NBC has hired the acclaimed, uber-talented Tarsem Singh to direct its grim, gritty, Game of Thrones-esque retelling of The Wizard of Oz miniseries, and I’ve gone from disinterested to eagerly awaiting it. The news got me thinking: Who else could have saved a terrible project and turned it into something great?

Obviously, just putting someone with talent on a bad idea helps, but let’s face it—Stanley Kubrick probably couldn’t have done anything with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, nor could Philip K. Dick somehow made 50 Shades of Grey worth reading. But just I can see Singh and his spectacular visual style and creativity turning very staid material into something great, there has to be someone who could have saved... well, just about anything.

So let us know your picks in the comments!


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