History ExecutiveMeddling / Film

2nd May '16 5:17:55 AM SickBoy
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*** Despite marketing ''The Colour of Magic'' in the film and TV tie-in section of bookstores. Someone must pay.
6th Apr '16 9:22:54 AM Yeow95
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* After almost finishing production on ''Film/SupermanII'', director Creator/RichardDonner was fired by producer Alexander Salkind, who wanted a lower-budget movie with more {{camp}}. The result on the franchise was disastrous -- many of the stars, including Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, refused to work with new director Richard Lester, and the [[Film/SupermanIII third]] and [[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace fourth]] movies in the series were so critically disliked that the pseudo-reboot/sequel ''Film/SupermanReturns'' [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores them entirely]].

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* After almost finishing production on ''Film/SupermanII'', director Creator/RichardDonner was fired by producer Alexander Salkind, who wanted a lower-budget movie with more {{camp}}. The result on the franchise was disastrous -- many of the stars, including Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, refused to work with new director Richard Lester, and the [[Film/SupermanIII third]] and [[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace fourth]] movies in the series were so critically disliked that the pseudo-reboot/sequel ''Film/SupermanReturns'' ''Film/SupermanReturns'', [[FranchiseKiller released almost twenty years after]] ''Superman IV: The Quest For Peace'', [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores them entirely]].
6th Apr '16 9:21:31 AM Yeow95
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** All of this [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard blew up in New Line's face]] when the film did poorly domestically but was a smash hit internationally, [[LaserGuidedKarma resulting in the studio getting swallowed up]] by parent company Warner Brothers. When asked if we'll ever see his original director's cut for the film, Chris Weitz answered that it's not likely as the missing hour of footage requires another $2 million of effects to complete. All this happened ''after'' the ditching of a fine screenplay by Creator/TomStoppard.

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** All of this [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard blew up in New Line's face]] when the film did poorly domestically but was a smash hit internationally, [[LaserGuidedKarma resulting in the studio getting swallowed up]] [[CreatorKiller by parent company Warner Brothers.Bros]]. When asked if we'll ever see his original director's cut for the film, Chris Weitz answered that it's not likely as the missing hour of footage requires another $2 million of effects to complete. All this happened ''after'' the ditching of a fine screenplay by Creator/TomStoppard.
5th Apr '16 7:30:12 AM Willbyr
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** ''Film/PacificRim'' is a VERY rare case of good executive meddling. Creator/GuillermoDelToro didn't think 3D would add much to the movie or could even detract from the experience. They managed to convince Del Toro to do the conversion and the movie became a better experience due to it. But he accompanied the entire proccess to make sure the conversion wouldn't be half assed. As many scenes are made in CGI the conversion of these was much faster and easier.

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** ''Film/PacificRim'' is a VERY rare case of good executive meddling. Creator/GuillermoDelToro didn't think 3D would add much to the movie or could even detract from the experience. They managed to convince Del Toro to do the conversion and the movie became a better experience due to it. But he accompanied the entire proccess process to make sure the conversion wouldn't be half assed.half-assed. As many scenes are made in CGI the conversion of these was much faster and easier.



* Quite a lot of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' resides somewhere on the cutting room floor, mainly because the studio was dead set on making this their new PG-13-rated fun-for-the-whole-family blockbuster franchise (''HisDarkMaterials'' fans take a minute and let that sink in).
** Chris Weitz's initial cut of The Golden Compass ran approximately three hours. New Line was banking on this new ''His Dark Materials'' trilogy to be their next ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Unfortunately, the studio got cold feet at the 11th hour. They felt that not only was the film running too long (ironic considering how long each of the ''The Lord of the Rings'' films ran in their theatrical cuts), but they were worried about the DownerEnding in which [[spoiler:Lord Asriel kidnaps Roger and tears him apart from his daemon, effectively killing him in the process in order to rip open the barrier between worlds.]] Without Weitz's involvement, the studio cut this ending out along with approximately 45 minutes' worth of other scenes.

