History ExecutiveMeddling / Film

3rd Oct '17 2:13:25 PM rjd1922
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* ''Film/OneMissedCall'': According to star Shannyn Sossamon, the decision to turn this horror remake into a PG-13 movie was made at the last minute by the studio against director Eric Valette's wishes. Valette allegedly has his own preferred Director's Cut which has never been released. Screenwriter Andrew Klavan says the actors, producer, director, and himself couldn't agree on what the movie should be, and that their pulling in different directions resulted in the final mess of a finished film.

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* ''Film/OneMissedCall'': According to star Shannyn Sossamon, the decision to turn this the American remake of the Japanese horror remake film ''Film/OneMissedCall'' into a PG-13 movie was made at the last minute by the studio against director Eric Valette's wishes. Valette allegedly has his own preferred Director's Cut which has never been released. Screenwriter Andrew Klavan says the actors, producer, director, and himself couldn't agree on what the movie should be, and that their pulling in different directions resulted in the final mess of a finished film.
6th Sep '17 10:51:09 AM erforce
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* The movie of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Puppet Masters'' suffered greatly from meddling, as expounded in [[http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp15.Building.the.Bomb.html this essay]] by the scriptwriter. Among other things, the execs wanted to change the slugs to space spores.

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* The movie of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Puppet Masters'' ''Film/ThePuppetMasters'' suffered greatly from meddling, as expounded in [[http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp15.Building.the.Bomb.html this essay]] by the scriptwriter. Among other things, the execs wanted to change the slugs to space spores.
22nd Aug '17 11:15:07 AM hollowcity
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* ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' on a governmental level. The film company was forbidden under [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid law]] to actually pay the Zulus acting as extras. Director Cy Enfield, who'd struck up a friendship with the Zulus acting in the film, was upset with this and decided to leave them the cattle used in the film, which was more valuable to them than money anyway.
15th Aug '17 3:44:05 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the Wachowski siblings had wanted to have the machines use the humans plugged into the Matrix as a gigantic neural network computer. However, executives thought that [[ViewersAreMorons the audience wouldn't understand this]], so they changed it to using the humans to generate electricity, even though this violates the laws of thermodynamics and creates several plot holes (though some fans find it a decent enough metaphor).

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the Wachowski siblings had wanted to have the machines use the humans plugged into the Matrix as a gigantic neural network computer. However, executives thought that [[ViewersAreMorons the audience wouldn't understand this]], this, so they changed it to using the humans to generate electricity, even though this violates the laws of thermodynamics and creates several plot holes (though some fans find it a decent enough metaphor).



* ''Film/EnemyMine'': The studio executives believed [[ViewersAreMorons the title would confuse audiences]] who wouldn't realize that "mine" was the first person possessive, and so insisted on the addition of a subplot [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving a mine. Run by the enemy.]]

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* ''Film/EnemyMine'': The studio executives believed [[ViewersAreMorons the title would confuse audiences]] audiences who wouldn't realize that "mine" was the first person possessive, and so insisted on the addition of a subplot [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving a mine. Run by the enemy.]]



* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'''s original script, Oz was a real place that Dorothy had really visited. Executives thought that audiences would be too "sophisticated" to accept a fantasy land like Oz (in odd contrast to today's ViewersAreMorons mentality), thus enforcing the famous AllJustADream ending. They also tried to cut the song "Over the Rainbow" just because they didn't like the idea of their star singing in a farmyard.

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* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'''s original script, Oz was a real place that Dorothy had really visited. Executives thought that audiences would be too "sophisticated" to accept a fantasy land like Oz (in odd contrast to today's ViewersAreMorons mentality), thus enforcing the famous AllJustADream ending. They also tried to cut the song "Over the Rainbow" just because they didn't like the idea of their star singing in a farmyard.



* The reason the prologue for ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' is so short and why a good chunk of character development and establishment are left out is because the execs thought the [[ViewersAreMorons audience]] would want more Wolfman and less storytelling. The DirectorsCut reinserts many of the removed scenes.

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* The reason the prologue for ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' is so short and why a good chunk of character development and establishment are left out is because the execs thought the [[ViewersAreMorons audience]] audience would want more Wolfman and less storytelling. The DirectorsCut reinserts many of the removed scenes.



