USC Cinematic Arts

Academy Award®- winning filmmaker Gore Verbinski has enjoyed tremendous box office success as the innovative director to both character driven-franchises, and thoughtful genre-bending fare. 
Currently, Verbinski is in production on The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film is set for July 2013 release.
Most recently, Verbinski released his first animated film the smash hit RANGO, starring Johnny Depp.  Grossing over $245 million worldwide, the film won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, and also earned Golden Globe®, BAFTA, PGA, and Annie nominations, as well as featuring on numerous Critics lists.  Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly.  The films have collectively grossed over $3 billion dollars worldwide since release.  He made his directorial debut with “Mouse Hunt,” starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie, “The Mexican,” starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and James Gandolfini.  He also directed the smash hit, “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts. 
Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director.  He has been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots such as Nike’s “100 Foot Hoop” featuring Michael Jordan, and the first of the popular Budweiser “Frog” spots.  In addition, Verbinski directed music videos for bands including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.
A graduate of the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, Verbinski resides in Los Angeles with his family.