He was born in Ireland and studied filmmaking in Dublin. He directed and wrote short films. He was hired to make a series of commercials and ended up making the launch advertisement for the Sega Dreamcast: Twentieth Century Fox ended up offering him the job on Behind Enemy Lines, a $40 million action film centered around the conflict in Bosnia. He had difficulties but did manage to get a film into cinemas during Summer 2006: he remade The Omen and had a worldwide $120 million from a $25 million budget and thus had to be considered a success in terms of box-office. A fourth collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox was a video-game adaptation Max Payne (2008) in October 2008. He resides in Los Angeles.