17 times the studios demanded major changes in the movies
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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director of Disney required that the creators of Toy story make the film “more adult, sarcastic and barbed wire,” a directive that led to a disastrous mid-production screening known within Pixar as “Black Friday.”
Disney president Michael Eisner actually given the director Roger Allers “to remain exceptionally free” on the film which was to become The Emperor’s New Routine, but after disappointing box office performance of Pocahontas and the the Hunchback of Notre Dame, it was decided that the movie had to be funnier.
The original ending of The Lion King was fine, much darker than the final product, and Disney thought it was “too horrible for a Disney movie”. More horrible than Scar getting eaten by hyenas, that is.
In 2017, Andrew Garfield mentionned this The Incredible Spider-Man 2 was unable to keep the promise of a script he loved because “some people at the studio were having issues with parts of it” resulting in many cuts.
The studio request that the filmmakers of Back to the future finding a more economical way to fire Marty McFly in 1985, after the original idea (to have him lead through a US military nuclear test) was rejected as too expensive to film. The iconic lightning bolt from the clock tower footage was filmed in its place.
New Line Cinema research The golden compass “to be something he was not.” They chose Ian McKellen as Iorek Byrnison against the director’s wishes and seriously recalled the book review of theocratic and fundamentalist religious institutions.
Director Ridley Scott’s first choice for J. Paul Getty in All the money in the world was Christopher Plummer, but the studio executives at Sony “wanted a bigger name,” so Kevin Spacey was chosen instead.
When Ben Affleck and Matt Damon sold the screenplay for Goodwill hunting at Rob Reiner’s Castle Rock Entertainment, it was an action thriller about “Southie’s Children” helping their brilliant friend escape the government. Reiner Told the duo that they should drop this plot and focus on what was working: the relationship between a math genius and his therapist.
David Fincher possesses “everything but denied” his directorial debut Alien 3, due to the fact that strong interference in the studio prevented him from making the film he had envisioned.
After seeing the final cut of Gremlins, one of the Warner Bros. notes. to Stephen Spielberg and Joe Dante was that there were too many gremlins. Spielberg replied That they could cut all the gremlins and call the movie People, but somehow he didn’t think people would show up.
After the success of Joel Schumacher Batman forever, toy companies and other business partners “searched” in the sequel, Batman and robin. Schumacher blamed the largely exhausted finished product on the studio’s insistence on a “toy-ethics“(and, by extension, familial).
Its production was rushed from the start, but Suicide Squadproblems only empire when a disappointing box office performance by Batman vs. Superman prompted studio executives to push director David Ayer towards a lighter, brighter version of the film.
Harvey Weinstein research cut 25 minutes from Bong Joon-ho Snowdrops and fill in the blanks with a voiceover written by Neil Gaiman, but the director bluntly refused.
In 1972, the musical 1776 was adapted for the screen, but a song was missing: “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men”, which represented “Revolutionary War-era conservatives as power-hungry thieves focused on maintaining wealth.” Producer Jack L. Warner had the song cut at the express request of his close friend … then President Richard Nixon.
New Line Cinema was supporting the black humor of the contest queen’s satire Drop Dead Magnificent, until they look at the movie’s tracking numbers (which indicate how many people are interested in upcoming releases) and realize that very few people had heard of it or wanted to see it. So they asked for some extreme edits to make the film more similar to the recent hit. Distraught.
And finally: this is only a theory, but many fans believe that The matrix‘s the biggest hole in the plot is the result of the studio not believing audiences to be smart enough to understand the Wachowskis’ original idea.
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