Mega Movies + New Directors = Big Drama
Problems plague "John Carter" and "47 Ronin" as studios place $200 million-plus bets on untested auteurs.
In these tough times, it's understandable why first-time directors appeal to Hollywood studios: They can bring fresh ideas, work more cheaply than veterans and presumably are more open to "guidance" from the suits. But a couple of high-profile projects illustrate how entrusting major effects-driven movies to inexperienced directors adds an extra layer of risk to an already risky business.
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