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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…)
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The news that Lynne Ramsay decided not to show up for work on Natalie Portman Western Jane Got A Gun was all the more shocking because it was the director herself who made the decision after what is usually diplomatically described as “creative differences.” But she’s not the first filmmaker to leave or – more frequently – get fired from a movie…

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…) | An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood, Burn (1988)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood, Burn (1988)

Director: Arthur Hiller

His directing career might not have been quite so stratospheric when he took the job, but Arthur Hiller was already well known for finding the funny (he would go on to make hits like Love Story, The Babe and Man Of La Mancha). Except, as it turns out, when it came to Showgirls writer Joe Eszterhas’ poke at the industry that made him oh-so-rich. In what could have looked like a publicity stunt - and with the famously loud-mouthed/headline-happy Eszterhas behind the project, no one would count it out - Hiller was so unhappy with the way the movie was edited by the studio that he asked to have his name removed from it. This request is all the more remarkable given that the film's plot finds a harried director (Eric Idle) desperate to use the industry pseudonym (Alan Smithee) for his latest, a dreadful action thriller. The result – which Hiller successfully wriggled free from, but which still stains his resume – ended up with four Golden Raspberry Awards. For more details on the farce that was Burn Hollywood Burn, be sure to check out our special Eric Idle podcast.
 

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1 Watchmen
The amount of Directors and Producers that went through a war to buy the rights to that. A comic deemed "unfilmable". More

Posted by Evolved As One on Friday March 22, 2013, 11:10

2 David Ficher
Alien 3 count?? More

Posted by beardyphysics on Thursday March 21, 2013, 15:43

3 David Ficher
Alien 3 count?? More

Posted by beardyphysics on Thursday March 21, 2013, 15:10

4 The Island of Dr Moreau (1996)
Really, really, really should have been No1 on this list. Original director Richard Stanley being fired after only four days of shooting, replaced by John Frankenheimer, who re-wrote the script, then Stanley snuck back onto the production as an extra and is actually in the finished film! Add to that Val Kilmer being crazy, Marlon Brando being crazier! Cast and crew at each others throats etc and you have a story that could easily beat any of the 12 listed here. More

Posted by Pineapples101 on Thursday March 21, 2013, 14:12

5 What about Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: prequel to the Exorcist
Talk about a mess and a half. Philip Kaufman's take on an Exorcist origins story was dumped by the studio, refilmed by Renny Harlin. Then Philip Kaufman wins a legal battle to get his version released as well? Two films with the same cast, different styles and stories. Both crap. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller on Thursday March 21, 2013, 13:16

6 Erm...
L: Calsterman Richard Donner for Superman 2 anyone???? id you even read the article? More

Posted by Evolved As One on Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:38

7 No Fear and Loathing?!
There's some cracking footage of Thompson leaving a voicemail for a producer threatening to go to war over the Steadman-style lizard animation and Depp committing to staying on as star as long as Hunter taught his parrot to talk! More

Posted by partybee on Thursday March 21, 2013, 11:52

8 Arrrrrgggghhhhh
The case of Superman II still bothers me. As it stands, both cuts are really good, but boy-oh-boy, if only they'd let Donner complete his vision at the time. It would have been so amazing. It just gives me a headache thinking about this, because I have a friend who loved the first Superman but I don't even know which cut to show him of the sequel. It's maddening! More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:51

9 Calsterman? Duh?
Calsterman. What are you babbling on about? More

Posted by Dirtyfunkymonkey on Thursday March 21, 2013, 04:30

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Richard Donner for Superman 2 anyone???? More

Posted by Calsterman on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 16:38

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