There's no doubt that Christopher McQuarrie is a great director. As the first filmmaker to ever direct a second Mission: Impossible movie in the franchise's history, he delivered a sequel that fired on all cylinders. Even six movies in, he was able to keep things fresh and exciting.
However, did you know that he had the oppurtunity to make a Green Lantern film?
"I had a conversation with the previous regime about Green Lantern," McQuarrie told Collider, referencing a long-running rumor that he and Tom Cruise will be tackling Hal Jordan. "I’m not a comic book guy. I’m a story guy. So I don’t care if it’s Superman, or Green Lantern, or some superhero you’ve never heard of, to me it always comes down to, is there a good story? And can we make a good movie out of it? I don’t really have that kind of… that comic book fan, thing."
When you've got such a talented writer/director at your disposal, it means that you've got someone who is wholly dedicated to the craft. That's why McQuarrie stated in June that he would never direct a Star Wars project, due to the acerbic and toxic nature of certain fans. He wants to make the best product that he can, but he can't focus on the filmmaking if there are thousands of people complaining online.
"When I came in on Green Lantern I was like, ‘Here’s how I would do Green Lantern,’ and they were like, ‘Ah, but you know,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s what I would do,’ and they said, ‘Well, will you direct it?’ And I said, ‘No, ’cause there’s no script.’ And they said, ‘Well you write the script,’ and I said, ‘But I may not be the guy to direct,’ like don’t make it a McQuarrie movie, make it the greatest Green Lantern you can make it," the director continued. "We don’t know what that is tonally. We don’t know what any of that stuff is until we get under the hood, and I may be the worst guy in the world. You may end up with Tim Burton’s Green Lantern, and I don’t have that pride of authorship. I’m not the guy who comes in and goes, ‘It’s mine, from the visionary director.’ Bullsh** f***in’ words. You’re a director! You’re a visionary, that’s your job."