History ExecutiveMeddling / Film

19th Aug '16 2:05:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* During filming of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', Universal kept pressuring John Landis to replace some of the African American musical stars in the cast like Music/CabCalloway and Music/ArethaFranklin with acts like Rose Royce who were more contemporary and successful (the notable exception was RayCharles). Such changes would have [[LifeImitatesArt contradicted]] much of the {{Aesop}} behind the movie, to give respect and attention to blues, jazz and R&B's rich history and traditions, which were being neglected as new trends in music were emerging and traditional black musicians were being forgotten. Landis refused the changes, but as a result some theater chains refused to book it into their theaters in white neighborhoods.

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* During filming of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', Universal kept pressuring John Landis to replace some of the African American musical stars in the cast like Music/CabCalloway and Music/ArethaFranklin with acts like Rose Royce who were more contemporary and successful (the notable exception was RayCharles).Music/RayCharles). Such changes would have [[LifeImitatesArt contradicted]] much of the {{Aesop}} behind the movie, to give respect and attention to blues, jazz and R&B's rich history and traditions, which were being neglected as new trends in music were emerging and traditional black musicians were being forgotten. Landis refused the changes, but as a result some theater chains refused to book it into their theaters in white neighborhoods.
18th Aug '16 12:59:27 PM Tre
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* ''Film/DisturbingBehavior'' was practically shredded in the editing room, having nearly twenty minutes cut (the theatrical edit is just 84 minutes long) and a different ending put in by the studio over the objections of director David Nutter. Among the scenes cut include numerous story and CharacterDevelopment scenes whose absence the film greatly suffers for, which perhaps explains the film's tepid reception by critics and at the box office. Fortunately, all of the scenes in question are included on the DVD. The SciFiChannel's edited-for-TV version of the movie often reinstates the deleted scenes, making it something of an unofficial [[{{Recut}} director's cut]], though it leaves the theatrical ending.

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* ''Film/DisturbingBehavior'' was practically shredded in the editing room, having nearly twenty minutes cut (the theatrical edit is just 84 minutes long) and a different ending put in by the studio over the objections of director David Nutter. Among the scenes cut include numerous story and CharacterDevelopment scenes whose absence the film greatly suffers for, which perhaps explains the film's tepid reception by critics and at the box office. Fortunately, all of the scenes in question are included on the DVD. The SciFiChannel's [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s edited-for-TV version of the movie often reinstates the deleted scenes, making it something of an unofficial [[{{Recut}} director's cut]], though it leaves the theatrical ending.
15th Aug '16 8:33:19 AM MikeK
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* The director of ''Film/BookOfShadowsBlairWitch2'' wanted to make the film more psychological thriller exploring the relationship between medial, fiction and reality that would also be a commentary on the media frenzy and fan community around the first film. The film would start out lighthearted, and slowly grow stranger and darker, with the end remaining vague about whether the main characters committed horrible acts due to actually being under the influence of the Blair Witch or if they lost touch with reality while getting too deep into the fiction. The studio initially liked this take, but upon seeing the director's first cut, they wanted to add more gore and violence earlier on in the film, which included scattering around some revealing scenes from the end, and adding a completely new scene where the characters massacre a group of foreigners visiting the site of the first film. To make the mood of the film darker, the studio also changed the soundtrack to hard rock [[note]]for example, the original cut used "Witchcraft" by Music/FrankSinatra for the opening credits, but the studio replaced it with "Disposable Teens" by Music/MarilynManson[[/note]]. Finally, that "Book of Shadows" in the title which is nowhere to be seen in the actual movie was added by the studio.

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* The director of ''Film/BookOfShadowsBlairWitch2'' wanted to make the film more psychological thriller exploring the relationship between medial, fiction and reality that would also be a commentary on the media frenzy and fan community around the first film. The film would start out lighthearted, and slowly grow stranger and darker, with the end remaining vague about whether the main characters committed horrible acts due to actually being under the influence of the Blair Witch or if they lost touch with reality while getting too deep into the fiction. The studio initially liked this take, but upon seeing the director's first cut, they wanted to add more gore and violence earlier on in the film, which included scattering around some revealing scenes from the end, and adding a completely new scene where the characters massacre a group of foreigners visiting the site of the first film. To make the mood of the film darker, the studio also changed the soundtrack to hard rock [[note]]for example, the original cut used "Witchcraft" by Music/FrankSinatra for the opening credits, credits as SoundtrackDissonance, but the studio replaced it with "Disposable Teens" by Music/MarilynManson[[/note]]. Finally, that "Book of Shadows" in the title which is nowhere to be seen in the actual movie was added by the studio.
15th Aug '16 8:24:10 AM MikeK
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* The director of ''Film/BookOfShadowsBlairWitch2'' wanted to make the film more psychological thriller exploring the relationship between medial, fiction and reality that would also be a commentary on the media frenzy and fan community around the first film. The film would start out lighthearted, and slowly grow stranger and darker, with the end remaining vague about whether the main characters committed horrible acts due to actually being under the influence of the Blair Witch or if they lost touch with reality while getting too deep into the fiction. The studio initially liked this take, but upon seeing the director's first cut, they wanted to add more gore and violence earlier on in the film, which included scattering around some revealing scenes from the end, and adding a completely new scene where the characters massacre a group of foreigners visiting the site of the first film. To make the mood of the film darker, the studio also changed the soundtrack to hard rock. Finally, that "Book of Shadows" in the title which is nowhere to be seen in the actual movie was added by the studio.

