Zack Snyder is one of the most buzzed-about young directors in Hollywood. In just three films, he has developed a sleek and kinetic approach to filmmaking, which he used to full effect in adult-skewing projects like 'Dawn of the Dead,' '300' and 'Watchmen' -- giving him the chance to revel in the excess violence and sexuality of a hard-R rating.
So naturally, his next movie is a PG cartoon about owls.
'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' is not the first time a director has stepped outside his comfort zone with a project that seemingly came from out of left field. But it doesn't make it any less weird to see Snyder's name on the poster for the most anticipated kids' movie of the past few months
Moviefone takes a look at other directors who strayed from their usual subject matter. Some were surprising treats, others never quite gelled, but they were all completely unexpected. Did we miss a director who threw a curveball? Tell us in the comments section!