Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Pan failures may have cost Joe Wright his next directing job

10.28.2015

Pan Joe Wright Hugh Jackman Banner

It's been reported that Warner Bros. might lose as much as $150 million on its critically panned PAN, and according to The Wrap, the film's box office failures may have also cost Joe Wright his next directing gig. Insiders tell the site that earlier this month Wright was in negotiations to direct Lionsgate's planned Julius Caesar flick EMPEROR, however those talks ended once PAN bombed at the box office. Apparently the studio is taking the project “back to the drawing board” as they look for a new director.

While Lionsgate declined to comment for the site's report, a representative for Wright declared it “categorically untrue.” Wright wasn't fired from the movie though, since he was never officially hired to direct, but one of the film’s producers did admit there was a meeting and several calls with Wright about him possibly helming EMPEROR.

If what The Wrap is claiming is true, I actually feel kind of bad for Wright, however this wouldn't be the first time a filmmaker was removed from a movie because his previous directorial effort underperformed at the box office, and he does deserve some of the blame for PAN's failures. But with a budget of $150 million, Warner Bros. probably didn't give Wright free rein to do whatever he wanted with the film, and he's still a talented director, so I doubt PAN will be a career-killer for him. Do you think Wright lost out on directing EMPEROR because of PAN?

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: The Wrap

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

9:17PM on 10/28/2015

Sucks to be him

If a movie fails the director is usually the first one who gets blamed. Face it the movie looked horrible & unappealing, Hollywood take note not every old fairy tale needs to be remade into a movie. You can blame Alice in Wonderland & Cinderella, but it has to at least get audiences interested.
If a movie fails the director is usually the first one who gets blamed. Face it the movie looked horrible & unappealing, Hollywood take note not every old fairy tale needs to be remade into a movie. You can blame Alice in Wonderland & Cinderella, but it has to at least get audiences interested.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:09PM on 10/28/2015

The man made one bad movie (I didn't see it..based on response)

Let's not get the lynch mob together Hollywood
Let's not get the lynch mob together Hollywood
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:35PM on 10/28/2015
Everything wrong with this film boiled down to screenplay. It was awful. "There was a prophecy" "you're the chosen one" "the mermaids infused these waters with memories"

How did that script make it past a rough draft?
Everything wrong with this film boiled down to screenplay. It was awful. "There was a prophecy" "you're the chosen one" "the mermaids infused these waters with memories"

How did that script make it past a rough draft?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:52PM on 10/28/2015

lol

I wouldn't trust a guy who thought putting the characters breaking out into a Nirvana song, despite the movie being set during WW2 either...
I wouldn't trust a guy who thought putting the characters breaking out into a Nirvana song, despite the movie being set during WW2 either...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:08PM on 10/28/2015

I loved his Pride and Prejudice

He made me appreciate Keira Knightley's talent on a whole new level.
He made me appreciate Keira Knightley's talent on a whole new level.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:47PM on 10/28/2015
This would really be a shame, because Wright is a really talented director. Sure, Pan looks wretched, but movies are collaborative--not all the blame can be laid at the director's feet.
This would really be a shame, because Wright is a really talented director. Sure, Pan looks wretched, but movies are collaborative--not all the blame can be laid at the director's feet.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:37PM on 10/28/2015

Jason Fuchs

Joe Wright makes several critically acclaimed films and after one major bomb, he's blacklisted.

Jason Fuchs writes the screenplay for that same film and is given writing responsibilities on Wonder Woman and Tom Cruise/Doug Liman's upcoming film, Luna Park after doing nothing good (an Ice Age sequel) before that.

I know writers don't have that much say in the final result and their scripts go through many changes during production, and the director shoulders most of the blame, but why is
Joe Wright makes several critically acclaimed films and after one major bomb, he's blacklisted.

Jason Fuchs writes the screenplay for that same film and is given writing responsibilities on Wonder Woman and Tom Cruise/Doug Liman's upcoming film, Luna Park after doing nothing good (an Ice Age sequel) before that.

I know writers don't have that much say in the final result and their scripts go through many changes during production, and the director shoulders most of the blame, but why is Jason Fuchs offered script opportunities on major films given the result of his first solo effort?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:36PM on 10/28/2015
My thought exactly when I saw the announcement that he was writing Lunar Park.

