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Sam Mendes Passed on Directing "The Avengers"

Posted: November 8th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Sam Mendes Passed on Directing "The Avengers"Submit Comment
When Marvel first decided to move forward with "The Avengers," the studio reached out to several directors in order to get them to pitch their vision for the film. Sam Mendes (Skyfall) was one of those directors, but unlike Joss Whedon, who ended up getting the job, Mendes didn't bother responding to Marvel.

"With a lot of these movies, the date is announced before anything exists, let alone a script," he explained. "The funniest letter I got -- [Marvel was] sending [a packet for] 'The Avengers.' For directors to pitch -- and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said 'Marvel's Avengers will be released on May 3rd, 2012' or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, 'We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials...' or 'Here is the script for...' But the release date. That was the first sentence."

Studios do this all the time. They are publicly-traded companies with share-holders. So it's their job to make sure that there's enough revenue coming in to keep share prices from dropping. When a big movie like "The Avengers" finally figures out everyone's schedules and all the legalities, development is usually rushed in order to release the film not only during the summer, but also during a year that can use extra revenue. As a result, big-budget films tend to lose some of Hollywood's best directors.

Source: Moviefone


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Rambo writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 6:49:26 AM

thank god,we haven't had an 'avengers' related article in at least 3 days...
boogiel writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:32:15 AM

Riight. Next he'll claim that they offering him a chance to direct batman reboot.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:34:04 AM

Mendes directing the Avengers features Hulk sex scene with Nick Fury.
Džeko writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:44:55 AM

@Cinema
No man that's gay,oh wait....
MANGOMANIAC writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:48:12 AM

I dont think he could handle avengers. Timid movies like James Bond films have no relevance to masterpieces like avengers.
struck21 writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 8:42:58 AM

@Mango. Really wish I could put one of those Futurama pics up because I am not sure you are serious or not. Avengers was extremely far from a masterpiece. I love Whedon's work but Avengers was a cluster f*ck of stories and plot holes.
BadChadB33 writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 8:49:15 AM

Wow this article blew my mind.
Dre-EL writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 8:52:32 AM

Skyfall was fantastic, but I dont think he would have done such a great job with avengers. On bond he was a big fan and you could tell with the huge amount of hidden references he placed in the film. I ts because he is such a fan that the film came together nicely. Same goes for whedon.
If the director is a huge fan of the material we get a better picture.
MANGOMANIAC writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 9:11:16 AM

I do not like James Bond very repetitive nonsense
Peter Parker writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 9:12:39 AM

R.I.P.
Dark8 writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 10:08:28 AM

Blahh hese gay anyways
SoftimusPrime writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 1:50:09 PM

Wow. What an argument. "He's gay anyways". Or actually "hese gay anyways". Duhrr.

The Avengers is solid action entertainment and Skyfall is one of the best Bond films of all time.

Instead of picking sides and venting your anger onto this site, would it be possible to agree both are great and that Mendes does have a valid point. Let's be honest, forced release dates and great stories seldom go hand in hand.
CelluloidMan writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 2:16:10 PM

I can appreciate the fact that the movie was not perfect. Plot holes, character issues, filming angles, lame or ugly costumes are all legitimate issues that if improved upon, xould have made the movie better...but...you gotta give credit where credit is due.

Like I read on another movie website, "this movie on paper should not have worked!" Basic movie origins with ONE character are hard enough (right Wolverine?) but Whedon juggled characters from different franchises & their sequels (or reboots), with different character issues/ faults & gelled it into a storyline that makes them all have minor arcs facing a bigger threat, showcasing their abilitie/ powers. All this by satisfying the more picky, nerdy comic fanbase. (Sh!t, Tarantino won't even do a comic adapt due to the rabid fanboys!) And after all that, still getting the J. Cameron-like big box office numbers from a mountain stack of comic book history. This is not even counting the fact that is was Whedon SECOND film project.

No easy feat to say the least, but Whedon was the perfect helmer. Apart from able to juggle different characters like in his last film & TV shows, his saving grace was not something that can solved by money; he has love from the source material!!

He understood the characters & knew what the fans would love to see...why?...because he's a fan himself. If he's written for Marvel & knows the Universe, you know the character will be true to their comic counterparts. You can tell the movie was made for the fans by a fan, but also not going overly too specific for the comic book nerd niche (like K. Smith on Superman Lives script that was scrapped) so Joe Schmoe could see it & understand it as a popcorn blockbuster.

I'm just hoping Whedon also knows how to do one more thing in the upcoming sequel: how to outdo himself.
CelluloidMan writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 2:27:34 PM

At Softimus Prime

You're right. The success of this with a hurried release date was really impressive. This was not a "I-got-a-finished-screenplay-all-we-need-is-a-director" kinda project...that's what Mendes was saying. It actually was a start-from-scratch screenplay/ planning/ executing against the clock to the release date that Whedon pulled off.

But like the article says, which I agree with, is they both made great films because they are both fans of the source material....
Rambo writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 2:57:37 PM

why did he piss on the avengers?
Champ1432 writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 5:55:20 PM

Seems like it worked out ok for both parties.
BlackDynamite writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:12:10 PM

Yeah, Sam Mendes doesn't have the film style to create a film such as the Avengers. The fact he blew off the comics as much as he did, shows how ill-prepared he would have been for the job.

Disney sent comics, instead of a script, because they wanted to give the director the feel and style of what they wanted to film to look like.
Gates writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:51:11 PM

WORLD WAR Z trailer

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/worldwarz/
Gates writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 7:52:36 PM

WWZ looks great but that overused "DRUNNNNN" music got annoying very quickly.
DexterMorgan writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 8:06:24 PM

@rambo haha yeah thats's getting quite annoying..

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