Kevin Reynolds (director)

Kevin Hal Reynolds[1] (born January 17, 1952) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Waterworld, The Count of Monte Cristo, the cult classic Fandango, and the 2016 film Risen. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

Kevin Reynolds
Kevin Hal Reynolds

(1952-01-17) January 17, 1952
Alma materBaylor University
Known forFilm director and screenwriter

Early life

Reynolds was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of former Baylor University President Herbert H. Reynolds.[2]


Reynolds enjoyed initial successes co-writing the Cold War hit Red Dawn in 1984 and writing and directing the Steven Spielberg-produced Fandango in 1985.

He began a long friendship with Kevin Costner after hiring him for Fandango, when Costner was a little-known actor. Reynolds later advised Costner behind the scenes for the epic western Dances with Wolves (1990), in particular with the buffalo hunting scenes, on which Reynolds was also an uncredited second unit director. Costner would again be his leading man in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), on which Costner was an uncredited second unit director. Costner then produced Reynolds' 1994 film Rapa-Nui.

Costner brought on Reynolds to direct the post-apocalyptic film Waterworld (1995). Mid-way through filming, production problems led to conflict between them. It was reported Reynolds walked away near the end of post-production, leaving star/producer Costner to supervise the completion of editing. The two friends stopped speaking; Reynolds was later quoted as having said of Costner: "Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and director". Later, Reynolds and Costner reunited to record a commentary track for the extended special edition DVD of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Reynolds next directed the dramatic thriller One Eight Seven (1997), which gave Samuel L. Jackson his first top-billed leading role. More recent directorial efforts were two classical adaptations: The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002 and Tristan & Isolde in 2006.

Reynolds directed Costner again in the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys in 2012.[3] The miniseries was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Reynolds for directing.[4]

In 2013, Reynolds was brought aboard as director for the planned project The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,[5] a film intended as a mystery/thriller and "unofficial sequel" to The Passion of the Christ,[6] depicting the days following Christ's resurrection,[7] with a script written by Paul Aiello.[8][9] The film is told from the viewpoint of a Roman Tribune, ordered by Pontius Pilate to investigate growing rumors of a risen Jewish messiah, and to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to quell an imminent uprising in Jerusalem.[6] Eventually titled Risen, the film was released in 2016.


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1980 Proof Yes Yes Short
1984 Red Dawn No Yes
1985 Fandango Yes Yes
1986 Amazing Stories Yes No Episode "You Gotta Believe Me"
1987 White Water Summer No No Second unit director
1988 The Beast Yes No Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Yes No
1994 Rapa-Nui Yes Yes
1995 Waterworld Yes No Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
1997 One Eight Seven Yes No Nominated – Tokyo Grand Prix
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Yes No
2006 Tristan & Isolde Yes No
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Yes No Mini-series (3 episodes);
Bronze Wrangler for Western Documentary
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
2016 Risen Yes Yes


  1. "Kevin Reynolds Biography (1952-)". Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  2. "Overview for Kevin Reynolds". Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  4. "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special". Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  5. Pulver, Andrew (October 1, 2013). "Jesus's resurrection to become Hollywood thriller". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  6. Kit, Borys (September 30, 2013). "'Hatfields & McCoys' Director Tackling Jesus in 'Resurrection'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  7. Murashko, Alex (March 27, 2012). "'The Resurrection:' Hollywood Producer Aims for God's Sequel to 'The Passion'". Christian Post. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  8. Kroll, Justin (September 30, 2013). "Kevin Reynolds Tapped to Direct 'Resurrection' for LD Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  9. Murashko, Alex (April 8, 2012). "The Resurrection Project: Hollywood Prayer Leader on Movie's Executive Board". Christian Post. Retrieved July 4, 2012.

Kevin Reynolds on IMDb

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