It doesn't take much to grasp the visuals of a Christopher Nolan film and see that there are two filmmakers at work. Which is why no one was surprised that the Oscar-winning cinematographer behind those films would shift into directing. Wally Pfister shaped the Nolan aesthetic from Memento into the Dark Knight films, and now he's got a big shiny blockbuster all his own: Transcendence, a star-packed sci-fi story that expands his customary sleek visuals and film (not digital) aesthetic.

Pfister's not alone. Hollywood is just brimming with directing talent that has yet to be discovered. The industry is peppered by people who have the talent, the vision, and the mileage to be the primary storytelling force behind the scenes. All they're lacking is an opportunity. Pfister's shot is rare, given that this is an industry that would rather trust filmmakers with prolific track records over first-timers. Here are 13 established industry professionals who would be ideal behind the camera.

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has the highest grossing filmography of any actor in history, and it's not even close. What else is there left for Jackson to do? You can usually make educated guessed about actors-turned-directors based on whom they've worked with, but who hasn't Jackson collaborated with? The guy has logged screen hours for Scorsese, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg and even George Lucas('s green screens). Jackson has learned from the best. It's time he was given a chance to apply those lessons.

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