Tony Giglio worked his way up from a Production Assistant to become one of Hollywood's most versatile Writer-Directors.
Tony recently directed "S.W.A.T.: Under Siege", produced by Sony and Neal Moritz (Original Film). The movie stars Adrianne Palicki ("John Wick", "GI Joe 2"), Michael Jai White ("Spawn", "The Dark Knight") and will be released in 2017.
Tony wrote, produced & directed Sony Entertainment's first ever made for New Media Feature Film entitled "Extraction". The film stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon" series), Vinnie Jones ("Snatch"), Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" series), Falk Hentschel ("Knight and Day"), and Jon Foo ("Tekken").
Previously, Giglio directed 2nd Unit on Resident Evil: Afterlife for Screen Gems/ Constantin/ Impact PIctures. The film, shot in 3-D, opened #1 in the worldwide box office on September 10, 2010 to a franchise record $73 million.
Universal Pictures hired Giglio to pen Death Race 2, a prequel to 2008's Death Race. Giglio wrote the script while simultaneously directing 2nd Unit on Afterlife. Based on Death Race 2's overwhelming success, Universal moved quickly to make its sequel, Death Race: Inferno, with Giglio again returning as Screenwriter. Death Race has become one of Universal's biggest successes. Death Race: Anarchy, the 4th film in the franchise, another penned by Giglio, was produced and will be released in January 2018.
In 2007, Giglio directed Timber Falls. The horror-dark comedy stars Brianna Brown (TV's Devious Maids, Homeland, Entourage). Shot in Romania doubling for West Virginia, Giglio was able to find locations never before filmed in the mountains of Transylvania. The film opened theatrically on December 7, 2007 to extremely positive reviews.
In 2005, Giglio wrote and directed his best known work, the action-thriller Chaos, starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes. The film which was originally budgeted for $25 Million and 40 Days of Principal Photography, suffered massive financial problems which caused 7 shutdowns during prep and production, resulting in several cast and crew turnover, and slashing the budget and shooting days in half ($12.5 Million and 21 days respectively).
In 2004, Giglio co-wrote and directed the World War II drama, In Enemy Hands, starring Academy Award Nominated Actor William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Clark Gregg, Scott Caan, Thomas Kretschmann, Lauren Holly, Ian Somerhalder and Jeremy Sisto. The film was released by Lion's Gate in the U.S. in 2004. Some obscure trivia, Academy Award-winning Director Gavin Hood was one of Giglio's Cast members.
Giglio's first job in film was as a Production Assistant on the Quick & The Dead. Giglio, a huge fan of The Evil Dead, wrote director Sam Raimi a letter prior to graduating college seeking employment with him. Much to his surprise, Raimi answered his letter and said, "if he (Giglio) decided to relocate to LA, to look him up." Giglio moved to California shortly after graduation, reconnected with Raimi's office just as Raimi had signed on to direct The Quick & the Dead. Giglio started as an office P.A., but later served as a Set P.A.. Location P.A. and Sam Raimi's P.A. on the production in Arizona.
Giglio gained experience working in the entertainment industry on such high-profile film projects as, Heat, Terminator 2: 3D, Liar, Liar, Celtic Pride, Bulletproof, Fear, Dante's Peak, Escape From L.A., The Rock, Kicking & Screaming And Jingle All The Way.
Tony graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. He is a proud member of the DGA, WGA & SAG. He holds citizenship in good standing status with both the United States and Canada.
When not on location directing, Tony Giglio resides in Southern California with his wife and dog.