‘Never Ending Story’ director Wolfgang Petersen dies

Lerman director Wolfgang Petersen, best known for his films Troy et The never-ending story and for having directed world stars such as Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Harrison Ford or even Brad Pitt, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81. The one who had achieved success in 1983 with two Oscar nominations for That Boot – thriller whose plot takes place aboard a submarine during World War II – died at his home in Los Angeles in the arms of his wife, said a spokesperson.

The following year his first film in English was released, The never-ending story, adaptation of a children’s literature success telling the adventures of a young boy who steals a novel from a bookstore, before being propelled into the story of the book. He then directed action films and disaster films, including In the line of sightwith Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich, and Alertwhich relates the fight of the American authorities against a very virulent virus, with Dustin Hoffman.

Actress Glenn Close, who starred alongside Harrison Ford in Air Force Oneconfided in a press release to Agence France-Presse that having been directed by Wolfgang Petersen “remains[ait] a special memory. “Even though the script was thrilling and incredibly intense, I remember lots of laughs, especially during the scenes around the huge table in the War Room,” she said. “My memory is that of a man full of “joie de vivre” [en français dans le communiqué, NDLR] who was doing what he loved to do the most, ”wrote the actress again.

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