Pin ItIt’s not even out in the UK yet, but supernatural thriller Dream House has already had a damming seal of disapproval from it’s director Jim Sheridan. The acclaimed Irish director approached the Director’s Guild of America over the summer to officially have his name removed, as his name appears on the credits his request was clearly denied.Sheridan agreed to keep his name on the film once the studio stumped up the cash for some reshoots. After test screenings went down poorly and a woeful box office performance it seems Sheridan is on damage control duties. The story was reported by the L.A Times and you can read their full coverage by following this link.It doesn’t happen that often but directors occasionally don’t stand by their finished movie. Theres been plenty of well documented troubled film shoots, from Waterworld to American History X Hollywood isn’t without it’s drama behind the scenes.
If you’ve even seen a film directed by ‘Alan Smithee’ then you have seen a film that the director didn’t want their name on. The name was first used back in 1969 for the film ‘Death of a Gunfighter’ and has been used by Hollywood ever since. There was even a film called Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film, this saw Eric Idle play a director called Alan Smithee who wanted his name removed from his film but couldn’t as the only default name was his own. The real life producers and director of the movie couldn’t get on so it ironically became an Alan Smithee film in every sense.One of the most memorable examples was the 2000 sci-fi movie Supernova starring James Spader, this was orginally helmed by established action director Walter Hill. A multitude of production problems caused the studio to in enlist veteran director Francis Ford Coppola to try and fix the film. When Supernova was finally released the directors credit was Thomas Lee as Walter Hill had washed his hands of it. Who’s Thomas Lee? He’s Alan Smithee’s second cousin. The DVD version has an extended cut and alternative endings, it’s still a complete mess. Judge the end results yourself when Dream House comes to UK cinemas late this year.Chris