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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Mark Romanek Tops The List To Direct Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:05 AM
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Music video and commercials director Mark Romanek has had a bumpy ride in Hollywood of late. After making an impression with his debut feature "One Hour Photo," the director moved on up to the monster movie feature "The Wolfman" but walked away during the film's famously contentious production. Instead, he helmed an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "Never Let Me Go," but unfortunately, it didn't quite become the awards season horse or critical darling many expected, picking up mixed reviews and a muted response at the box office. Then there was his pilot for Fox, "Locke & Key," which was canceled, and despite recent airings at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con in an attempt to revive interest, that too seems to have fallen by the wayside. But all that said, Romanek is still a respected helmer and over the past few months he's slowly been picking up heat, getting attached to direct a live action "Cinderella" film and being offered the chair for "The Wolverine" (which he turned down). Well, another big project may be coming his way and it will potentially reunite him with a star he was set to work with a few years back.

Because There Aren't Enough Fairy Tale Movies: Universal Hires Writer For A New 'Cinderella'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 7:45 AM
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Anne Peacock has been hired by Universal to write a new take on the "Cinderella" story. Again. We would say that fairy tales are the new superheroes, but it's not like studios are threatening competing "Iron Man" movies. Yep, Snow White has company, as if it wasn't enough that Relativity's "Snow White" was to go against Universal's "Snow White And The Huntsman." Now we have competing Cinderella projects, as Universal (again -- so, so desperate) is trying to develop this property before Disney goes ahead with their Mark Romanek-helmed effort.

Will MTV Throw A Lifeline To Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 3:52 AM
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Could there be new life for the canceled and nearly forgotten graphic-novel-turned-TV-series "Locke & Key," which boasted a pilot episode directed by Mark Romanek? The answer is a resounding 'maybe'.

Watch: Mark Romanek Directs Dancing Hamsters In Futuristic War Zone In Weird Ad For Kia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 10:34 AM
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While some folks are surprised that "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go" helmer Mark Romanek has directed a commercial for Kia, he's been taking on that kind of work for years. But yes, we'll grant you that none of them has been as strange as this.

Watch: Trailer For Mark Romanek's Canceled TV Pilot 'Locke & Key'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 6:03 AM
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Well, with so many directors dipping their toes in the water of television, not everything is going to make it, and unfortunately for Mark Romanek's "Locke & Key," the pilot episode of the mooted gothic horror/drama never even got to air. Those lucky enough to be in San Diego in July for Comic-Con were treated to a screening of the pilot, but if you weren't around to catch, this trailer will likely be the only peek you'll ever get at what Romanek cooked up.

Mark Romanek To Direct Re-Imagined, Live-Action 'Cinderella'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 5:47 AM
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We love Mark Romanek but dude, seriously, WTF. Granted, it was inevitable that after "Never Let Me Go" failed at the box office and dropped out of last year's awards race very early, the director would have to take on a studio gig to bring some sheen back to his name. In fact, earlier this year he had the chance to direct "The Wolverine" -- an exciting prospect to be sure -- but he turned it down. And given this development, we really wish he would've done the comic franchise instead.

Cancelled 'Locke & Key' Pilot Directed By Mark Romanek To Get Exclusive Comic-Con Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:09 AM
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The conventional wisdom is that the massive San Diego Comic-Con is to serve as a launchpad for tentpole movies and television programs that will be hitting big and small screens over the next twelve to twenty-four months. But it looks like attendees this year will get a chance to see a promising show that was canceled (and hopefully will be revived if the word proves to strong).

Mark Romanek Says He's Already Turned Down 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2011 5:50 AM
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Ryan Reynolds Confirms 'Deadpool' Will Be 'Nasty,' 'Hard' And 'Cheap'Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

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