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Brad Peyton
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Peyton at WonderCon 2015
Born May 27, 1978 (1978-05-27) (age 43)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, television producer
Years active 1999–present

Brad Peyton (born May 27, 1978) is a Canadian film director, writer, and producer, best known for directing the Dwayne Johnson star vehicles Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), San Andreas (2015), and Rampage (2018) as well as the Netflix series Daybreak (2019).

Life and career

Peyton was born in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He graduated from the Canadian Film Centre. He first gained fame with a short film and gothic comedy entitled Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002). The film was initially shown to Peyton's classmates, who clapped in approval. Filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa thus suggested Peyton should also show the film to a lawyer in the film industry in New York. This allowed the film to be distributed among the filmmaking elite. Evelyn also appeared in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002.

He then created and produced the surreal claymation television series What It's Like Being Alone, which was picked up by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2006. Reportedly, one of Peyton's mentors is US actor Tom Hanks.

Following the success of Alone, Peyton went on to direct Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 2010. In 2012, he directed the successful sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, entitled Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which starred Dwayne Johnson and grossed $325.9 million. In 2015, Peyton directed the disaster film San Andreas, which also starred Johnson, and the horror film Incarnate.

Peyton directed the feature film adaptation Rampage (2018), starring Dwayne Johnson, marking their third collaboration. In June 2016 it was confirmed that he had signed on to direct the feature film adaptation of Malignant Man produced by James Wan. On February 10, 2017, it was reported that Peyton will direct, write and produce the upcoming disaster film, Black Hole, which will begin production in early 2018. In March 2017, it was reported that Peyton will be directing a film adaptation of the video game series Just Cause, with Jason Momoa set to star.

In July 2018, it was announced that Peyton was credited as an executive producer, writer, director and co-creator of the Netflix post-apocalyptic comedy series, Daybreak. The series premiered on October 24, 2019.

Filmography

Feature film

Year Title Director Producer
2009 Suck No Executive
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Yes No
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Yes No
2015 San Andreas Yes No
2016 Incarnate Yes Executive
2018 Rampage Yes Yes
2021 Sweet Girl No Yes

Short film

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2001 Ted Yes No
Full Yes Yes
Beyond the Fields Yes No
2002 Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl Yes Yes Nominated- Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama
2004 Bad Luck Yes Yes
A Tale of Bad Luck Yes Yes

Television

Year Title Director Producer Writer Creator Notes
2006 What It's Like Being Alone No Executive No Yes
2013 Republic of Doyle Yes No No No 4 episodes
2014–2015 Dr. Dimensionpants No Executive Yes Yes
2015 Pirate's Passage No Yes Yes N/A Television film
2016–2018 Frontier Yes Executive No No Nominated- Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
2019 Daybreak Yes Executive Yes Yes
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