Top 10 movies that cost directors their careers, end of applause

Cinema is a cruel and unforgiving world that can send you into retirement long before your age. If some actors and actresses have paid the price, it has also happened to some directors, one of whose films turned out to be such a flop that it burned their careers. If most of them are not necessarily known, there are still some surprises in the pile, you’ll see.

1. “Water World” and “The Postman” – Kevin Costner

While he was on the cusp of sainthood in the late ’80s and considered one of the most bankable actors and directors in Hollywood, Kevin Costner suffered two sizable flops. Despite its dancing with the wolves crowned at the oscars, is Aquatic world that was beginning to destroy his career: a financial failure that for a long time was one of the most important in cinema. And right behind he realized The postman who clearly did not catch up with him and scratched him from the studios for a long time.

2. “Rollerball” – John McTiernan

Probably one of the most incredible points of this top: the movie roller ball not only did it end John McTiernan’s career, but it also landed him in prison for over a year. Director of die hard 1 and 3of ultimate action hero or even of On the hunt for Red October he has delivered with this film a bastard product divided between his vision and that of his producer, who obviously has a different opinion.

The rivalry between the two men led McTiernan to hire a private detective to intervene with the producer, and shortly thereafter to lie to an FBI agent for ordering the wiretapping, which famously earned him jail time. And if the film was such a big flop, it’s because these two visions condemned the work that could have been a great criticism against the pro-war US government (all of that is explained much better in this great Chroma episode).

3. “Vercingetorix” – Jacques Dorfmann

You may not know this, but Jacques Dorfmann had a rich career before he realized what a piece of crap he is. Vercingetorix. Among other things, he produced army of shadows et the red circle of Melville, which is enough to say that he did great things. But of the three movies he directed, Vercingetorix he is the one who dealt the fatal blow to his decades-long career. A sad critical and economic failure from which he did not recover, even though Christophe Lambert had donned his most beautiful mustache for the occasion.

4. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” – Stephen Norrington

Here is a man who excelled in his field as he was originally responsible for special effects on such important films as Alien et alien 2. But the desire to go further pushed him to move on to directing, first with the film Sword then after some projects with the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

And so much to tell you that it was a complete oven, a dramatic failure that made Sean Connery stop the cinema, just that, we had already talked about it in the last bad movies of good actors. It was also Stephen Norrington’s last film in case you were wondering.

5. “John Carter” – Andrew Stanton

When you realize Disney’s biggest movie flop, it’s hard to get up. And yet Andrew Stanton had proven himself by doing 1001 legs, Nemo’s world et e-wall which are clearly not small successes. But John Carter he lost so much money that he seriously threatened Disney. Stanton co-directed dory’s world after its flop, but mostly went on to direct series episodes for a while, not necessarily up to par with the guy behind e-wall.

6. “Heaven’s Gate” – Michael Cimino

Before directing this film, Cimino was one of the most popular directors in Hollywood, having just won the Oscars with journey to the end of hell. But just two years after the release of his masterpiece, his career was buried. the shooting of the gate of paradise It was a real ordeal, Cimino showing too much perfectionism: he had a lawn repainted that he did not find green enough and increased the gap between buildings on an avenue because the space did not suit him.

Huge cost overruns, prolonged filming and multiple problems with the studio: Cimino ended up posting an armed guard in front of his editing room to scare away representatives of the studio, which also went under due to the failure of the film. As a result, the movie didn’t work at all, which happens when you want to present a 5:30 movie that cuts to 3:40 and the reviews are extremely negative.

7. “Batman and Robin” – Joel Schumacher

With a checkered career that had shown him hits and misses, Joel Schumacher made a rather questionable first Batman soberly titled batman forever. We already felt a difference in quality with Tim Burton’s film, but it was really the third part that broke Schumacher’s career: batman and robin.

God that bad, even George Clooney shit on the movie entering the list of actors who hate their performances. Don’t worry, Schumacher did a lot of other things after the fact, but it would be a lie to say that he didn’t tarnish his career.

8. “Troubled Love” – ​​Martin Brest

Very promising director of the 80s with films like the beverly hills flic et you know black joe, Martin Brest experienced the end of his career because of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Or rather because of the movie that brought them together because it also killed Brest’s professional future by being a dismal flop ripped apart by critics. troubled loves he has also collected several Razzie Awards, the ceremony that awards the most useless movies, just to break Brest’s morale.

9. “Pinocchio” – Roberto Benigni

Right after moving the world with Life is Beautifulactor/director Roberto Benigni attempted an adaptation of pinocchio that totally screwed up. The movie was meant to be dramatic and it flopped so much that it became funny, which shot him in the foot two years after winning three Oscars. She tried the realization experiment again three years later with The Tiger and the snow but without further success. He has worked as a director or actor in only five movies since 2002, that’s not much.

10. “Ghost from Mars” – John Carpenter

surprisingly enough, ghost of mars It was originally supposed to be the sequel to New York 1997 et LA 2013 as we tell you about the movies that were originally the sequel to another movie. Several factors derailed Carpenter’s plan to complete his Adventures of Snake Plissken trilogy, including the second installment’s commercial failure. So he reworked his script from escape from mars but this resulted in incomplete and poorly done work that really didn’t deserve to ruin the career of the genius behind The thing et Invasion Los Angeles.

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