Why The Northman Director Robert Eggers Won’t Helm a Marvel Movie – Screen Rant

Why The Northman Director Robert Eggers Won’t Helm a Marvel Movie – Screen Rant

Even as The Northman disappoints at the box office, Robert Eggers says he doesn’t want to direct a Marvel movie, or even something like Spawn.
The Northman writer-director Robert Eggers says he has no interest in directing a movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eggers burst onto the film scene back in 2015 with his directorial debut The Witch, and the completely original, period-accurate, arthouse horror was met with critical acclaim and is one of the films credited for the genre’s recent resurgence. In addition to this, the movie made over ten times its budget, grossing over $40 million in its theatrical run. His second film, The Lighthouse, was even more horrific and surreal than his first, yet it seemed to match the praise his debut received as well as being another box-office success.
Eggers most recent film, The Northman, is currently in theaters and reaching the end of its box-office run. Based on the legend William Shakespeare used as influence for Hamlet, the story follows a Viking who seeks revenge against his uncle for the violent killing of his father. The Northman movie’s style is identifiably Eggers’, as its period-accurate dialogue and unique cinematography are indicative of his first two films. However, unlike The Witch and The Lighthouse, The Northman was much more expensive and has not been a financial success, with its worldwide take of $66.7 million still below its estimated $70-90 million budget.
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In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Eggers discusses his filmmaking future after The Northman’s disappointing box office. Asked if he would be rethinking his strategy when it comes to the next project he takes, the director states that while he may have to reconsider how he’d pitch a project, he’d have no interest in directing the likes of a Marvel film. He continues to say that he wouldn’t want to waste his time trying to get the rights to do something like a Spawn movie reboot either, and that he’ll simply “keep doing what I’m going to do.” Check out the full quote below:
I need to restrategize in terms of what I’m pitching to a studio. Like, how do I be me and survive in this environment? Because while they wouldn’t have me anyway, I wouldn’t want to direct a Marvel movie, and I’m also not going to try to get the rights to Spawn or something either. I’m going to keep doing what I’m going to do. But I know that everybody’s nervous right now, you know? Everybody’s nervous. And it’s justifiable.
While it’s very possible that Eggers’ fanbase would love to see him helm a superhero project, be that an MCU movie or Spawn, it seems he’d prefer to continue with his own style of films. It is no secret that Marvel Studios has a certain way they like their films to be made, and that anyone working for them would be sharing creative control with several other people. While it may not have been as profitable as a film like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Northman critical reviews were much more positive, a direct result of his getting to execute his artistic vision.
It appears that Eggers knows exactly what he wants for his career. While The Northman may not have been a financial success in theaters, its critical acclaim has helped the film become quite successful on VOD. And while he has claimed he doesn’t want to chase down any properties, he has reportedly locked down the IP for a Nosferatu remake, with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy already attached. So, while Eggers may not be in line to direct the next Marvel blockbuster, it seems that he still has many projects coming for his fans to be enthusiastic about.
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Source: The Daily Beast
Tyler Cioffi graduated summa cum laude from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a flair for writing and film. In addition to this, he has experience helping run a YouTube channel with a few thousand followers as well as having organized and hosted a charity event for said channel that successfully raised over $12,000 for children’s hospitals. Born, raised, and currently residing on Long Island in New York, Tyler loves to combine his passions for film and writing to review films in his free time!

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