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Luke Owen looks at directors who left/got fired from movies during production…
With the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have vacated the director’s chairs for the yet-to-be-titled Han Solo movie over “creative differences” (some sources say they were forced out), I thought it was time to look at some other directors who faced similar issues.
It’s no secret that making a tentpole movie for a studio is tricky. Duncan Jones has been very vocal as of late about the issues he had with last year’s Warcraft, and it was rumoured a few years ago that Gareth Edwards faced an uphill battle with Warner Bros. and Legendary on 2014’s Godzilla reboot. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie had its script re-written the weekend before production started with no input from the directors, who were then locked out of the editing room during post-production (they were eventually let back in).
Most of the time directors leave before production actually starts, and someone new is brought in. Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Patty Jenkins left Thor: The Dark World, Rick Famuyiwa and Seth Grahame-Smith both left The Flash, Ben Affleck stepped down from The Batman, Stephen Herrick left Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; the list goes on. But very rarely does a director leave (or get fired) while the movie is in production. Usually if a studio loses faith in the director at that point, they would bring in someone else to “oversee” the movie and get it over the finish line. The aforementioned Godzilla saw this very occurrence, as did Mission: Impossible II when the legendary Stuart Baird was brought in to “fix” the movie Jon Woo originally helmed. Baird in fact has a long history with this, being a fixer on titles such as Superman: The Motion Picture, The Omen and Lethal Weapon.
There are still four or so weeks left on the Han Solo movie (plus the already planned reshoots), so let’s look back at a few other directors who left/got fired from their films.
The Wizard of Oz, 1939
It seems crazy to think that one of the most beloved movies of all-time had such a tumultuous production, but The Wizard of Oz in fact saw six different directors helm the movie. Norman Taurog originally shot test footage, but was quickly replaced with Richard Thorpe who shot for around two weeks when Taurog was moved to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Producer Mervyn LeRoy felt that Thorpe was rushing the production, and his short time on the film was probably not helped when original Tin Man Buddy Epsen was hospitalised after the metal make-up coated his lungs and left him on an Iron Lung.
None of Thorpe’s footage made it into the final cut (although he did shoot Dorothy’s first meeting Scarecrow and several scenes at The Wicked Witch’s castle), and George Cucker came in after Thorpe was fired. However, Cucker didn’t actually shoot any footage, and was there to simply oversee the plans to re-shoot all of Thorpe’s work until Victor Fleming came in. Although he was eventually the only credited director, Fleming left before production ended to film Gone with the Wind, and the shooting was finished by King Vidor and LeRoy.
Gone with the Wind, 1939
Speaking of Gone with the Wind, George Cucker had been developing the movie with producer David O. Selznick for around two years, but was removed from the project three weeks into production. According to reports, the decision to remove Cucker was Clark Gable’s and it angered fellow co-stars Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland who went to Selznick’s office to demand he be re-hired. In Cucker’s place was Victor Fleming, who shot the majority of the movie over ninety-three days (although Cucker was secretly coaching Leigh and Havilland behind the scenes). Fleming wasn’t the final name on the movie however, as he had to take a short break due to exhaustion and Sam Wood shot for around twenty-three days.
Although considered a Stanley Kubrick movie, he wasn’t the first name attached to Spartacus. After David Lean turned down the movie, it was offered to Anthony Mann who was then fired by star Kirk Douglas after just one week of production. According to Douglas in his autobiography, Mann was “scared” of the size and scope of Spartacus and wasn’t capable of finishing the film.
Superman II, 1980
Shooting for Superman II was done alongside Superman: The Motion Picture in 1977 with Richard Donner doing both films. However the film was under a lot of pressure, with overrunning schedules and budget, which producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler attributed to Donner. After everything was shot for Superman: The Motion Picture, Superman II was placed on hiatus. Once Superman: The Motion Picture was an instant hit, the producers brought in Richard Lester to replace Donner on Superman II and shoot around the footage already filmed. Why Lester replaced Donner is still up for debate. Spengler has claimed that Donner was asked to come back but refused, while Donner claims he only found out Superman II was getting underway when he received a fax from the Salkinds telling him his services weren’t required.
