Directors are regularly replaced during the preproduction process, with “creative differences” often cited as the reason for the change. Less common are instances in which a director is fired during filming, and even more rare are the times the movie still manages to turn out okay despite the troubled production. Whether the success is due to efforts made by the first director prior to being fired or the production is saved by the replacement director, the end results are praiseworthy. A majority of audience members may be unaware of the switch when the film comes together in the end.
There are a number of reasons a director could be fired during filming, though details are commonly kept from the public until after the film’s release. Disagreements with movie stars, failure to keep up with the shooting schedule, and being absent from the set are some common reasons producers may make the controversial decision to fire a director. Some fired directors still manage to retain credit for their work, while others are given an alternative title on the production, depending on the decisions made by the Directors Guild of America. Regardless of who received credit as director, these films all turned out well. Some are even great.
Which films turned out the best, despite mid-production changes behind the camera? Vote up your favorites below!
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- 372 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros.
- 470 VOTESPhoto: MGM
- 552 VOTESPhoto: Universal International
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