The Name's The Thing! Movies That Should Be Remade by Name-Appropriate Directors

Eric D. Snider, Featured Critic

Fans of surnames were delighted this year when The Amazing Spider-Man was directed by someone named Marc Webb (get it??) and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, about a boy who grows out of a plant, was directed by Peter Hedges (also get it??). We think this should be a trend, and so we imagined movies from the past being remade by name-appropriate filmmakers. Our list of name-appropriate directors is below, add your own in the comments section!

The Birds: Brad Bird
The Crow: Cameron Crowe
Fast Food Nation: Neil Burger
Lock Up: Nicolas Cage
The Woodsman: John Carpenter
Babe: Kevin Bacon
Coffy: Craig Brewer
Raging Bull: Guillermo del Toro
Boogie Nights: Kirby Dick
1492: Conquest of Paradise: Chris Columbus
Night at the Museum: Davis Guggenheim
Mississippi Burning: David Lynch
The River Wild: Mel Brooks
Tobacco Road: John Chu
Summer of '42: Stephen Sommers
August Rush: Miranda July
Born on the Fourth of July: John August
Witness for the Prosecution: Mike Judge
The Last King of Scotland: Paul Haggis
Rent: Andy Tennant
Misery: Alexander Payne
Romancing the Stone: Chris Rock
Rocky: Oliver Stone
The Women: Michael Mann
Bad Medicine: Pete Docter
Orphan: Jodie Foster
The Visitors: Christopher Guest
Shoot 'em Up: James Gunn
The Searchers: Helen Hunt
The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Madonna
Night of the Living Dead: Rob Zombie
Cheech & Chong Up in Smoke: Jay Roach
Pennies from Heaven: Mike Nichols
The Wizard: Frank Oz
Lawnmower Man: Paul Greengrass
Any Given Sunday: John Madden
Colors: John Hughes
Predator: Ethan Hawke
Deliverance: Scott Hicks

Around the Internet:
  • Gozan

    The Omen - Lukas Moodyson
    The Last King of Scotland - Steve McQueen

  • Eric D. Snider

    Oh, man, I'm jealous of both of those. Very nice.

  • Took a moment for the Moodyson one to click but, damn, that's a good one.

  • Anant Singh

    Cars by Francis Ford Coppola
    My Left Foot by Joe Wright
    The Assassin by Chris Marker
    Has Anybody Seen My Gal by Guy Ritchie
    Australia by Sidney Lumet
    Chocolat by Jonathan Glazer
    Celebration (Festen) by Susanne Bier!

  • webuiltapoo

    BEN HUR - Roman Polanski

  • webuiltapoo

    Jesus, imagine Cameron Crowe's "The Crow"....

  • Guest

    Like Mike - Takashi Miike

  • Hanajun Chung

    DRIVE by Park Chan-Wook

  • [A]

    I don't get the Deliverance/Scott Hicks on-- wait now I do. haha!

  • billydaking

    Sorry, but Craig Brewer is needed for Strange Brew. Meanwhile, John Sayles is reworking Used Cars.

  • Matt

    To Kill A Mockingbird - David Fincher

  • Mr. Cavin

    Braveheart: Ridley Scott
    Pretty in Pink: Peter Greenaway
    The Horse Thief: Ken Russell
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Wes Craven
    Heaven Can Wait: Joe Dante
    The Money Pit: John Carpenter
    Flushed Away: John Waters

  • Zombie by Rob Zombie

  • Tom Stone

    How to Make an American Quilt by Hugo Weaving

  • paul

    Yes Man by Gaspar Noe

  • Tom Stone

    Dr No

  • Paul

    Yes Man Gaspar Noe

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