Director: Julie Taymor

What She Should Direct: Sandman

When most people see Julie Taymor’s name, their mind goes to one of two things: the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King or another musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. But her filmography is quite lengthy. Known mostly for her Shakespeare adaptations, Taymor has a visual flare that stands out from many directors in the business. Sometimes, her movies result in a quantity over quality situation (Across the Universe), but when working with the right material, Taymor has the ability to use her vivid imagination towards the film’s benefit.

A storyteller who sometimes shares those positive qualities is Neil Gaiman, and if you were to ask for the team-up of my dreams, Taymor and Gaiman together would be at the top of the list. Sure, most will want to projectile vomit over the thought of Taymor touching another comic book property after her disastrous Spider-Man musical, but this is Gaiman’s Sandman we’re talking about. It isn’t exactly a series that is meant for a more family oriented crowd. It needs a director with a distinct style, and Taymor has that in spades. So give her a chance, comic book crowd – she could do wonders with Gaiman’s complex fantasy series.


Director: Kimberly Peirce

What She Should Direct: BPRD/Extended Hellboy Universe

Kimberly Peirce is one heck of a director who doesn’t get enough credit for her abilities. She started making her name around town with two short films, one of which eventually turned in the feature length Boys Don’t Cry, for which Hillary Swank won an Oscar. The film gained Peirce a lot of notice, but she didn’t make another feature length film until 2008’s Stop-Loss (which seems to be a pattern with successful female directors – the same thing happened to Patty Jenkins). Between film projects, Kimberly has also directed quite a few episodes of TV Shows like The “L” Word and Amazon’s latest original series, I Love Dick. She also helmed the recent remake of Carrie.

So with all of those credits, why would Kimberly be a good fit for bringing the BPRD comics, which are set in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe, to life? Simple: she gets misfits and knows the horror genre. And with the recently announced reboot of Hellboy in the works, there could be an interest to build some sort of cinematic universe and Peirce could be great pick for the job. Peirce would also have an opportunity to flesh out more of the female roles in the BPRD crew, including fan favorites Liz Sherman and Kate Corrigan, who was left out of the live-action Hellboy flicks. With a handle on character driven dramas, large ensemble casts, and a Stephen King adaptation under her belt, Kimberly Peirce is a director that’ll fit in with Mike Mignola’s universe and be able to chart them into a new somewhat more mature direction than before.


Director: Lone Scherfig

What She Should Direct: The Phantom

When Lone Scherfig came on to the scene with An Education in 2009, no one had really predicted that this National Film School of Denmark graduate would become more than just a TV director in her native country. Yet from that point on, Lone has made her name in the cinematic world, including this year’s possible awards contender, Their Finest. Not only does it showcase her talents in directing period dramas, but that she can also handle comedy and action like a pro.

With that in mind, Scherfig is the perfect choice to give the forgotten comic strip, The Phantom, the movie reboot it deserves. Some could argue that the ’90s Billy Zane adaptation has its moments, but there was always a focus that seemed to be missing, which Scherfig can bring, without losing the fun of what made The Phantom a classic in the comic world. This would also give her a chance to reunite with actor Sam Claflin, who she worked wonderfully with on Their Finest and who is a great choice for the lead role.


Director: Sally Potter

What She Should Direct: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

With a great handle on both period films and coming-of-age stories, Sally Potter is one of those unspoken heroes of the directing world. Orlando is the first introduction many had to her unique brand of filmmaking, and with it (and Tilda Swinton’s outstanding performance) she left a mark. Unfortunately, her name isn’t thrown around as often as it should – with art house films like Ginger & Rose and Yes, she continued to showcase her versatility and range as a filmmaker.

With that in mind, why not continue that evolution by handing her Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? She’s proven she can do time jumping stories like Orlando, along with having a grasp on big sets and grand visuals. She’s also worked with an incredible range of actors, ones that will certainly improve upon the very dismal results that came from Stephen Norrington’s original adaptation. Granted, a lot of those issues in that film came from behind-the-scenes drama, but Potter would be a fascinating choice for this blend of pulp adventure and literary pastiche. She certainly wouldn’t make a cookie cutter adventure movie.

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