Take the money and run with it: 11 directors changed by Hollywood success
These are not directors who take a “one for you, one for me” approach, alternating personal projects with work for hire; nor are they directors for whom blockbuster filmmaking was the natural progression from their earlier work. These 11 filmmakers showed great promise in one area of filmmaking, only to alter their voices in the service of commercial success. And although the results aren’t bad—at the very least, they’re competent, and some have done their best work on blockbusters—in each case, something was irrevocably changed in the process.
Once upon a time, Peter Jackson was the mad man of New Zealand, running around the countryside with a little money, a lot of fake blood, and a boundless imagination for gore. And then that madness suddenly vanished, sacrificed in the service of a dream: faithful adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Lord Of The Rings
Swingers star Jon Favreau made a name for himself on the ’90s independent scene, largely after writing himself and his buddy Vince Vaughn into the 1996 comedy. Favreau’s directorial debut, Made, tread similar territory to Swingers, and 2003’s Elf further cemented him as a comedy director. Two years later he directed Zathura: A Space Adventure,the first hint at grander ambitions for Favreau, but it was the massive success ofIron Man that established him as an in-demand blockbuster director.
The name Kenneth Branagh used to be synonymous with highbrow literary fare, particularly his film adaptations of Shakespeare classics like Hamlet and Henry V. Then he got an offer to direct Marvel’s Thor, which seemed like an odd choice at the time. But being at the helm of a big-budget production must have suited Branagh, because since his encounter with the God Of Thunder he’s gone on to make an action movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and a live-action Disney remake (Cinderella).
Hey every one it’s friday and that means EAM movie night!! Starting at 8pm EST.
You might notice that the movie poster here is not new this week, well that’s for two reasons. One it’s memorial day weekend and I decided to just relax, and two… because as hard as I tried I couldn’t come up with a poster to fully capture what we’ll be watching tonight. UPDATES TO RESUME NEXT WEEK now that I’ve had some time off.
Because to night, we’re watching the early works of my man, Petter Jackson!!! And if you thought the movies he produces now a days are good… it pails in comparison to how strange the first few movie he made were. No I’m serious… like… wow… I’ve never had to do this before but THE LAST MOVIE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH TONIGHT IS NOT FOR CHILDREN AND I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS. I’m showing at the end for a reason. That being said, here is the line up.
Dead Alive (do you kick ass for the lord?)
Meet the Feebles (I’m not joking this movie is weirder then hell)
“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself. The worst type is dictated by demographics or what is hip or what kids are into. Kong isn’t driven by that. No way would a studio think this is the year that people want to see a big gorilla movie. I’ve come to realize that, as much as anything, I am making this for the 9-year-old Peter.”