Trivia / Waterworld

  • Box Office Bomb: It is often cited as one of the most notorious box office failures in movie history. Those who see information on box-office tracking websites will see that it made $264 million worldwide in theaters out of a budget of $175 million, but that doesn't take into account that studios and theaters split the revenue, additional taxes on foreign profits, not to mention the prints and advertising, which added another $60 million into what the studio spent on it.
  • Directed By Castmember: After Kevin Reynolds quit/was fired, Kevin Costner directed most of the film himself.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Unusually it was actually Costner editing with rumours of him firing Reynolds.
    • Relatedly, script doctor Joss Whedon says his job was basically taking notes from Costner.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Averted. Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino nearly drowned on their first day of filming when the trimaran they were on sank, dragging them behind it. Meanwhile, Kevin Costner nearly died when he got caught in a squall while tied to the mast of his trimaran.
  • Novelization: Written by mystery/comics writer Max Allan Collins, the novelization did a good job of expanding character backstory and tying loose plot threads together.
  • Troubled Production: The budget overan (from $100 million to the then-record $175 million), director Kevin Reynolds either quit or was fired and leading Kevin Costner to further take over the film, a hurricane destroyed the sets, stuntmen got lost or nearly drowned... and Executive Meddling kicked in to order cuts and reshoots. Cracked has more on the subject.
  • Wag the Director: According to Joss Whedon, Kevin Costner "fired" Kevin Reynolds halfway through. Costner demanded the movie to be shot in the ocean rather than in a water tank on land... which led to the construction of an expensive water tank set in the ocean. Since there were no bathrooms on the set people had to be ferried regularly to land so they could poop. Throw in the fact that between takes Costner was living in a mansion with swimming pool and a cook for his personal use with all expenses covered by the producers and you'll understand that the rest of the crew was a bit upset. And last but not least, Costner demanded the VFX crew to hide his receding hairline digitally (not a cheap feat in 1995). The result? The most expensive film ever produced until the release of Titanic (1997).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film originated as a writer's pitch to notoriously low-budget producer Roger Corman. Corman turned it down saying that it would cost them $5 million.
    • The version that Universal ended up buying was basically a kiddie flick — Enola was the main character alongside two of Helen's own kids, the Mariner was a human and largely a supporting character, while the early version of the Deacon can only be described as being how you'd expect the Adam West Batman series to characterize him. Needless to say, the subsequent drafts took the film in a very different direction.
    • Universal Pictures wanted Robert Zemeckis note  to direct. Kevin Costner insisted on having Kevin Reynolds.
    • Also: The film originally had a different composer, Mark Isham, but his soundtrack was thrown out and replaced with a new score by James Newton Howard. Both scores present drastically different tones to the material, with the latter being more adventurous and upbeat sounding.
    • The entire slaver faction was written out when the set was destroyed.
    • One script (later rejected) called for a second moon to appear in the sky, intimating that the cataclysm which created Waterworld was gravity-related, rather than warming.
    • Samuel L. Jackson turned down the role of Deacon in order to be in Die Hard with a Vengeance. James Caan, Gene Hackman and Gary Oldman also turned it down, while Gary Busey, Laurence Fishburne and Jack Nicholson were considered.
    • Anna Paquin was the first choice to play Enola.
  • The 112-foot model of the Exxon Valdez sat abandoned at the Mojave Airport airplane scrapyard until August 2015, when it was partially stripped to be repurposed as set decoration for Wasteland Weekend.

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