The prolific movie producer's credits also include 'McCabe and Mrs. Miller,' 'Short Circuit' and 'The River Wild.'
David Foster, the prolific movie producer of films like The Getaway, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and John Carpenters' The Thing, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90.
Foster lived "a full life and was extremely proud of his 60 year journey in the entertainment industry," according to son Gary Foster.
Born in 1929 in the Bronx, N.Y., Foster's entertainment career spanned six decades and includes over 30 films. Before becoming a film producer, he began as a publicist representing such talent as Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley McClain, Andy Williams, James Coburn, and Sonny and Cher. He worked first at Rogers and Cowan, and then as a partner at Allan, Foster Ingersoll and Weber from 1960 to 1968.
In 1968, the first film he produced, with partner Mitchell Brower, was the Robert Altman classic McCabe And Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. He followed that up with McQueen's 1971 hit The Getaway.
In 1974, he formed a company with Larry Turman and their first collaboration was The Drowning Pool 1975, starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Their partnership lasted for 20 years and Foster continued producing into the 2000s.
His feature credits include Caveman 1981; Short Circuit 1986 and its sequel 1988; The Thing films 1982 and 2011, The River Wild 1994; The Mask of Zorro 1998; Hart's War 2002; and Collateral Damage 2002.
Foster is survived by wife Jackie Pattiz and their sons, former IMAX chief Greg, Hollywood producer Gary and Tim; daughter-in-laws Lisa and Marci; and grandchildren Daryn, Drew, Kayla, Jackson and Lucas.
His funeral will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. The family asks that donations be made to The Jewish Home for the Aging.
With news of the coronavirus burning up the headlines, fears of infection are at an all-time high – with special attention being paid lately to being at sea, to the point where the State Department recently issued a warning to Americans to avoid cruise ships. Which makes Sea Fever either the worst or best possible movie to watch right now, as it involves several characters trapped at sea and worried about getting sick from an unexpected life form. The end result looks like a cross between Jaws and The Thing, which should immediately garner some attention. Watch the Sea Fever trailer below.
Sea Fever Trailer
In Sea Fever, “Siobhán’s a marine biology student who prefers spending her days alone in a lab. She has to endure a week on a ragged fishing trawler, where she’s miserably at odds with the close-knit crew. But out in the deep Atlantic, an unfathomable life form ensnares the boat. When members of the crew succumb to a strange infection, Siobhán must overcome her alienation and anxiety to win the crew’s trust, before everyone is lost.”
The film, which was written and directed by Neasa Hardiman, stars Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen, and Dougray Scott, and looks suitably intense. Sea Fever played both TIFF and Fantastic Fest, but I missed it at both places. That said, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this movie. Reviewing for /Film, Jason Gorber wrote:
Sea Fever is quite the catch, a film that easily could have sank under narrative portentiousness and instead floats above many films of its ilk. The fact that it’s a feature debut is all the more exciting, with Hardiman immediately emerging as a strong filmmaker to watch. This is an intimate film with grand ideas, a small boat floating on a giant ocean, and the extraordinary discovery at the heart of the narrative is outweighed by the sense as a filmgoer that we’re seeing a talented director coming to the surface, sticking her tendrils in, and reshaping our expectations as we’re taken along for the journey.
Sea Fever arrives on April 10, 2020, with nationwide sneak peeks on April 7 at participating Alamo Drafthouse locations.