It takes only one movie to launch a career and only one movie to destroy careers. And this situation becomes even more dire in the case of directors. On top of that, a lot of careers are also riding on the shoulders of the director. They too can become collateral damage in the wake of a flop. Hence, the job of a director is not easy at all. This list talks about the flop movies that single-handedly destroyed directors’ careers:
12. Rollerball (2002) – John McTiernan
McTiernan is known for his sensibilities in the genre of action-thriller. He has given us some breathtaking action thrillers. The list includes ‘Die Hard’, ‘Predator’, ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ and his first adaption in the form of ‘The Hunt for Red October’. He more often than writers the screenplay of his movies. Hence, he understands the nuances of the script and the ways it can be translated on-screen. He had some serious setbacks with ‘The 13th Warrior’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. But it was ‘Rollerball’ that became the lynchpin. The 1972 remake earned only $26 million dollars on a budget of $70m. The movie was a disaster to say the least. Hence, McTiernan hasn’t directed since. Let’s hope that he comes back with a bang, maybe in form of a new Die Hard movie.
11. Freaks (1932) – Tod Browning