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Johnston at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Born||Joseph Eggleston Johnston II|
May 13, 1950
Austin, Texas, United States
|Education||Art Center College of Design|
|Alma mater||California State University|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, effects artist, art director|
|Notable work||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger|
Joseph Eggleston Johnston II (born May 13, 1950) is an American film director and former effects artist best known for such effects-driven movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and Jurassic Park III (2001). These movies include a number of period films such as The Rocketeer (1991), The Wolfman (2010), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Johnston also directed the biographical drama October Sky (1999).
Much of the work at the beginning of Johnston's screen career combined design and special effects. He began his career as a concept artist and effects technician on the first Star Wars film, directed by George Lucas, and was art director on one of the effects teams for the sequel. His association with Lucas would later prove fruitful, when he became one of four to win an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Lucas and Steven Spielberg's film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Johnston continued to work on many films as an effects expert.
Johnston is also author of Star Wars novel The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense, which ties into Return of the Jedi (New York: Random House, 1984; ISBN 0-394-86568-5, ISBN 0-394-96568-X).
In 1984, Lucas gave Johnston a sabbatical, with salary, and paid his tuition to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Johnston left after a year, saying he "was asked not to return" because he "broke too many rules".
Johnston made his directorial debut in 1989 with hit comedy adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, starring Rick Moranis. He followed it with comic-book adaptation The Rocketeer (1991). The film was a commercial failure, as was his next, the animated and live-action The Pagemaster. Johnston rebounded, directing the family hit Jumanji, starring Robin Williams. The film overcame lukewarm reviews to gross over $260 million.
Johnston was set to direct Hulk, but dropped out in July 1997. Johnston then switched gears from effects-driven action films to the more personal October Sky (1999), starring a teenage Jake Gyllenhaal as a 1950s West Virginia high school student who dreams of being a rocket scientist for NASA against his father's wishes.
Johnston's first project of the 2000s was the sequel Jurassic Park III, which made over US$300 million at the box office. Johnston followed it with western Hidalgo, starring Viggo Mortensen. Johnston then took a six-year directorial break before signing on at a month's notice to take over the 2010 remake of 1941 horror classic The Wolfman. Shot in England, the film starred Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.
In part thanks to his experience with the period superhero film The Rocketeer, Johnston was selected to direct Marvel Studios superhero adaptation Captain America: The First Avenger. Released on July 22, 2011, the film stars Chris Evans as the comic book hero and Hugo Weaving as his archenemy the Red Skull. In 2012, Johnston directed the thriller Not Safe for Work for Blumhouse Productions.
On April 26, 2017, Variety announced that Johnston had been hired by the Mark Gordon Company to direct the fourth installment of The Chronicles of Narnia film series, originally from Walden Media, The Silver Chair. On November 4, 2017, Joe Johnston announced that The Silver Chair would be his final directorial effort. On December 12, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Johnston would helm 32 days of reshoots on the film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms due to its director Lasse Hallström being unavailable.
|Year||Title||Director||Producer||Effects Artist||Art Director||Actor||Notes|
|1977||Star Wars||Yes||Yes||Death Star trooper (uncredited)|
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||Yes||Yes||Yes||Captain Shawn Valdez - Hoth Rebel (uncredited)|
|1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Yes||Yes|
|1983||Return of the Jedi||Yes|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Yes|
|1986||Howard the Duck||Yes||Ultralight sequence designer|
|1987||Batteries Not Included||Second unit director, production manager|
|1989||Always||Yes||Aerial sequence designer|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||Yes|
|1994||The Pagemaster||Yes||Live-action scenes|
|1999||The Iron Giant||Designer: Iron Giant|
|2001||Jurassic Park III||Yes|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Yes||Yes||Executive producer|
|2014||Not Safe for Work||Yes|
|The Lawful Truth||Yes||Captain Waters|
|2018||The Nutcracker and the Four Realms||Yes||Reshoots; given co-director credit along with Lasse Hallström.|
|2020||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair||Yes|
|1978–1979||Battlestar Galactica||Effects illustration and design|
|1984||The Ewok Adventure||Production Designer|
|1985||Ewoks: The Battle for Endor|
|Star Wars: Droids||Writer|
Episode: "Coby and the Starhunters"
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Director|
Episode: "Princeton, February 1916"
|2017||The Creeps||Executive producer|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)||73%|
|The Rocketeer (1991)||61%|
|The Pagemaster (1994)||18%|
|October Sky (1999)||90%|
|Jurassic Park III (2001)||50%|
|The Wolfman (2010)||35%|
|Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)||80%|
|Not Safe for Work (2014)||N/A|
|The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)||27%|
|1981||Academy Award||Best Visual Effects Shared with Richard Edlund, Kit West and Bruce Nicholson||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Won|
|1990||International Fantasy Film Award||Best Film||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||Nominated|
|1992||Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation Shared with Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, William Dear and Dave Stevens||The Rocketeer||Nominated|
|1995||International Fantasy Film Award||Best Film Shared with Pixote Hunt||The Pagemaster||Nominated|
|1996||Saturn Award||Best Director||Jumanji||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Family Feature - Action-Adventure||Won|
|1999||Ajijic International Film Festival Award||Best Film||October Sky||Won|
|2001||Saturn Award||Best Science Fiction Film||Jurassic Park III||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Award||Best Horror/Thriller Film||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Remake or Sequel||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Trailer Award||Best Drama||Hidalgo||Nominated|
|2010||Saturn Award||Best Horror/Thriller Film||The Wolfman||Nominated|
|2012||Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation Shared with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely||Captain America: The First Avenger||Nominated|
|Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Award||Best Film||Nominated|
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