St Elmo’s Fire director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80

St Elmo's Fire director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80

Joel Schumacher, the flamboyant journeyman director who counted Brat Pack movies and the Batman franchise among his varied output, has died at the age of 80.

A representative for Schumacher said the filmmaker died on Monday in New York after a year-long battle with cancer.

Schumacher became one of the pre-eminent genre filmmakers of the 1990s after the success of St Elmo's Fire, with Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy, and teen vampire horror The Lost Boys.

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ARCHIVO – En esta fotografía de archivo del 29 de enero de 2010 el director Joel Schumacher en el estreno de "Twelve" en el Festival de Cine de Sundance en Park City, Utah. El director de “St. Elmo’s Fire” y películas de “Batman” falleció el lunes 22 de junio de 2020 tras un año de batalla contra el cáncer, informó uno de sus representantes. Tenía 80 años. (Foto AP/Peter Kramer, archivo)
Joel Schumacher, director of the upcoming film "Twelve", poses for a portrait in Las Vegas on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Arnold Schwarzenagger, Alicia Silverstone, Joel Schumacher, Chris O'Donnell & George Clooney (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 27: Actor Kiefer Sutherland, actress Julia Roberts and director Joel Schumacher attend Sandy Gallin's 50th Birthday Party on May 27, 1990 at Eureka Brewery & Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
ARCHIVO – En esta fotografía de archivo del 3 de noviembre de 2011 el director Joel Schumacher saluda durante una sesión fotográfica del evento Cinema and Advertising: Joel Schumacher directs Campari, en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Roma. El director de “St. Elmo’s Fire” y películas de “Batman” falleció el lunes 22 de junio de 2020 tras un año de batalla contra el cáncer, informó uno de sus representantes. Tenía 80 años. (Foto AP/Pier Paolo Cito, archivo)
The cast of 'St. Elmo's Fire', directed by Joel Schumacher, 1985. Left to right: Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Mare Winningham, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Canadian actor Jim Carrey on the set of Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher. (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Alicia Silverstone, George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell on the set of Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher. (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
***FILE PHOTO*** Director Joel Schumacher Has Passed Away at 80. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Padma Lakshmi and Joel Schumacher attend The Endometriosis Foundation of America's Celebration of The 5th Annual Blossom Ball at Capitale on March 11, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Corredor99/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** Director Joel Schumacher Has Passed Away at 80. Marisa Berenson And Joel Schumacher At The Academy Awards in 1976.. Credit: 2048627Globe Photos/MediaPunch /IPX
Photo by: Peter Kramer/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/22/20 Joel Schumacher has passed away at age 80. STAR MAX File Photo: 1/5/01 Joel Schumacher at the "Hannibal" Premiere. (NYC)
***FILE PHOTO*** Director Joel Schumacher Has Passed Away at 80. Candice Bergen and Joel Schumacher.1987. Credit: 3416388Globe Photos/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** Director Joel Schumacher Has Passed Away at 80. Joel Schumacher at the Gato Negro Films & The Cinema Society screening of Hotel Noir at the Crosby Hotel in New York City. November 9, 2012. . Credit: Dennis Van Tine/MediaPunch /IPX
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2011 file photo, actor Nicolas Cage, left, and director Joel Schumacher pose for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The story of a family terrorized by home intruders, “Trespass” debuts Friday, Oct. 14, for a limited theatrical run in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)
ARCHIVO – En esta fotografía de archivo del 14 de septiembre de 2011 el director Joel Schumacher participa en una conferencia de prensa de la película “Trespass” en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto. El director de “St. Elmo’s Fire” y películas de “Batman” falleció el lunes 22 de junio de 2020 tras un año de batalla contra el cáncer, informó uno de sus representantes. Tenía 80 años. (Foto AP/Evan Agostini, archivo)
Photo by: Stephen Trupp STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 3/31/03 Joel Schumacher, Katie Holmes and Colin Farrell at the premiere of "Phone Booth". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
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After films including Flatliners and A Time To Kill, Schumacher inherited the DC universe from Tim Burton.

His garish take on Batman resulted in two of the the franchise's most cartoonish movies in 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman & Robin.

Schumacher also directed the thrillers Tigerland and Phone Booth, as well as The Phantom Of The Opera.

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