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Director Rob Reiner is no stranger to youthful story material and brought special sensitivity to the filming of Columbia Pictures' "STAND BY ME" starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was produced by Andrew Scheinman, along with Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, from a screenplay by Evans and Gideon.
About the Filmmakers...
ROB REINER, the director of "Stand By Me," distinguished himself as a multi-talented entertainer as well as a film and television star before beginning his career behind the cameras directing "This Is Spinal Tap" and "The Sure Thing."
The son of actor and film director Carl Reiner, Rob has been involved with show business most of his life. While a student at UCLA, he founded the improvisational comedy group, "The Session," and spent his summers as an apprentice at the celebrated Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania. His first experience with directing came with a production of the Jean-Paul Sartre existential drama, "No Exit," whose cast included aspiring young actor Richard Dreyfuss.
After appearing with the improvisational group, "The Committee," for several years, Reiner broke into television as a comedy writer for "The Glen Campbell Show" and "The Smothers Brothers Show," two popular hour-long variety shows of the late '60s.
Later, while he served as story editor for a television series titled "Head Master," he landed a guest-star spot on that comedy show, which set the stage for his best-known TV portrayal, the role of Michael "Meathead" Stivic in "All in the Family." As the son-in-law of Archie Bunker on the award-winning comedy series starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton and Sally Struthers, Reiner won two Emmy Awards for his inspired acting.
In addition to "All in the Family," Reiner has appeared in two television features, "More Than Friends" and "Million Dollar Infield," the latter of which he co-wrote and co-produced.
Since making his feature film acting debut in the 1967 comedy, "Enter Laughing," Reiner had major roles in "Halls of Anger," "Summer Tree," "Fire Sale" and "Where's Poppa?" The latter, a comedy classic with George Segal and Ruth Gordon, was directed by Rob's father, Carl.
Reiner is currently at work in London directing the feature film adaptation of William Goldman's novel, "The Princess Bride."
RAYNOLD GIDEON and BRUCE A. EVANS, who adapted Stephen King's novella to the screen, are also serving as producers, with Andrew Scheinman. They previously authored the hit film, "Starman," which starred Jeff Bridges.
RAYNOLD GIDEON, who as a youngster grew up on an Indian reservation, attended Sacred Heart College in New Brunswick, Canada, before earning his master's degree in speech and drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Returning to Canada, Gideon found employment as an actor in Toronto in numerous commercials, local theatre, and several CBC-TV dramatic productions. Then in the late '60s, he moved to Los Angeles and, while holding down a part-time job as a Berlitz language instructor in French, became involved in local theater productions.
When a friend, an aspiring director, suggested the making of a short film to showcase their respective talents, Gideon wrote and then acted in the resulting project, which was titled "Frog Story."
The very successful award-winning short was nominated for a coveted Oscar in its category and brought Gideon the recognition he needed in the Hollywood film community. The turning point had begun when he met Bruce Evans during the filming of "Frog Story."
BRUCE A. EVANS, a film buff since his childhood days, was born in Long Beach, California, and with a father in the U.S. Navy, he traveled extensively as a youth. Ultimately awarded a swimming scholarship to USC, Evans majored there in history and pre-law while becoming involved as an actor in university theater productions.
After graduation with his bachelor's degree, Evans studied more acting in local actors' workshops, decided to enroll at UCLA in the cinema department for a master's, and resolved to make film production his career. It was during his final year at UCLA that he collaborated with Raynold Gideon to write, produce and direct "James Sloan, Private Eye," a half-hour film submitted by Evans as his thesis project.
Sensing that their continued joint efforts might produce more commercial results, Evans and Gideon wrote a feature-length screenplay about a pair of romantic but inept bankrobbers. The result, purchased for production almost immediately, became the film, "A Man, a Woman, and a Bank," starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams.
Their next original script, "Starman," was purchased by Columbia Pictures for Michael Douglas to produce and later became a very popular success under the direction of John Carpenter. Columbia Pictures Television is also producing a television series for the upcoming season based on the popular science-fiction story.
Particularly proud of their work on "Stand By Me," a project which they discovered and developed two years before getting the go-ahead, Evans and Gideon are jointly involved in several other projects, both as writers and as producers. Their most current project is "Made In Heaven," a romantic fantasy, directed by Alan Rudolph.