Legend of the Guardians

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!
The Bridges Of Madison County
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Artists and misfits in the East Village struggle with poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. Read More

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole
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A young owl sets out to find a band of mythic warriors to help save his people from their evil foes. Read More

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From childhood until his exile, Tibet's 14th dalai lama deals with upheavals and Chinese oppression. Read More

For Love Of The Game
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Pitcher (Kevin Costner) handles personal and professional crises. Read More

The Straight Story
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Man (Richard Farnsworth) travels five weeks on a tractor to see his brother. Read More

Music of the Heart
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After her husband leaves, a woman teaches in an East Harlem school where she gives violin lessons. Read More

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