Neil Marshall

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Neil Marshall
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Marshall promoting The Descent at Comic Con 2006
Born (1970-05-25) 25 May 1970 (age 49)
  • Director
  • editor
  • screenwriter
Years active1989–present
Axelle Carolyn (m. 2007)

Neil Marshall (born 25 May 1970) is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. Marshall began his career in editing and in 2002 directed his first feature film Dog Soldiers, a horror-comedy film [1] which became a cult film, he followed up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent in 2005. Marshall also directed Doomsday in 2008, and wrote and directed Centurion in 2010, he has also directed two prominent episodes of US television series Game of Thrones: "Blackwater" and "The Watchers on the Wall", with particular acclaim for his direction on both occasions, as well as a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "The Watchers on the Wall".

Life and career[edit]

Marshall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, he was first inspired to become a film director when he saw Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at the age of eleven. He began making home movies using Super 8 mm film,[2] and in 1989, he attended film school at Newcastle Polytechnic. In the next eight years, he worked as a freelance film editor. In 1995, he was hired to co-write and edit for director Bharat Nalluri's first film, Killing Time. Marshall continued to write and develop his own projects, directing his first film in 2002, Dog Soldiers, a horror film that became a cult film in the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he followed up with a second horror film, The Descent.[3] With his direction of The Descent, he was identified as a member of the Splat Pack.[4]

His next film, Doomsday, is a 2008 science fiction action film he wrote and directed; the film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When the virus is found in London, political leaders send a team led by Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) to Scotland to find a possible cure. Sinclair's team runs into two types of survivors: marauders and medieval knights. Doomsday was conceived by Marshall based on the idea of futuristic soldiers facing medieval knights. In producing the film, he drew inspiration from various movies, including Mad Max, Escape from New York and 28 Days Later. Marshall had a budget three times the size of his previous two films; the director filmed the larger-scale Doomsday in Scotland and South Africa. The film was released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada and in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008. Doomsday did not perform well at the box office, and critics gave the film mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 49% of critics gave the film positive write-ups, based on a sample of 69, with an average score of 5.1/10.[5] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 51, based on 14 reviews.[6] In February 2015 Marshall and his agent Marc Helwig founded the television production company Applebox Entertainment[7] and signed with this company, a two-year deal with Legendary TV to form his Film dreams.[8]

In May 2017 it was announced that Marshall would direct Hellboy, a reboot of the Hellboy franchise.[9] Previously, prior to becoming director of the new Hellboy reboot, Marshall had expressed interest in doing a solo Black Widow movie for Marvel Studios.[10]


Marshall won the British Independent Film Award for "Best Director of a British Independent Film" for The Descent;[3] the horror film also won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.[11] Marshall was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the Game of Thrones episode "The Watchers on the Wall".



Year Film Director Writer Notes
1998 Killing Time No Yes Also editor;
Co-wrote with Caspar Berry and Fleur Costello
2002 Dog Soldiers Yes Yes Also editor
2005 The Descent Yes Yes British Independent Film Award for Best Director of a British Independent Film
Saturn Award for Best Horror Film
2008 Doomsday Yes Yes
2010 Centurion Yes Yes
2015 Tales of Halloween Yes Yes Segment "Bad Seed"
2019 Hellboy Yes No

Executive producer:


Year Film Director Executive
Writer Notes
2011 Dog Soldiers: Legacy No No Yes Episode "Pilot"
Game of Thrones Yes No No Episodes "Blackwater"[12] and "The Watchers on the Wall";
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2014 Black Sails Yes No No Episodes "I." and "III."[13]
Constantine Yes No No Episodes "Non Est Asylum" and "Rage of Caliban"
2015 Hannibal Yes No No Episode "The Great Red Dragon"[14]
2016 Poor Richard's Almanack Yes Yes No Episode "Pilot"
Timeless Yes Yes No Episodes "Pilot" and "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"
Westworld Yes No No Episode "The Stray"
2018 Lost in Space Yes Yes No Episodes "Impact" and "Diamonds in the Sky"


  1. ^ "Dog Soldiers". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ Muller, Bill (4 August 2006). "Director rises to 'Descent'". The Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ a b "Neil Marshall". British Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  4. ^ Keegan, Rebecca Winters (22 October 2006). "The Splat Pack". Time. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Doomsday Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Doomsday (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Neil Marshall and his longtime agent Marc Helwig have formed a TV/film production company, Applebox Entertainment". Dread Central. DC. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Neil Marshall & Marc Helwig Launch Production Company, Sign Deal With Legendary Television". Deadline Hollywood. DC. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  9. ^ Perry, Spencer (8 May 2017). "Neil Marshall to Direct Hellboy Reboot Starring David Harbour!". Retrieved 8 May 2017.
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  11. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". Saturn Awards. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (12 September 2011). "'Game of Thrones': Neil Marshall Among Season 2 Directors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Neil Marshall Directing Pilot for Starz' Treasure Island Prequel Series, Black Sails". Screenrant.
  14. ^ Fuller, Bryan (22 March 2015). "EP 8 "THE GREAT RED DRAGON" DIRECTOR NEIL MARSHALL MADE THE BEST HORROR MOVIE OF THIS CENTURY #HannibalReturnsJune4". Twitter. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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