One of the most famous rules laid down by the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) is that while projects can have numerous writers, producers and more – only one director can be credited, except in the case of established teams (eg. Coens, Russos, Lord & Miller, etc.).
Now, in a considerably rare development, filmmakers Lasse Halstrom and Joe Johnston are set to share a ‘directed by’ credit on Disney’s upcoming big-budget fantasy feature “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opening November 2nd.
Halstrom was the director originally hired to helm, but then Johnson was brought on board in December for significant reshoots which were scheduled to take thirty-two days and utilised new material written by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”). Halstrom didn’t return to direct the reshoots due to scheduling issues, but came back for the post-production process.
The DGA could not immediately point to a similar situation having taken place. Halstrom’s name will appear on the first line of the title card, Johnston’s on the second. This is a change from recent films like “Solo: A Star Wars Story” which did not credit Phil Lord and Chris Miller, instead giving sole credit to Ron Howard. A similar situation also happened with “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Bryan Singer retaining sole credit, despite Dexter Fletcher shooting for over two weeks and working on post-production.
Source: Heat Vision