The cast and crew did not take the replacement lightly, with creative consultants Tom Mankiewicz and editor Stuart Baird refusing to return for the sequel, along with Gene Hackman who was replaced with a body double. Although Marlon Brando had already shot everything for both movies, he successfully sued the Salkinds who then cut him out of the sequel. Years later, Warner Bros. released the Richard Donner cut of Superman II on home video as Superman II: The Donner Cut.
Piranha II was originally set to be directed by Roger Corman graduate Miller Drake, who envisioned a version of the movie which saw the return of Kevin McCarthy (who died in the original film). Drake was then replaced with James Cameron who was working on the film’s special effects department, and he then re-wrote the script under the pseudonym H.A. Milton. However around two weeks into production, Cameron was fired by producer Ovidio G. Assonitis who felt he wasn’t doing a good enough job. Assonitis wouldn’t let Cameron review any of the footage he’d shot during his time on the movie, and was even making all of the day-to-day decisions.
A regularly reported story was that Cameron broke into the editing room while the producers were in Cannes to cut his version of the movie, which was then re-cut by Assonitis. “Then the producer wouldn’t take my name off the picture because [contractually] they couldn’t deliver it with an Italian name,” Cameron said in a 1991 La Times interview. “So they left me on, no matter what I did. I had no legal power to influence him from Pomona, California, where I was sleeping on a friend’s couch. I didn’t even know an attorney. In actual fact, I did some directing on the film, but I don’t feel it was my first movie.”
WarGames began life as a very different movie titled The Genius in 1979 about a much older gentlemen, but this changed when writers Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker discovered a large youth-movement in the computer world, who would later be known as hackers. The character of David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick) was even modeled after hacking enthusiast David Scott Lewis.
When the film went into production it was being helmed by Martin Brest who was then removed from the movie 12-days into shooting after a disagreement with the producers. In his place was John Badham, whose first act was to lighten the tone of the movie. “[Brest had] taken a somewhat dark approach to the story, and saw Matthew’s character as someone who was rebelling against his parents, and who was just kind of stewing inside,” he told The Hollywood Interview in 2009. “There was that tone to it. I said ‘If I was 16 and could get on a computer and change my grades or my girlfriend’s grades, I would be peeing in my pants with excitement!’ And the way it was shot, it was like they were doing some Nazi undercover thing. So it was my job to make it seem like they were having fun, and that it was exciting, but it wasn’t this dark rebellion.” »
- Luke Owen
Production is now underway on Versace, with a cast that includes Edgar Ramirez as celebrated fashion designer Gianni Versace, Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan, Ricky Martin as Gianni’s partner Antonio D’Amico, and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.
Katrina – which will focus on the aftermath of the hurricane that decimated New Orleans in 2005 – will star Annette Bening as Louisana Governor Kathleen Blanco, Matthew Broderick as Fema Director Michael D. Brown and Dennis Quad as President George W. Bush.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace will premiere in early 2018, around the same time that Katrina will begin shooting. »
- Gary Collinson
Playwright A.R. Gurney, whose works chronicled the decline of Wasp society in the late 20th century, died Tuesday at age 86. The writer, who may be best known for his oft-produced two-character play “Love Letters,” died at his home in Manhattan, his agent Jonathan Lomma told the New York Times. The Buffalo native wrote nearly 50 plays, and four were produced on Broadway. Also Read: 'Sylvia' Broadway Review: Matthew Broderick Must Choose Between Smart Wife or Sexy Talking Pooch The most recent was “Sylvia,” a 1995 comedy about a dog and her owner that was revived on the Great White Way in 2015 »
- Thom Geier
Image Source: FX If you got sucked into the crazy world of American Crime Story last year, we have good news: the show has already lined up quite a few stories for future seasons. Now that we know the ideas for seasons two and three have been swapped, we can really dive into the details. In addition to plenty of information about season two (which will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace) and the knowledge that season four will hone in on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, season three is shaping up to be pretty intense. So, where will we be going after the O.J. Simpson and Versace cases? We've scrounged up all the details we could find, and we've got good news and bad news. 1. The Story The third season of American Crime Story is about Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of its devastation in New Orleans. »
- Ryan Roschke
American Crime Story is flipping the scripts on its next two installments.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace will now air as the acclaimed FX anthology series’ second season, ahead of the Katrina edition, our sister site Deadline reports.
