It's easy to pigeonhole creative people. We know exactly what kind of movies Quentin Tarantino makes, and nobody expects to see Tim Burton make, say, a Thomas Jefferson biopic. But either by choice or necessity, the resumes of your favorite writers and directors are filled with some quite unexpected projects. (click for full)
  1. George R.R. Martin Wrote For Beauty And The Beast
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    No, we're not talking about the Disney version (though you're forgiven for thinking so, considering that that movie did sort of imply a horrific, Martin-esque rape that one time). Rather, the author of A Song Of Ice And Fire wrote for the 1987 CBS series of the same name starring Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman.
  2. James Gunn Wrote Both Guardians Of The Galaxy AND Scooby-Doo
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    We'd make a joke about how writing Scooby-Doo taught Gunn what not to do when making a silly movie with a talking animal in it, but that wouldn't be accurate. By all accounts, the same goofy Gunn energy who made Guardians so good was there in the original Scooby-Doo draft. For one, he apparently wanted Scooby and Shaggy to get high onscreen, and for Velma to be a lesbian. It seems that, from the very beginning, Gunn wanted this movie to be a loving parody of Scooby-Doo, aimed squarely at adults.
  3. The Owls Of Ga'Hoole Was Directed By Zack Snyder
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    It's not the worst idea for a kids movie we've ever heard, but it did have the weirdest choice for director: Zack "Movies Are Just A Series Of Slow-Motion Murders" Snyder. And this isn't something Snyder did in his youth before he found his voice. It was less than a year after he made Watchmen -- a movie in which, among other things, Jeffrey Dean Morgan murders a pregnant woman.
  4. Gnomeo & Juliet Was Elton John's Passion Project
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    Yes, a man who has sold 300 million albums, won five Grammy awards, and was freaking knighted in 1998 spent much of his 50s and 60s striving toward one goal: Making an animated Romeo And Juliet film made starring garden gnomes, directed by the guy who made Shrek 2.
  5. Famous Geeks Have Secretly Been Writing Huge Blockbusters For Years
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    Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from The Avengers and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) wrote the 2000 movie What Lies Beneath, about Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford being haunted by Ford's dead mistress.
  6. Toy Story (And Pixar) Looked Doomed ... Until Joss Whedon Came Along
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    Fact: Toy Story is one of the greatest animated films ever. Also fact: The first draft of Toy Story was one of the worst things ever. Don't take our word for it; when Disney executives saw the initial excerpts of the film, they hated it so much that the entire movie was shut down until someone could come in and punch up the script. Enter Joss Whedon, the man who would eventually helm Buffy, Firefly, and The Avengers, who was at the time working as a script doctor.