Neil Jordan Says He Would've Made A Better 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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Over his career, Neil Jordan has had more than his fair share of experience with fantastical tales thanks for efforts like "The Company Of Wolves," "Interview With A Vampire" and "Ondine." And later this summer, he returns to the world of bloodsuckers with "Byzantium." It's taken a while, but Hollywood has finally caught up with the fact that audiences love a good fairy tale, and it's definitely one of the hottest trends right now (just look at Disney's upcoming slate of "Cinderella," "Maleficent" and "Alice In Wonderland 2"), but frankly, Jordan thinks those big money productions aren't meeting expectations.

“Over the last few years they’ve been doing these versions of fairy tales, like 'Snow White And The Huntsman,' and I don’t think they did them very well. I think I would have done them better,” he told Empire. And oh you know what? We think he would've done them better too.

But unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely Jordan will every get the kind of money required for those kind of big budget movies and retain the creative freedom he desires. A few years ago he was attached to direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" (which Ron Howard was most recently circling), but it fell apart once costs got too high and once it became clear that the non-family friendly nature of the movie would make it difficult to get made at a studio. “[It] is always a problem. Neil Gaiman and Framestore brought me the book – I was the chosen director – and I thought it was wonderful, but I knew that once you get above $50m, the studio would want to know who their audience was,” he said.

So, what is next for Jordan? Well, he hasn't given up on the supernatural just yet. “I’ve written a ghost story with a contemporary setting,” he teased. “I’m going to terrify people with beautiful music.” Sounds pretty good.

Until we wait for that, you can catch "Byzantium" when it opens on June 28th.

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9 Comments

  • InsideRS-ville | June 2, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    She is also having a secret affair with Rupert now that his wife still doesn't know about. It's brutal.

  • INSIDERS-VILLE | June 2, 2013 7:47 PM

    No, it's true. This is NEW information. Hasn't hit the tabloids yet.

  • Jo | June 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    you are insane! Stop reading tabloids that everyone knows are not true.

  • BottomLip Biter | June 2, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    No director could have taught Kristen Stewart to act. She's just terrible, period.

  • Olive | June 2, 2013 3:36 PM

    Well, i think she is great. It's Rob Pattinson who is as wooden as hell! :)

  • Lenka | June 1, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    no doubt SNOW WHITE would have been a better movie, if Jordan had directed it

  • A Guy Named Joe | May 31, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    The question is, "Who COULDN'T have made a better Snow White picture than Rupert Sanders?" Well, aside from M. Night.

  • A Guy Named Joe | June 2, 2013 11:22 AM

    So you're saying you wouldn't want to see Kristen Stewart twirling and twirling in The Swamp Of Sadness? Or a lot of actors staring at the ground with grim expressions, not talking?

  • I could name a few. | June 1, 2013 7:50 PM

    Terrence Malick for one.

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