Director Jim Sheridan Wants His Name Removed From DREAM HOUSE

     October 7, 2011


It hasn’t been a great day for directors.  First, Pete Travis (Vantage Point) was locked out of the editing phase of the Judge Dredd reboot.  Now there is news that Dream House director, Jim Sheridan, had petitioned the Directors Guild of America over the summer to have his name removed from the project.  In retrospect, this would have been a blessing for the six-time Oscar-nominee since Dream House is currently lagging in the box office and is tanking critically.

Once upon a time, a director wishing to distance himself from a project would be replaced by the name “Alan Smithee,” aka “John Doe,” but this usage was discontinued in 2000.  Guild etiquette suggests that said director not divulge the circumstances surrounding this move, but thanks to the internet, we have the scoop.  Hit the jump for more details.

Jim SheridanNews of Sheridan’s displeasure with Dream House comes by way of the LA Times. The initial cause for separation stemmed from Sheridan’s negative opinion of the final cut of the film. In petitioning the DGA to remove his name, the guild would have to have found that the final product was significantly different from his intended cut. The bid was originally dropped when Morgan Creek Productions, the major financial backer, agreed to reshoots.

However, tensions on set arose as Sheridan drifted from David Loucka’s script in favor of improvisation. This, in turn, led to Morgan Creek seizing control in the editing phase after less-than-inspiring test screenings. Sheridan did not have “final cut” of the film and the current iteration of Dream House is a product of Morgan Creek’s edit. (Not that I expect the director’s cut on Blu-ray anytime soon.) Refusing to do publicity for the film when Universal Pictures released it last week, Sheridan resumed his petition of the guild.

One has to question whether this collapse has more to do with the Dream House project or Sheridan’s career in recent years. 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and 2009’s war drama Brothers did not do him any favors. Some seem to believe that the Irish-born Sheridan should return to his roots with relevant cultural themes like his 1993 film In the Name of the Father or 2002’s In America. Perhaps his involvement in the “Cities of Love” franchise, Shanghai, I Love You will net him a result he’d be proud to attach his name to once again.


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  • VALENTINEproductions

    Damn. that sucks. i was curious to see this movie. well, not anymore.

  • gerard kennelly

    he should work with day lewis again

  • gerard kennelly

    himself and day lewis
    are going to make a film
    about boston gangster
    whitey bulger
    who was the inspiration for nicholson in The Departed

    their film will be called BLACK MASS

  • Harry Henry

    I was looking for answer from someone other than Jim Sheridan who had acutally successfully used his program, not from Mr. Sheridan himself.

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  • I cry u smile

    Leave the directors alone! I’m getting very fed up with all the producers that fuck up the directors visions of the movie

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  • the stone

    what? brothers was solid.

  • Rafy

    I like the movie but was not great because the story walks in familiar ground! Daniel Graig carries the movie pretty well!

    • Emovie

      I agree I Liked it too

  • spence

    They ruined this movie with the trailer anyway. The big twist is totally given away. Why would anyone spend $10+ to see a horror movie with a big twist when they already know what is going to happen.

    That just shows what little confidence they have in the movie.

    Sheridan is a talented man, he should be making movies like In America and Brothers. The 50 cent 8 Mile movie and Dream House are strange, questionable decisions. I think he needs a new agent.

    • fizzyornotfizzy

      Apparently, that twist actually comes about 40 minutes into the movie. Just so you know.

  • Cabal

    Poor Jim should have researched how Morgan Creek handle their business & seen that they have 0 to offer besides bankrolling the picture then destroying said release in the editing room, trailer & marketing. He should have run for the hills.

    Anyone who knows the history of nightbreeds ordeal & subsequent director’s cut & blu-ray stonewalling, knows this company just needs to cash out of the business & sell the film stocks (Assuming they haven’t destroyed them) they own to a company that ACTUALLY CARES about film & its preservation.

    20 years later & they still do the same thing time & time again. So much for learning from the past.

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  • Melanie

    Jim Sheridan is a marvel. I’m far away in South Africa and will drop any plans to catch any film he creates. You’re right – he does rock with the Great Day Lewis but In America was mind blowing. Just leave him in the director’s chair and let him get on with what he was born to do. Will never watch the Craig film.

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  • Mrs. Robinson

    Does a director’s cut exist?: I would love to see Sheridan’s vision of this film without said interference from Morgan Creek producers, et al.

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