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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…) | Rumour Has It… (2005)
Rumour Has It… (2005)

Director: Ted Griffin

Aiming to capitalise on his success as a writer on films like Matchstick Men and Ocean’s 11, Ted Griffin wanted to break into the world of directing with an untitled script that was an ode to his Pasadena upbringing and focused on a young woman who discovers that her grandmother was the inspiration for The Graduate’s Mrs Robinson. Warner Bros. agreed to make it, and Griffin’s screenplay scored him a cast headed by Jennifer Aniston. But the trouble started just days after the film began shooting in July 2004 as producers – including Steven Soderbergh – learned that the production was already days behind after the first week. Griffin fired cinematographer Ed Lachman, but a few days after that, he himself was summoned to Soderbergh’s office and sacked. Rob Reiner stepped in to replace him, recast roles, made changes to the script and managed to finished the film, which ended up earning a modest $88 million worldwide. Griffin hasn’t returned to directing since then, but continues to work as a writer and producer.
 

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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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