* Creator/BenAffleck's fourth directorial effort ''Film/LiveByNight'' was hit by this. Affleck envisioned and filmed the movie as a three hour long character driven drama, with Joe's brother Danny Coughlin (Scott Eastwood was cast in this role) even appearing in a supporting role. But Warner Bros. [[Main/ViewersAreMorons thought auidences wouldn't want to sit through a three hour movie]] (despite the success of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'') and wanted it to be a crowd pleasing action film so Affleck was forced to cut it down to 129 minutes with Danny Coughlin's entire character and another role played by Affleck's regular Titus Welliver being axed. Affleck's schedule also likely proved to be an issue as he had been cast as Batman during pre-production and would have to do ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' right after ''Live by Night''. This also is probably the reason why many character arcs feel incomplete or rushed, which was a complaint among critics along with the pointless ''Film/BladeRunner'' esc narration, which may have been added to fill the gaps left in the story. Affleck's real life divorce from Creator/JenniferGarner and his alcoholism probably didn't help things either. It ended up a very mixed reception and a massive box-office bomb.

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* Creator/BenAffleck's fourth directorial effort ''Film/LiveByNight'' was hit by this. Affleck envisioned and filmed the movie as a three hour long character driven drama, with Joe's brother Danny Coughlin (Scott Eastwood was cast in this role) even appearing in a supporting role. But Warner Bros. [[Main/ViewersAreMorons thought auidences wouldn't want to sit through a three hour movie]] movie (despite the success of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'') and wanted it to be a crowd pleasing action film so Affleck was forced to cut it down to 129 minutes with Danny Coughlin's entire character and another role played by Affleck's regular Titus Welliver being axed. Affleck's schedule also likely proved to be an issue as he had been cast as Batman during pre-production and would have to do ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' right after ''Live by Night''. This also is probably the reason why many character arcs feel incomplete or rushed, which was a complaint among critics along with the pointless ''Film/BladeRunner'' esc narration, which may have been added to fill the gaps left in the story. Affleck's real life divorce from Creator/JenniferGarner and his alcoholism probably didn't help things either. It ended up a very mixed reception and a massive box-office bomb.
15th Aug '17 3:37:51 PM Avenging-Hobbits
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Creator/BenAffleck's fourth directorial effort ''Film/LiveByNight'' was hit by this. Affleck envisioned and filmed the movie as a three hour long character driven drama, with Joe's brother Danny Coughlin (Scott Eastwood was cast in this role) even appearing in a supporting role. But Warner Bros. [[Main/ViewersAreMorons thought auidences wouldn't want to sit through a three hour movie]] (despite the success of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'') and wanted it to be a crowd pleasing action film so Affleck was forced to cut it down to 129 minutes with Danny Coughlin's entire character and another role played by Affleck's regular Titus Welliver being axed. Affleck's schedule also likely proved to be an issue as he had been cast as Batman during pre-production and would have to do ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' right after ''Live by Night''. This also is probably the reason why many character arcs feel incomplete or rushed, which was a complaint among critics along with the pointless ''Film/BladeRunner'' esc narration, which may have been added to fill the gaps left in the story. Affleck's real life divorce from Creator/JenniferGarner and his alcoholism probably didn't help things either. It ended up a very mixed reception and a massive box-office bomb.

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* Creator/BenAffleck's fourth directorial effort ''Film/LiveByNight'' was hit by this. Affleck envisioned and filmed the movie as a three hour long character driven drama, with Joe's brother Danny Coughlin (Scott Eastwood was cast in this role) even appearing in a supporting role. But Warner Bros. [[Main/ViewersAreMorons thought auidences wouldn't want to sit through a three hour movie]] (despite the success of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'') and wanted it to be a crowd pleasing action film so Affleck was forced to cut it down to 129 minutes with Danny Coughlin's entire character and another role played by Affleck's regular Titus Welliver being axed. Affleck's schedule also likely proved to be an issue as he had been cast as Batman during pre-production and would have to do ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' right after ''Live by Night''. This also is probably the reason why many character arcs feel incomplete or rushed, which was a complaint among critics along with the pointless ''Film/BladeRunner'' esc narration, which may have been added to fill the gaps left in the story. Affleck's real life divorce from Creator/JenniferGarner and his alcoholism probably didn't help things either. It ended up a very mixed reception and a massive box-office bomb.
15th Aug '17 3:31:20 PM Avenging-Hobbits
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Creator/BenAffleck's fourth directorial effort ''Film/LiveByNight'' was hit by this. Affleck envisioned and filmed the movie as a three hour long character driven drama, with Joe's brother Danny Coughlin (Scott Eastwood was cast in this role) even appearing in a supporting role. But Warner Bros. [[Main/ViewersAreMorons thought auidences wouldn't want to sit through a three hour movie]] (despite the success of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'') and wanted it to be a crowd pleasing action film so Affleck was forced to cut it down to 129 minutes with Danny Coughlin's entire character and another role played by Affleck's regular Titus Welliver being axed. Affleck's schedule also likely proved to be an issue as he had been cast as Batman during pre-production and would have to do ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' right after ''Live by Night''. This also is probably the reason why many character arcs feel incomplete or rushed, which was a complaint among critics along with the pointless ''Film/BladeRunner'' esc narration, which may have been added to fill the gaps left in the story. Affleck's real life divorce from Creator/JenniferGarner and his alcoholism probably didn't help things either. It ended up a very mixed reception and a massive box-office bomb.
3rd Jul '17 3:56:16 AM RedScharlach
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** They tried with ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''; many observers, including Website/SFDebris, claim this would have improved the movie. Paramount executives wanted to fix some of the film's {{plot hole}}s, such as why the DesignatedVillains were bad guys for wanting access to a planet's miraculous healing powers, and why Picard was so intent to save a particular race of only six hundred (thus well below the threshold for avoiding [[TangledFamilyTree dangerous inbreeding]]).

