+2: Direct me again

The upcoming Rush (grin), sees an equal record 6th collaboration in what seems to be a now stable relationship between Hans and Ron Howard. The Backdraft director chose John Williams for his follow-up Far and Away. He then embarked on a 2nd long run with James Horner, before rekindling with Hans on The Da Vinci Code.
Variety has just reported that Howard is slated to direct the adaptation of Dan Brown’s Dante’s Inferno, and if precedent plays out, 2015 should see a new record 7th collaboration with Hans creating a Robert Langdon trilogy.


The Lone Ranger was originally meant to be scored by first timer Jack White, which would have broken the consecutive relationship at 5 movies with Gore Verbinski (who switched from Alan Silvestri). Now with 6 films, it also equals previous record holder Ridley Scott who had adopted Marc Streitenfeld as his go to guy (much like late brother Tony did with Harry Gregson-Williams), and Ron Howard.


Guy Ritchie is likely to tap Hans for a third time with Treasure Island or The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Interstellar will be the fifth collaboration with Christopher Nolan.

Assuming Hans returns to score the just announced Superman/Batman: World’s Finest sequel to Man of Steel, it will be the 2nd project with returning director Zach Snyder, and an opportunity to expand and blend the Dark Knight score with Super Steel!

Here’s a summary of multiple projects with other directors, which began with 4 directed by Niko Mastorakis, in descending order:

Gore Verbinski (6) – The Lone Ranger, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Weather Man, The Ring

Ron Howard (6) – Rush, The Dilemma, Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Backdraft

Ridley Scott (6) – Matchstick Men, Hannibal, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, Black Rain

Christopher Nolan (5) – Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath (4) – Megamind, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, Madagascar

James L. Brooks (4) – How Do You Know, Spanglish, As Good as it Gets, I’ll Do Anything

Penny Marshall (4) – Riding in Cars with Boys, The Preacher’s Wife, Renaissance Man (Army Intelligence), A League of Their Own

Tony Scott (4) – The Fan, Crimson Tide, True Romance, Days of Thunder

Nancy Meyers (3) – It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give

John Badham (3) – Drop Zone, Point of No Return (The Assassin), Bird on a Wire

Barry Levinson (3) – An Everlasting Piece, Toys, Rain Man

Guy Ritchie (2) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes

Antoine Fuqua (2) – King Arthur, Tears of the Sun

Michael Bay (2) – Pearl Harbor, The Rock

John Woo (2) – M:I-2, Broken Arrow

Bille August (2) – Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The House of the Spirits

Nicholas Roeg (2) – Two Deaths, Insignificance

Bernard Rose (2) – Chicago Joe & the Showgirl, Paperhouse

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