Directors exit pair of pix

Helmers wanted for 'Ravenous' and 'Supernova'

The old Hollywood catch-all, “creative differences” has once again been cited for the ankling of two directors from high-profile studio projects — “Ravenous” at Fox, and “Supernova” at UA.

Fox 2000 president Laura Ziskin recently flew to Prague to inform “Ravenous” helmer Milcho Manchevski that his services were no longer needed on the film, which had begun principal photography two weeks ago. Manchevski was supposedly notified on Saturday after Ziskin had reviewed dailies.

While 20th Century Fox confirmed Manchevski’s departure, citing “creative differences,” neither the studio nor the helmer’s reps would comment on the reasons for his exit.

A new director may be waiting in the wings, however, as sources acknowledge that “Home Alone 3” director Raja Gosnell is in Prague, and is expected to take the reins of the film by the end of the week.

“Ravenous” stars Robert Carlyle, Guy Pearce, David Arquette and Jeremy Davies. David Heyman and Adam Fields are producing the period pic about a cannibal stalking a small group of soldiers based in a remote, snowbound outpost in the mountains.

“Ravenous” would have been the first film Manchevski has helmed since his highly acclaimed “Before the Rain,” which won a Gold Lion award at the 1994 Venice film festival. Since that debut, the Macedonian was offered numerous projects around town, but had been reluctant to sign to direct.

Over at United Artists, meanwhile, Geoffrey Wright has dropped out as helmer of the big-budget sci-fi pic, “Supernova,” the studio confirmed Tuesday, again citing “creative differences.”

Like Manchevski, Wright has been attached to several projects since the release of his audacious calling card “Romper Stomper” and its followup, “Metal Skin.”

“Supernova” was to be the Aussie helmer’s first American studio feature.

A replacement has not been named, but UA looks to hire a new director in time for the film’s April 13 start date. UA has been casting the film: James Spader has already signed on to star, with Vincent D’Onofrio in advanced talks to appear.

(Paul Karon contributed to this report.)

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