Harlin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most renowned
filmakers, both as a director and a producer with extraordinary vision whose
work encompasses drama, comedy, action and suspense in both film and television.
Harlin has just completed production on Deep Blue Sea, which
he directed for Warner Bros. This film is about a group of scientists who, as a
by-product of their study to cure degenerative brain disease, breed faster, smarter,
more vicious sharks. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron
Burrows, L.L. Cool J, and Michael Rapaport, and was released on July
Most recently Harlin produced Blast From the Past starring
Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Fraser, Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken for New Line
Cinema. The film follows the travails of Adam Webber (Fraser), who was raised
his entire life in a bomb shelter. When he emerges after 30 years he discovers a
world that is completely unfamiliar to him.
In 1991 he made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed Rambling
Rose, starring Robert Duval, Lukas Haas, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd. The film
earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Dern) and Best Supporting Actress (Ladd).
Harlin also produced Speechless for MGM in 1994. The romantic
comedy starred Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve.
His initial success came with Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream
Master which, at the time of its release in 1993, was the highest grossing
independent film ever made. Harlin produced and directed the blockbuster
Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow and
Janine Turner. The film solidified Harlin at the top of the competitive list of
action directors. Prior to Cliffhanger, Harlin directed the box
office smash Die Hard 2: Die Harder. In 1995, Harlin directed
and produced Cutthroat Island which starred Geena Davis and
Matthew Modine. Harlin also produced and directed the critically acclaimed The Long
Kiss Goodnight for New Line Cinema.
Harlin resides in Los Angeles.