Originally, Versace — which is already in production — was expected to shoot first but air after Katrina, which was experiencing a delay due to creative and logistical reasons, FX President John Landgraf told TVLine at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“It’s just taken us time, frankly, to get material »
This year has already been sprinkled with sad celebrity breakups, but it's not all doom and gloom - there are plenty of other celebrity couples who will be ringing in their 20th wedding anniversary this year. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin already did in May, while Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, and Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett still have a few more months until theirs. Keep reading to see every loving pair who's still going strong! Related37 Celebrity Couples Who Have Stood the Test of Time »
- Monica Sisavat
Ferris Bueller's Day Off celebrated its 30th birthday last year, but the John Hughes' teen-comedy classic is forever a fan favorite. Enough so that Stranger Things star Joe Keery re-enacted iconic scenes from the film for a recent Domino's Pizza ad campaign.
To capitalize even more on that eternally cool teen mojo, the pizza chain has teamed up with Epix, the premium cable network owned by MGM, to offer up a free live stream of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane having the best day ever playing hooky from school and avoiding the bumbling Edward R. »
George and Amal Clooney have officially joined the celebrities-with-twins club!
The adorable duo, who tied the knot in September 2014, welcomed their first children, a boy, Alexander, and a girl, Ella, on Tuesday. "I don't know how you fully digest [having two], but I'm excited," the first-time father told Et back in March. "It will be fun."
The next A-lister set to give birth to twins is Beyoncé. Her and husband Jay Z announced via Instagram in February that Blue Ivy would soon be a big sister to not one, but two bundles of joy. "We have been blessed two times over," the "Formation" singer said at the time.
In honor of these summer births, Et's looking back at other celebrities who've welcomed twins!
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are pretty much known as the couple of New York City, but we're equally as obsessed with their adorable children. The two, who have been married for more than 20 years, are parents to 14-year-old son James Wilkie and 7-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta. While they usually shy away from posting about their kids on social media, they have been known to hit the red carpet as a family on numerous occasions. Whether they're attending a Harry Potter premiere or celebrating their shared love of Broadway, we can't get enough of this family of five. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known for her role as perennial city girl Carrie Bradshaw, but there's something else in her life that has stood the test of time: her marriage to fellow actor Matthew Broderick. Their love story reads like a Woody Allen movie: Sarah Jessica and Matthew met in 1991 after being introduced at a theater company by one of Sarah Jessica's brothers. They tied the knot in 1997 with a civil ceremony on Manhattan's Lower East Side - she famously wore a black wedding gown! - and have since become parents to son James Wilkie and twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta. They're not just one of Hollywood's longest-running celebrity couples, though - Matthew and Sjp are also widely recognized as famous figures in the Big Apple. They live in the West Village, champion important causes like arts education and music programs, and support the NYC Ballet and Unicef. »
- Brittney Stephens
The couple celebrated 20 years of marriage on Friday and the Divorce star took to Instagram with a throwback photo to mark the occasion.
“Monday May 19th, 1997,” she wrote in the caption of a photo featuring herself and Broderick. “It flew by Baby. Good golly I love you. XXX, Your wife.”
The two share three kids together, James Wilkie, 14, and twin daughters, Loretta and Tabitha, 7.
