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12 Films Whose Directors Jumped Ship (Or Were Pushed…) | Spartacus (1960)
Spartacus (1960)

Director: Anthony Mann

Everyone knows that Stanley Kubrick directed Spartacus. But he wasn’t the first person hired for the job. That honour went to Anthony Mann, a veteran of Reign Of Terror, Winchester ’73 and Man Of The West. As it turned out, Roman epics were his – apologies for the cross-cultural phrasing here – Achilles’ heel. Mann was hired to do some work on Quo Vadis and was never credited for it, and then, after scoring the Spartacus job, was removed by Universal and star/producer Kirk Douglas. "It was clear that Tony Mann was not in control," Douglas wrote in his autobiography. "He let Peter Ustinov direct his own scenes by taking every suggestion Peter made. The suggestions were good for Peter, but not necessarily for the picture." Douglas brought in Kubrick who was conveniently available, as Marlon Brando had just fired him from a Western called One-Eyed Jacks. Some amongst the cast and crew laughed at the idea of the young Kubrick taking over. The rest is box office history.

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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

Richard Donner for Superman 2 anyone???? More

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

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