miguel sapochnik interview

Over the past few years, Miguel Sapochnik has been directing some of the most exciting episodes on television. Sapochnik’s Game of Thrones episodes, “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” are unforgettable and earned him a well-deserved Emmy. Before returning for the final season of that HBO series, the director (who has also helmed episodes of House and True Detective) worked on one of Netflix’s newest and biggest shows, Altered Carbon, an adaptation from showrunner Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).

Sapochnik directed the first episode of the 10-episode science-fiction series, which gave him the opportunity to visualize the world 300 years into the future, shoot some brutal action, and help get the ball rolling on a noir mystery. In a recent email interview with Sapochnik, he told us about his approach to showing the future, why Blade Runner is so seminal to filmmakers, his favorite action directors, and more.

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A TV series based on Robert E. Howard’s sword-and-sorcery series Conan the Barbarian is in the works at Amazon.

The series comes from Colony co-creator Ryan CondalGame of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, and Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield.

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tom hanks to star in bios

It’s a classic story: a man, his dog, and the robot surrogate that he builds for it. Throw Tom Hanks and a Game of Thrones director in the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty intriguing sci-fi movie.

Tom Hanks has been cast in the “hot spec” package Bios, a science-fiction film set to be directed by Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, known for helming the fan-favorite “Battle of the Bastards” episode in season 6.

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Fast and Furious 9 director

Earlier this week, we wrote about how there’s a chance The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray might not return for the upcoming Fast 9. But this is one of Universal’s biggest moneymakers, so somebody has to take on the tremendous challenge of leading the massive production as the series barrels toward its planned ending. Who could successfully shoulder the weight of a long-running film franchise yet still deliver an entertaining spectacle in a quick and efficient manner? I’ve come up with 10 filmmakers I think are up to the task, so read on for my list of who could be the Fast and Furious 9 director.
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27 People Who Could (or Should) Direct ‘The Batman’

the batman director

Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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Sinbad movie

Miguel Sapochnik has a lot of nerd cred going for him at the moment. The director is fresh off of directing two fan-favorite Game of Thrones episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” The Emmy-winning director hasn’t made a feature film since 2010’s Repo Men, an entertaining, albeit messy, B-movie that didn’t connect with audiences and was possibly held back by compromises. Six years after making his feature directorial debut, Sapochnik has another film in the works, and it’s about the legendary adventures of Sinbad.

Below, learn more about the new Sinbad movie.

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Battle of the Bastards pic

Earlier this year, “Battle of the Bastards” blew Game of Thrones fans away. Originally, as director Miguel Sapochnik previously told us, the episode was larger in scale, but nobody would’ve figured that by watching Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), the wildlings, and many more go up against Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) army. Sapochnik, who also directed the season six finale, was present during this year’s Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, where he shared a few facts about the battle.

Below, learn more about the epic Game of Thrones sequence.

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Battle of the Bastards

During the fifth season of Game of ThronesRepo Men director Miguel Sapochnik left a huge impression with “Hardhome.” HBO and the key talent involved with the series were clearly impressed enough to invite Sapochnik back to direct two of season six’s biggest episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and the season finale, “The Winds of Winter.”

As with “Hardhome,” both episodes left fans buzzing. The major set piece in “Battle of the Bastards” is a high mark for the series — a brutal, unrelenting battle that’s pure chaos. The finale doesn’t feature a set piece as large in scope, but its opening sequence and pivotal character moments are just as grand to watch unfold as the battle in “Battle of the Bastards,” which Sapochnik refers to as “BOB.”

We were lucky enough to ask the director a couple of questions via email about the two episodes he directed. It should go without saying, but just in case: SPOILERS are ahead. Below, read our Miguel Sapochnik interview.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Directors

The Game of Thrones Season 5 finale left open a lot of questions about which actors might or might not be back for Season 6. Who’s really dead? Who’s still alive? Who’s getting resurrected as a White Walker or a mysterious Kingsguard knight?

Behind the camera, however, it seems things are a bit more settled. HBO has revealed the full list of directors for the next season of its fantasy juggernaut, teasing another action-packed season ahead. Find out who the Game of Thrones Season 6 directors are after the jump.  Read More »

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