That screenplay for Pan ruined a movie that had potential in EVERY other department. The blame should be placed soley on him. Lots of respect for Joe Wright
My thought exactly when I saw the announcement that he was writing Lunar Park.

That screenplay for Pan ruined a movie that had potential in EVERY other department. The blame should be placed soley on him. Lots of respect for Joe Wright
12:08PM on 10/28/2015

Maybe he should stick to smaller films

Wright excels when it comes to making smaller films like Atonement and Hannah, but his "Pan" film looks like something that should have come straight to dvd.
Wright excels when it comes to making smaller films like Atonement and Hannah, but his "Pan" film looks like something that should have come straight to dvd.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:45AM on 10/28/2015
I'm not surprised. Pan doesn't look appealing at all. Even Peter Pan back in 2003 was more appealing than this new Pan.
I'm not surprised. Pan doesn't look appealing at all. Even Peter Pan back in 2003 was more appealing than this new Pan.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:38AM on 10/28/2015
It was a shit movie and he was at the helm of making it. I get that with a $150M price tag, there is going to be interference from the studio - there always is. Good directors are able to rise above it and turn out a quality film. But in this particular case, the movie was doomed from the beginning since it had such a stupid premise (Peter Pan doesn't need an origin story), so Wright never should have signed on in the first place.
It was a shit movie and he was at the helm of making it. I get that with a $150M price tag, there is going to be interference from the studio - there always is. Good directors are able to rise above it and turn out a quality film. But in this particular case, the movie was doomed from the beginning since it had such a stupid premise (Peter Pan doesn't need an origin story), so Wright never should have signed on in the first place.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:05PM on 10/28/2015
I haven't seen it, but from what I've read it sounds like a quality family movie. If that's your thing. I'm with you on the premise, but the execution doesn't sound like it went badly. Box office is a different story.
I haven't seen it, but from what I've read it sounds like a quality family movie. If that's your thing. I'm with you on the premise, but the execution doesn't sound like it went badly. Box office is a different story.
11:03AM on 10/28/2015
I don't think it's his fault. Really the movie shouldnt have been made in the first place. It's concept was completely silly. There is a comic book out called Peter Panzerfaust. IF THEY WENT THAT ROUTE... I feel like the movie would have been better received.
I don't think it's his fault. Really the movie shouldnt have been made in the first place. It's concept was completely silly. There is a comic book out called Peter Panzerfaust. IF THEY WENT THAT ROUTE... I feel like the movie would have been better received.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:20AM on 10/28/2015

what about Josh Trank ????

what will happen to him ?
what will happen to him ?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:01PM on 10/28/2015
I think he'll be exiled, in a sense. Remember Stephen Norrington? His first success was Blade 1 and he went on to direct The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with bigger cast and bigger budget. That movie was a flop. After that, I've never heard of Stephen Norrington again. I guess that would be the case with Josh Trank also.
I think he'll be exiled, in a sense. Remember Stephen Norrington? His first success was Blade 1 and he went on to direct The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with bigger cast and bigger budget. That movie was a flop. After that, I've never heard of Stephen Norrington again. I guess that would be the case with Josh Trank also.
10:15AM on 10/28/2015
I wasn't exactly stoked to see Pan (though Anthony Lane gave it a pretty glowing review at The New Yorker, I don't usually look to them for advice on which movie to check out), but Joe Wright is one helluva filmmaker, so I hope he lands on his feet after this one.
I wasn't exactly stoked to see Pan (though Anthony Lane gave it a pretty glowing review at The New Yorker, I don't usually look to them for advice on which movie to check out), but Joe Wright is one helluva filmmaker, so I hope he lands on his feet after this one.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
10:14AM on 10/28/2015

How is it really?

I thought it looked great and was excited to see this. Is it really bad or did it just bomb? I feel like people are way harder on movies these days all because of how expensive it has gotten. Critics and moviegoers just seem very hard to please these days and expect too much. Whatever happened to just going to the theater and having a good time with a entertaining movie? Well when that shit cost over 50 bucks for the family to go to a movie that's when people expect more.
I thought it looked great and was excited to see this. Is it really bad or did it just bomb? I feel like people are way harder on movies these days all because of how expensive it has gotten. Critics and moviegoers just seem very hard to please these days and expect too much. Whatever happened to just going to the theater and having a good time with a entertaining movie? Well when that shit cost over 50 bucks for the family to go to a movie that's when people expect more.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More