Robert Eggers on the Northman Directing is an Insane Job

Robert Eggers, the director of Northman, rose to fame after releasing his first two distinctive films.

Because of Eggers’ distinctive vision for these films, The Witch and The Lighthouse stand out from many other horror movies.

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Robert Eggers on the Northman Directing is an Insane Job

The same is true of Eggers’ most recent movie, The Northman, but he did experience a little more studio interference. Because Eggers’ work frequently deviates from what a major studio would prefer, he thinks his approach to filmmaking is very different from the way a Marvel movie is produced.

It’s Robert Eggers’ First Film Without A24, “The Northman.”

A24 has developed a reputation for releasing independent, artistic horror films. These horror films typically receive positive reviews from critics but receive a mixed response from viewers. The Witch and The Lighthouse, Eggers’ first two motion pictures, were produced by A24. The budget is significantly smaller as a result, but Eggers has more creative leeway.

The Northman, Eggers’ debut film, has a pricey $90 million budget. Focus Features is handling domestic distribution of the movie while Universal Pictures is handling global distribution. Eggers acknowledged that he wouldn’t receive “final cut” this time in an interview with The Playlist, but he was willing to take the chance in order to have complete creative control over The Northman.

When I submitted the script to the studio, Eggers admitted, “I knew I wouldn’t have the final cut on this movie.” And I was prepared to take that risk. The studio took a big chance by allowing someone who had made two sensational arthouse films to direct a massive Viking epic on a single camera with all of his department heads.

The Director Doesn’t think He Would make a Good Addition to a Marvel Film.

According to Eggers, The Playlist, he has so far produced all of his own films. Although The Northman may have undergone some studio editing or changes, it is still uniquely Eggers. The director claims that although he has been approached to direct other projects, he doesn’t think his style would fit these projects well. A major blockbuster like a Marvel film would fall under this category.


I’ve only produced my own work, Eggers admitted. “I am aware of how fortunate I am to be there. People have brought things to me. We went into this knowing it was a Robert Eggers movie and everything that entails, even though I didn’t have access to the final cut. I fail to see how that would help a film in which I’m a director-for-hire. Making a Marvel movie is incompatible with everything I’m doing.