Cary Woods is an American film producer, responsible for producing the debut (or breakthrough) features of many notable filmmakers, including: Jon Favreau, Alexander Payne, Larry Clark, Doug Liman, James Mangold, Harmony Korine, and M. Night Shyamalan.
One of the leading figures of the independent film revolution of the 1990s, Cary Woods presided over a cinematic era now identified with unparalleled dynamism, youth and change.
Woods' vision and passion helped to fuel the meteoric rise of the independents, making them the envy of the studios and underscoring his role as one of the engines powering independent film. His unique intelligence and instinct for identifying talent combined with his innovations in the publicity and marketing of new films aided in making independent film cool.
His imprint as a producer during this exciting and fertile period mark him not only as a notable business success but as an important cultural figure.
In addition to recognizing Shyamalan’s talent before THE SIXTH SENSE, Woods established his horror bona fides in the industry by producing not one, but two worldwide blockbusters in the genre.
The Woods-produced SCREAM served as a launchpad for a generation of household-name talent, reinvigorated the legendary master of horror Wes Craven’s career, established a massive franchise (outgrossing both the FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchises), and is universally regarded by experts of the genre as “the film that saved horror."
In addition, Woods personally secured the English-language remake rights to GODZILLA, finally bringing the fire-breathing monster to American audiences, who turned out in droves to make the film the 12th highest-grossing horror movie of all time.
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