Fired Directors – Laser Time #329

When Lucasfilm yanked Lego Movie directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and installed the far more traditional Ron Howard at the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Stories, many fans were shocked. And rightly so! Removing a director in the middle of filming is incredibly rare, but as we explore in this episode, it has happened a few times over the last couple of decades and the results aren’t always cataclysmic…

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4 thoughts on “Fired Directors – Laser Time #329

  1. This was a really fun episode. To go on a tangent from early in the episode, I really don’t think I want to see Edgar Wright’s MCU Ant-Man. But I would fucking love to see the stand alone movie he thought he was signing up for in 2003 at Lionsgate. I bet that shit would be amazing, but I probably like the Reed movie more than I would like neutered Disney Wright.

  2. Guys I was really looking forward to hearing your Infinity War reactions and super disappointed that you’d put that behind a paywall.

  3. A few more notables that you missed:

    The 13th Warrior – Behind schedule and over budget. I don’t know if the movie was actually finished, or close to being finished, but John McTeirnan (yes, him), was let go and Michael Crichton himself did extensive reshoots. The movie’s release date was delayed well over a year. A flop when it was released, it has since found a cult following (I personally think it’s a great movie).

    Payback – The Mel Gibson movie was completely finished, but the studio wasn’t satisfied with director Brian Helgeland’s cut and asked him to do reshoots. He declined and was let go. Upwards of 40% of the movie was reshot and included adding an entirely new villain to the movie in the form of Kris Kristofferson. Everyone assumed Gibson directed the reshoots, but he as denied it. A couple other people on the production have been named as possibilities, but nothing confirmed. Helgeland’s Director’s Cut was eventually released on DVD,

    Exorcist: The Beginning – This film was completely done. But the studio didn’t like director Paul Schrader’s vision, so instead of doing reshoots, they just scrapped his movie and started over. That’s right. They made the whole thing twice, the second time around with Renny Harlin behind the camera, filming on the same sets, with most of the same cast. In the end, I think it turned out to be a pretty good movie. Schrader’s film was also released on DVD as Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist, and it is fucking awful.

    The Invasion – The 2007 Body Snatchers remake was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for Hitler meme movie Downfall. The studio wasn’t happy with his ending, so they famously brought in the Wachoski’s to “fix” it. They guided the project along and had V for Vendetta director James McTeige handle the filming. I think it’s a perfectly fine movie, but most have forgotten it.

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