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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…) | The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Directors: Richard Thorpe, George Cukor, Victor Fleming, King Vidor

One of the more infamous examples of a big film swallowing up several directors, this iconic L. Frank Baum adaptation was originally supposed to be credited to Richard Thorpe. He was fired two weeks into the film, with all of his footage binned when he was booted. Criticised for failing to find the right tone and dressing Judy Garland’s Dorothy to look older than the character should have been, MGM were definitely not skipping down the yellow brick road. "He was a wonderful guy, Dick Thorpe," Mervyn LeRoy, the film's producer, says in Aljean Harmetz’s The Making Of The Wizard Of Oz. "He made some fine pictures. But to make a fairy story is a different type of thing entirely." Thorpe was replaced by George Cukor, who was himself called away to make Gone With The Wind (see the next entry) and Victor Fleming shot the majority of the movie. But it was King Vidor who actually finished it – notably filming the Over The Rainbow sequence - though he refused public credit until after Fleming’s death.
 

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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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