Bryan Singer

Directors were once the kings of Hollywood, but in the age of the franchise, they're increasingly interchangeable

Directors were once the kings of Hollywood, but in the age of the franchise, they're increasingly interchangeable

Film has long been considered a director’s medium, with cinematic auteurs presiding over movie sets like gods. But as high-profile filmmakers are being replaced on big-budget projects with increasing regularity, some say film is fast becoming more of a board-of-directors’ medium, especially in the critical realm of the franchise.

This new reality was underscored last week when Colin Trevorrow was suddenly dropped from “Star Wars: Episode IX” because of creative differences; on Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that J.J....

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