19 ambitious movies that didn't go to plan

Andrew Blair Jan 30, 2017

Sometimes, the best of intentions don't always lead to the best movie. Here are 19 films where everything didn't quite go to plan...

As Alan Parker said ‘no one sets out to make a bad film’. Yet in spite of good intentions, sometimes a project doesn't quite go to plan. We're going to look at a bunch of movies here that aren't always well liked, and give a flavour of the problems the beset them.

So, in no particular order, here are twenty of the films that have ever been made, which are considered by at least one sentient being to be bad. That's not the interesting thing about them....

Robin Hood (2010)

Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris had written a spec script with a twist on the Robin Hood legend: the Sheriff of Nottingham was the hero, a sort of medieval forensic investigator, and Robin was the bad guy.
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Cannes: Im Global Takes Reel FX’s ‘Wish Police’ (Exclusive)

Adding to what is building into one of the powerful sales slates line-ups of company heading towards Cannes next week, Im Global has taken international sales rights to “Wish Police,” one of the awaited new animation movies from Reel FX, the studio currently creating “Scooby-Doo 2” for Warner Bros. which also made Jorge Gutierrez’s Golden Globe-nominated “The Book of Life” for Fox.

To be introduced by Im Global to buyers at next week’s Cannes Film Market, “Wish Police” weighs in as one of the biggest indie pieces of high-profile family entertainment currently on the open market which can score wide-release U.S distribution from either a studio or a big domestic distributor.

First revealed by Reel FX in December 2015, “Wish Police” is being directed by the Spanish trio known as Headless of Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres and Victor Maldonado. Screenplay is “King Fu Panda’s” story writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris.
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Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day Four- Star Wars for Kids, Fright Rags, Geeky Monopoly & More!

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Welcome back for the next installment of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide where we try and find you guys some of the best deals on great gift ideas for all the horror and sci-fi lovers in your life (or maybe even just picking up a few things for yourself!). For day four, we’re featuring two very unusual books, Scream Factory’s recent release of Demon Knight, Fright Rags, assorted geek-themed Monopoly sets, Star Wars for kids and more.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very own copy of A Christmas Horror Story to get you ready for the holiday season.

For a chance to win one
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October 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Demon Knight, Bordello Of Blood, The Oblong Box

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October 20th is yet another stellar week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, all leading up to our favorite holiday: Halloween. One of my favorite films of all time, Ernest Dickerson’s Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, is finally making its way to HD via a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. And as if that’s not enough, Scream is also busy with two more great releases this Tuesday as well—Bordello of Blood and The Larry Fessenden Collection.

Kino Lorber is reviving another cult classic on Tuesday too—The Oblong Box—which is based on the Edgar Allan Poe tale and co-stars two cinematic legends, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. For those of you Back to the Future fans out there (and really, who isn’t?), Universal is giving the series a few special releases in time for the film’s 30th anniversary and,
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Tales From The Crypt Blu-ray Contest: Win Bordello Of Blood and Demon Knight

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Tomorrow, Scream Factory will release their respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Bordello of Blood and Demon Knight—a Halloween treat that would certainly please the Cryptkeeper. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each film to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Bordello of Blood and (1) Blu-ray copy of Demon Knight.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “Tales From the Crypt Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 25th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Bordello of Blood: "Wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller, Joe Dirt) investigates some strange
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Blu-ray Clips & Trailers from Demon Knight, Bordello Of Blood and The Larry Fessenden Collection

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Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will offer horror fans several new options for Halloween movie marathons when The Larry Fessenden Collection and the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood come out on respective Blu-rays. Ahead of their impending release date, we have clips and trailers from all three Blu-rays to give you a look at what's to come.

Demon Knight (Collector's Edition Blu-ray): "A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler, Iron Man 3) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane, Titanic) who has gathered the other six keys.

In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel.
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Release Details for Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight and Bordello Of Blood Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.

Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.

Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.

Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities,
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Karate Kid 2 Loses Its Director, But Gains New Writers

Just a couple of months ago, Sony Pictures had secured The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, a vehicle that would give Jaden Smith a chance to redeem himself following the failure of After Earth. But now Eisner is gone, and producers are bringing in two new screenwriters to once again retool the sequel's script. Deadline reports Breck Eisner has left Karate Kid 2 over scheduling conflicts. No mention is made of what project could be conflicting with the long-in-the-works sequel to the 2010 reboot. However, it's suggested that script troubles are to blame for the schedule shakeup. Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff were originally brought in to pen the pic, but this latest report reveals Sony has since hired Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write a new version of the screenplay. The level of the rewrite is currently unknown. That said, if this is the cause of the
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Poulter for Inarritu's 'Revenant', Eisner Bails on 'Karate Kid 2' and Polley Adapting 'Looking for Alaska'

Will Poulter (We're the Millers) has joined the cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and (reportedly) Tom Hardy. The movie is based on the Michael Punke novel centering on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Production begins this fall. Variety Joe Carnahan (The Grey, "The Blacklist") has had a tough go in the feature film world as his latest movie, Stretch, is currently sitting in limbo, but that isn't stopping him from moving forward with another project as he's set to direct Five Against a Bullet for Sony Pictures. The story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Carnahan is expected to do a little rewriting on the script. The Wrap Breck Eisner (The Crazies
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'Karate Kid' Sequel Gets New Writers

Karate Kid 2 just landed some new writers. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have been hired to work on the script for the sequel to the 2010 movie.

Friedman and Palmer, who are known for their action comedy scripts, are taking over for Zak Penn and team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who previously worked on the script. Previously, Breck Eisner was set to direct the sequel, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

The original movie, directed by Harald Zwart, was a reboot of the 1984 classic starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, and opened big with $55.6 million in June 2011, before going on to gross $359 million worldwide.

Both Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are planning to reprise their roles for the sequel.

As for Friedman and Palmer, they're writing Family Getaway for Warners with Todd Strauss-Schulson attached to direct; as well as Secretaries Day set up at Columbia with Will Gluck producing
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Breck Eisner exits Karate Kid 2, new writers hired

It was only back in April when Breck Eisner (The Crazies) had signed on to direct a sequel to the reboot of The Karate Kid, but it looks like he has already parted ways according to Deadline. Although it’s not what you’d think, it’s just because of scheduling difficulties. No new director has been announced nor has a shortlist.

In other Karate Kid news, the studio have also hired two new writers to punch up the script. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (neither of whom have writing credits to their names) have been brought on to re-write the Karate Kid 2 script which was originally penned by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk).

Original stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) and Jaden Smith (After Earth) are set to reprise their roles for the sequel, although no plot details have been announced.
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The Karate Kid 2 loses its director, gains new writers

The Crazies director Breck Eisner drops out of directing the next Karate Kid movie, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith...


Just a month or two after it was revealed that Breck Eisner had landed the job of directing the follow-up to the successful Karate Kid remake, it's now been revealed that he's left the project. Eisner, who last directed the impressive The Crazies, has departed The Karate Kid 2 due to a schedule conflict (possibly with The Last Witch Hunter, which is set to star Vin Diesel). The hunt is on for a new director.

Meanwhile, a new pair of screenwriters have been drafted in. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have the job of reworking the previous draft, which was penned by Cyrus Voris, Zak Penn and Ethan Reiff.

Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are expected to be back for the new Karate Kid movie. No word on a start date yet,
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Breck Eisner Out For ‘Karate Kid 2′ As Sony, Overbrook Hire New Scripting Duo

Breck Eisner Out For ‘Karate Kid 2′ As Sony, Overbrook Hire New Scripting Duo
Sony and Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment have hired screenwriting team Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write Karate Kid 2, which now has an empty director’s chair as Breck Eisner has exited due to conflicting schedules. The scribes follow Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and Zak Penn, who previously had been tapped to write the sequel. Friedman and Palmer’s action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List, and the pair was subsequently hired to script the Bodyguard remake for Warner Bros-based Lin Pictures. They earned more press in 2012 when they sold their Die Hard-esque pitch Speeding Bullet […]
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'Karate Kid 2' Lands New Writers

