Michael Caton-Jones

Michael Caton-Jones

Scottish film director and producer
Date of Birth: 15.10.1957
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Michael Jones
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Directorial Career
  4. Commercial Struggles
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Michael Jones

Michael Jones is a Scottish film director and producer, known for his work in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He was born on October 15, 1957, in Broxburn, Scotland. His most well-known films include "Scandal," "The Jackal," and "Basic Instinct 2."

Early Life and Education

Michael Johnes was born in the town of Broxburn, near Edinburgh, Scotland. He started his education at a Catholic school in the neighboring town of Bathgate, but dropped out at the age of 15 without obtaining a diploma. He continued his education at the National Film and Television School in London. During his studies, he caught the attention of BBC producers and was appointed as the second director of the three-part thriller "Brond."

Directorial Career

Michael Jones made his directorial debut in 1989 with the film "Scandal," which was based on real events and depicted a sexual scandal involving the British War Minister John Profumo. The explicit film received negative reviews, prompting Jones to move to the United States. After arriving in Hollywood, he went through a period of searching for his niche. In 1990, he directed the war drama "Memphis Belle" about American pilots in World War II, followed by the light-hearted comedy "Doc Hollywood" in 1991. Jones' subsequent films spanned various genres, including the psychological drama "This Boy's Life" (1993), the historical saga "Rob Roy" (1995), and the intense thriller "The Jackal" (1997), starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

Commercial Struggles

Despite his talent, Michael Jones faced commercial struggles as a director. His most highly anticipated and marketed film, "Basic Instinct 2," had a budget of $70 million but only managed to recoup slightly over half of that amount at the box office. Additionally, the film received seven nominations at the Golden Raspberry Awards, winning four of them, including Worst Film and Worst Sequel.

Personal Life

Michael Jones' first wife was Beverly Keaton, and they decided to combine their surnames, hence becoming the Keaton-Joneses. They had a daughter named Daisy. Currently, their marriage is dissolved. Jones has a daughter from his second (civil) marriage to Laura Viderman.