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** They tried with ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''; many observers, including Website/SFDebris, claim this would have improved the movie. Paramount executives wanted to fix some of the film's {{plot hole}}s, such as why the DesignatedVillains {{DesignatedVillain}}s were bad guys for wanting access to a planet's miraculous healing powers, and why Picard was so intent to save a particular race of only six hundred (thus well below the threshold for avoiding [[TangledFamilyTree dangerous inbreeding]]).
3rd Jul '17 3:54:56 AM RedScharlach
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* The ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie was originally a Creator/{{Disney}} production. Disney wanted a more fantasy-based production, but they were in a hole early when they were forced to fire director Greg Beeman after spending $10 million in just six months. They scrambled for nearly a year before finally hiring Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (of ''MaxHeadroom'' fame) -- the only directors interested in it. They told the new writers to strictly limit new action scenes or anything requiring special effects; they were ignored, resulting in two re-writes before filming began. Then the execs micromanaged the heck out of Morton and Jankel, deleted 20 minutes' worth of footage, and created an atrocious animated intro to make up for it. It's said that this treatment was a big reason why Creator/{{Nintendo}} refused to license its characters to Disney for its theme parks (going with Creator/UniversalStudios instead).

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* The ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie was originally a Creator/{{Disney}} production. Disney wanted a more fantasy-based production, but they were in a hole early when they were forced to fire director Greg Beeman after spending $10 million in just six months. They scrambled for nearly a year before finally hiring Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (of ''MaxHeadroom'' fame) -- the only directors interested in it. They told the new writers to strictly limit new action scenes or anything requiring special effects; they were ignored, resulting in two re-writes rewrites before filming began. Then the execs micromanaged the heck out of Morton and Jankel, deleted 20 minutes' worth of footage, and created an atrocious animated intro to make up for it. It's said that this treatment was a big reason why Creator/{{Nintendo}} refused to license its characters to Disney for its theme parks (going with Creator/UniversalStudios instead).



* ''Film/TankGirl'' suffered badly from this according to Rachel Talalay. They fought over the film and the studio cut out a ton of stuff, and like in ''Blade Runner'', it had an opening narration tacked on (which Lori Petty hated), and the studio also insisted on removing scenes of Tank Girl in bed with Booga from the video releases. The studio intereference may have been the main reason why Talalay hasn't helmed a feature film since and now mostly works in directing episodes of various TV shows. Large chunks of the plot and dozens of jokes (including the ones best-loved by test audiences) were cut, and the producers kept asking, "''Who'' is Tank Girl? ''What'' is her motivation? What is the ''origin story'' of Tank Girl?", proving that film studios only understand these movies through the lens of ''Batman''.

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* ''Film/TankGirl'' suffered badly from this according to Rachel Talalay. They fought over the film and the studio cut out a ton of stuff, and like in stuff. Like ''Blade Runner'', it had an opening narration tacked on (which Lori Petty hated), and the studio also insisted on removing scenes of Tank Girl in bed with Booga from the video releases. The studio intereference interference may have been the main reason why Talalay hasn't helmed a feature film since and now mostly works in directing episodes of various TV shows.TV. Large chunks of the plot and dozens of jokes (including the ones best-loved by test audiences) were cut, and the producers kept asking, "''Who'' is Tank Girl? ''What'' is her motivation? What is the ''origin story'' of Tank Girl?", proving that film studios only understand these movies through the lens of ''Batman''.



