Top 10 Movie Directors That Got Fired

There are times when people get hired to direct movies and then end up getting kicked out of the project when something doesn’t go right. It has happened quite a lot and it still does. So let’s discuss those directors that got fired from directing certain movies.

The Top Ten

1 James Gunn - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

This changes the course of the movie, kinda sad but also understandable. Kinda wish he just admitted it and said he regretted it, then he would not have gotten fired maybe.

I heard about this, and it made me disappointed.

In 1988 Victor Salva was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old actor which he videotaped. He was also found to have videotapes and magazines that contained child pornography in his home.
In 1995 Victor Salva was hired by Disney to direct the movie Powder.
Disney has never apologized for this or shown any remorse for employing a convicted pedophile yet they freak out over some old internet JOKES (nasty,creepy jokes but still only jokes) when it comes to James Gunn.
What a bunch of hypocrites.

He's a terrorist.

2 Phil Lord and Chris Miller - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are such an iconic directing duo! They’ve never made a bad movie. 21 Jump Street, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and the Lego Movie are such great films! So when it was announced that they were directing a Star Wars movie, I was very excited! Then when it was announced that they got fired, I was devastated. They were several months into production, then they ended getting booted. How do you get this far into the making of a movie and then manage to get fired? Apparently there were some creative differences involved. They later on got replaced by Ron Howard. He’s a great director, but some of the movies he’s worked on weren’t very good. Like the live action Grinch movie. Anyway, this movie ended up being pretty bad. If Lord and Miller had stated on the project, it probably would’ve been better. As bad as this movie is, it’s still not as bad as the Teen Titans Go movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s bad. How it’s been ...more - MegaSoulhero

3 Alex Cox - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

I actually haven’t seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Don’t even really know what it’s about. This was back when people actually liked Johnny Depp. Originally, Alex Cox was supposed to direct and write this film. However, he had a disagreement with the producers and the cast. He was fired as both director and writer and was replaced by Terry Gillman who re-wrote the entire screenplay in only a few days. Cox’s script can still be found. Gillman still says he doesn’t like it, though. - MegaSoulhero

4 Colin Trevorrow - Star Wars: Episode IX

Yay - iliekpiez

I don’t remember liking a single movie Colin Trevorrow made. So I’m actually really happy he got fired from Star Wars: Episode IX. Jurassic World was absolute garbage. And even though he didn’t direct Fallen Kingdom, he was still a writer. And that movie ended up being the third worst movie of 2018. Trevorrow has been working on the finale to this Star Wars trilogy for two years. Then Kathleen Kennedy decided to remove him because of creative differences. Can’t say I blame her. His movies are garbage anyway. Things only got better when they announced who was replacing him. J.J. Abrams! The guy who gave us the Force Awakens! One of the best Star Wars movies ever! I am so glad that he is directing and writing the ending of the trilogy. I think production just started recently. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. - MegaSoulhero

5 Brenda Chapman - Brave

Brenda Chapman was Pixar’s first female director. Or at least she was until she was replaced by Mark Andrews. A man. I thought that was a pretty dumb decision. I mean, it was Pixar’s first princess film and their first film to have a female character as the lead. Having a woman direct the film would’ve been perfect. Unfortunately, creative differences caused them to replace her. Which is sad. Maybe this movie would’ve been better if she had stayed. At least it still won an Oscar. This isn’t even the first time a director got replaced in a Pixar movie. Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, and Cars 2 all had the same problem. - MegaSoulhero

She also directed the Prince of Egypt - 445956

6 Richard Thorpe - The Wizard of Oz

Along with 3 others - iliekpiez

I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t seen the Wizard of Oz. It is such an iconic movie. In case you don’t know, the original director of this film was Norman Taurog. He filmed a few early technicolor tests before before being replaced by Richard Thorpe. Who later on got fired about a week into production. From what I read, he was apparently rushing production. Not only that, but he caused the original Tin Man actor to get sick due to an allergic reaction to the makeup he was wearing. So Thorpe ended getting replaced by Victor Fleming. I guess they were lucky that this movie ended up being amazing, given the production issues. It’s easily a classic. - MegaSoulhero

7 Bryan Singer - Bohemian Rhapsody

I am so excited for Bohemian Rhapsody! I never said this before, but I am a HUGE fan of Queen! Bohemian Rhapsody is among my favorite songs of all time. So the fact that there is a biographical film about Queen coming out is really great! The movie was directed by Bryan Singer who has also worked on some X-Men films. However, with three weeks left in production, Singer was fired due to disappearing from set numerous times. As a result, Dexter Fletcher stepped in and had to finish the film. However, despite this, Bryan Singer still gets directing credit. Which makes sense since he was there for a majority of the production. Anyway, I can’t wait for this movie. It looks so good. - MegaSoulhero

8 Richard Donner - Superman II

Superman II isn’t a great movie, but it’s definitely not bad. Superman III, however, was VERY bad. Richard Donner was the director of the original Superman movie and was brought back to make the sequel. He finished about 75% of the movie before ultimately getting fired. He had a disagreement with the producer, Pierre Spengler. Then, an uncredited producer of the original film, Richard Lester, replaced him as director. He also directed A Hard Day’s Night. That movie about the Beatles. Pretty interesting choice. - MegaSoulhero

9 George Cukor - Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind is a classic film! That I haven’t seen. I really think I should watch it one day. Actually, I probably won’t because IT’S FOUR HOURS LONG! This movie spent two years in pre-production with George Cukor working on it. Then filming started and he got kicked out three weeks later for unknown reasons. He was then replaced by Victor Fleming who also directed the Wizard of Oz. Two of the actors from Gone With the Wind tried to get the producer to change his mind. But he wouldn’t listen. Luckily, the movie ended up becoming a classic. One that I will probably never watch. Sorry, but I don’t like watching movies that are longer than 3 hours. - MegaSoulhero

10 Anthony Mann - Spartacus

You’ve probably heard of this movie and probably have seen it. If not, then you should really check it out. This 1960 film was originally going to be directed by Anthony Mann. After a week of filming, Kirk Douglass stated that he was upset with the way Anthony was shooting the film. He wasn’t sure if he was confident in getting the scope of the picture. So then they made the smartest decision they could’ve made and hired Stanley Kubrick to direct the film. And it paid off well. Kubrick is such a great director. - MegaSoulhero

The Contenders

11 Philip Kaufman - The Outlaw Josey Wales
12 Josh Trank - Fantastic Four (2015)
13 Paul Schrader - Exorcist: The Beginning
14 Marshall Neilan, James Whale - Hell's Angels
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