The L.A. Times
Though there are a lot of different opinions floating about for every film under the sun, one thing most people can agree upon was the fact that Dream House (review here) was a piece of crap. Know who else agrees? Director Jim Sheridan, who tried to have his name stricken from the credits prior to the flick’s release.
As Per the L.A. Times:
This summer the director went to the Directors Guild of America with the aim of striking his name from the credits, said two people familiar with the action who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly. If his bid had gone to term — the DGA would have had to rule that the finished film differed significantly from the movie he attempted to make — Dream House could have gone out with the director credit “Alan Smithee,” Hollywood’s equivalent of John Doe.
The bid was dropped after a series of events that included the company that was financing the film, Morgan Creek Productions, agreeing to a new set of reshoots. But the incident marked only the latest challenge for the genre film.
According to a person familiar with production, Sheridan began deviating from David Loucka’s script early on, using an improvisational method he favors. That was followed by a disastrous test screening, rampant anxiety at Morgan Creek, a first round of reshoots, and the production company ultimately taking control of the film in the edit room.
(Like most directors, Sheridan did not have “final cut” — essentially the right to release the movie as he would like. The film’s final version, then, reflects Morgan Creek’s edit of a movie that Sheridan shot.)
As the tension between the parties grew — the movie was being released by Universal Pictures, but the company’s involvement was primarily of the marketing and distribution variety — Sheridan moved forward with the DGA. When it came out, he also declined to do any publicity for the film.
A representative for Sheridan and a spokesman for Morgan Creek declined to comment.
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