4. Carl Rinsch – 47 Ronin
This guy doesn’t even have a picture on his IMDb page, and yet he’s the guy behind 47 Ronin, aka “Neo Goes East.” Seriously, Keanu Reeves – you’re not The One. Stop being The One. You already got to play freaking Siddhartha in Little Budda – you’re done.
Despite this not being in theaters yet, I have high hopes – as this first-time director seems to have a knack for visual mumbo-jumbo, and that’s at least 75% of 47 Ronin’s trailer.
3. Fede Alvarez – Evil Dead
As a die hard Evil Dead fan, the last thing I expected was to enjoy a remake of the film – especially one that was being co-written by Diablo Cody and directed by a guy whose only claim to fame was a short littered with CGI. And then they went with a CGI-less film, and left out Ash – two things that saved the movie.
No, of course it’s not the original – but thanks to it trying not to be the original while at the same time keeping the original’s tone, somehow we got a really entertaining bizarro Evil Dead film worthy of its name. Now lets all sit quietly and hope Army Of Darkness 2 is as awesome as it sounds.
2. Joseph Kosinski – TRON: Legacy
TRON doesn’t have a huge following these days – but the few fans out there seem like the type of crazy people who you don’t want to piss off lest they chloroform your ass for their own basement game of “beat a guy to death with a glowstick-wrapped Frisbee.”
Naturally, I am a TRON fan.
I can’t speak for all of us, but TRON: Legacy was actually a lot of fun for a sequel to a movie that had no reason to get another one. There’s no telling how this Joe Kosinski fellow got into the game – but considering his past as a commercial director and architecture major I’d say they made a darn decent pick – terrible Jeff Bridges CGI aside.
1. David Fincher – Alien 3
It’s bizarre to realize that David Fincher was once just a no-name dude put in charge of a long-awaited sequel to one of the most iconic franchises ever. Boy did that go wrong – not that it was really his fault.
To be perfectly honest – I really like all of the Alien films, including Resurrection. I don’t expect anyone else to like them, but personally I never cherished the canon so much as I wanted to see how different good directors handed the franchise. But before he was seen as a good director, no one liked Alien 3 – just like no one liked Charlie’s Angels or Snow White And The Huntsman. So who knows?