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14th May '16 4:50:59 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* TylerPerry's ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' was directed by Darren Grant, but many people believed that Perry directed it himself.

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* TylerPerry's Creator/TylerPerry's ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' was directed by Darren Grant, but many people believed that Perry directed it himself.
12th May '16 1:08:45 PM OlfinBedwere
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* Home video releases of the original ''The Out of Towners'' have generally tended to play up the name of writer Neil Simon, while making little-to-no mention of the actual director, Arthur Hiller.




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* For all that the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series is associated with Creator/KeijiInafune, he actually only acted as the game director on two entries, ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' (and even then he co-directed both games with Yoshinori Takenaka). Starting with ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' he did take on a loose role as the creative lead for the series, but other people handled the actual direction of the games.
30th Mar '16 5:13:13 AM Glowsquid
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*''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' is far more commonly associated with producer Creator/HideoKojima than it is to either Noriaki Okamura or Shuyo Murata (respectively the directors of the first and second game).
29th Mar '16 10:24:39 PM MontyPythonFanatic2
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* Due to the success of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', many people assume Creator/ChristopherNolan has a great deal of control over the Superman reboot ''Film/ManOfSteel''. In reality, he's just the film's producer, and has said his direct involvement ended pretty much at the stage of story development because he knew director ZackSnyder was more suited to the Superman material than he was.

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* Due to the success of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', many people assume Creator/ChristopherNolan has a great deal of control over the Superman reboot ''Film/ManOfSteel''. In reality, he's just the film's producer, and has said his direct involvement ended pretty much at the stage of story development because he knew director ZackSnyder was more suited to the Superman material than he was. Unlike many examples, [[DownplayedTrope this died down over time]], due to [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire other movies]] promoting Snyder as "the director of ''Man of Steel''" and Snyder's name being front and center in the campaign for the sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', with Nolan's name nowhere in sight despite being an executive producer.
** Snyder would later end up being a publicity usurper himself, with his name outshining director Noam Murro's in the promotion of ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', due to having directed the original film and being the producer.
16th Dec '15 3:29:28 PM DrSleep
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* The notorious 1994 ''Fantastic Four'' movie is known colloquially as "The Roger Corman ''FF''", despite the fact that he only produced it (Oley Sassone was the real director.)
11th Dec '15 9:24:57 AM JulianLapostat
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This trope tends to happen more in America than elsewhere due to Hollywood being a very producer-focused system, as opposed to other countries where directors get much more clout.

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This trope tends to happen more in America than elsewhere due to Hollywood being a very producer-focused system, as opposed to other countries where directors get much more clout. UsefulNotes/TheAuteurTheory was formed to avert and correct this trope however, and it has generally succeeded in giving more attention to the work of directors and craftsmen.
29th Nov '15 3:37:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/ValLewton produced a series of classic horror films for RKO in the 1940s (''Film/CatPeople'', ''IWalkedWithAZombie'', ''TheLeopardMan'', ''The Curse Of The Cat People'', ''Film/TheBodySnatcher'', ''IsleOfTheDead'', ''TheSeventhVictim'' and ''{{Bedlam}}''). These are almost universally referred to as 'Creator/ValLewton films' rather than being referred to by their directors names.

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* Creator/ValLewton produced a series of classic horror films for RKO in the 1940s (''Film/CatPeople'', ''IWalkedWithAZombie'', ''TheLeopardMan'', ''Film/IWalkedWithAZombie'', ''Film/TheLeopardMan'', ''The Curse Of The Cat People'', ''Film/TheBodySnatcher'', ''IsleOfTheDead'', ''TheSeventhVictim'' ''Film/IsleOfTheDead'', ''Film/TheSeventhVictim'' and ''{{Bedlam}}'').''Film/{{Bedlam}}''). These are almost universally referred to as 'Creator/ValLewton films' rather than being referred to by their directors names.



* NimrodAntal directed ''Film/{{Predators}}'', not Creator/RobertRodriguez

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* NimrodAntal Creator/NimrodAntal directed ''Film/{{Predators}}'', not Creator/RobertRodriguez



* Howard Deutch directed ''Film/PrettyInPink'' and ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', but they're viewed as Creator/JohnHughes films (Hughes was the screenwriter).

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* Howard Deutch directed ''Film/PrettyInPink'' and ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'', but they're viewed as Creator/JohnHughes films (Hughes was the screenwriter).



