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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…)
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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…) | Superman II (1980)
Superman II (1980)

Director: Richard Donner

Though producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind tried to have Richard Donner shoot two films back to back to launch the Man of Steel in his Christopher Reeve incarnation, budget and scheduling issues forced a production halt before the second Superman film could be finished. And suchwere the flared tensions on set about tone that when the first movie proved to be a hit and the sequel could re-start, the Salkinds decided to cut Donner loose despite him having worked on around 75 per cent of the second film. In came Richard Lester, who re-shot several scenes with some re-written material, but couldn't work with Gene Hackman, who either refused or was unable to return. Donner later got some satisfaction via The Richard Donner Cut DVD release in 2006, thanks to editor Michael Thau, under the guidance of Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz, who crafted a new version that features different takes on famous scenes, reincorporates lost footage of Marlon Brando's Jor-El, and fills in a number of plot holes.

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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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