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* Quite a lot of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' resides somewhere on the cutting room floor, mainly because the studio was dead set on making this their new PG-13-rated fun-for-the-whole-family blockbuster franchise (''HisDarkMaterials'' (''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' fans take a minute and let that sink in).
** Chris Weitz's initial cut of The ''The Golden Compass Compass'' ran approximately three hours. New Line was banking on this new ''His Dark Materials'' trilogy to be their next ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Unfortunately, the studio got cold feet at the 11th hour. They felt that not only was the film running too long (ironic considering how long each of the ''The Lord of the Rings'' films ran in their theatrical cuts), but they were worried about the DownerEnding in which [[spoiler:Lord Asriel kidnaps Roger and tears him apart from his daemon, effectively killing him in the process in order to rip open the barrier between worlds.]] worlds]]. Without Weitz's involvement, the studio cut this ending out along with approximately 45 minutes' worth of other scenes.



* ''Film/FightClub'': The scene where the narrator severely beats another member of the club out of jealousy for the apparent attention he was getting from Tyler Durden originally focused more on the beating. Censors deemed this unacceptable, so the scene was altered to focus more on the narrator's face, and the reactions of the onlookers. Many considered the alteration to be more disturbing than the original scene.

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* ''Film/FightClub'': ''Film/FightClub'':
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The scene where the narrator severely beats another member of the club out of jealousy for the apparent attention he was getting from Tyler Durden originally focused more on the beating. Censors deemed this unacceptable, so the scene was altered to focus more on the narrator's face, and the reactions of the onlookers. Many considered the alteration to be more disturbing than the original scene.
9th Mar '16 6:04:21 PM Karxrida
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* The first live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movies suffered from executing meddling. Writer James Gunn (yes, [[Film/{{Slither}} THAT]] [[Film/{{GuardiansoftheGalaxy}} James Gunn]]) wrote a PG-13 movie that rewarded its fans with many urban legends and WildMassGuessing developed by said fans being acknowledged on screen. Despite these elements being filmed, Warner Bros. forced many of them to be cut to get a PG rating. The final film is a case where the deleted scenes are actually better than what's shown on screen. Later on, Gunn's contract mandated that he write a sequel and he was forced to leave the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake as a result (that script ended up being finished by Scott Frank and Michael Tolkin).
* The ''Film/RedDawn2012'' remake is centered around a Chinese invasion of America. However, after the movie was completed, the executives decided to change the villain from China to North Korea, and went so far as to digitally alter every Chinese symbol into a North Korean one and add additional scenes. The executives initially claimed that North Korea would be a more plausible enemy than China, but they later admitted the real reason for the changes was because the idea of the Chinese invading scared off distributors, no one would touch the film until the changes were made, and it took almost a year to find a distributor.

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* The first live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movies suffered from executing meddling. ''Film/ScoobyDoo'': Writer James Gunn (yes, [[Film/{{Slither}} THAT]] [[Film/{{GuardiansoftheGalaxy}} James Gunn]]) wrote a PG-13 movie that rewarded its fans with many around urban legends and WildMassGuessing developed by said fans being acknowledged on screen.fans. Despite these elements being filmed, Warner Bros. forced many of them to be cut to get a PG rating. The final film is a case where the deleted scenes are actually better than what's shown on screen. Later on, Gunn's contract mandated that he write a sequel and he was forced to leave the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake as a result (that script ended up being finished by Scott Frank and Michael Tolkin).
* ''Film/RedDawn2012'': The ''Film/RedDawn2012'' remake is plot of the movie was originally centered around a Chinese invasion of America. However, after After the movie was completed, the executives decided to change the villain from China to North Korea, and went so far as to digitally alter every Chinese symbol into a North Korean one and add additional scenes. The executives initially claimed that North Korea would be a more plausible enemy than China, but they It was later admitted the real reason for the changes was because stated that the idea of the Chinese invading scared off distributors, and no one would touch the film until the changes were made, and it took almost a year to find a distributor.made.



* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' is actually a triumphant example. The producers thought the original ending was too anti-authoritarian, so they changed it--thereby inventing the cinematic TwistEnding.

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* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' is actually a triumphant example. ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': The producers thought the original ending was too anti-authoritarian, so they changed it--thereby inventing the cinematic TwistEnding.



** Executive meddling with Mallrats also resulted in the removal of a 'semen as hair gel' joke (deemed too gross, only a couple years before ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''), and almost resulted in the replacement of Jason Mewes with Seth Green as Jay. Obviously, the latter would have been a disaster, as Jay is nothing more than a scripted portrayal of Jason's actual personality and manner of speaking.

