New Zealand-born writer/director Andrew Niccol has managed to make a career in the sequel-obsessed world of Hollywood, thanks to films based on original ideas. His directing debut was dystopian tale Gattaca. He also wrote one of the most acclaimed films of the 1990s, reality TV tale The Truman Show. En route, Niccol has worked with A-list actors Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Nicolas Cage.
I didn't even know I was making science fiction when I started my career. I just thought I was telling stories. I didn't know which shelf my movies would end up on in the video shop. And now that I know, video stores are a thing of the past. Andrew Niccol in The NZ Herald, 21 October 2011