Joe Johnson Receives Co-Director Credit on Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’


For months, Disney has been promoting trailers and images for its upcoming film based on “The Nutcracker” Christmas story. The story is undeniably a classic, and the cast is fairly loaded. Actors like Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightly, Hellen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman are all present. Even the name of the film, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,”  looks to expand upon the mythology of the classic tale. There seems to be a lot to cover in the new film. Oddly, we just learned that Joe Johnson (“Captain America: The First Avenger“) will now receive a co-director credit on the film.

According to Variety, the movie required reshoots for special effects scenes. The original director, Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat“) shot the majority of the film. However, when reshoots came around, he was not available to get the work completed. Johnson came in to handle the reshoots. Hallstrom, impressed by the extensive work completed, offered Johnson the co-direction credit. Johnson has obviously accepted the credit for the film.

Normally, it is uncommon for directors to split credit for completing a film. The Directors Guild of America usually only allows credit for one director. Longtime collaborators, such as the Coen Brothers or the Russos, are exempt from these rules. This makes the “Nutcracker” decision potentially impactful. Just the last few years, talented directors like Tony GilroyJoss Whedon, and Ron Howard have stepped in to complete films. Howard is the only one to receive credit, though he did so with Phil Lord and Chris Miller bumped to producing. Given that so many blockbusters now require reshoots, will this practice become commonplace? The gesture of goodwill may inspire more credit sharing when it comes to directing.

What do you think of Joe Johnson’s directorial style? Which films of his do you like? Is he a strong addition to the film? Let us know in the comments below!

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is slated to release on November 2nd, 2018. Disney is producing and distributing the film.