Karate Kid 2 has kicked up some new writers. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have been tapped to work on the script for the sequel to Sony's and Overbrook’s hit 2010 movie that starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. The duo are the latest scribes on the project; Zak Penn and team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris also have worked on the script. Photos '80s Action Stars: Where Are They Now? Breck Eisner was on board as director but is no longer involved, and sources cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for his departure. While

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Karate Kid Sequel Hired The Crazies Director Breck Eisner

It's a bit surprising that Sony Pictures didn't immediately move forward with a sequel to its 2010 "Karate Kid" reboot, after the film, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan," grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and went on to earn $343 million worldwide. But now comes word that the studio is fast-tracking the project and just hired Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct the follow-up. Both Smith and Chan will return to reprise their roles. Unless things changed greatly, the script for "Karate Kid 2" is still written by Cyrus Voris and Eithan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda). The plan has been to take the story back to the Us.
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The Crazies Director Breck Eisner to Helm The Karate Kid 2

Slowly but surely, Sony is still moving forward with a sequel to the 2010 remake The Karate Kid. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard solid word regarding the project, but it appears that the studio is keen on getting it off the ground now as Deadline reports that Breck Eisner has been set as the director. Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) directed the first film with Jaden Smith assuming the lead role and Jackie Chan playing his mentor. Against a $40 million budget, the pic grossed $176.5 million stateside and an impressive $182.5 million overseas, ensuring that a follow-up will have crossover appeal in international markets. Hit the jump for more on the follow-up. Per Deadline, Smith and Chan will reprise their roles from the first film, but no plot information is known at this time. Last we heard, Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff
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‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Gets ‘The Crazies’ Director Breck Eisner

‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Gets ‘The Crazies’ Director Breck Eisner
When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as […]

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Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan Return for 'Karate Kid 2'

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan Return for 'Karate Kid 2'
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) has signed on to direct Sony's upcoming sequel The Karate Kid 2, which has Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan attached to reprise their roles from the 2010 reboot The Karate Kid.

We reported in August 2010 that writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Kung Fu Panda, Robin Hood) came aboard to write the script, with Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) signing on for a rewrite in February 2012. No story details have been released at this time.

Harald Zwart directed The Karate Kid reboot, which followed a young man (Jaden Smith) who moves with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) from Detroit to China, where he is taught kung fu by an eccentric martial arts master (Jackie Chan). The film earned $343 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

Breck Eisner is also attached to a number of projects in development, including Flash Gordon, The Last Witch Hunter,
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"Free Birds" Studio Makes A "W.I.S.H."

Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff ("Kung Fu Panda") have been hired to pen the script for the animated feature "W.I.S.H. Police" at Reel FX Animation Studios ("Free Birds").

Based on an original short story by Daniel Nayeri, the story revolves around the Imaginary Crimes Unit of the global force of creatures named the W.I.S.H. (Wicked Ideas Suddenly Human) police.

Their job is to monitor and apprehend malevolent wishes that people utter in moments of anger. Their new case is a young boy who wished his sister out of his life - doing so while wishing on a star, blowing out his birthday cake and holding a four-leaf clover.

Victor Maldonado, Adrian Garcia and Alfredo Torres will helm the project. Reel FX also have "The Book Of Life" opening next Fall, and an adaptation of the "Beasts Of Burden" comic in development.

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Reel FX Sets Animated Film ‘W.I.S.H. Police’

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Reel FX Sets Animated Film ‘W.I.S.H. Police’
Exclusive: Reel FX Animation Studios has set Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff to script W.I.S.H. Police, an animated film that is based on an original short story by Daniel Nayeri. The film will be directed by Headless Productions’ Victor Maldonado, Adrian Garcia and Alfredo Torres. It’s a police procedural revolving around the Imaginary Crimes Unit, a worldwide creature force tasked with monitoring and apprehending Wicked Ideas Suddenly Human (W.I.S.H.). Those are the malevolent wishes that people utter in moments of anger, and evil criminals work to make reality. When a young boy gets jealous of his sister and wishes her out of his life, the W.I.S.H. Police are called in for a tough one. After all, the brat made his wish on a star, while he blew out his birthday cake and held a four-leaf clover in his hand.
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