Murro Leaves Movie Director’s Role

NEW YORK Biscuit Filmworks’ Noam Murro has left his post as director of DreamWorks’ The Ring 2.

The horror movie was to be the commercial director’s first foray into feature filmmaking.

“Walter [Parkes, DreamWorks Pictures co-head] and Noam decided it wasn’t the run for him,” said Shawn Lacy Tessaro, executive producer at Biscuit Filmworks. After working on the script for four months, “[Murro] wanted to do it a little darker than they wanted for this sequel,” Tessaro said.

A replacement has not yet been named. Murro is busy with commercial projects, however. This week he shot an Orbitz campaign for Young & Rubicam in Chicago, and is about to begin work on a Cadbury’s commercial with Publicis in London.

Murro directed last year’s “Birthday” spot for the California Milk Processor Board and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco and “Mr. Way Too Much Cologne Wearer” for Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light and DDB in Chicago. He was nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s award for outstanding directorial achievement in commercials in 2002 and 2003.