Trivia / The Blue Lagoon

The 1949 film:

The 1980 film:

Return To The Blue Lagoon:

  • Box Office Bomb: Return was one of these. Its production budget of $11 million was sullied by its box office total of $2,807,854.
  • Creator Killer: The failure of Return to the Blue Lagoon at the box office destroyed William Graham's career, as he never made a theatrical film again, as well as writer Leslie Stevens (who only wrote one more film before passing away). It also put the breaks on any Blue Lagoon adaptations for nearly 20 years, and even then it was only a made-for-TV film (The Awakening).
  • Old Shame: It's best not to mention Return to Milla Jovovich.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The movie was shot in chronological order. At the start of filming, the weather wasn't as nice, which paralleled Sarah's struggles raising the two children at first.
  • Reality Subtext: As a child model, Milla Jovovich had been compared to Brooke Shields. She plays the role of Emmeline, which had been played by her in the original movie.
  • Troubled Production: Unpredictable weather changes threw a wrench into filming early on - with two solid weeks of heavy rain. They also had to shoot extensive sequences in the surf with the child actors during these conditions. Although the weather eventually improved, the cast and crew had to be treated for all sort of tropical diseases across the shoot.

The Awakening:

  • Dawson Casting: Both the leads were in their early 20s playing high school students.
  • Fake American: Australians Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites play the American teenagers.
  • Remake Cameo: Christopher Atkins appears as one of the teachers.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In The Awakening, Jacob Artist (Jake Puckerman from Glee) is the school quarterback, with a minor role at the start of the film.