Thousands of movies are released every year, and while everyone is talking about the movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Forbes, most movies released each year actually lose money. Not all movies are The Godfather-like quality, but under different management, each film certainly has the potential to be.
Whether it’s because the movie has a great story but isn’t told well, or because the director isn’t well versed in the source material, Redditors believe these movies should have had a different filmmaker at the helm. According to Reddit users, in an ideal world, Martin Scorsese should have directed Gucci HouseDenis Villeneuve should have directed The Matrix Resurrectionsand… Michael Bay should have realized Principle.
Principle is one of the most jaw-dropping movies when it comes to its action sequences, but the biggest criticism of the time travel movie is that it gets too bogged down in the mechanics and explanations of how time travel works in the weather. Tornado316319 agrees, noting, “Principle would have been better had it been led by a popcorn movie artist like Michael Bay, instead of being burdened with the heavy-handed philosophy of Christopher Nolan.”
Nolan and Bay are the two most important and popular action directors working today, but for completely different reasons. Where Nolan uses too much exposure, Bay doesn’t use enough. Where Bay infuses comedy, there’s barely any laughter in Nolan’s films. And the list continues. So a Bay-headed Principle maybe leaning too far the other way.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody talks about the formation and trajectory of legendary rock band Queen, and focuses on the personal issues frontman Freddie Mercury struggled with at the time. Plasterboard33 states, “Edgar Wright has always been a huge Queen fan and is so inventive as a director that I can only imagine how cool and unique his version of Bohemian Rhapsody would have been.” The Redditor also thinks that if Wright had made the movie, it would have been a masterpiece.
Just as he does with all of his films, Wright would have brought an energy to the musical biopic like no other. And since the 2019 film is loaded with so many historical details and is somewhat of a fabrication of the truth about Queen, The baby driver director would have told a truer account of the band’s history and legacy.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
According to Deadlinethe only reason Lana Wachowski agreed to write and direct a new Matrix movie was because she knew that Warner Bros. would produce a new one with or without it. The filmmaker did not want another director to get his hands on his property.
However, it is still interesting to imagine what the fourquel would have been like in a different direction, especially since The Matrix Resurrections was so polarizing. Scarfacenahface thinks the current frontier of sci-fi movies should have steered the ship, because they wanted “Denis Villeneuve to do Matrix 4.” With massive sci-fi epics like Blade Runner 2049 and Dunes to his credit, Villeneuve can seemingly restore prominence to any old sci-fi property.
It’s a testament to the quality of Edgar Wright and the huge fanbase he has that his name is so widespread, especially when it comes to naming films that should have been under one direction. different. In the same way Bohemian RhapsodyHushpolocaps69 believes the filmmaker should have directed Ant-Man instead of Bring it on director Peyton Reed, but that’s because there’s a story there.
Wright was developing Ant-Man and was set to direct it, but later left after creative differences with Marvel Studios. The Redditor posits, “This could have been a really unique Marvel movie and something new to the superhero genre.” From everything fans know about Wright’s Ant-Man, it really could have been something special.
Neill Blomkamp unfortunately became a one-off director, as he failed once to capture the magic of his directorial debut, District 9. However, his second seizure, Elysiummaybe wasn’t great, but it had potential, because it’s a large-scale sci-fi action movie that’s also a social commentary on immigration, health care, the justice system and many other things.
This is exactly why Brainensmoothed argues the movie should have been directed by Paul Verhoeven. The Redditor jokes, “put Arnold Schwarzenegger on top and you’ve got a stew.” It’s not just how Verhoeven films action that makes him ideal Elysium director, but with films like Robotcop and Starship Troopers, which are also social commentary, the 2013 film could have been hilarious and satirical too.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2011)
Beatrix_-_Kiddo wants Guillermo del Toro to direct The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Not only that, but they argue that “The Hobbit should have been a movie and Del Toro should have finished it.” The Redditor refers to the fact that the director was attached to the project before Peter Jackson.
While Jackson led the the Lord of the Rings trilogy and starred in three of the greatest fantasy epics of all time, he wasn’t originally helming The Hobbit adaptation. Unfortunately, del Toro left the project in 2010. It would have been an interesting direction and no doubt very different from the end result, especially since del Toro is the best monster director working today.
The Snowman (2017)
The 2017 Thriller The Snowman came and went, was a huge box office failure, and it was criticized by most for being completely incomprehensible. According to cinema mix, it was plagued with production problems and 15% of the script didn’t even get shot. With a production lacking so much direction, if there’s one movie that needed a different filmmaker more than any other, it’s The Snowman.
Grjjr9 says, “It would have been great with David Fincher.” Set in Norway, the film is snowy and icy, and it’s the perfect aesthetic for a thriller, but it also bears many similarities to Fincher’s. The girl with the dragon tattoo. Even though Fincher is the best thriller working today, he might be too obvious a candidate and it would be too reminiscent of his previous work, although that would be awesome.
House of Gucci (2021)
House by Gucci is an epic, sprawling period biopic that has a dash of humor and is visually stunning. It’s not exactly director Ridley Scott’s MO, who tends to go for sci-fi movies or huge swords and sandals movies. But it sounds more familiar with the work of another director, Martin Scorsese.
Tornado316319 thinks “Gucci House sometimes had a dubious pace. I can’t help but think Martin Scorsese would have been a better fit than Ridley Scott.” The key to Scorsese’s success, as well as the place for improv, which the Redditor picked up on, is Thelma Schoonmaker. Schoonmaker is the longtime gangster director’s editor who knows how to pace movies better than anyone in the industry.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin has one of the best uses of 3D, is an action-adventure spectacle, and is one of Steven Spielberg’s most underrated films. But despite all those benchmarks, Plasterboard33 still thinks it would have been better had it been run by someone else.
The Redditor admits, “I love Spielberg’s version of Tintin but I would also like to see a Wes Anderson Tintin film.” Anderson’s quirky, quirky tone lends itself well to a Tintin adaptation, especially its tongue-in-cheek comedy. And his live-action films are as close to animation as possible, often using stop-motion and thumbnails that intentionally look like thumbnails.
AI: artificial intelligence (2001)
Spielberg directed the 2000s sci-fi movie AI Artificial Intelligence, but it doesn’t feel like one of his usual films, as it lacks that simple, linear yet thrilling storytelling full of sentimentality. The film is much more ambiguous and not everything is perfectly linked as in the filmmaker’s other releases. Chicken_Dinner_10191 said, “I think Stanley Kubrick, as a director, would have made a more visually impressive movie.”
Just like with Edgar Wright and The ant ManKubrick was developing AI Artificial Intelligence and was committed to leading. The film was to be its sequel to 1999 Eyes wide closedand this was going to be his first return to science fiction since the groundbreaking masterpiece that is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick, sadly, died in the process, and it’s unclear how epic and jaw-dropping the film could have been.
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