This weekend marks the long-awaited release of part two in the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Sin City saga, A Dame to Kill For. A bold creative team like Rodriguez and Miller must unify their vision into one cohesive voice in order for their films to be successful. Perhaps this is why siblings or spouses dominate filmmaker duos — they’re used to making compromises. Miller described his process with Rodriguez in an interview with film critic Simon Abrams:
I’ve always preferred my heroes to be grandiose, and think that Robert and I always saw eye-to-eye in that sense. I tended to stay hands-off and let Robert do what he wanted since the process of making movies was so foreign to me. We also didn’t have that many conversations about the characterizations because I trusted him with the material. I grew up with three brothers, and now I have a fourth.
The Coens and Wachowskis have been discussed to death when it comes to filmmaker collaborations. We explored ten other movies you might not realize were made by two directors.
Allegedly, 1933’s King Kong was based on a vivid dream mega producer Merian C. Cooper had about a giant gorilla attacking New York City. A more likely origin story is that Cooper had always been fascinated by gorillas and hired Ernest B. Schoedsack to bring his script to life, as the duo had worked on a number of documentaries (with nature and anthropological themes). For Kong, since their styles differed greatly, they worked separately. Schoedsack directed the live-action scenes, while Cooper filmed the miniatures and special effects that made Kong a groundbreaking work of art.