Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson (born July 16, 1966) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Derrickson is best known for directing The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Sinister (2012), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Doctor Strange (2016).

Scott Derrickson
Derrickson at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1966-07-16) July 16, 1966
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Early life

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in philosophy and literature and a B.A. in communications with an emphasis in film and theology.[1] He completed his graduate studies at USC School of Cinema-Television.


Derrickson co-wrote and directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $144 million worldwide. That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams.

Derrickson next directed The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $233 million worldwide.

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[2] The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $78 million worldwide. Derrickson co-wrote but did not direct the second film of Sinister series.

Deliver Us from Evil is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Derrickson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.[3] The film is officially based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by former police Sergeant Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, and its marketing campaign highlighted that it was "inspired by actual accounts". The film was released on July 2, 2014.[4] and grossed $87.9 million against a $30 million budget.

Derrickson next directed the film Doctor Strange, based on the Marvel Comics property and part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in November 2016.[5] The film was both a commercial and critical success.

In December 2018, it was announced that Derrickson will direct the Doctor Strange sequel entitled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with a planned May 2021 release.[6]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 Love in the Ruins Yes Yes Yes Short film
Also editor
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut No Yes No
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Yes Yes No Direct-to-DVD
2004 Land of Plenty No Story No
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Yes Yes No
2006 The Visitation No No Co-producer
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Yes No No
2012 Sinister Yes Yes Executive
2013 Devil's Knot No Yes Executive
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Yes Yes No
2014 Misunderstood No No Executive
2014 Kristy No No Executive
2015 Sinister 2 No Yes Yes
2016 Doctor Strange Yes Yes No
2020 The Breathing Method Yes Yes No Pre-production
2021 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Yes Yes No Pre-production

Uncredited Rewrites


  1. "Interview With Scott Derrickson". 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  2. "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  3. Foreman, Liza (4 September 2013). "Scott Derrickson Signs On to Direct 'Beware the Night'". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. Pictures, Sony (13 November 2013). "Sony Pictures Moves Sex Tape and Beware the Night". Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  5. Han, Angie (April 8, 2015). "'Star Wars: Rogue One', 'Captain America: Civil War', and More Get IMAX Releases". /Film. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  6. Lussier, Germain (11 December 2018). "Director Scott Derrickson Is Coming Back for More Doctor Strange". Gizmodo. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
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