Roger Kumble is an American film director, screenwriter, and playwright. He directed the the feature film, After We Collided.
Biography and Career
Roger Kumble was born on May 28, 1966, in Harrison, New York, USA. He has been married to Mary Mehagian since November 4, 2000. They have three children together.
Roger made his feature-film directorial debut with the 1999 Sony Pictures box-office hit, Cruel Intentions. The film starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. Most recently, he has directed episodes of the television series Entourage, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge, and Ringer. His time spent on Pretty Little Liars gained him popularity amongst fans of the cult series that have since followed him to other projects.
In 2019, Roger signed on to be the director of After We Collided, the sequel to the hit movie, After. According to Roger, his friendship with Jennifer Gibgot helped him initially connect with Anna Todd and the After franchise. When After We Collided was given a shorter filming schedule, Roger enlisted the help of Larry Reibman, whom Roger had met on the set of Pretty Little Liars, to help with lighting and other technical aspects of filming the movie in a shorter time frame.
Notes and Trivia
- After marks the second time that Roger worked with Selma Blair (Carol Young). The first time was in the 1999 film, Cruel Intentions.
- Additionally, Cruel Intentions has been noted to have a plot similar to that of After. With Roger noting similarities between his directing choices for Cruel Intentions and After We Collided.
- He became close friends with Anna Todd and Jennifer Gibgot throughout the course of filming After We Collided.
- The sound mixer for After We Collided, Westley Moore, gifted Roger with a puzzle featuring Josephine and Hero as Tessa and Hardin respectively.
- Roger would love to be part of the entire After series as a director.
- He did not reprise his role as a director for After We Fell and After Ever Happy despite being a fan favorite and wanting to be attached to the project.
- On September 8, 2020, he tweeted a message to the After fans.
- He was happy to hand the reins over to a female director tweeting, "We have this awesome @aftermovie, that we worked hard on and f-cking rocks so let's celebrate that!... As for 3&4, I'm thrilled that Voltage gave the reins to a female director (cause we NEED more of their voices) and I will be rooting for her success!".
- Roger also teased future involvement with the projects saying, "Here's the thing... I'm not leaving you! You're too much fun! Plus, most of you haven't see it (legally).".