History Trivia / Splash

25th Sep '17 12:45:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Creator/RobertTowne (of ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade the Disney company into green-lighting ''Splash'', Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** However, due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, the "Mermaid" project was ''declared dead''.
* TheRedStapler: "Madison" as a first name was virtually unheard-of when this movie came out. (During the first half of the 20th Century, it was in the top 1000 boys' names.) Thanks to ''Splash'', it has been in the [[https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/ top ten girls' names for almost two decades]]. It spent two years in second place, before receding to ninth place in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It finally inched out of the top ten in 2015, making 11th.

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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - project: Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Creator/RobertTowne (of ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade the Disney company into green-lighting ''Splash'',
lead. Grazer told managed to get the studio film made anyway, and ''Mermaid'' was the film that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** However, due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, the "Mermaid" project was ''declared dead''.
ultimately got canceled.
* TheRedStapler: "Madison" as a first name was virtually unheard-of when this movie came out. (During That was the first half of the 20th Century, it was in the top 1000 boys' names.) joke. Thanks to ''Splash'', it has been in the [[https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/ top ten girls' names for almost two decades]]. It spent two years in second place, before receding to ninth place in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It finally inched out of the top ten in 2015, making 11th.
27th Aug '17 8:33:15 PM jormis29
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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.

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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne Creator/RobertTowne (of ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.
15th Aug '17 9:37:02 AM ClintEastwood
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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.

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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The scene where a TV show makes Madison upset and Allen explains the TV show is fictional and didn't really happen was originally going to be part of a BrickJoke where Madison later watches a real life plane crash on the news and laughs.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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The scene where a TV show makes Madison upset and Allen explains the TV show is fictional and didn't really happen was originally going to be part of a BrickJoke where Madison later watches a real life plane crash on the news and laughs.



** The original ending [[spoiler: didn't have Allen jumping in the water to be with Madison]]. In the DVD audio commentary, Ron Howard said the ending was changed ''at the suggestion of his wife, Brian Grazer's wife, and the wives of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel'' (in fact, Babaloo's wife went as far as saying to Babaloo, "If he doesn't go, you go!").
** The "sea hag" sequence in which Madison would learn about the "rules" was filmed (brief footage of it can be seen in the "making of" documentary on the DVD), but it was cut due to test audiences finding it [[MoodWhiplash "too foreboding"]], as well as being too difficult to film, since itís underwater and a lot of acting is involved.

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** The original ending [[spoiler: didn't have Allen jumping in the water to be with Madison]]. In the DVD audio commentary, Ron Howard DVDCommentary, Creator/RonHoward said the ending was changed ''at the suggestion of his wife, Brian Grazer's wife, and the wives of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel'' (in fact, Babaloo's wife went as far as saying to Babaloo, "If he doesn't go, you go!").
** The "sea hag" sequence in which Madison would learn about the "rules" was filmed (brief footage of it can be seen in the "making of" documentary on the DVD), but it was cut due to test audiences finding it [[MoodWhiplash "too foreboding"]], as well as being too difficult to film, since itís underwater and a lot of acting is involved.involved.
** Creator/JeffBridges, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/SteveGuttenberg, Creator/JohnHeard, Creator/MichaelKeaton, Creator/RobertKlein, Creator/KevinKline, Creator/DudleyMoore, Creator/DavidMorse, Creator/BillMurray, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/JohnTravolta[[note]]He turned it down on the advice of his agent[[/note]] and Creator/RobinWilliams were all candidates for Allen Bauer.
** Creator/RosannaArquette, Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus, Creator/MelanieGriffith, Creator/JodieFoster[[note]]She turned it down in favour of ''The Hotel New Hampshire''[[/note]], Creator/GenieFrancis, Creator/LynneFrederick, Creator/FionaFullerton, Creator/DianeLane, Tatum O'Neal, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/TanyaRoberts[[note]]She turned it down in order to star in ''Film/{{Sheena}}''[[/note]], Ally Sheedy, Creator/BrookeShields[[note]]She turned it down in order study French Literature at Princeton[[/note]], Creator/SharonStone, Creator/KathleenTurner, [[Series/TheFactsOfLife Lisa Whelchel]] and Creator/DebraWinger were all candidates for Madison.
** Creator/TimAllen and Creator/MichaelKeaton were considered for Freddie Bauer.
16th Dec '16 6:40:29 PM ofrah1
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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for "Splash" in order to avoid competition with another film project titled "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' was going to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade the Disney company into green-lighting "Splash", Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".

