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A list of directors who would be better choices than the no-names Disney is currently hiring

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Grand Admiral Kraum, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Grand Admiral Kraum

    Grand Admiral Kraum Force Sensitive

    Nov 17, 2014
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    Gareth Edwards, Colin Trevorrow and the guys who made The Lego Movie?!

    Why is Disney choosing directors with such a lack of experience? JJ and Rian are good choices.. but these other guys haven't proven themselves whatsoever. All you need to direct a Star Wars movie is one semi-successful indie movie with science fiction elements?

    I believe Disney has hired these directors so they can push them around and force their financially driven ideas into the franchise.

    Here are all the directors who would be better choices.

    David Fincher
    Matthew Vaughn
    Guillermo Del Toro
    Gore Verbinski
    Francis Lawrence
    Frank Darabont
    Sam Mendes
    Peter Jackson
    Alfonso Cuaron
    Kathryn Bigelow
    Ang Lee
    Robert Zemeckis
  2. Rebo

    Rebo Nearsighted Whill Guardian
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    Lucasfilm will tell you they want fresh new directors that bring enthusiasm and a new perspective to their work.

    Disney execs will tell you behind closed doors that inexperienced directors cost less and that they are more malleable in the context of a broader franchise.

    I think both statements are true.

    Star Wars ( the original) would never have been made by any of the people you listed above. It requires someone young. ambitious, and without being beholden to formulas that have brought them or others prior success. But there is also a more cynical side of it that you are 100% correct on.

    The question is, can a young ambitious director make a great star wars film in an environment of studio control? That remains to be seen. There is a sweet spot of creativity and studio experience that can make a great popcorn film. But its a tight spot to land a tentpole in. Its got a high degree of difficulty.
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  3. ekg

    ekg Rebel General

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    I wrote the same thing in a different thread, but George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Richard Marquand at the times they made the OT are nothing like the people you listed, and significantly more like all of the hired directors. Take a look at their IMDB profiles. Goerge is very like Rian Johnson, just a couple of features, and only one Sci Fi, Irvin is very like the Lego movie guys, quite a few features, mostly comedies and no sci-fi, some tv experience, and again, Richard Marquand had only a couple of features, one of which was a music tour like movie about the beatles. Do they really sound like heavy hitters? Do they sound like the go-to hollywood guys? And they made the most beloved movies in the series.

    Also, I don't know why everyone is on the David Fincher and especailly Guillermo Del Toro train. I love those guys, but they have incredibly strong/unique visions. I could see them tackling something like Knights of the Old Republic, where it is okay to really push the boundries, but anything in the main Saga should look like the main Saga, not something so unique it isn't familiar.

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