A director's name plastered across the credits of an upcoming movie can either be a seal of quality or a massive red flag.
Anything helmed by Christopher Nolan is going to be rich in narrative innovation and Steven Spielberg fodder is never short of whimsy. Filmmakers of this calibre can turn their hand to almost any genre and deliver a winner.
There are, however, times when the combination of director and subject matter is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Take the recent Dark Tower adaptation. Stephen King's magnum opus is a sprawling epic, a mash-up of genres with a generous side helping of weirdness. Many called it unfilmable, so it's not the kind of thing you tackle for your Hollywood debut.
The daunting task of bringing it to cinema was handed to Nikolaj Arcel, a Danish filmmaker whose past credits included nothing remotely similar to the epic literary saga. Although it's unfair to blame Dark Tower's failure on him alone, the project was in the wrong hands from the start, and the fans were right to fear the worst.
Unfortunately, it looks like the same could be happening for several other upcoming projects too...