9. Alex Kurtzman - The Mummy (2017)
2017's The Mummy reboot is a textbook example of a soulless blockbuster movie that lacks any sort of creative spark to justify its existence.
The script, direction, and performances are all incredibly flat and lifeless, and it's embarrassingly clear that Universal was far more interested in kickstarting their planned Dark Universe than simply making a good movie.
Director Alex Kurtzman, who'd never helmed a blockbuster film before, caught plenty of flak for his personality-devoid filmmaking, even as reports emerged that star Tom Cruise had a massive, arguably excessive, amount of control over the shoot.
Recently Kurtzman, who hasn't directed a film since, went on the record to admit the film's failures while promoting his new TV series, The Man Who Fell to Earth. In an interview with The Playlist, he said:
"I tend to subscribe to the point of view that you learn nothing from your successes, and you learn everything from your failures. And that was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally. There are about a million things I regret about it, but it also gave me so many gifts that are inexpressibly beautiful. I didn't become a director until I made that movie, and it wasn't because it was well directed - it was because it wasn't.
And I would not have understood many of the things that I now understand about what it means to be a director had I not gone through that experience. And as brutal as it was, in many ways, and with as many cooks in the kitchen as there were, I am very grateful for the opportunity to make those mistakes because it rebuilt me into a tougher person, and it also rebuilt me into a clearer filmmaker."
Given that The Man Who Fell to Earth has received largely positive reviews from critics, it's easy to believe what Kurtzman's saying, that The Mummy was something of a trial-by-fire for him, no matter how terrible it was.