2. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Why him? Before the beauty of Amelie, Jeunet specialised in bringing quirky stories that were also filled with intriguing and occasionally epic effects. The City Of Lost Children is evidence alone.
And while A Very Long Engagement wasn’t perfect, it proved he could wrangle an even bigger scale.
Why not him? Alien Resurrection. Yeah, we said it. The last time Jeunet tried melding his sensibility with Hollywood product, the result was not pretty.
It’s tough to blame him completely, though, but it’s not hard to see why he hasn’t tried to work in America since. Perhaps we’d all be better off if he stayed bringing out solid work in France.
Sample Jerry Bruckheimer note: “Jean-Pierre! I don’t care if you were trying to get the perfect shot! Johnny spending 17 hours up to his hat in water is not good for his health! 15 hours max!”