“The Invasion” helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel is by no means the first arthouse director to stumble with a major studio release.
For every Chris Nolan, Tim Burton and Alfonso Cuaron to successfully make the leap from niche to big-budget fare, there are plenty of helmers who have faltered, from Darren Aronofsky on “The Fountain” to the singularly named Pitof on “Catwoman.”
But “Invasion” was notable for its conflicts of vision. Fan sites and entertainment media made much of the news that producer Joel Silver had brought in “Matrix” creators Andy and Larry Wachowski to do rewrites and “V for Vendetta” helmer James McTeigue for action-heavy reshoots on the pic.
The studio put its best face on the situation, however, even persuading Entertainment Weekly for an Aug. 17 story that the retooled “Invasion” was testing well.
But the lack of tub-thumping by Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig told another story. And despite some kind reviews by the likes of the L.A. Times’ Kenneth Turan, the pic ended up fifth at the box office its opening weekend, pulling in less than $6 million.