Originally Posted by oink it is most likely JW hasn't been directly movies since 2005 because Serenity underperformed at the Box Office.
No. Do you decide whether or not you will go see a film based on how well that director's last film performed at the B.O.
? Well, nobody else does either. Actors are the ones that are (typically) closely tied to the success of a film. Directors... not so much. Usually if a director gets a unjustly bad rap, well then they just don't advertise his or her name very much (Ben Affleck for the "The Town" is a good example... and is something Shamaladingdong really needs to get on board with. Funnily enough, I saw previews for The Town and The Devil at the same time--that's when I noticed those two advertising distinctions).
If the director is known for making fall-out BAD (and poorly performing) films, then that's a different story... but they still seem to get jobs. :cough: Uwe Boll
So, no, I don't think Whedon has been NOT directing films because of how poorly Serenity did at the B.O. It's more likely been a decision on his part. I would also guess that maybe he's developed a reputation for being difficult to work with, but then again... he's directing THE AVENGERS
. And if they kicked Norton out, there's no way they would've gotten Whedon for the job if he were indeed hard to work with.