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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…) | American History X (1998)
American History X (1998)

Director: Tony Kaye

“My problem all through American History X was that I could never tell anyone what I wanted to do with the film,” Tony Kaye told the Guardian in 2002. “Sometimes I didn't even know myself. More often, I was so intimidated by the process that I went into meltdown if I wasn't left alone to work things out.” His experience still burns as one of the more controversial examples of what can happen when Hollywood egos and studio expectations rub up against a director less than inclined to sacrifice his vision. New Line hired Kaye off the back of impressive work in adverts and music videos, but executives weren’t happy with his first cut on the Edward Norton drama. Asked to make changes, he delivered a shortened edit that was also rejected. Locked out of the post-production process, Kaye watched as Norton took over editing, and warred with New Line in trade magazine ads. Speaking to The Onion’s A.V. Club in 2007, he was more reflective about the experience. “I'm very proud of a lot of American History X, and feel very embarrassed about my egotistical behaviour. If I had my way at the time, I'd be credited as Humpty Dumpty now and that's a funny but very painful thing for me to think about.”

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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

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2 David Ficher
Alien 3 count?? More

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3 David Ficher
Alien 3 count?? More

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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

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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

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