Sometimes it takes years for directors to hone their style and give the audiences their magnum opus. And then there are directors who hit it big with their very first attempt. Call it luck or just natural talent, there are some directors who seem to create box-office successes from the get-go. In the past few years, we have seen a rise in such directors who have come from various backgrounds with no previous tries at making full-length feature films. Here are five modern directors who amazed us with their outstanding debut movies:
Jordan Peele – Get Out (2017)
Before he was a director, Jordan Peele was half of the comedy duo Key and Peele that had a successful run of a sketch show on Comedy Central. Earlier this year, he released a horror-comedy Get Out, which has become the highest-grossing original debut films by any director. The movie is about an African American man going to meet the parents of his Caucasian girlfriend and it tackled issues of racism that don't get much screen time in mainstream cinema.
Garth Davis – Lion (2016)
Before Garth Davis made his directorial debut with the brilliant Lion, he used to mostly direct commercials. The Weinstein Company gave him his directing break and it definitely paid off. The movie, based on a true story and set in India managed to receive six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The Australian director's next movie is going to be a biopic of Mary Magdalene, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and is also guaranteed to make waves.
Tim Miller – Deadpool (2016)
Coming from a visual effects background, Deadpool was Tim Miller's first shot at being a director. The R-rated movie superhero movie was a bigger success than anyone could have anticipated and paved the way for more R-rated superhero movies like Logan. It became the highest grossing R-rated film and highest-grossing X-Men movie. He has been announced to be working on an untitled Terminator reboot next.
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski – John Wick (2014)
When two stuntmen got the chance to direct an action movie, the result was the ferocious John Wick. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski teamed up for their debut directorial venture, which was praised for its approach to action scenes and became a well-deserved hit. Stahelski was the sole director of the also successful sequel John Wick 2 and Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 expected next year.
Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Travis Knight took on the role of the director for Kubo and the Two Strings, which released last year. Previously, he was the lead animator for Laika Entertainment and worked with other critically-acclaimed animated movies like Coraline. Kubo was hailed as one of the most beautiful animated movies ever and was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and became the second animated film to be nominated for Best Visual Effects.
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