William "Bill" Saunders is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the films The Departed (2006), The Fighter (2010), Gone Baby Gone (2007), and The Town (2010).
Saunders was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1972. He attended East Somerville High School, where he was active in theater, and graduated with honors in 1990. After high school, Saunders attended Boston University, and graduated in 1994 with a degree in English and Film.
Saunders began his career in the entertainment industry working as a production assistant on several low-budget independent films. He quickly worked his way up the ladder, and landed a directing job on the 2000 horror film, The Uninvited. The film received critical acclaim, and put Saunders on the map as a director.
Saunders continued to direct films throughout the early 2000s, including the 2003 drama, Running Out of Time. In 2006, he directed the critically acclaimed crime drama, The Departed. The film was a box-office success, and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In 2007, Saunders directed the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan. The film was another critical and commercial success, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Saunders followed this success with The Fighter in 2010, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Saunders' latest film is The Town, a crime drama starring Ben Affleck. The film was released in 2010, and was met with critical acclaim. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Saunders is a highly respected figure in the Hollywood film industry, and is known for his ability to tell compelling stories with a great sense of style. He has a bright future ahead of him, and is widely considered to be one of the most talented young directors working today.