Which current movie director is the next Steven Spielberg?

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  1. EJ Lambert profile image73
    EJ Lambertposted 5 years ago

    Which current movie director is the next Steven Spielberg?

    Few have blazed a trail of success like the great Steven Spielberg.  Looking at the current landscape, does any young director have the chop to reach similar heights?

  2. tHErEDpILL profile image85
    tHErEDpILLposted 5 years ago

    There is no next Spielberg. 

    This is a director from a different time.  Movie audiences have changed, all they want is superhero movies and sequels now (or at least that's all the studios want).

    Comparing Spielberg to Directors of today is like comparing Lebron James to Michael Jordan.  Sure Lebron is good, but he doesn't have the magic that MJ had.  When Mike played people who didn't even like basketball watched him play, why?  Because watching him was not just watching a professional sports game, it was like watching a Spielberg movie!  I know...I know.

    To answer your question I don't see anyone reaching the heights you speak of, because the movie industry sucks now in my opinion.  And you can take my word for it I am a Film student.  It's so bad now that Speilberg isn't even Speilberg anymore.  Studios are scared of original ideas.  All they want is sequels or reboots to proven hits or to turn books that already have a fan base into movies.  As long as we keep paying for this crap we will never see another Director "reach similar heights". 

    The Spielberg's, George Lucas's, Scorsese's....look back and see when they were in their primes.  It was a different world then, but I won't say all hope is lost.  There are a few good ones left and if anyone has the chops to get close to the level of these guys it will be...

    James Cameron
    Chris Nolan
    JJ Abrams

    This is all we have now.  Big budget Directors that have consistent hits and use some of the same actors in their.  I guess that's as close as we get for now.  If I had to choose one the choice would be a surprise for those that know me.

    Although Cameron made on of the best action movies ever (T2: Judgement Day), and Nolan made one of the best comic book movies ever (The Dark Knight), and Abrams has been doing a lot of reboots lately (Mission Impossible, Star trek), I have to go with Abrams. 

    Abrams has been involved in remakes, but so far they have been done well, and he has a resume filled with original work too ( Alias, Fringe, Lost). I see much promise in this one and if he can take the creative original ideas he used on television and create original movies he may bring back the "Good Times" and make going to the movies fun again and worth the rent money you have to pay to go see them.

    1. EJ Lambert profile image73
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's the classic saying that no one can replace him, merely take over for him.  I don't count Cameron because he came around at the same time Spielberg did.  I definitely agree that Nolan is approaching that status very quickly though.

  3. residentstone profile image58
    residentstoneposted 5 years ago

    Kinda agree with redpill, was going to say Cameron, Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder instead of Abrams. And of course Tarantino who has a seriously impressive resume IMHO. Always had soft spot for Ridley Scott as well.

    1. EJ Lambert profile image73
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      All great choices.  Tarantino certainly deserves more credit.

    2. Thief12 profile image91
      Thief12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't have Snyder on that list. Regardless of how successful or not he has been, he's not even close in terms of overall impact, influence, and quality.

    3. residentstone profile image58
      residentstoneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have him on solely for 300 and Dawn of the Dead remake, I rarely like re-makes, but Dawn of the Dead rules, the original is one of my favs, and to even come close, demands respect. For me at least.

    4. EJ Lambert profile image73
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Speaking of which, I am so ready for that new 300 to come out.

    5. Thief12 profile image91
      Thief12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Dawn of the Dead is one of the worthiest remakes out there, but I've never been a fan of 300. Too much style, too little substance. I don't think I've seen anything else from him.

    6. residentstone profile image58
      residentstoneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure you've seen Watchmen, No? Pretty badass. Sucker Punch, super slick, all Snyder. And Yeah EJ, see that trailer for the new 300, man o man I cant wait!

  4. Thief12 profile image91
    Thief12posted 5 years ago

    If you mean in terms of success, Tarantino and Nolan are probably the closest. Maybe Fincher, who is actually my favorite current director.

    1. residentstone profile image58
      residentstoneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      OK, I like 1/2 of Finchers movies, not bad, not bad.

    2. EJ Lambert profile image73
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Fincher has done it with some very difficult scripts, which makes it that much more impressive.  Dragon Tattoo was my personal favorite.

    3. residentstone profile image58
      residentstoneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Fight Club was the bees' knees', Dragon Tattoo was great.

    4. Thief12 profile image91
      Thief12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Seven and Zodiac are my favorites. The former is actually my #2 favorite film.

    5. residentstone profile image58
      residentstoneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Se7en was great! Zodiac really only so-so for me, was excited for it, saw it in theatre, thought it was just ok. Social Network was kinda cool, love the Alien franchise, but his was number 3 right? Just ok, amusing at best.

 
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