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Trivia / The Time Machine (2002)

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $85 million. Box office, $56,832,494 (domestic), $123,729,176 (worldwide).
  • Creator Killer:
    • The first and only live-action film directed by Simon Wells, who was left so exhausted by the experience that he bowed out late in the shoot, leaving Gore Verbinski to take over for the remainder of the shoot (accounting for the last quarter or so of the film). He didn't direct anything of any description again — though worked as a storyboard artist on several Dreamworks animated films — until 2011's Mars Needs Moms, and judging by that film bombing as well, probably wishes he hadn't bothered. Apart from The Time Machine and Mars Needs Moms, all of Wells' movies are DreamWorks Animation films.
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    • The Time Machine was also the first of three movies in 2002 and 2003 that dealt a setback to the career of screenwriter John Logan. The other two are Star Trek: Nemesis and DWA's Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
    • Samantha Mumba's film career was essentially derailed by the failure of this film. While she had a number of film roles after this, most of them were smaller budget Irish films.
  • Deleted Role: Philip Bosco's scenes as the Dean were cut from the final print.
  • Real-Life Relative: Mara's younger brother Kalen is played by Samantha Mumba's real life brother Omero.
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The trailer used music from Stargate.
  • What Could Have Been: There were originally going to be several Über-Morlocks instead of just one, and they would have looking completely inhuman and monstrous, "like giant silverfish" according to the script.


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