* James Brooks' ''Film/IllDoAnything'' was originally written and filmed as an Old Hollywood-style musical. Then it was shown to test audiences, who believed the musical numbers should be cut. Brooks was forced to remove the songs and shoot several new scenes in their place, releasing the film months later as a non-musical. As Creator/NathanRabin points out in his review of the original bootleg for his book ''My Year of Flops', one of the film's themes consists of "test screenings and Hollywood's pathological need for approval." The irony was not lost on him.

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* James Brooks' ''Film/IllDoAnything'' was originally written and filmed as an Old Hollywood-style musical. Then it was shown to test audiences, who believed the musical numbers should be cut. Brooks was forced to remove the songs and shoot several new scenes in their place, releasing the film months later as a non-musical. As Creator/NathanRabin points out in his review of the original bootleg for his book ''My Year of Flops', Flops'', one of the film's themes consists of is "test screenings and Hollywood's pathological need for approval." The irony was not lost on him.



* The 2013 remake of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/BrianDePalma Brian De Palma]]'s ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' was not intended to be a remake at all. Director [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/BoysDontCry Kimberly Pierce]] intended to make a film that was faithful to the Creator/StephenKing book than the earlier film, but the studio forced her to reshoot footage to bring it more into line with the deviations De Palma had originally made. A leaked screenplay confirms this.

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* The 2013 remake of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/BrianDePalma Brian De Palma]]'s ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' was not intended to be a remake at all. Director [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/BoysDontCry Kimberly Pierce]] intended to make a film that was more faithful to the Creator/StephenKing book than the earlier film, but the studio forced her to reshoot footage to bring it more into line with the deviations De Palma had originally made. A leaked screenplay confirms this.



** CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced Suicide Squad in October 2014, and it was “a sprint from the start” to meet its August 2016 release date. “[Ayer] wrote the script in like, six weeks, and they just went,”. And pushing the release date back was not an option, since Warner Bros. already had big deals signed with companies like Samsung and other merchandise partners.

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** CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced Suicide Squad ''Suicide Squad'' in October 2014, and it was “a "a sprint from the start” start" to meet its August 2016 release date. “[Ayer] "[Ayer] wrote the script in like, six weeks, and they just went,”. went." And pushing the release date back was not an option, since Warner Bros. already had big deals signed with companies like Samsung and other merchandise partners.



** Warner Bros. executives, who were nervous about Suicide Squad since the day it was announced, grew even more nervous after the negative response to ''Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice''. “Kevin was really pissed about damage to the brand,” according to one executive close to the studio.

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** Warner Bros. executives, who were had been nervous about Suicide Squad ''Suicide Squad'' since the day it was announced, grew even more nervous after the negative response to ''Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice''. “Kevin "Kevin was really pissed about damage to the brand,” brand," according to one executive close to the studio.
27th May '17 2:52:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' improved from executive meddling. First-time director Creator/KevinSmith had trouble finding a distributor, when it was suggested that part of the problem was that it had an [[DiabolusExMachina unnecessary and out-of-place]] DownerEnding in which Dante is killed by a robber. He changed the ending, and the rest is [[TheViewAskewniverse history]].

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* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' improved from executive meddling. First-time director Creator/KevinSmith had trouble finding a distributor, when it was suggested that part of the problem was that it had an [[DiabolusExMachina unnecessary and out-of-place]] DownerEnding in which Dante is killed by a robber. He changed the ending, and the rest is [[TheViewAskewniverse [[Film/TheViewAskewniverse history]].
23rd May '17 2:12:19 AM Couran
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' was the unfortunate victim of this, with the original 3 hour film being cut down to 2 1/2 hours, due to the studio being nervous about the commercial success due to the length. But when the [[Main/ReCut Ultimate Cut]] was released, many critics and audience members retracted their negative statements in praise of Zack Snyder's original vision.

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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' was the unfortunate victim of this, with the original 3 hour film being cut down to 2 1/2 hours, due to the studio being nervous about the commercial success due to the length. But when the [[Main/ReCut Ultimate Cut]] was released, many critics and audience members retracted their negative statements in praise of Zack Snyder's original vision.
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