Trivia / Babylon A.D.

  • Creator Backlash: Babylon A.D. was hit with this before it even came out. The director, Matthieu Kassovitz, has been quite open about how his initial vision of a dark but thoughtful cyberpunk world was edited beyond all recognition and turned into "a bad episode of 24." (For context, Rotten Tomatoes rates this movie at 7% freshness.)
  • Deleted Scene: The Hummer chase scene is an extra on the DVD, though it was in the theatre version.
  • Old Shame: Matthieu Kassovitz (the French director) does not remember this movie well, notably because of Vin Diesel ("a completely idiot actor" according to him) and a heavy dose of Executive Meddling from 20th Century Fox. To him the film ended up like a "bad episode of 24".
  • Re Cut: The European extended version includes ten minutes of deleted and extended footage along with the original ending and alternate footage and dialogue. It is considered to be better than the theatrical version.
  • Executive Meddling / Troubled Production: As the film's development was hellish from A to Z, the final product bombed hard and was disavowed by its own director, Matthieu Kassovitz. A making-of called Fucking Kassovitz was released in 2011 to reveal the extent of the disaster behind the scenes.