Top 5 Directors of the Future

This list is for director’s who have made two feature films or less whose names alone will get me into a theater.  I don’t want to say directors on the ‘rise’, because someone like Bennett Miller has been nominated for an Oscar and Rupert Wyatt directed a blockbuster.  The two feature limit knocks off someone like Mark Romanek (Static in 1985).  Also not including director’s who have a third movie about to come out in 2012.  Rian Johnson (Looper), John Hillcoat (Lawless)… sorry guys.

Neil Blomkamp                                    District 9, Elysium (in-post)

Debra Granik                                       Down to the Bone, Winter’s Bone

Phil Lord & Chris Miller                        Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street

Rupert Wyatt                                       The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Andrew Dominick                                Chopper, Assassination of Jesse James

Honorable Mention

Marc Webb                                         (500) Days of Summer, Amazing SpiderMan (coming)

Sean Durkin                                         Martha Marcy May Marlene

Jose Padilha                                       Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman           Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3

Bennett Miller                                     Capote, Moneyball

Armando Iannucci                              In the Loop

Duncan Jones                                   Moon, Source Code

Andrea Arnold                                   Red Road, Fish Tank

Josh Trank                                        Chronicle

Steve McQueen                                Hunger, Shame

Mike Cahill                                       Another Earth

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