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** Executive meddling with Mallrats also resulted in the removal of a The 'semen as hair gel' joke (deemed was removed for being deemed too gross, only a couple years before ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''), and almost resulted in the replacement of Jason Mewes with Seth Green as Jay. Obviously, the latter would have been a disaster, as Jay is nothing more than a scripted portrayal of Jason's actual personality and manner of speaking.Jay.
6th Mar '16 2:29:22 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Amongst the things the executives tried to change was adding narration by the protagonist, Deckard, to explain the story, because they felt the viewers wouldn't understand the movie otherwise. Executive meddling also changed the ending to have Deckard and Rachael driving off into the sunset through a mountain range, ''using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]''. Several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Amongst the things the executives tried to change was adding narration by the protagonist, Deckard, to explain the story, because they felt the viewers wouldn't understand the movie otherwise. Executive meddling also changed the ending to have Deckard and Rachael driving off into the sunset through a mountain range, mountains, ''using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]''. Several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.
6th Mar '16 2:28:32 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Amongst the things the executives tried to change was adding narration by the protagonist, Deckard, to explain the story, because they felt the viewers wouldn't understand the movie otherwise. Executive meddling also changed the ending to have Deckard and Rachael driving off, ''using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]''. Luckily, several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Amongst the things the executives tried to change was adding narration by the protagonist, Deckard, to explain the story, because they felt the viewers wouldn't understand the movie otherwise. Executive meddling also changed the ending to have Deckard and Rachael driving off, off into the sunset through a mountain range, ''using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]''. Luckily, several Several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.



* Dino De Laurentiis pared ''Film/{{Dune}}'' down by hours and the result was a confusing mess to many people who didn't read the book.

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* Dino De Laurentiis pared ''Film/{{Dune}}'' had its runtime pared down by hours and the result was a confusing mess to many people who didn't read the book.book.
** The 137 minute version of Dune that was released to theatres in 1984 is actually David Lynch's preferred cut of the film. In fact, David Lynch was so displeased with the 3 hour version that aired on TV, that he had his director's credit on the TV version replaced with Main/AlanSmithee and his screenwriting credit changed to Judas Booth.
3rd Mar '16 1:06:26 PM TheLaughingFist
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** Because of all this Film/Deadpool2016 had a a lot of trouble just getting of the ground and it wasn't until Tom Rothman left that it was finally green lit, and even then many exec wouldn't put their name anywhere close feeling it was doomed to fail. Luckily they were all wrong.
26th Feb '16 10:31:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* The brief topless shot of Joey Lauren Adams in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' was not part of the script, but insisted upon by Universal. When Adams refused to be filmed topless, Universal threatened to fire her from the film. Director (and Adams' boyfriend at the time) Kevin Smith had to persuade her to do the scene.
** Executive meddling with Mallrats also resulted in the removal of a 'semen as hair gel' joke (deemed too gross, only a couple years before ''TheresSomethingAboutMary''), and almost resulted in the replacement of Jason Mewes with Seth Green as Jay. Obviously, the latter would have been a disaster, as Jay is nothing more than a scripted portrayal of Jason's actual personality and manner of speaking.

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* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'':
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The brief topless shot of Joey Lauren Adams in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' was not part of the script, but insisted upon by Universal. When Adams refused to be filmed topless, Universal threatened to fire her from the film. Director (and Adams' boyfriend at the time) Kevin Smith had to persuade her to do the scene.
** Executive meddling with Mallrats also resulted in the removal of a 'semen as hair gel' joke (deemed too gross, only a couple years before ''TheresSomethingAboutMary''), ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''), and almost resulted in the replacement of Jason Mewes with Seth Green as Jay. Obviously, the latter would have been a disaster, as Jay is nothing more than a scripted portrayal of Jason's actual personality and manner of speaking.
22nd Feb '16 8:32:48 AM Razor021792
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* [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Why-Last-Airbender-Was-Terrible-It-Maybe-Wasn-t-Night-Fault-66676.html This CinemaBlend article]] suggests that ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' may have been more a case of this trope than solely the fault of M. Night Shamalayn.

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* [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Why-Last-Airbender-Was-Terrible-It-Maybe-Wasn-t-Night-Fault-66676.html This CinemaBlend article]] suggests that ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' may have been more a case of this trope than solely the fault of M. Night Shamalayn.Shyamalan. Nepotism, script rewrites, cut-out scenes to keep the movie under 100 minutes long, etc. seem to have ultimately killed Shyamalan and company's enthusiasm for the project, leading them to phone it in just to get their paychecks.
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