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Jonathan Mostow

American film director, writer and producer

Jonathan Mostow
Born (1961-11-28) November 28, 1961 (age 59)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Spouse(s)Laurie Sandell (2018–present)[1]

Jonathan Mostow (born November 28, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has directed films such as Breakdown, U-571, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Surrogates.[2]

Jonathan Mostow Intro articles: 4

Early life

Mostow was born in Woodbridge, Connecticut.[3] His father George Daniel Mostow was a mathematician, and his mother is a social worker.[1] He graduated from Harvard University.[4] He also trained at the American Repertory Company and the Lee Strasberg Institute.[5] He grew up in a Conservative Jewish household.[6]

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In 1989, Mostow directed a direct-to-video horror comedy, Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers.[4]

He was originally attached to direct The Game (1997), with Kyle MacLachlan and Bridget Fonda for the lead roles.[7] However, he ended up being an executive producer of the David Fincher-directed film.[7] In 1997, he directed Breakdown, a thriller film starring Kurt Russell.[8] Around the same time, he signed a deal with Universal Pictures.[9] Both Mostow and Lieberman received a TV deal, via his Mostow/Lieberman Productions company to Studios USA.[10]

In 2000, Mostow directed a World War II-era submarine film, U-571.[11] He assembled a cast including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, TC Carson, and Jon Bon Jovi.[12] The film topped the U.S. box office chart.[13]

In 2003, he directed the third installment of The Terminator film series, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.[14][15]

Mostow co-wrote a comic book series, The Megas, with John Harrison.[16] Illustrated by Peter Rubin, it was published on Virgin Comics in 2008.[16]

He returned to direct another film, Surrogates, in 2009.[17] Based on the comic book series, it starred Bruce Willis.[18]

In 2017, he directed The Hunter's Prayer, an action thriller film starring Sam Worthington.[19]

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Personal life

On October 7, 2018, Mostow married writer Laurie Sandell.[1] The two met through JDate in 2014.[1]

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Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1985 Fright Show Yes Yes Yes Segment "Dr. Dobermind"
1989 Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers Yes Yes Story Role: Cryonics Lab Technician; direct-to-video
1997 The Game No Executive No
Breakdown Yes No Yes
2000 U-571 Yes No Yes
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Yes No No
2008 Hancock No Executive No
2009 Surrogates Yes No No
2012 House at the End of the Street No No Story
Playing for Keeps No Yes No
2017 The Hunter's Prayer Yes Executive No


Year(s) Title Director Executive
Writer Notes
1991 Flight of Black Angel Yes No Story Television film
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Yes No No Episode: "Le Voyage Dans La Lune"
2007 Them Yes Yes No Television film
2014–2015 The Last Ship Yes Yes No Episode: "Phase Six"


  1. ^ a b c d "Laurie Sandell, Jonathan Mostow". The New York Times. October 7, 2018. p. ST14. Archived from the original on August 22, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Horn, John (September 24, 2009). "Can Bruce Willis regain star power with 'Surrogates'?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jonathan Mostow". AlloCiné. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Sragow, Michael (May 4, 2000). "Mission from Mostow". Salon. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Murphy, Jay David (August 27, 2009). "Interview with Surrogates Director Jonathan Mostow". Digital Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  6. ^ https://jewishjournal.com/culture/arts/8063/
  7. ^ a b Wright, Benjamin (September 20, 2012). "5 Things You Might Not Know About David Fincher's Criterion Approved 'The Game'". IndieWire. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Lee, Benjamin (January 8, 2016). "Kurt Russell: five best moments". The Guardian. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Fleming, Michael (June 30, 1997). "MOSTOW INKS DEAL AT U". Variety. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  10. ^ Adalian, Josef (February 18, 2000). "Mostow, Lieberman ink TV deal". Variety. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Murphy, Bill Scanlan (June 28, 2000). "'U-571' should be diving for deep cover". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  12. ^ von Tunzelmann, Alex (February 25, 2009). "U-571: You give historical films a bad name". The Guardian. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Hayes, Dade (April 30, 2000). "Rookies torpedoed". Variety. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Hayes, Dade (August 7, 2003). "The candid candidate". Variety. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Fleming, Michael (June 19, 2003). "Mostow makes most of 'T3' opportunity". Variety. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Kit, Borys (February 27, 2008). "Mostow coronates his 'Megas'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Brew, Simon (February 26, 2009). "Underappreciated directors: Jonathan Mostow". Den of Geek. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  18. ^ Thill, Scott (July 21, 2009). "Surrogates' Sci-Fi Crime Drama Stays True to Comic's Roots". Wired. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  19. ^ Douglas, Edward (June 8, 2017). "Film Review: The Hunter's Prayer". Film Journal International. Retrieved December 25, 2018.

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