The couple keep their relationship strong with date nights, as well as spending time with their kids, such as when they took them to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. »
- Alexia Fernandez
Time really flies! Sarah Jessica Parker took to Instagram on Friday to wish husband Matthew Broderick a happy 20 (yep!) years of marriage. Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Dish On Marriage Secrets and ‘Divorce’ “Monday May 19th, 1997. It flew by Baby. Good golly I love you. XXX, Your wife,” the 52-year-old actress […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Time really flies!
"Monday May 19th, 1997. It flew by Baby. Good golly I love you. XXX, Your wife," the 52-year-old actress captioned the sweet wedding pic.
What a 20 years it has been!
The couple opened up to Et last year about how they keep their long love strong.
“Listen to her. You know, that helps,” Broderick told Et about what being a good husband entails. “Give her a little present every now and then. Just be kind to her.”
Sounds like some very sound advice, and clearly it's worked! Happy anniversary!
Watch the video below to see the two lovebirds sneakily ride on the NYC subway.
Dennis Quaid is coming to FX. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fortitude star will play George W. Bush in season two of American Crime Story.The upcoming season of the anthology drama will chronicle the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The cast also includes Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening.Read More… »
Katrina: American Crime Story, the second instalment of the anthology series, has found its President. Actor Dennis Quaid has been cast as former President George W. Bush in the second season of Ryan Murphy and FX’s breakout show.
The season will follow the events leading up to and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left behind in Louisiana, particularly New Orleans. President Bush and many other government officials were heavily criticized for their handling of the situation. Quiad will be joining Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening for Katrina. Broderick will portray Fema director Michael Brown and Bening Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco.
The first season of American Crime Story was centered around the infamous O.J. Simpson trial in the murder of his ex-wife. The People v. O.J. Simpson was a critical hit and went on to gain 22 nominations at the Emmy Awards, winning nine of them. A »
- Ricky Church
Hail to the Quaid!
Dennis Quaid has signed on to play President George W. Bush in FX’s Katrina: American Crime Story, the second season of Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning true-crime anthology. A follow-up to last year’s acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson, Katrina will focus on the devastation that followed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 — and the controversial handling of the aftermath by Bush’s administration.
Dennis Quaid will play George W. Bush in FX’s “Katrina: American Crime Story.” The “A Dog’s Purpose” actor joins a big-name cast that includes Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) director Michael D. Brown and Annette Bening as Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco. Bush, the 43rd U.S. president, faced criticism for his handling of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005. Also Read: 24 Old, Angry Trump Tweets that Sound Like He's Mad at Himself This is the second season in executive producer Ryan Murphy’s heralded anthology series that hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. The first season, »
- Ryan Gajewski
The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bush was President during the disaster and was widely criticized for the government’s response. He was previously portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Oliver Stone film “W.” Quaid joins previously announced cast members Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Sarah Paulson.
Quaid is a well-known star of both film and television. He has appeared in movies such as “The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Alamo,” and “Frequency.” He also previously played President Bill Clinton in the TV movie “The Special Relationship” and the fictional President Stanton in “American Dreamz.” He has also starred in the television series “Vegas,” “The Art of More,” and “Fortitude.” He is repped by Wme and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman »
- Joe Otterson
Dennis Quaid will play the part of the former president in the Ryan Murphy limited series. He joins a cast that already includes Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown and Annette Bening as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Quaid will portray the 43rd president of the United States at a time when he was criticized in the media for his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
American Crime Story fans, meet your new George W. Bush. E! News can confirm that Dennis Quaid has landed the role of our 43rd president in the upcoming second installment of Ryan Murphy's critically acclaimed anthology series, focusing on 2005's Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. President Bush's handling of the crisis in New Orleans following the natural disaster was widely criticized and remains a blemish on his legacy. No further details about Quaid's involvement in the series, including episode count, are available at this time. EW first reported the news. Quaid joins an all-star roster that also includes Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening. Broderick will star as Federal »
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