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

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

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

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PaulNovember 28, 2012 12:32 PM

Yes Man Gaspar Noe

paulNovember 28, 2012 12:34 PM

Yes Man by Gaspar Noe

Tom StoneNovember 28, 2012 1:15 PM

Dr No

Tom StoneNovember 28, 2012 1:17 PM

How to Make an American Quilt by Hugo Weaving

Frankie MarinoNovember 28, 2012 4:19 PM

Zombie by Rob Zombie

Mr. CavinNovember 28, 2012 5:51 PM

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

MattNovember 28, 2012 7:20 PM

To Kill A Mockingbird - David Fincher

billydakingNovember 28, 2012 8:29 PM

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

[A]November 28, 2012 8:58 PM

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

Hanajun ChungNovember 28, 2012 11:26 PM

DRIVE by Park Chan-Wook

GuestNovember 28, 2012 11:55 PM

Like Mike - Takashi Miike

webuiltapooNovember 28, 2012 11:56 PM

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

webuiltapooNovember 28, 2012 11:58 PM

BEN HUR - Roman Polanski

Anant SinghNovember 29, 2012 3:15 AM

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!

Gozan IjaDecember 1, 2012 11:48 AM

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

Todd BrownDecember 1, 2012 5:54 PM

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

Eric D. SniderDecember 3, 2012 12:20 AM

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