The Filmmaker directed big budget movies in the 1980s and 1990s, including The client and a Time to Kill, as well as two Batman sequels. He died after a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 80 in New York City on 22nd June.
Star Trek Writer and Producer Bryan Fuller and director Kevin Smith were among the first to pay the tribute.“He couldn’t have been nicer or more hospitable,”Smith tweeted.”
I distinctly remember feeling hopeful when I learned he was gay and out and that there may be a place for me yet,”wrote Fuller.
Kiefer Sutherland , who starred in the Lost Boys, tweeted that Schumacher’s “Joy, spirit and talent will live on”.
His background as costume designer turned filmmaker made him one of the preeminent mainstream studio directors with a stylish flair. He has a knack for discovering and nurturing young stars like Rob Lowe, Kiefer Sutherland , Matthew McConoughey and Colin Farrell. Schumacher earned positive reviews for his white-collar-vigilante thriller ”Falling Down”, which went to Cannes Film Festival, and the 2000 Vietnam soldier drama ”Tigerland”. His 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical film Phantom of the opera received three Oscar nominations for cinematography and Art direction despite lukewarm reviews from the critics.
I went on to make movies and I didn’t have a nervous breakdown,” Schumacher told Vice. “Woody Allen, one of many mentors of mine, once said to never read anything about yourself because to believe the good, you would have to believe the bad and when they hate you, you remember every ugly word to the day that you die.”