For a long time, the big studios have chosen to seek out independent filmmakers to offer to direct superhero films, and sometimes the leap is successful and they deliver very profitable products, but what about Robert Eggers? The American director made himself known with The witch – 91%from 2015, and has just released his most recent feature film, The Northman – 87%however, would a collaboration with Marvel or DC be possible in the future?
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If his first two films make anything clear, it is that Eggers’ interests are light years away from the interests of the big studios, since both The witch What The lighthouse – 96% They are works aimed at the moviegoing public, the one who is not bored with any story where there are no superheroes and villains destroying everything in their path. With The NorthmanEggers offers for the first time a film that can be enjoyed by the general public, but even to achieve it he had to receive the help of the studio.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, the director said that he could not be in charge of the final cut of the film, but he believes that it was something necessary for it to be sold. We must take into account that it is also his most expensive film (it cost US $ 90 million) and the studio was in charge of keeping the essence, but also making it as entertaining as possible. As for his first two films, Eggers says entertainment was always low on the list of priorities, ranking 7th for The witchand in 15th place for The lighthouse.
Since the filmmaker’s instinct isn’t to make entertainment, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see him in charge of a Marvel, DC, or Star Wars movie one day. When questioned in the interview about the possibility of being in charge of a pre-existing property, he answered the following (via The Playlist):
I’ve only done autogenerated work, I understand how lucky I am to be in that situation. People have come to me with things. Even though I didn’t get the final cut, we went into this knowing it was a Robert Eggers movie, and that’s all it was going to be. I don’t see how that could be beneficial in a movie where I’m a paid director. Everything I do is the antithesis of doing a Marvel movie.
Since the main objective of Marvel is entertainment and for Eggers that is not important, we can understand what he means. In the case of The Northmanwith everything and that he could not be in charge of the final cut, it is still a film with his style, and the intervention of the studio was minimal, as he said before in that same interview:
There was no manipulation or interference, Sjón [el guionista] he said it was our job to interpret the study notes in a way that made us proud. If I slavishly took the studio notes, the movie would suck, because they’re not filmmakers. That’s why they hire filmmakers to make the movies.
There are well-known stories about filmmakers who have been very disappointed in working with Marvel Studios or with another company, because they did not have creative control and in the end their films were destroyed; we can’t imagine Eggers putting up with something like that, when he’s had so much freedom in his short but fruitful career.
The Northman is already on billboard, and all the followers of Robert Eggers You must see it on the big screen. The film tells the story of Amleth, a legendary character who inspired the story of “Hamlet”, from William Shakespeare . It features performances by Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, claes bang, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe Y björkamong others.
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