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    Many directors come off with their Oscar-nominated efforts and then make a poorly-reviewed followup the next. Here are some examples.

    John Boorman (“Deliverance”) follows up with “Zardoz”
    Michael Cimino (“The Deer Hunter”) follows up with “Heaven’s Gate”
    Richard Rush (“The Stunt Man”) follows up with “Color of Night”
    Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) follows up with “The Postman”
    Barry Levinson (“Bugsy”) follows up with “Toys”
    John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”) follows up with “Poetic Justice”
    Rob Reiner (“A Few Good Men”) follows up with “North”
    Robert Altman (“The Player” and “Short Cuts”) follows up with “Ready to Wear”
    Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”) follows up with “Chain Reaction”
    Mike Figgis (“Leaving Las Vegas”) follows up with “One Night Stand”
    Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”) follows up with “Psycho” (1998)
    Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”) follows up with “Pinocchio” (2002) 

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    George Lucas (“Star Wars”) follows up with “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999)

    Yes, believe it or not, there was a 22 year gap between the films Lucas served as a director for (remember that The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were not directed by Lucas)

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    The Wachowski brothers (“The Matrix”) follows up with “The Matrix Reloaded”

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    Daniel B.
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    Guy Ritchie (“Snatch”) follows up with “Swept Away” (2002)

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    Trent
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    How could your list not include Ang Lee, who followed up Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with his Hulk movie?

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    Daniel B.
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    Ron Howard, on multiple occasions:
    • “Splash,” “Cocoon” follows up with “Gung Ho”
    • “A Beautiful Mind” follows up with “The Missing”
    • “Cinderella Man” follows up with “The Da Vinci Code”
    • “Frost/Nixon” follows up with “Angels & Demons”

    Steven Spielberg:
    • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” follows up with “1941”
    • “Jurassic Park” follows up with “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” 

    Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) follows up with “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” 
    Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black”) follows up with “Wild Wild West”
    Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) follows up with “Waterworld” and “The Postman”
    John McTiernan (“Predator,” “Die Hard” and “The Hunt for Red October”) follows up with “Medicine Man” and “Last Action Hero”

    Oliver Stone
    • “Born on the Fourth of July,” Reversal of Fortune” follows up with “The Doors”
    • “JFK” follows up with “Heaven & Earth”
    • “Nixon” follows up with “U Turn”

     

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    Daniel B.
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    John Landis (“Coming to America”) follows with “Oscar”

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    Barry Levinson

    • “Bugsy” follows up with “Toys”
    • “Sleepers” and “Wag the Dog” follows up with “Sphere”
    • “Bandits” follows up with “Envy” and “Man of the Year”

    Tim Burton

    • “Sleepy Hollow” follows up with “Planet of the Apes”

    Phillip Noyce

    • “Patriot Games” follows up with “Sliver”
    • “Clear and Present Danger” follows up with “The Saint”

    Brian De Palma

    • “The Untouchables” and “Casualties of War” follows up with “The Bonfire of the Vanities”
    • “Mission: Impossible” and “Snake Eyes” follows up with “Mission to Mars”

    Hugh Hudson

    • “Chariots of Fire” and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes” follows up with “Revolution” 
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    So, it’s any Oscar nominated movie? I thought it was people nominated or winners for directing that followed their nomination with a bad film.

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    Spenser Davis
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    Peter Jackson
    “LOTR: Return of the King” and “King Kong” followed up with “The Lovely Bones”

    Mel Brooks
    “The Producers” (Screenplay win) followed up with “The Twelve Chairs”

    Sofia Coppola
    “Lost in Translation” followed up with “Marie Antoinette”

    I’ll come back and add some more when I remember them.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Andrew Stanton
    “Wall-E” followed up with “John Carter.” 

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    Mel Brooks
    “The Producers” (Screenplay win) followed up with “The Twelve Chairs”

    Sofia Coppola
    “Lost in Translation” followed up with “Marie Antoinette.”

    I actually like “Marie Antoinette.” It’s just not everyone’s cup of tea….I would not call it poorly reviewed either with a 65 on Metacritic meaning good reviews.

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    [quote=”Spenser_Davis”]

    Mel Brooks
    “The Producers” (Screenplay win) followed up with “The Twelve Chairs”

    Sofia Coppola
    “Lost in Translation” followed up with “Marie Antoinette.”

    I actually like “Marie Antoinette.” It’s just not everyone’s cup of tea….I would not call it poorly reviewed either with a 65 on Metacritic meaning good reviews.[/quote]

    Yeah, I was just gonna post this as well. In some circles, it’s regarded as Coppola’s finest film. Definitely not a bad follow-up. 

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    Spenser Davis
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    [quote=”Novic”][quote=”Spenser_Davis”]

    Mel Brooks
    “The Producers” (Screenplay win) followed up with “The Twelve Chairs”

    Sofia Coppola
    “Lost in Translation” followed up with “Marie Antoinette.”

    I actually like “Marie Antoinette.” It’s just not everyone’s cup of tea….I would not call it poorly reviewed either with a 65 on Metacritic meaning good reviews.[/quote]

    Yeah, I was just gonna post this as well. In some circles, it’s regarded as Coppola’s finest film. Definitely not a bad follow-up. [/quote]

    If we’re being completely honest, I did not enjoy “Lost in Translation” at all. But I enjoyed “Antoinette” even less.

    I assumed we were making personal lists – if we’re going to contest certain inclusions, I would disagree with Daniel saying that “Jurassic Park 2” was a poor follow-up. It wasn’t the masterpiece that the first installment is, but it certainly kept my attention.

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    * Francis Ford Coppola followed up Apocalypse Now (1979) with One from the Heart (1982).
    * Lee Daniels followed up Precious (2009) with The Paperboy (2012).
    * Ron Howard followed up Frost/Nixon (2008) with Angels & Demons (2009) AND The Dilemma (2011)
    * George Clooney followed up Good Night and Good Luck. (2005) with Leatherheads (2008)
    * Tim Robbins followed up Dead Man Walking (1995) with Cradle Will Rock (1999)
    * Martin Brest followed up Scent of a Woman (1992) with Meet Joe Black (1998) AND Gigli (2003)
    * Richard Rush followed up The Stuntman (1980) with Color of Night (1994) after a 13-year hiatus
    * John Singleton followed up Boyz n the Hood (1991) with every other film of his directorial career (Hustle and Flow was only produced by Singleton)
    * James L. Brooks followed up As Good as It Gets (1997) with Spanglish (2004) AND How Do You Know? (2010)
    * Hugh Hudson followed up Chariots of Fire (1981) AND Tarzan (1984) with Revolution (1985) 
    * Buck Henry followed up Heaven Can Wait (1978) with First Family (1980)
    * John G. Avildsen followed up Rocky (1976) with Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978), The Formula (1980), Neighbors (1981) AND A Night in Heaven (1983)
     

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