‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Flawless’ director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80

Prolific gay film director Joel Schumacher has passed away at age 80, after being diagnosed with cancer just one year ago.

The former costume designer made his screenwriting debut with 1976’s musical drama Sparkle, taking the helm of his first film as director in 1981 with The Incredible Shrinking Woman starring the one and only Lily Tomlin.

Schumacher’s most well-known works include St. Elmo’s Fire, the Palme d’Or nominated crime drama Falling Down, vampire thriller The Lost Boys and Flawless – the story of a homophobic cop learning to address his prejudice.

Schumacher also blessed cinema audiences with the two most camp entries in the Batman film universe, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and brought Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera to the silver screen.

Tributes are pouring in for the director on social media from former collaborators and fans of his work.

OIP Staff

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