You Can Take Michelle MacLaren’s Name Off Your Movie Director Wishlists

By June 11, 2014

Every time someone at a movie blog writes a wishlist of who he or she would like to direct the next big blockbuster – be it a Star Wars movie, a Marvel movie, whatever – director Michelle MacLaren’s name is on the list. MacLaren made a name for herself as a co-executive producer on “The X-Files” and an executive producer on “Breaking Bad,” and she’s become a go-to director in television, having helmed some of the best episodes of “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” and the upcoming Damon Lindelof HBO series “The Leftovers.”

But Deadline reports that MacLaren has just signed a two-year first look deal with HBO, so it seems extremely unlikely that she’ll be taking on a huge blockbuster any time soon. Sure, I suppose HBO could let her out of the deal if something massive came up, but it seems like MacLaren is perfectly content to play on the television playground. Her fellow “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor made the jump to the big screen recently, and though he’s now working on the next Terminator film, his feature debut, Thor: The Dark World, was not a good movie. It’s not too surprising to hear that MacLaren wants to keep working in television for the time being, especially at HBO. Since Cary Fukunaga won’t be directing every episode of season 2 of “True Detective,” does that mean we’ll get a MacLaren-helmed episode of the show? I really hope so.

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