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Tony Giglio is one of Hollywood’s most versatile writer-directors with projects ranging from horror to action, drama, thriller, family and now 3-D! He has directed 5 Feature Films, written 7, and has served on over 20 more features & TV shows in such various roles as a 2nd Unit Director, Executive Producer, Actor, Visual Effects Supervisor, and more.
Tony Giglio is proud to be writing, producing and directing the first ever, made for New Media Feature Film for Sony’s Crackle. EXTRACTION follows a black-ops member who finds himself the only survivor of a botched prisoner-extraction mission and must escape from maximum-security prison in Chechnya — with the prisoner alive. “Extraction” stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon" series), Vinnie Jones (“Snatch”), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” series), Falk Hentschel (“Knight and Day”), and Jon Foo (“Tekken”).
Giglio recently set up 2 high profile projects. Katherine Heigl is set to star in and produce along with Avi Lerner’s Millenium Films, Giglio’s original screenplay FOLLOWER. A contemporary thriller in the vein of Rear Window. Arclight and Radar Films will co-produce THE HEART OF DARKNESS, an original screenplay written by Giglio & Branden Morgan. The film is a re-imagination of Joseph Conrad’s novel set in the year 2350. Roger Donaldson (Species, The Bank Job) is attached to direct.
Previously, Giglio directed 2nd Unit on RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE in 3-D for Screen Gems/ Constantin/ Impact PIctures. The film uses the same 3-D system that Jim Cameron’s AVATAR used. The film opened #1 in the worldwide box office on September 10, 2010 to a franchise record $73 million.
Universal Pictures and Impact Pictures hired Giglio to pen DEATH RACE 2, a prequel to 2008‘s DEATH RACE. Giglio wrote the script while simultaneously directing 2nd Unit on AFTERLIFE. The film was released January 18th worldwide and stars Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo & Luke Goss. Based on Death Race 2’s success, Universal moved quickly to make its sequel, DEATH RACE 3: INFERNO. Giglio wrote the screenplay. The film was released in January 2013.
In 2007, Giglio directed “TIMBER FALLS”. The horror-thriller, described as a cross between MISERY and DELIVERANCE, was produced by Arnold Rifkin (DIE HARD 4, TEARS OF THE SUN) and Christopher Eberts (LORD OF WAR, THE PUNISHER). The film opened theatrically on December 7, 2007.
Previously, Giglio wrote and directed the action-thriller “CHAOS”, starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes. “CHAOS” was Canadian-UK co-production released by Lion’s Gate in 2008.
In 2004, Giglio co-wrote and directed the World War Two drama entitled “IN ENEMY HANDS,” starring Academy Award Nominated Actor William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Scott Caan, Thomas Kretschmann, Lauren Holly and Jeremy Sisto. The film was released by Lion’s Gate in the U.S.
In 1999, Giglio made his directing debut for the Columbia/ Tristar family-comedy, “SOCCER DOG: THE MOVIE.” It premiered on HBO. The success of the film yielded a sequel “SOCCER DOG: EUROPEAN CUP” released in summer 2004 (Giglio served as Executive Producer.)
After graduating from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Giglio cut his teeth working in the entertainment industry on such high-profile studio projects as, “HEAT”, “TERMINATOR 2: 3D”, “LIAR, LIAR”, “THE QUICK AND THE DEAD”, “CELTIC PRIDE,” “BULLETPROOF”, “FEAR”, “DANTE’S PEAK”, “ESCAPE FROM L.A.,” “THE ROCK”, “KICKING & SCREAMING” and “JINGLE ALL THE WAY.”
Tony is a proud member of the DGA, WGA, DGC and SAG. He holds citizenship in good standing status with both the United States and Canada. When not on location directing, Tony Giglio resides in Southern California.