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02.01.2008

In the wake of Mark Romanek's departure from THE WOLF MAN, Universal is scrambling trying to find a director that will keep the entire project in pace. You may have heard the rumor that Brett Ratner was in the running to replace Romanek, instantly causing fanboys worldwide to bash their faces on their keyboards. Well today The Hollywood Reporter reveals a few other names that are in contention. They report that Frank Darabont, James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA), Bill Condon (DREAMGIRLS) and Joe Johnston (HIDALGO) all met or will meet with Universal execs to talk the film. Interesting that most of their candidates are writer/directors when the script is already locked. I'd be shocked if Darabont or Condon were interested in directing a film they had little to no creative input on developing. Ratner seems to be the front-runner due to his similar gig replacing Bryan Singer as the director of X3 but a final decision isn't expected to be made until last week. It's a shame because I don't think anyone will be able to make a Mark Romanek film like Romanek would have. He still hasn't spoken out about his departure but I'd love to hear exactly what went wrong that he threw this film away...

Extra Tidbit: Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE) was interested in the job but backed out after realizing all aspects of the film are locked.

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3:24PM on 02/03/2008

RE: Crimson_Kahuna


First, I'd like to reiterate what I'd implied below: Ratner is ALWAYS a bad idea.

Also, I don't think that studios need hire directors who are fans of the material...but, rather, directors who "get" the material (and who are also, as you noted, competent).

Singer, for example, wasn't an X-Men fan...but he "got" the material.

And many times hiring fans (Johnson's Ghost Rider, Ratner's X3....and, oddly enough, Singer's Superman) can provide less than spectacular results; maybe it's a

First, I'd like to reiterate what I'd implied below: Ratner is ALWAYS a bad idea.

Also, I don't think that studios need hire directors who are fans of the material...but, rather, directors who "get" the material (and who are also, as you noted, competent).

Singer, for example, wasn't an X-Men fan...but he "got" the material.

And many times hiring fans (Johnson's Ghost Rider, Ratner's X3....and, oddly enough, Singer's Superman) can provide less than spectacular results; maybe it's a lack of perspective or something? (Although, the biggest problem I had with Singer's Superman was that, like Evil Dead II and Desperado, it was basically a requel...that is, half-remake, half-sequel. X3 and Ghost Rider, on the other hand, were just embarrassingly awful.)
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1:27AM on 02/03/2008

I thought...

... I already read on this site, or Arrow's that it was he felt the budget would be too constraining? Which sounded funny to me at the time because it was quoted as being $100 million. I guess some clarification from Romanek is in order. X3 was an extremely huge disappointment. When a film is awesome people tend to give the director all of the credit, but when they suck all of a sudden it's, well the script was bad, etc. The fault lies squarely on his shoulders. Also, comic companies need
... I already read on this site, or Arrow's that it was he felt the budget would be too constraining? Which sounded funny to me at the time because it was quoted as being $100 million. I guess some clarification from Romanek is in order. X3 was an extremely huge disappointment. When a film is awesome people tend to give the director all of the credit, but when they suck all of a sudden it's, well the script was bad, etc. The fault lies squarely on his shoulders. Also, comic companies need to hire directors who are not only competent, but actual fans of the material & charactors. Not just the guy with the best pitch.
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8:57PM on 02/01/2008

in my wildest dreams...

...would I ever thought that I would see someone defend "The Rat" on this site. The ONLY decent film the guy's made is the original RUSH HOUR. He is not one of those directors who's "only as good as the script". He's a hack motherfucker who is a blight on filmmaking. He's more than a blight. He's a pariah. Anyone involved with his films ends up sucking. RED DRAGON had one of the most impressive casts in recent history, and it's still nowhere as good as MANHUNTER. X3? I wanted to castrate almost
...would I ever thought that I would see someone defend "The Rat" on this site. The ONLY decent film the guy's made is the original RUSH HOUR. He is not one of those directors who's "only as good as the script". He's a hack motherfucker who is a blight on filmmaking. He's more than a blight. He's a pariah. Anyone involved with his films ends up sucking. RED DRAGON had one of the most impressive casts in recent history, and it's still nowhere as good as MANHUNTER. X3? I wanted to castrate almost everyone involved. Yes, the script sucked, but Rat took the horror even further by making it "more humorous" as he said at the time. Fuck him. He's shit. I can't be any more blunt than that.

