The entire landscape of any movie lies on the shoulders of the director. Despite being the most unnoticeable contributor of the project, it is the director’s brilliance that can catapult a movie from ashes to glory. Take a look at the following 15 great movies almost made by a different director:
15. Jurassic Park (Tim Burton)
Best known for dark and gothic movies such as Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride, the very idea of Jurassic Park being directed by Tim Burton is bizarre. No disrespect to the director, but the last thing a dinosaur flick needs is the traditional horror elements that Burton is so famous for adding in his movies.
Had Burton availed the opportunity, he would probably would have his best buddy Johnny Depp star as Alan Grant. Things certainly happened for the best when Universal Studios granted Steven Spielberg with the task as the movie won three Academy Awards and established itself as one for the ages.
14. Good Will Hunting (Mel Gibson)
It is hard to imagine Good Will Hunting being directed by someone else than Gus Van Sant. The artistic beauty of the film was magnificently captured to the point of nine Academy Award nominations and two wins.
Back then, Mel Gibson was at the top of his game as a director. Having won an Academy Award for Best Picture by directing Braveheart (1995), the actor-turned-director was the top contender for director the movie but unfortunately, things did not turn out.
13. One-Eyed Jacks (Stanley Kubrick)
A director the world has never seen before or since, everything Stanley Kubrick did was visionary. Throughout his illustrious career, the American film-maker has touched many subjects but never a western movie.
He finally had the opportunity to do so when none other than Marlon Brando discussed the idea of a film-adaption of The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones. With tensions rising while they worked on the script for six months, Kubrick distanced himself from the project and Brando promoted himself as the director only to receive mixed reviews.
12. Jaws (Dick Richards)
Producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown were very much interested in him but became irritated by his constant referring to shark as a whale.
After booting Richards off the project, the young but ambitious Spielberg was given the responsibility of the director and he pulled it off amazingly.
11. Man of Steel (Darren Aronofsky)
As observed from the awful Superman Returns, welcoming back the Son of Krypton as a movie icon was no easy matter. When Man of Steel was on the verge of being the first movie for the DC Extended Universe, Darren Aronofsky almost handled the project.
Best known for Noah and Black Swan, Aronofsky probably would have made the project great considering the fact that the director has a knack for presenting broken-hearted characters as heroic idols with absolute perfection. However, director Zack Snyder of Watchmen and 300 fame was hired and came up with the most critically praised Super-Man movie ever.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Steven Spielberg)
For sure everyone would want the acclaimed director Steven Spielberg to be the director of Harry Potter. However, they would change their mind after knowing that Spielberg wanted to make it an animated film which included elements from the follow-up novels.
If that happened, the world would have been robbed from one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. Not reaching to an agreement, Spielberg soon declined and recalled the project as “shooting ducks in a barrel.”
9. Spider-Man (James Cameron)
Just imagine the web-slinging superhero taking off his mask and revealing himself as Edward Furlong. That does not sound good but believe it or not, the drug addicted actor was the ideal leading choice by Cameron.
Though the director went as far as writing a screenplay for the movie, the project was stuck in development hell for several years and almost abandoned. When Cameron left, his script was entirely rewritten and gave Sam Raimi the chance to make Spider-Man a household name again.
8. Titanic (Alfred Hitchcock)
Alfred Hitchcock has an impeccable record when it comes to making films which are a financial and critical success but it can be safely assumed that making a movie about the Titanic disaster was not his cup of tea.
When Hitchcock was just a rookie in the movie industry, the director aimed to make a movie upon the infamous incident but plans fell apart and made Rebecca instead.