As cable TV and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Yahoo continue to expand, more and more big-screen filmmakers are bringing their talents to the small screen, where there are more available formats for telling a story and more creative freedom in doing so.
Consider: Martin Scorsese won an Emmy for directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot in 2011, and he also executive produced the series. Ditto David Fincher, who produces “House of Cards” and won for directing in 2013. This year Steven Soderbergh has a shot at Emmy for directing the period drama “The Knick,” and he’s already a winner for helming the 2013 HBO telefilm “Behind the Candelabra.”
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dj: For me, it’s gotta be [Quentin Tarantino], which seems like it will happen within the next 10 years. I’d also love to see [Paul Thomas Anderson] and [Richard Linklater]. This being said, when big film names come to TV, it hasn’t really led to great TV.
CanadianFan: Tarantino doing an HBO miniseries would be the best thing ever. I’d like to see how many weeks a quirky Wes Anderson comedy would last on CBS.
surpriselover: I like the Wes Anderson idea. That could be interesting. But the next time [Steven Spielberg] produces a limited series or TV show maybe he should take a page out of his friend Scorsese’s book and direct the pilot.
DominicCobb: Often times filmmakers will simply hold the nebulous position of executive producer (which can range from doing everything to nothing, creatively speaking); see most of Spielberg and [J.J. Abrams] TV projects in the last few years. If it’s like that I really don’t care. What’s more interesting is when a filmmaker actually directs the pilot and sets the style for the whole show (see Fincher, “House of Cards”). My numero uno pick for that is probably Anderson, PT or Wes. There’s also the rare case where the filmmaker directs the whole thing; gotta be Tarantino for that one.
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Photo: Quentin Tarantino on the set of “Django Unchained.” Credit: Snap Stills/REX
Photo: Wes Anderson on the set of “Darjeeling Unlimited.” Credit: Snap Stills/REX