* Creator/JonFavreau wrote and starred in ''{{Swingers}}'', and then went on to direct a number of other films, including its SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/{{Made}}'', but it was Doug Liman who actually directed ''Swingers''.

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* Creator/JonFavreau wrote and starred in ''{{Swingers}}'', ''Film/{{Swingers}}'', and then went on to direct a number of other films, including its SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/{{Made}}'', but it was Doug Liman who actually directed ''Swingers''.
15th Nov '15 5:21:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Everything Creator/RayHarryhausen ever worked on.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' was directed by Creator/TobeHooper. Most people think of it as a Creator/StevenSpielberg film, though he was busy with ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'' at the time. Spielberg was on set for much of the production (and even saved actor Oliver Robbins' life when the clown prop nearly choked him to death); Hooper was battling a cocaine addiction at the time, so he likely needed someone on set to keep an eye on him. Spielberg also came up with the story, wrote the screenplay and was the major producer, also taking part in the post-production. He said that he and Hooper had a very special relationship, as he had a lot of input, and he has gone out of his way to discredit the rumour that he actually directed the film.
* ''Film/TheGoonies'' was directed by Creator/RichardDonner but was produced by Spielberg. As an adventure starring children in the lead roles, it does seem typical of early-80s Spielberg movies.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' was directed by Creator/JoeDante and produced by Steven Spielberg, but it is commonly thought to have been directed by Spielberg himself.
* Anything Creator/JuddApatow has produced (but not directed).

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* Everything Creator/RayHarryhausen ever worked on.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' was directed by Creator/TobeHooper. Most people think of it as a Creator/StevenSpielberg film, though he was busy with ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'' at the time. Spielberg was on set for much of the production (and even saved actor Oliver Robbins' life when the clown prop nearly choked him to death); Hooper was battling a cocaine addiction at the time, so he likely needed someone on set to keep an eye on him. Spielberg also came up with the story, wrote the screenplay and was the major producer, also taking part in the post-production. He said that he and Hooper had a very special relationship, as he had a lot of input, and he has gone out of his way to discredit the rumour that he actually directed the film.
* ''Film/TheGoonies'' was directed by Creator/RichardDonner but was produced by Spielberg. As an adventure starring children in the lead roles, it does seem typical of early-80s Spielberg movies.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' was directed by Creator/JoeDante and produced by Steven Spielberg, but it is commonly thought to have been directed by Spielberg himself.
* Anything Creator/JuddApatow has produced (but not directed).
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* If you talk about the earlier films in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, nearly everybody in the world will think about Creator/WaltDisney. Only hardcore animation fans know the names of the actual directors (Walt himself rarely directed cartoons and never directed any of the movies). It didn't help matters that when much of the early Disney animated films were released, they were generally made by a team of segment directors under the command of a supervising director, who was himself answerable to Walt. Under that system, each segment director would direct a single portion of the film, and then report back to the supervising director so he could edit all the portions into a single, cohesive film.
* Creator/JohnLasseter is given sole director credit on ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' despite the fact that he was brought in midway through production to replace original director Brad Lewis (who was fired due to lackluster material). Lewis still gets a separate co-director credit though.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and comes from Lucasfilm Animation, so naturally, Lucas' name overshadows that of director Gary Rydstrom.

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* Everything Creator/RayHarryhausen ever worked on.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' was directed by Creator/TobeHooper. Most people think of it as a Creator/StevenSpielberg film, though he was busy with ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'' at the time. Spielberg was on set for much of the production (and even saved actor Oliver Robbins' life when the clown prop nearly choked him to death); Hooper was battling a cocaine addiction at the time, so he likely needed someone on set to keep an eye on him. Spielberg also came up with the story, wrote the screenplay and was the major producer, also taking part in the post-production. He said that he and Hooper had a very special relationship, as he had a lot of input, and he has gone out of his way to discredit the rumour that he actually directed the film.
* ''Film/TheGoonies'' was directed by Creator/RichardDonner but was produced by Spielberg. As an adventure starring children in the lead roles, it does seem typical of early-80s Spielberg movies.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' was directed by Creator/JoeDante and produced by Steven Spielberg, but it is commonly thought to have been directed by Spielberg himself.
* Anything Creator/JuddApatow has produced (but not directed).



