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10 Indie Directors Who Might Be The Next Generation Of Blockbuster Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 25, 2014 1:05 PM
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10 Exciting Big Studio Director Transitions On The Horizon
Back in March, we unveiled a list of one-time indie directors who suddenly made the jump to hyperspace with blockbuster projects, and their associated blockbuster budgets. That piece noted that this was “a trend that’s become increasingly prevalent over the last decade or so” and sketched out some of the budget boosts these film-makers were getting, often having 5 or 10 times the budget of their previous film dumped in their laps by the studios, with a range of results.

Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Barbarella' Heads To Amazon, Philip Seymour Hoffman/Kathryn Hahn Series Gets Order & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 4:38 PM
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Between Sundance and the Oscars, it might seem like its all movies all the time, but some new developments in the TV world have our attentions pointed toward the small screen...

Darren Aronofsky Won't Fly To 'Red Sparrow,' 'Attenberg' Director Athina Rachel Tsangari Lines Up 'Chevalier' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 17, 2014 1:29 PM
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If there’s anything to be learned from his filmography, it’s that Darren Aronofsky marches to the beat of his own drum. It seems we might have jinxed the “Noah” filmmaker last August when we reported that he finally lined up a gig—an adaptation of the bona-fide spy novel “Red Sparrow”—instead of dropping one, which has seemed to be his m.o. over the past couple of years, the biblical epic aside. THR reports Aronofsky has moved on from the project after negotiating with 20th Century Fox since last fall. The studio still intends to move forward with the project and Aronofsky is still on the hunt for his follow-up to “Noah.”

'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg To Direct 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2013 7:56 PM
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It's hard to find anyone that much likes the second and third films in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise -- though actually, we maintain that both "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" are infinitely more interesting than the majority of blockbusters. But nevertheless, the fourth movie, the even-more-loathed (and correctly so) "On Stranger Tides," proved to be a giant hit, riding international goodwill towards Johnny Depp, and 3D-boosted ticket prices to become a billion-dollar grosser, despite being by some distance the lowest-grosser of the series domestically.

Rupert Sanders & More On The Shortlist To Direct 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 5:12 PM
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With "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" simply an inevitability at this point -- it's already slated for a 2015 release, joining Disney's insane line-up that year -- it looks like the studio wants to keep costs down. Surely, Johnny Depp will be negotiating a Robert-Downey-Jr-making-$50-million-for-The-Avengers sized deal and taking a cut of the back end, which means that in the director's chair, a newer, cheaper face will be given a shot. So that means no Rob Marshall or Gore Verbinski, but perhaps one of these guys.

Göteborg Interview: Directors Rønning & Sandberg On 'Kon-Tiki,' Scandinavian Cinema & Their Oscar Nomination

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 1, 2013 7:03 PM
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There’s a great temptation to draw parallels between directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s epic journey in making “Kon-Tiki” (reviewed here) and the expedition it chronicles. And it’s a temptation we’re going to give in to; when we met the co-directors during the Göteborg International Film Festival recently, they had the air of men who had finally come in to port after a long stormy voyage. They too embarked on a hugely ambitious project that had no guarantee of success or even completion, and encountered myriad unforeseen problems along the way – there’s no doubt the film had to be something of a labor of love for them both.

Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Directors To Make Hollywood Debut With 'Spectral'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 14, 2013 11:40 AM
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Looks like Norwegian filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are having a great week. First, their film “Kon-Tiki” gets nominated for an Oscar on Thursday for Best Foreign Language Film. Now, they look to capitalize on all of their recent success, signing a seven-figure deal to helm a big Hollywood film. And one that could be the start of a potential franchise.

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