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11 Directors Who Followed in Their Dads’ Filmmaking Footsteps (Photos)

As Jonas Cuaron‘s “Desierto” hits theaters — much to his famous father Alfonso’s delight — TheWrap looks at other directors who took their dads’ career lead

Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (“Birdman”) is working on a new untitled movie that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s, while his Jonas directed 2016’s “Desierto” and is rebooting “Zorro.”

Tom and Colin Hanks

Tom last directed “Larry Crowne” while son Colin directed documentary “All Things Must Pass” about the rise and fall of Tower Records.

Carl and Rob Reiner

Carl’s legendary career spans seven decades while his son Rob’s next film “LBJ” is about the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency.

Clint and Alison Eastwood

Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood‘s (“Unforgiven”) incredible career spans seven decades and is still making hit films while daughter Alison’s second feature as a director, a Mississippi-set drama called “Battlecreek,” recently played the Santa Barbara and Newport Film festivals.

Ivan and Jason Reitman 

Ivan Reitman is best known form comedies “Meatballs” and “Ghostbusters” while his son Jason (“Up in The Air”) has four Academy Award nominations to his name, two of which are for Best Director.

Francis, Roman and Sofia Coppola

The celebrated director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now” has poured much of his energy lately into his wines and resorts. His son Roman directed the 2001 indie “CQ” and recent episodes of “Mozart in the Jungle.” Meanwhile, daughter Sofia received an Oscar nom for her work on 2003’s “Lost in Translation” and will next tackle “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic.

Hayao and Goro Miyazaki

A career that has spanned five decades, Hayao Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films. His son, Goro initially worked as a landscaper for many years before entering the film business and has directed two films, “Tales from Earthsea” (2006) and “From Up on Poppy Hill” (2011).

John and Nick Cassasvetes

As a child, Nick Cassavetes appeared in two of his father’s films: “Husbands” (1970) and “A Woman Under the Influence” (1974). Nick is best known for the 2004 romance “The Notebook” and will next direct UFC fighter Ronda Rousey in a remake of ’80s action classic “Road House.”

John and Max Landis

John Landis recently premiered a restored version of his 1981 beloved horror classic “An American Werewolf in London” at the Venice Film Festival. His son Max who is on a tear as a screenwriter and made his directorial debut with “Me Him Her.”

Melvin and Mario Van Peebles

Mario’s 2004 biopic “BAADASSSSS!” describes the making of his father Melvin’s seminal film, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” Mario directed the film, and also portrayed his father in the lead role.

Ridley, Luke, Jake and Jordan Scott

Directing is the family business for Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) and his progeny. Luke made his directorial debut with the 2016 sci-fi horror film “Morgan.” His brother Jake directs music videos as well as the 2010 indie “Welcome to the Rileys.” And their half-sister Jordan Scott has directed the 2009 indie “Cracks” with Eva Green and Juno Temple.

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