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Best known for: "Moon," "Source Code"
Pros: One of the most intriguing emerging filmmakers in sci-fi on the strength of indie debut "Moon" and bigger budget follow-up "Source Code." Has a great track record with actors (Sam Rockwell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga) and a willingness to work on more commercial material. Bonus: "Source Code" was released by Summit, now in the Lionsgate family.
Cons: Still relatively unproven, and he may be too fresh and idealistic to jump aboard a mega-franchise with great expectations.
- Geoff Berkshire