Not every filmmaker gets a chance to make their career as a director. Here are ten individuals who tried, and then never sat behind the lens again.
It remains one of the well worn clichés in the film business: ask a writer or actor what they want to do, and if they don't answer "be a rock star", they invariably say "direct". Yep, the seat behind the camera, the voice of implied reason during what is often the cinematic equivalent of herding cats, seems to be what every non-director in Hollywood (and elsewhere) wants.
In some ways, it makes sense. There's no better way to get your vision of a script or a character across to the audience then handling the interpretation yourself. There's also the concept of power for the often powerless. For many first timers, the rewards can be astonishing. Such familiar names as Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, and Robert Redford have turned their time behind the scenes into pure Oscar gold.
Of course, some of them go on to make more movies. Others, however, don't get so lucky. Indeed, the history of Hollywood is written with the names of those who stepped in to make a film, and then never did so again. Some did go on to helm shorts and work in TV, but for the most part, their experience as the boss on motion picture set (and the less than stellar box office as a result) cured them of ever wanting to do so again. Listed here are 10 examples of one-and-done directors, including a few famous names and many gone and not completely forgotten figures. Not every title listed below is a gem, but most are a direct result of one person's palpable aesthetic drive. In the end, their efforts endure, even if their desire to repeat them didn't.