush, "Turn The Beat Around" for Gloria Estefan and "Spice Up Your Life" for the Spice Girls. Ambitious from the get-go, Nispel's hard work paid off. He received twelve MTV Music Award nominations, with four wins, including an MTV Best European Video Award for "Killer/Papa Was A Rolling Stone", by George Michael. In 2001, Nispel won the MVPA Lifetime Achievement Award, a top award given to music video professionals by Kodak.
Nispel was equally as prolific in the commercial sector, directing hundreds of spots for AT&T, Coca-Cola, Levi's, Pepsi and UPS. And in keeping with his success as a music video director, Nispel was showered with numerous awards for his work, including several Clios, a Mobius Award, the Grand Prix at the BDA Awards, as well as honors from the New York, Houston and Chicago Film Festivals and the Art Directors Club, an international not-for-profit group of creative professionals engaged in all facets of visual communications.
Nispel then took his first tentative steps into the film world when he inked a deal to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in "End of Days" (1998). However, he backed out a month before principal photography due to "artistic differences". It would be a few years until Nispel would get another shot to direct a feature. This time, Jerry Bruckheimer protégé Michael Bay acted as producer and hired Nispel to direct the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Made for far less than the $100 million tagged to "End of Days", Nispel relished the opportunity, despite being under the thumb of producer Bay.
In the movie, actress Jessica Biel starred as one of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness when they meet the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. What attracted Nispel to the project was the chance to explore the past of the real-life killer, Ed Gein, the inspiration for the original movie and for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (although the events of all three films are extremely fictionalized and bear little resemblance to the true story). The result of Nispel's typically frenzied work days-for him and his crew-was a number one opening at the box office with over $28 million in receipts.
|Armyan Mathaus Nispel. Twin of Bruno; Born March 15, 1999; mother, Dyan Nispel|
|Bruno Tobias Nispel. Twin of Armyan; Born March 15, 1999; mother, Dyan Nispel|
|Directed a reboot of "Conan the Barbarian," starring Jason Momoa in the titular role|
|Directed the remake of "Friday the 13th"; produced by Michael Bay|
|Directed and produced, "Pathfinder," a remake to Norwegian film with the same name|
|Directed the USA network production of "Frankenstein"|
|Made his feature directing debut with the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"|
|Signed on to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in "End of Days," but backed out due to 'artistic differences'|
|Directed commercial spots for AT&T, Coca-Cola, and UPS|
|Directed music videos for artists such as Billy Joel, Janet Jackson and Elton John|
|Founded and operated his own production company, Portfolio Artists Network|
|Made his directorial debut on a series of music videos for C&C Music Factory|
|Moved to the US on a Fulbright Scholarship|
|Worked as an art director in the Frankfurt branch of Young & Rubicam|