18 Major Film Directors Who Should Make Television — IndieWire Critics Survey

IndieWire | 4/30/2019 | Staff
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Last week, the film world raised a collective eyebrow when Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” was released on Netflix as a four-part miniseries.

This week’s question: What major filmmaker should try their hand at television?

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Though John Waters is most known for his films, his career has seen him work in numerous mediums—from live shows, to books, to art installations. It would be fascinating to see him develop projects for TV, where many artists have been able to pursue entirely new opportunities and freedoms over the past few years. And on that note, I don’t even think a Waters TV series would even have to be an episodic narrative: his success in such a wide variety of formats proves he can keep audiences engaged in just about any context.

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The prime success stories of filmmakers turning to television, Bruno Dumont (with “Li’l Quinquin”) and David Lynch (with “Twin Peaks: The Return”), involve artists seeking a drastic shift in (pun intended) direction. So the question is: who is sufficiently daring to be up for a combination of new subject matter, a return to long-familiar ground, a change of tone and mood, a reconsideration of themselves and their place in the art? And, at the same time, who has displayed a sufficiently prolific imagination to make a longer format a liberation rather than homework? The first name that comes to mind is James Gray, whose entire career is one of trying to do more and being told or made to do less, and whose view of cinematic form has been, I think, contained (in both senses of the word) by what he himself calls the “architecture” of the feature film. Television might provide him the site on which to build a whole fantasy-city from the ground up.

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