SHAWN LEVY is one of the most prolific filmmakers of the past decade. To date, his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. His latest projects, last summer’s most talked about TV series Stranger Things is a massive worldwide success, as is the Oscar-nominated ARRIVAL, which Levy also produced. Both continue to be embraced by audiences around the world.
While Levy is best known as a director of hit comedies and family films, his production company 21 Laps Entertainment has grown immensely over recent years, with a slate of film and TV projects encompassing multiple genres and collaborating with the most renowned filmmakers. These last few years have seen the company become one of the most prolific and noteworthy of its kind. Along with Stranger Things, Levy and 21 Laps’ other recent productions include the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama THE SPECTACULAR NOW starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller as well as the Fox comedy WHY HIM starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, which has earned over $110 million to date. Levy and 21 Laps also produced the successful Disney family comedy ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, as well as the New Line Cinema comedy FIST FIGHT starring Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell and Tracey Morgan.
Levy also produced the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen which aired for six seasons, as well as the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary written by The Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg and the pilot for which Levy directed as well.
Levy’s movies include the blockbuster NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM franchise, with Levy serving as both producer and director of all three films. The MUSEUM films have earned over 1.3 billion in worldwide box office and feature such stars as Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, a feature adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel, premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and showcased an all-star cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne.
Levy’s other helming efforts include the hit action comedy DATE NIGHT, starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo, which grossed over $150 million worldwide. Levy’s father-son futuristic boxing drama REAL STEEL starring Hugh Jackman also resonated with audiences worldwide and earned over $300 million. Levy’s early directorial success includes the hit comedy THE PINK PANTHER starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, and Beyoncé, as well as another Martin-starrer CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, which also included Bonnie Hunt and Ashton Kutcher and earned more than $200 million worldwide.
Levy is also set to direct UNCHARTED, the long awaited live-action feature film based on the award winning PlayStation video game for Sony Pictures. Levy and 21 Laps is also developing the Amblin Entertainment alien invasion drama THE FALL, and BILL GRAHAM, a biographical drama of legendary rock promoter, both of which Levy will direct as well.
Upcoming 21 Laps releases include two sci-fi dramas: Fox’s DARKEST MINDS, currently in production, from director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Lionsgate’s KIN, directed by Joshua and Jonathan Baker and starring Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid. 21 Laps is also currently in post-production on their drama KODACHROME, starring Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen and Jason Sudeikis. Season 2 of 21Laps’ STRANGER THINGS will be released worldwide on Netflix at Halloween.