History ExecutiveMeddling / Film

19th Feb '18 1:38:05 AM VagabondPeafowl
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* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' came about because the head of Creator/Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.

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* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' came about because the head of Creator/Lucasfilm, Creator/{{Lucasfilm}}, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.
19th Feb '18 1:35:36 AM VagabondPeafowl
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* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' came about because the head of Creator/Lucasfilms, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.

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* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' came about because the head of Creator/Lucasfilms, Creator/Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.
18th Feb '18 11:49:35 AM Infection
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* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': Creator/RidleyScott wanted to make a political drama, but Fox wanted a ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''-style action movie with a romance suplot. They also weren't enamored with the original cut's three-hour length. This led to some elements of the story being dropped, including Sibylla's character motivation, Balian's backstory, and King Baldwin V's entire character. They would be restored in the director's cut.
* ''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 mountains, using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]. Several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.

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* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': Creator/RidleyScott wanted to make is a political drama, but Fox wanted a ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''-style action movie with a romance suplot. They also weren't enamored with the original cut's three-hour length. This led to some elements frequent victim of the story being dropped, including Sibylla's character motivation, Balian's backstory, and King Baldwin V's entire character. They would be restored in the director's cut.
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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 mountains, using footage from [[Film/TheShining a different movie]]. Several versions have since been released that removed all these changes.changes.
** ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': Scott wanted to make a political drama, but Fox wanted a ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''-style action movie with a romance suplot. They also weren't enamored with the original cut's three-hour length. This led to some elements of the story being dropped, including Sibylla's character motivation, Balian's backstory, and King Baldwin V's entire character. They would be restored in the director's cut.
** This is commonly referred to in regards to the TroubledProduction of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The film was [[http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/opinions/the-8-worst-parts-of-prometheus-explained-in-the-original-script-jsarg.php originally intended]] to be much closer to a true ''Film/{{Alien}}'' prequel, with Jon Spaihts' original script ("Alien: Engineers") being much more coherent and logical; among other things, it gave many of the supporting characters much clearer motivations, answered commonly-addressed moments of idiocy (the expedition team keeps their helmets on inside the ship at all times) and tied in much better to the ''Alien'' canon ([[spoiler:the team originally discovered the Engineer outpost on LV-426, and Holloway gave birth to a proto-chestburster]]). Midway through pre-production, 20th Century Fox brought Damon Lindelof of ''{{Series/LOST}}'' onboard as a "name" writer to rework Spaihts' script, jettisoning a large amount of context, explanation, and connections with the main franchise in the process. Interestingly, the Blu-Ray special features have the cast and crew explicitly describing the film as an ''Alien'' prequel, despite the marketing and trailers distancing the film from the source material.
** Ridley Scott wanted to cast Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', but the studio insisted on the more bankable Kevin Spacey (also requiring an elaborate makeup job as unlike Plummer he was a few decades too young for the role). This backfired in a ''huge'' way when Spacey's long history of sexual abuse was revealed just a couple months before the film's release, turning his name so toxic overnight that it was decided the ''more cost-effective'' option was to bring in Plummer like Scott wanted in the first place, get back all the cast and crew involved in Getty's scenes, and reshoot them all in just a few weeks while still aiming for the same release date.



* This is commonly referred to in regards to the TroubledProduction of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The film was [[http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/opinions/the-8-worst-parts-of-prometheus-explained-in-the-original-script-jsarg.php originally intended]] to be much closer to a true ''Film/{{Alien}}'' prequel, with Jon Spaihts' original script ("Alien: Engineers") being much more coherent and logical; among other things, it gave many of the supporting characters much clearer motivations, answered commonly-addressed moments of idiocy (the expedition team keeps their helmets on inside the ship at all times) and tied in much better to the ''Alien'' canon ([[spoiler:the team originally discovered the Engineer outpost on LV-426, and Holloway gave birth to a proto-chestburster]]). Midway through pre-production, 20th Century Fox brought Damon Lindelof of ''{{Series/LOST}}'' onboard as a "name" writer to rework Spaihts' script, jettisoning a large amount of context, explanation, and connections with the main franchise in the process. Interestingly, the Blu-Ray special features have the cast and crew explicitly describing the film as an ''Alien'' prequel, despite the marketing and trailers distancing the film from the source material.



* Ridley Scott wanted to cast Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', but the studio insisted on the more bankable Kevin Spacey (also requiring an elaborate makeup job as unlike Plummer he was a few decades too young for the role). This backfired in a ''huge'' way when Spacey's long history of sexual abuse was revealed just a couple months before the film's release, turning his name so toxic overnight that it was decided the ''more cost-effective'' option was to bring in Plummer like Scott wanted in the first place, get back all the cast and crew involved in Getty's scenes, and reshoot them all in just a few weeks while still aiming for the same release date.
27th Jan '18 9:12:04 PM nombretomado
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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 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).