* If you talk about the earlier films in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, nearly everybody in the world will think about Creator/WaltDisney. Only hardcore animation fans know the names of the actual directors (Walt himself rarely directed cartoons and never directed any of the movies). It didn't help matters that when much of the early Disney animated films were released, they were generally made by a team of segment directors under the command of a supervising director, who was himself answerable to Walt. Under that system, each segment director would direct a single portion of the film, and then report back to the supervising director so he could edit all the portions into a single, cohesive film.



* JohnLasseter is given sole director credit on ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' despite the fact that he was brought in midway through production to replace original director Brad Lewis (who was fired due to lackluster material). Lewis still gets a separate co-director credit though.
** This has more to do with Director's Guild laws though, as only one director is allowed credit on a film unless you are an established directing team (which is why it took so long for the Coen Brothers to get directing credit for both).
** Regarding Lasseter, the quality of the Disney Canon films after the Pixar merger has been at least partially attributed to his influence as Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation Studios, despite his role mainly being that of executive producer.



* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and comes from Lucasfilm Animation, so naturally, Lucas' name overshadows that of director Gary Rydstrom.
15th Nov '15 5:18:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' - actually directed by Henry Selick. Burton merely produced it.
** ...which helped confuse people fifteen years later when Selick's ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' was being advertised. The marketing stated correctly that it was from the director of ''Nightmare''. Because of the earlier muddled marketing of ''Nightmare'', people mistakenly assumed ''Coraline'' was a Creator/TimBurton film (in reality, Burton had precisely nothing to do with it). It got to the point where Creator/NeilGaiman had to [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/02/by-way-of-preamble.html address this in his blog]].
*** This was probably intentional by the Marketing Team since Tim Burton's name pretty much sells to his own little niche, whereas the only people who have heard of Henry Selick tend to be hardcore animation fans.
** Tim Burton also got this with the releases of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}.'' He served as a producer for both films, along with Creator/TimurBekmambetov on the latter.
* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are viewed as Creator/GeorgeLucas's works (and they are, in a way), but they were directed by Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand, respectively. However, this has been less true of ''Empire'' in recent years; Lucas had a very hands-off role in its production, leaving those duties to Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz. In the wake of the prequel trilogy, his critics have been fond of pointing out that the movie he had the least creative involvement with is also considered the best.

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* Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' - actually directed by Henry Selick. Burton merely produced it.
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it. ...which helped confuse people fifteen years later when Selick's ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' was being advertised. The marketing stated correctly that it was from the director of ''Nightmare''. Because of the earlier muddled marketing of ''Nightmare'', people mistakenly assumed ''Coraline'' was a Creator/TimBurton film (in reality, Burton had precisely nothing to do with it). It got to the point where Creator/NeilGaiman had to [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/02/by-way-of-preamble.html address this in his blog]].
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blog]]. This was probably intentional by the Marketing Team since Tim Burton's name pretty much sells to his own little niche, whereas the only people who have heard of Henry Selick tend to be hardcore animation fans.
** * Tim Burton also got this with the releases of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}.'' He served as a producer for both films, along with Creator/TimurBekmambetov on the latter.
* Creator/GeorgeLucas:
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''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are viewed as Creator/GeorgeLucas's Lucas's works (and they are, in a way), but they were directed by Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand, respectively. However, this has been less true of ''Empire'' in recent years; Lucas had a very hands-off role in its production, leaving those duties to Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz. In the wake of the prequel trilogy, his critics have been fond of pointing out that the movie he had the least creative involvement with is also considered the best.



* With the exception of ''Film/TheShining'', which everybody knows as the work of Creator/StanleyKubrick, all of the films based on Creator/StephenKing novels are more popularly associated with him than their directors. Unsurprising if you look at [[BilledAboveTheTitle what happens to his novels]]...
** With that in mind it makes one wonder how ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' isn't commonly affiliated with its director considering the DVD cover where, in massive ''outlined, metallic'' letters, the name of Creator/TomHolland can be seen clear as day, taking over two-thirds of the credits.

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* With the exception of ''Film/TheShining'', which everybody knows as the work of Creator/StanleyKubrick, all of the films based on Creator/StephenKing novels are more popularly associated with him than their directors. Unsurprising if you look at [[BilledAboveTheTitle what happens to his novels]]...
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novels]]... With that in mind it makes one wonder how ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' isn't commonly affiliated with its director considering the DVD cover where, in massive ''outlined, metallic'' letters, the name of Creator/TomHolland can be seen clear as day, taking over two-thirds of the credits.
15th Nov '15 5:07:17 AM Morgenthaler
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