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* The director of ''Film/BookOfShadowsBlairWitch2'' wanted to make the film more psychological thriller exploring the relationship between medial, fiction and reality that would also be a commentary on the media frenzy and fan community around the first film. The film would start out lighthearted, and slowly grow stranger and darker, with the end remaining vague about whether the main characters committed horrible acts due to actually being under the influence of the Blair Witch or if they lost touch with reality while getting too deep into the fiction. The studio initially liked this take, but upon seeing the director's first cut, they wanted to add more gore and violence earlier on in the film, which included scattering around some revealing scenes from the end, and adding a completely new scene where the characters massacre a group of foreigners visiting the site of the first film. To make the mood of the film darker, the studio also changed the soundtrack to hard rock.rock [[note]]for example, the original cut used "Witchcraft" by Music/FrankSinatra for the opening credits, but the studio replaced it with "Disposable Teens" by Music/MarilynManson[[/note]]. Finally, that "Book of Shadows" in the title which is nowhere to be seen in the actual movie was added by the studio.
5th Aug '16 12:54:43 PM TDTD
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* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'''s original version didn't survive when Fox executives saw spinoff potential in Jennifer Garner's Elektra. They recut the film to give Elektra more prominence, cutting off most of Matt Murdock's backstory, his legal career, and any sense to the ending. The result was heavily panned, as was the eventual ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' film. The director's cut has become quite popular on DVD and holds up as one of the better Marvel movies.

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* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'''s original version didn't survive when Fox executives saw spinoff potential in Jennifer Garner's Elektra. They recut the film to give Elektra more prominence, cutting off most of Matt Murdock's backstory, his legal career, and any sense to the ending. The result was heavily panned, as was the eventual ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' film. The director's cut has become quite popular on DVD and holds up as one of the better Marvel movies.
4th Aug '16 4:25:38 PM FireShadow
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before, during and after the production of the movie:

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before, during and ''and'' after the production of the movie:
4th Aug '16 4:15:34 PM FireShadow
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before before, during and after the production of the movie:
3rd Aug '16 4:23:31 PM FireShadow
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:
3rd Aug '16 4:19:30 PM FireShadow
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad(2016)'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad(2016)'' ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:
3rd Aug '16 4:18:49 PM FireShadow
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* ''Film / Suicide Squad (2016)'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:

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* ''Film / Suicide Squad (2016)'' ''Film/SuicideSquad(2016)'' suffered '''big time''' from executive meddling. Warner Bros. In a lengthy report from the [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693 The Hollywood Reporter]], with insider information provides from several sources who worked closely on the film, there were ''several'' major issues before and after the production of the movie:



* Warner Bros. hired David Ayer to direct the movie, even though he had no prior experience making a big, CGI-filled blockbuster. Seasoned directors are expensive, meaning studios turn to those with less experience, relying on instinct that they will be up to the job.
* 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.
* And then came the competing cuts. Warner Bros. felt that the movie didn’t deliver the fun, edgy tone that the “Bohemian Rhapsody” trailer captured. So while David Ayer continued to work on his version of the movie, Warner Bros. began working on another with help from Trailer Park, the company that had made the trailer. Multiple editors worked on Suicide Squad, though only John Gilroy is credited. Although, according to a source who worked on the movie, he left by the end of the process and that the final editor was Michael Tronick.
* In May, David Ayer’s darker version of the movie, and Warner Bros.’s lighter, more fun version were screened for test audiences. Ayer agreed to this, and they gathered all of the feedback and tried to reach a middle ground. In order to get the movie to that point though, millions of dollars were needed for reshoots.
* There was also a lot of “panic and ego” were involved, instead of calmly trying to address the tone issues. Things got so intense, that Ayer fired his long time agent, hired a new one, but then decided to go back to his old one just a day later. “He was under a lot — a lot — of pressure,” according to one source. And just to add on the pressure, apparently, according to one insider, “the movie’s got to do $750 million, $800 million to break even. If they get anywhere close to that, they’ll consider it a win.”

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* ** Warner Bros. hired David Ayer to direct the movie, even though he had no prior experience making a big, CGI-filled blockbuster. Seasoned directors are expensive, meaning studios turn to those with less experience, relying on instinct that they will be up to the job.
* ** 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.
* ** And then came the competing cuts. Warner Bros. felt that the movie didn’t deliver the fun, edgy tone that the “Bohemian Rhapsody” trailer captured. So while David Ayer continued to work on his version of the movie, Warner Bros. began working on another with help from Trailer Park, the company that had made the trailer. Multiple editors worked on Suicide Squad, though only John Gilroy is credited. Although, according to a source who worked on the movie, he left by the end of the process and that the final editor was Michael Tronick.
* ** In May, David Ayer’s darker version of the movie, and Warner Bros.’s lighter, more fun version were screened for test audiences. Ayer agreed to this, and they gathered all of the feedback and tried to reach a middle ground. In order to get the movie to that point though, millions of dollars were needed for reshoots.
* ** There was also a lot of “panic and ego” were involved, instead of calmly trying to address the tone issues. Things got so intense, that Ayer fired his long time agent, hired a new one, but then decided to go back to his old one just a day later. “He was under a lot — a lot — of pressure,” according to one source. And just to add on the pressure, apparently, according to one insider, “the movie’s got to do $750 million, $800 million to break even. If they get anywhere close to that, they’ll consider it a win.”
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