That being said, I'd love to see someone like Condon direct this. As much as I love what Darabont and Mangold have done lately (THE MIST and 3:10 TO YUMA are among my Top 5 for the year), seeing a director like Condon take this genre on would be fascinating.
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7:19PM on 02/01/2008

john landis!

over on the arrow, there's a rumor that landis is talking to the studio too. will never happen, but it'd be funny if he directed it.
over on the arrow, there's a rumor that landis is talking to the studio too. will never happen, but it'd be funny if he directed it.
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4:11PM on 02/01/2008

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"Red Dragon" is, yes, "pretty good." But, considering that Ratner had an EXCELLENT cast, script, et cetera, and the best he could churn out was "pretty good"...well, that's almost the very definition of "damning with faint praise." The movie, in short, should've been excellent...and it wasn't.

And I haven't seen "Family Man," so I won't comment on that one.

But X3? Yikes. Horrible script aside, I'd argue that Ratner got career-worst performances out of Jackman (who veered

"Red Dragon" is, yes, "pretty good." But, considering that Ratner had an EXCELLENT cast, script, et cetera, and the best he could churn out was "pretty good"...well, that's almost the very definition of "damning with faint praise." The movie, in short, should've been excellent...and it wasn't.

And I haven't seen "Family Man," so I won't comment on that one.

But X3? Yikes. Horrible script aside, I'd argue that Ratner got career-worst performances out of Jackman (who veered dangerously close into "Village People" territory), et al. And after the noir-ish Xs 1 and 2, why did 3 all of a sudden look like an over-lit perfume commercial (complete with hyper-saturated colours)?
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2:58PM on 02/01/2008
Once again, I'll defend Ratner by saying that he has made some pretty good films -- Red Dragon, Family Man, X3 (the writing was bad but the directing was fantastic). Give the guy a break! He's actually a rather good director, albeit somewhat cocky, but he has the talent to back it up. I'd support him for the project, though seeing Joe Johnston's name makes me very interested, as he's among my favorite directors and he hasn't made anything since "Hidalgo."
Once again, I'll defend Ratner by saying that he has made some pretty good films -- Red Dragon, Family Man, X3 (the writing was bad but the directing was fantastic). Give the guy a break! He's actually a rather good director, albeit somewhat cocky, but he has the talent to back it up. I'd support him for the project, though seeing Joe Johnston's name makes me very interested, as he's among my favorite directors and he hasn't made anything since "Hidalgo."
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2:15PM on 02/01/2008
Darabont has claimed that he will never write a screenplay again due to the Indiana Jones fiasco with Lucas. Of course, I bet he will eventually but at least for now, he's been saying he's sticking to directing so this would actually be a good project for him. Still, a Romanek Wolfman would've been the best thing ever.
Darabont has claimed that he will never write a screenplay again due to the Indiana Jones fiasco with Lucas. Of course, I bet he will eventually but at least for now, he's been saying he's sticking to directing so this would actually be a good project for him. Still, a Romanek Wolfman would've been the best thing ever.
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12:39PM on 02/01/2008

It's become a joke now...

..this Ratner business. I have to laugh at how clueless the studios are. The best they can hope for with Ratner is that he makes something so pedestrian that it doesn't offend. My vote is for Darabont on this one.
..this Ratner business. I have to laugh at how clueless the studios are. The best they can hope for with Ratner is that he makes something so pedestrian that it doesn't offend. My vote is for Darabont on this one.
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12:13PM on 02/01/2008

Last week?

A) I assume you meant next week, that just threw me for a loop, B) out of all of the choices here, I want Joe Johnston to get it.
A) I assume you meant next week, that just threw me for a loop, B) out of all of the choices here, I want Joe Johnston to get it.
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12:09PM on 02/01/2008

No

Let me put this in the most simple terms!

Brett Ratner is a TOOL!
Let me put this in the most simple terms!

Brett Ratner is a TOOL!
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10:06AM on 02/01/2008

Anything, but Ratner!

I can't articulate why, but Mangold would be my choice out of those options. Perhaps it's the nice track record he's had going lately, but it just works for me. Although I would be remiss if I didn't say that Darabont could probably pull off a respectable version as well.
I can't articulate why, but Mangold would be my choice out of those options. Perhaps it's the nice track record he's had going lately, but it just works for me. Although I would be remiss if I didn't say that Darabont could probably pull off a respectable version as well.
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