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* DuelingMovies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for "Splash" ''Splash'' in order to avoid competition with another film project titled "Mermaid", ''Mermaid'' which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike "Splash", ''Splash'', many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' Creator/WarrenBeatty was going to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade the Disney company into green-lighting "Splash", ''Splash'', Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
16th Dec '16 6:37:12 PM ofrah1
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* DuelingMovies: The reason that the pitch for "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade Disney in green-lighting "Splash", producer Brian Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** Due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, ''the project was eventually declared dead''.

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* DuelingMovies: The reason that the Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was in order to ''avoid avoid competition with the upcoming another film project titled "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. mermaid. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' was going to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade the Disney in company into green-lighting "Splash", producer Brian Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** Due However, due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, ''the the "Mermaid" project was eventually declared dead''. ''declared dead''.
16th Dec '16 6:30:28 PM ofrah1
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*DuelingMovies: The reason that the pitch for "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade Disney in green-lighting "Splash", producer Brian Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** Due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, ''the project was eventually declared dead''.



** Friedman's script had the film mostly take place ''underwater'', in which the audience would get to see Madison and the merpeople who live there. However, Ron Howard suggested that it would be easier (for logistical reasons) to have the story take place on land rather than under the sea, so Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel were hired to do rewrites, with the focus now being more on Allen and his relationship with his "mermaid girlfriend" Madison.

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** Bruce Jay Friedman's original script had the film mostly take place ''underwater'', in which the audience would get to see Madison and the merpeople who live there. However, Ron Howard suggested that it would be easier (for logistical reasons) to have the story take place on land rather than under the sea, so Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel were hired to do rewrites, with the focus now being more on Allen and his relationship with his "mermaid girlfriend" Madison.
16th Dec '16 6:27:33 PM ofrah1
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* DevelopmentHell: Brian Grazer (the film's producer) came up with the concept for "Splash" ''back in 1977'', when he was driving down Pacific Coast Highway one day, and was thinking about what ''his'' idea of the "perfect woman" would be, and then attaching it to the image of a "mermaid" (since naturally, there was an ocean beside him!). He pitched the idea of a man falling in love with a mermaid to various studio heads, and all of them turned him down flat.
** He hired screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman [[note]] previously he was the screenwriter for ''Film/StirCrazy'', and before that, wrote the short story ""A Change of Plan" which then became the basis for ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid''[[/note]] to write the first draft of "Splash".
** After the studio "United Artists" rejected Friedman's script, Brian then hired Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (who had previously written the screenplay for the film "Night Shift", which Grazer had produced) to do a rewrite, and the script finally found its way in the hands of a studio that would "green light" the film: ''Walt Disney Studios''[[note]]Previously, The Ladd Company had picked up the script, albeit briefly, after United Artists dropped it[[/note]].
*** As you can guess, the film took seven years to get made (from conceiving the idea to releasing the film to the general public), with at least half of those years solely devoted to ''rewrites and finding a studio that would finance the film''.
* DuelingMovies: The reason "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.
** In order to persuade Disney in green-lighting "Splash", Grazer told the studio that he would make their film "faster, cheaper, and better" than "Mermaid".
** Due to a possible "actors strike" delaying progress, ''the project was eventually declared dead''.
16th Dec '16 2:49:58 PM ofrah1
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* DuelingMovies: The reason "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Actor/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.

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* DuelingMovies: The reason "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Actor/WarrenBeatty'' ''Creator/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.
16th Dec '16 2:49:26 PM ofrah1
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* DuelingMovies: The reason "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Film/Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Actor/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.

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* DuelingMovies: The reason "Splash" was rejected by nearly every major Hollywood studio was to ''avoid competition with the upcoming film project "Mermaid", which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid''. Unlike "Splash", many big names were attached to the project - Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark to produce it, Robert Towne (of ''Film/Chinatown'' ''Chinatown'' fame) to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange to play the titular mermaid, and ''Actor/WarrenBeatty'' to play the male lead.
16th Dec '16 2:48:36 PM ofrah1
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** After the studio "United Artists" rejected Friedman's script, Brian then hired Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (who had previously written the screenplay for the film ''Film/NightShift'', which Grazer had produced) to do a rewrite, and the script finally found its way in the hands of a studio that would "green light" the film: ''Walt Disney Studios''[[note]]Previously, The Ladd Company had picked up the script, albeit briefly, after United Artists dropped it[[/note]].

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** After the studio "United Artists" rejected Friedman's script, Brian then hired Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (who had previously written the screenplay for the film ''Film/NightShift'', "Night Shift", which Grazer had produced) to do a rewrite, and the script finally found its way in the hands of a studio that would "green light" the film: ''Walt Disney Studios''[[note]]Previously, The Ladd Company had picked up the script, albeit briefly, after United Artists dropped it[[/note]].
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