Pigeonholed Director

"I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach."

Essentially the director's equivalent of Type Casting, where certain directors are linked to a certain genre they work in, or are best remembered for one or more certain films.

Most likely to happen because directors work in genre they know best, mostly if they also write. But they might as well be stuck in a genre they do not favor because an out of their genre product was their only success. To be considered as an artist, a director is expected to have a unique feel to his works, which leads to this.

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