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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'' ''Series/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 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).
23rd Jan '18 5:17:49 AM ooh
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** Sheinberg wanted to replace Michael Kamen's orchestral score with contemporary rock music (to "attract the teens"), change its tone from a sci-fi epic to a love story, and repurpose a DreamSequence from earlier in the film to serve as a real-life happy ending (instead of its planned DownerEnding). He also tried to cut the film's running time from 142 minutes to 97. Gilliam fought back, but could only get some of the footage back; only ten minutes were edited out. Then he started clandestine screenings for students and critics, who liked it and got the film positive vibes. Sheinberg wasn't impressed. Then a frustrated Gilliam bought [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18lpen71y9yhwjpg/ku-medium.jpg a full-page ad]] in ''Variety'' asking Sheinberg when he would release the film. Sheinberg, undeterred, finished his version with outside editors. This version, which was released theatrically, is known as the "Love Conquers All" version; it was not well received.

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** Sheinberg wanted to replace Michael Kamen's orchestral score with contemporary rock music (to "attract the teens"), change its tone from a sci-fi epic to a love story, and repurpose a DreamSequence from earlier in the film to serve as a real-life happy ending (instead of its planned DownerEnding). He also tried to cut the film's running time from 142 minutes to 97. Gilliam fought back, but could only get some of the footage back; only ten minutes were edited out. Then he started clandestine screenings for students and critics, who liked it and got the film positive vibes. Sheinberg wasn't impressed. Then a frustrated Gilliam bought [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18lpen71y9yhwjpg/ku-medium.jpg a full-page ad]] in ''Variety'' asking Sheinberg when he would release the film. Sheinberg, undeterred, finished his version with outside editors. This version, which was released theatrically, aired on broadcast television in the United States, is known as the "Love Conquers All" version; it was not well received.
28th Dec '17 3:57:00 AM jormis29
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* Ridley Scott wanted to cast Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in ''All the Money in the World'', but the studio insisted on the more bankable Kevin Spacey (also requiring an elaborate makeup job as unlike Plummer he was a few decades too young for the role). This backfired in a ''huge'' way when Spacey's long history of sexual abuse was revealed just a couple months before the film's release, turning his name so toxic overnight that it was decided the ''more cost-effective'' option was to bring in Plummer like Scott wanted in the first place, get back all the cast and crew involved in Getty's scenes, and reshoot them all in just a few weeks while still aiming for the same release date.
* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in TheLastJedi came about because the head of Lucasfilms, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.

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* Ridley Scott wanted to cast Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in ''All the Money in the World'', ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', but the studio insisted on the more bankable Kevin Spacey (also requiring an elaborate makeup job as unlike Plummer he was a few decades too young for the role). This backfired in a ''huge'' way when Spacey's long history of sexual abuse was revealed just a couple months before the film's release, turning his name so toxic overnight that it was decided the ''more cost-effective'' option was to bring in Plummer like Scott wanted in the first place, get back all the cast and crew involved in Getty's scenes, and reshoot them all in just a few weeks while still aiming for the same release date.
* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in TheLastJedi ''Film/TheLastJedi'' came about because the head of Lucasfilms, Creator/Lucasfilms, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.
26th Dec '17 12:07:59 PM dvorak
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* InUniverse in ''Film/{{Scrooged}}''. Frank's boss runs into him in the hallway, and orders him to shoehorn some scenes with small animals into the production of ''A Christmas Carol'' to appeal to household pets, thinking that pet appeal would be The Next Big Thing.
25th Dec '17 8:25:40 PM defender2222
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* The much mocked "Leia Poppins" scene in TheLastJedi came about because the head of Lucasfilms, Kathleen Kennedy, told the director Rian Johnson that she wanted to see Leia use force powers other than her mental connection to those close to her.
1st Dec '17 9:29:25 PM Pren
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* Ridley Scott wanted to cast Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in ''All the Money in the World'', but the studio insisted on the more bankable Kevin Spacey (also requiring an elaborate makeup job as unlike Plummer he was a few decades too young for the role). This backfired in a ''huge'' way when Spacey's long history of sexual abuse was revealed just a couple months before the film's release, turning his name so toxic overnight that it was decided the ''more cost-effective'' option was to bring in Plummer like Scott wanted in the first place, get back all the cast and crew involved in Getty's scenes, and reshoot them all in just a few weeks while still aiming for the same release date.
26th Nov '17 1:42:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' had a fair amount of this going on during production. Some of the jazzy, brass-heavy music was deemed "too suggestive" and re-scored with strings. The ending was also changed, to show Stella leaving Stanley after he rapes Blanche. Blanche's monologue about her husband was also toyed with, making it nearly impossible to realize he was homosexual if you hadn't read or seen the play and ruining his motivation for killing himself. These changes were mandated by TheHaysCode; a Director's Cut 40 years later would make up for it.

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* ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' had a fair amount of this going on during production. Some of the jazzy, brass-heavy music was deemed "too suggestive" and re-scored with strings. The ending was also changed, to show Stella leaving Stanley after he rapes Blanche. Blanche's monologue about her husband was also toyed with, making it nearly impossible to realize he was homosexual if you hadn't read or seen the play and ruining his motivation for killing himself. These changes were mandated by TheHaysCode; UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode; a Director's Cut 40 years later would make up for it.
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