20 Major Movie And TV Projects That Ousted Their Original Directors

There are many ways that a film production can go south, from financial troubles to performer issues to COVID-19 outbreaks that threaten to shut the whole shoot down.

Rick Dalton has a freak out in his film trailer in "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood"

However, one of the most devastating and jaw-dropping moves that a production can make is dropping a filmmaker altogether, which in itself can mark a film or television series with an unbeatable stigma.

Rob Riggle plays a color commentator

Nevertheless, this is far from a rare occurrence in Hollywood, as evident by these 20 times when film and television directors found themselves on the chopping block.

Lily-Rose Depp blows a kiss to an unseen watcher

1.Season 3 of True Detective (2019)

Mahershala Ali walks through the woods in "True Detective"

2.Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Stellan Skarsgaard stands before a large terrifying demon statue

3.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Diego Luna kneels on a beach near resistance fighters in "Rogue One"

4.Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Rami Malek dances in his role as Freddy Mercury

5.The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

David Thewlis is touched on the neck by a goat-human hybrid

6.Superman II (1978)

Christopher Reeve stands in the Fortress of Solitude in “Superman II”

7.Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Alden Ehrenreich and Chewbacca stand next to one another on a wintry planet

8.WarGames (1983)

Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy smile while playing with a vintage computer

9.Dredd (2012)

A number of "Judges" walk through an industrial wasteland

10.Tombstone (1993)

Val Kilmer holds Kurt Russell after the latter fell in a river

11.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins holds a walking stick and backpack in the first "Hobbit" film

12.The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Scarecrow, Tin Man, Dorothy Gale and the Cowardly Lion walk down the yellow brick road

13.Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man poses in a futuristic laboratory filled with unconscious guards

14.Jane Got A Gun (2015)

Natalie Portman points a rifle in a dusty western get-up

15.Moneyball (2011)

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill discuss their options in "Moneyball"

16.Brave (2012)

A red-headed woman bears a sword near a bear in a forested area

17.Caligula (1979)

Malcolm McDowell makes a mischievous face during a ancient ceremony

18.The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Clint Eastwood holds dual pistols in a classic cowboy get-up

19.Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Prince sits behind a piano in black-and-white

20.The Idol (2023)

Lily Rose Depp and The Weeknd cozy up near a notepad