Producers do actually wield a lot of power in the creative process in films. That she's persued some interesting projects is actually pretty nice. But she's still got to make films that make money, and if that takes a gimmick then so be it. |
Anyway, you could argue that the Fountain was in itself gimmicky - I certainly wasn't much of a fan, I found it rather wooden and empty. Strangely unemotional. Very pretty but left me incredibly cold.
Anyway, people forget that films of this budget are there to make money and need directors to suit. Whilst I'm not saying that Ratner should leap on it, I really don't think he was the right man for the job anyway. I also find it strange that he doesn't embrace the technology, seeing that even the physical effects he used in the Fountain were actually quite modern compared to what had gone in the past.