Created By: RL_NiceMay 3, 2010 Last Edited By: RL_NiceMay 3, 2010
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Director Displacement

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When a work- usually a film- is better known as the work of its producer than as the work of its director.

Examples:

  • Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper, but most people think of it as a Steven Spielberg film.
  • Anything Judd Apatow has produced.
  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas- actually directed by Henry Sellick.
  • The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi are viewed as George Lucas's works (and they are, in a way), but they were directed by Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand, respectively.
    • The Star Wars Holiday Special is frequently blamed on George Lucas, even though he had nothing to do with it. Maybe that's why he's so hell-bent on erasing it from existence.
  • With the exception of The Shining, which everybody knows as the work of Stanley Kubrick, all of the films based on Stephen King novels are more popularly associated with him than their directors, in spite of many of them having a lot of Adaptation Decay.
  • More people associate District 9 with Peter Jackson than with Neill Blomkamp.
  • Gone With The Wind went through several different directors, but it is mostly remembered as the work of producer David O. Selznick.
  • Val Lewton produced a series of classic horror films for RKO in the 1940s (Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, The Leopard Man, The Curse of the Cat People, The Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead and Bedlam). These are almost univerally referred to as 'Val Lewton films' rather than being referred to by their directors names.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • April 25, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • April 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    All movies based on Stephen King books are popularly associated more with King than with their directors, in spite of many of them having a lot of Adaptation Decay. The only counter-example I can think of is The Shining, which everybody knows was directed by Stanley Kubrick.
  • April 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Arguably, more people associate District 9 with Peter Jackson than with Neill Blomkamp.
  • April 26, 2010
    LeeM
    On a related note, how many people can name the director of Forbidden Planet?
  • April 27, 2010
    BlueIce-Tea
    • Gone With The Wind went through several different directors, but is mostly remembered as the work of producer David O. Selznick.
  • April 27, 2010
    TBTabby
    The Star Wars Holiday Special is frequently blamed on George Lucas, even though he had nothing to do with it. Maybe that's why he's so hell-bent on erasing it from existence.
  • April 27, 2010
    foxley
    Val Lewton produced a series of classic horror films for RKO in the 1940s (Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, The Leopard Man, The Curse of the Cat People, The Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead and Bedlam). These are almost univerally referred to as 'Val Lewton films' rather than being referred to by their directors names.

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