Christophe Gans

Christophe Gans (born 11 March 1960) is a French film director, producer and screenwriter, who specializes in horror and fantasy movies.

Christophe Gans
Gans in 2010.
Christophe Gans

(1960-03-11) 11 March 1960
OccupationFilm director, producer; screenwriter

Life and career

Gans was born in Antibes, France. As a teenager, he spent a large portion of his time creating kung fu-themed Super 8 movies with his friends. He later went on to attend the French film school Idhec, where he created his first short film, Silver Slime. He later spent time as a film critic before co-directing his first film, H.P. Lovecraft's: Necronomicon.

His $29 million-budgeted film Brotherhood of the Wolf was a worldwide success, grossing over $70 million [1] in theaters worldwide. It became the second-highest-grossing French-language film in the United States since 1980.[2] After the film's success, many producers approached Gans to work on very similar projects to appeal to young audience.[3]

He went on to direct 2006's cinematic adaptation of the video game Silent Hill, as well as the 2014 fantasy film, Beauty and the Beast. Gans has also appeared in films as an actor, as he portrayed himself in the 2016 mockumentary Fury of the Demon.

Future projects

Gans was to write and direct the Capcom video game Onimusha; however, after several setbacks he abandoned it and is now attached to the French film Fantômas.[4][5] He initially was to direct a sequel to Silent Hill, but later pulled out and was replaced by Michael J. Bassett.[3]


Year Film Credited as Note
Director Writer Producer Fight choreographer
1981 Silver Slime Yes Yes Short film[6]
1993 H.P. Lovecraft's: Necronomicon Yes Yes Directed first sequence[7]
1995 Crying Freeman Yes Yes Yes
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Yes Yes
2004 Saint Ange Yes
2006 Silent Hill Yes Yes
2014 Beauty and the Beast Yes Yes [8]
2019 Corto Maltese Yes Yes


  1. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001),; accessed 27 December 2015.
  2. "Foreign Language, 1980-Present". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. "EXCL: Avary Skips Trip to Silent Hill 2". Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. "Onimusha film delayed due to Ledger's death". Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. "Christophe Gans Preps Fantomas With Vincent Cassel". Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. Necronomicon details,; accessed 27 December 2015.
  7. Butler, Craig. "Necronomicon: review". Allmovie. Retrieved September 28, 2009.
  8. "La belle et la bête: Un film de Christophe Gans". Pathé International. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
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