We name some top contenders for the choice gig now that Gary Ross has exited
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Best known for: "Cloverfield," "Let Me In," "Felicity"
Pros: Overcame the skeptics to turn "Let Me In" into a critically praised, if commercially underwhelming, horror remake. "Cloverfield" gives him a hit sci-fi movie on his resume, and "Felicity" (which he co-created with J.J. Abrams) proves he can chart the volatile emotions of a young female protagonist with humor, pathos and creativity.
Cons: The "Let Me In" box office isn't a ringing endorsement for his ability to deliver mass audiences, and that was only his third feature film. (The first, "The Pallbearer" with David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow, is best forgotten entirely.)
- Geoff Berkshire