The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the most inventive stop-motion films out there, but while everyone gives Tim Burton all the credit, director Henry Selick recently downplayed Burton’s involvement. The director commented, “My team in San Francisco did this. He showed up at the end with an editor and cut some stuff to make the movie tighter. »
People often confuse Tim Burton with the film’s director, and that’s simply because he shares his gothic aesthetic and his name was scrawled on marketing materials to help promote him. But it’s not the only film that fans believe was directed by someone who wasn’t. Whether it’s because a well-known director is attached as a producer or shares his distinctive style, the actual directors of these films often get neither the credit nor the blame.
Throwaway_Codex points out that everyone thinks Brightburn was run by new DC Studios CEO and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn. While not an original concept after The Boys, and other films and satirical shows have explored it, Brightburn introduces an evil Superman and examines what it would look like.
Considering Gunn gets into violent superhero movies, the subject matter is totally something the filmmaker would direct. The mid-credits scene even features a cameo from The Crimson Bolt, who is the title character of Super, which was written and directed by Gunn. So, all signs point to the movie being directed by the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker, but David Yarovesky was the actual director of the movie. However, Gunn produced the 2019 film.
Kill3rT0fu notes that few people realize that it was Batman director Matt Reeves who directed the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield. The Redditor comments, “Everyone claims it was JJ Abrams. Abrams played a significant role in the film, as not only is it being produced by his production company Bad Robot, but he was also instrumental in shaping the story (via First Showing).
It would be forgivable if someone assumed that Cloverfield was directed by Abrams, as it heavily features his typical storytelling which he likes to call “mystery boxes”. Babak Anvari will be directing a new sequel, and regardless of the storyline of Cloverfield 2, there’s no doubt that the general public will once again mistake it for an Abrams-directed film.
V for Vendetta (2006)
Effective-Dinner-686 believed the Wachowski sisters made the seminal comic book adaptation V for Vendetta. The Redditor claims, “I had only recently learned that V for Vendetta was not run by the Wachowskis. A lot of people have had the same feeling for a long time, while they were writing the script, and given that they were coming off of the massive Matrix franchise, the promotional material had their names scribbled all over it.
But while the movie was directed by James McTeigue, it’s long been rumored that Wachowski’s ghost ran V for Vendetta, and if that’s true, the Redditor was right all along. Considering they were second unit directors on a movie they wrote, whether or not they directed V for Vendetta, something is off.
Doitcloot notes that people are under the impression that Devil was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. “I don’t know why I’ve come across this so much, but if anyone brings up Devil, I know it’s going to lead to how they don’t like M. Night Shyamalan. »
Sixth Sense director Shyamalan is getting enough reviews already, and that’s despite a stellar comeback with The Visit and Split, so the last thing he needs is any criticism of Devil, a film he doesn’t even have. not realised. . However, he wrote and produced the 2010 supernatural horror film. But Devil actually has an interesting twist on the murder mystery genre, as it’s about a group of people stuck in an elevator and getting take one by one when the lights go out.
Candy Man (2021)
MCO87 notes, “I saw a lot of people online thinking that Jordan Peele directed the new Candyman movie. Nia DaCosta was the director. Peele was a screenwriter. It was a common misconception surrounding the 2021 horror film’s release, and the studio was probably in no rush to correct anyone.
Universal certainly would have liked people to feel like the movie was directed by Peele. The filmmaker has quickly become one of the few bankable director names, and his name comes with a guaranteed audience. People will happily go to cinemas to watch a Peele movie without knowing anything about it or seeing the marketing. So having people believe that Candyman was directed by the filmmaker of Get Out wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world.
According to Brettmgreene, some fans are under the impression that Steven Spielberg directed the horror movie Poltergeist. But the Redditor sets the record straight, explaining, “Spielberg wrote the script and produced and he’s all over the making-of and press material for the film. Poltergeist even looks like a Spielberg movie with its clever camerawork. »
The user isn’t wrong, as current director Tobe Hooper has brought up many of Spielberg’s signature moves. And though Spielberg has never made an R-rated horror movie (although War of the Worlds pushes the limits of its PG-13 rating), Poltergeist is the closest to fans.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
KingDarius89 notes that people think Quentin Tarantino wrote From Dusk Till Dawn. The Redditor comments: “Tarantino is in it, but Robert Rodriguez realized it. In fairness, the 1996 film is full of Tarantino’s kind of humor, it’s more violent than any of Rodriguez’s previous films, and only a film that Tarantino helped direct would feature such a significant performance. on his part.
Given that, it wouldn’t be surprising if a casual fan thought the Django Unchained filmmaker directed From Dusk Till Dawn, given the offbeat and outrageous quotes. Tarantino was not involved in producing or directing the film, but he wrote the screenplay.
MediumSpeedEddie believed Midsommar was directed by The Northman director Robert Eggers, noting, “For some reason, for a while, I thought The Witch and Midsommar were both directed by Eggers. It’s easy to see where the Redditor is coming from, as both movies were released by A24, and they both focus on aesthetics as much as scares.
However, that would have been quite the feat, as Eggers released The Lighthouse in 2019, and filmmakers making two films in a year is hard work. But a viewer who isn’t completely up to date with the directors and their recent movies might easily suspect that The Witch director also directed Midsommar.
The Third Man (1949)
RandomStranger79 is quick to state, “Orson Welles didn’t direct The Third Man,” referring to the fact that many believe it was the filmmaker’s sequel to Macbeth. The Third Man is often considered one of the greatest British films of all time, and Welles was one of the few artists who could make such a film at the time.
The 1949 film expertly encapsulated the vibe of post-war Vienna, and it’s full of clever camera tricks and set-ups that haven’t been so well done since Welles’ own Citizen Kane. But while he had a supporting role in the film, that’s all Welles had to do with it, and everything else is down to writer Graham Greene and director Carol Reed.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
WindingRoad10 thinks a lot of fans think George Lucas directed the Star Wars sequels. The Redditor posits, “I think a lot of people think George Lucas directed all the movies in the original trilogy, when in fact it was just a new hope. The Redditor isn’t wrong, as most viewers would have no idea who helmed the two A New Hope sequels if it wasn’t for Lucas.
And it looks like that’s what someone at LucasFilm is hoping for. In Light and Magic, a Disney+ documentary that features plenty of behind-the-scenes footage surrounding the Star Wars sequels, there’s not a single shot of Irvin Kershner or Richard Marquand, directors of The Empire Strikes Back and Return. of the Jedi, respectively.