The 2002 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll (2002) listed his Top Ten films as The Brothers Karamazov (1958), Casablanca (1942), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), High Noon (1952), King Solomon's Mines (1950), North by Northwest (1959), The Quiet Man (1952), Repulsion (1965), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).
Was originally attached to write and direct Resident Evil (2002), but left the project in 1999 due to creative differences over the script.
Was originally set to direct two Stephen King stories that would later turn into TV features: "Salem's Lot" (1979) & "The Stand" (1994).
Was originally slated to write and direct Resident Evil (2002).
Was slated to direct a theatrical version of Stephen King's novel "The Stand," adapted for the screen by Rospo Pallenberg. The film never materialised. Instead, the novel was adapted into a TV mini-series, "The Stand" (1994).
When discussing his influences, he has that the Universal horror classic made a strong impression on him and his favorite horror film as a child was The Thing from Another World (1951). However, the film he said made him want to be a director was The Red Shoes (1948). While discussing the directors who made a strong impression on him, he said that Orson Welles and Howard Hawks were his favorites, surpassing Alfred Hitchcock.