Why did John Hughes stop directing films?

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    Has anybody read or heard why this film director basically given up his directing career? I know he still writes and produces films, but he seems to have become a recluse.






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    Maybe it is a good thing. His writing efforts as of late don't come close to what he wrote in the 80's. Maid in Manhattan? Just Visting? Home Alone 3? Flubber?
     
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    Good God! He wrote those movies?! I think The Donger needs to come to Hughes rescue!
     
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    He should be sent to the Chateau D'if for writing Home Alone 3.
     
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    I think it had something to do with the studios pinning him down to Family movies when his interests were leaning more mature. He couldn't make the movies he wanted to make.
     
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    I heard he might be doing something with a sequel to either the Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles....seriously.
     
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    I remember reading a quote from him a while back where he wanted to actually REMAKE "The Breakfast Club" for a NEW generation of angst ridden teens. I guess it never really came to pass... or we'll see it in a few years.
     
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    he dir only 8 movies, so maybe he never intended on being a career dir.

    his writing credit on just visiting is unfair as he is one a several people with a writing credit on that and it wasnt a john hughes creation anyway it was a remake of this french movie that was pretty good from '93.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108500/
    both versions are dir by the same guy.
     
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    I've often wondered why he stopped directing. His scripts were pretty much the same movie over and over but I really though he had an excellent visual style (one of the few comedy directors in the last decade or two to have one) and he usually saved his "quality" scripts to direct himself.
     
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    wish he would come back to the genre style that started his career
     
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    I liked Home Alone 3. :b Hey, what can I say, I liked the kid in it. [​IMG]

    As for Hughes, his style of directing was very well suited for the time period in which all of his classics came out, I don't know if he could pull that off today.

    If kids were screwed up in the 80's, they're REALLY screwed up now, I doubt that he could even write for them now.

    Eh, who knows?
     
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    I really wish he would revisit Breakfast Club and 16 Candles.
     
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    It would be great if Hughes focused on a sequel to either Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or The Breakfast Club. Of course a sequel would need to have all the original actors, and Hughes would have to craft a great story to make them interesting enough for fans of his, and an entirely new audience.
     
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    The '80s ended, and he became obsolete. Maybe the success of Home Alone had something to do with it. He realized he could just pound out slapstick comedy scripts which required significantly less work than character based films like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Beuller's Day Off. Really, though, I wish he would start directing again. I'm a huge fan of Hughes' writing and directing work, Pre-Home Alone, that is. I'd love to see him return to potent comedy/drama instead of the Disney crap that he's been writing for years.
     
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