Five Directors Who Should Make a Sci-Fi Movie

Mel Gibson

Who?
The tabloid favorite who’s actually a really freakin’ good film director when he finds a movie to get behind.

Why?
When you watch a Mel Gibson movie, you’ve been transported out of time. Both Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ were incredibly immersive, going so far as to be told entirely in foreign (even dead) languages. If he made a movie involving any sort of alien or futuristic society, you can rest assured that it would be one of the most realistic to date.

Why wouldn’t he?
Well, other than the fact that he seems to be circling the drain from a legitimacy standpoint, he obviously likes to tell stories of ancient cultures (at one point I remember reading that he was looking into a Viking movie). Sci-Fi would require him to either a) find compelling material in an entirely fabricated unvierse or b) combine it with his existing passions. In other words, he should totally make a film adaptation of Eifelheim.

If he did, what would it be like?
Um, Eifelheim? Basically, Black Death with aliens. I think I just peed a little.

Joe Carnahan

Who?
He’s the rising star behind Narc, Smokin’ Aces, and The Grey.

Why?
Carnahan’s an interesting guy. The Grey was his first really great achievement, but he’s proven himself willing to go to extremes in ways that a lot of other people don’t. I’m thinking about the crass Tremor Brothers from Smokin’ Aces, the unrealistically ruthless wolves in The Grey, or even the absurd parachuting tank in The A-Team. Carnahan’s science fiction movie would very likely be pushing at least one boundary of your typical audience-friendly fare, and if his trajectory continues, would be his best movie to date.

Why wouldn’t he?
Honestly, I don’t see a problem with him giving it a shot. I want to see it happen soon, Joe.

If he did, what would it be like?
A super-gritty version of The Fifth Element.

Now, I thought about including Nicolas Winding Refyn, but haven’t seen enough of his movies (and frankly thought Drive was good but not an instant classic). I also considered Terrence Malick, David O. Russell, and Wayne Kramer, but decided not to for various reasons. Let me know if you think I should have.

Or if I just totally missed somebody.

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  2. George Clooney also directed the incredible Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

    Let’s put Sam Rockwell back in space and put George Clooney with him.

  3. If you haven’t seen Refn’s “Bronson,” you absolutely must. You will be converted. He’s the first name I thought of for this list.

  4. Including Refn would be kind of silly, because isn’t his current project remaking Logan’s Run? You’ll get his sci-fi film soon enough.

    I’d like to see an Edgar Wright or Anton Corbijn (The American) sci-fi film.

  5. Isn’t Michael Mann’s 1983 film “The Keep” sort of sci-fi?

    Mel Gibson had wanted to direct Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” for many years with the plan of casting Tom Cruise in the lead.

    I’d definitely add PT Anderson to my sci-fi wish list, along with Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese. Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, Antoine Fuqua, Paul Greengrass, James Gray and Andrew Dominik.

    I’ll say Terrence Malick too, because I don’t think there’s anything fiction about the science in the metaphysical “Tree Of Life”.

  6. Lars Von Trier. I just want to see some god damn beautiful Sci Fi. There’s no reason a sci fi movie cannot look like an art house film. It would be the most beautiful thing to happen to sci fi since Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  7. Mel Gibson could do an adaption of Snow Crash! It has the whole dead language and ancient civilization thing to it while being completely cyberpunk

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