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Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical officer, a medical technician, a search and rescue paramedic, and a computer technician. When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant galaxy, the crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man they rescue, the alien artifact he's smuggled aboard, and the gravitational pull of a giant star about to supernova. The resulting explosion will be the most massive explosion in the universe. Written by
Filming started in April 1998. After principle photography was finished in July, Walter Hill' put together his first cut of the movie which still didn't have all the special effects scenes added into it. MGM refused the number of effects shots requested by Hill including a zero gravity rescue, and a remotely operated medical robot was replaced by a humanoid android. MGM decided to screen the movie to test audience. Hill told them that the screening would be complete disaster because movie was still not finished. MGM still screened the movie and just like Hill said, test screening audience hated the movie. Hill then got into more arguments with MGM and quit the project.
MGM then called in another director Jack Sholder to try and save the movie with re-editing and re-shoots. Sholder deleted lot of the scenes from Hill's version including many scenes of character development, added the scene where James Spader's character is piloting the ship to safety after they jump into the Supernova high gravity field (Originally auto-pilot saved the ship from crash but Sholder wanted to give Spader's character something more to do), added some scenes with more focus on humor, changed the original voice of ship's computer Sweetie and add a new one which had "more emotion", removed entire dialogue from another computer called George who was on Titan moon and who gave Nick some informations about the mining colony and such, removed the original rock/electronic-like score by Burkhard Dallwitz and added new one by David C. Williams. After Sholder's cut was test screened and got little better reaction from test audience, new people got involved in United Artists studio (who with MGM was producing the movie) and they weren't happy with the reaction that Supernova got from the test screening of Sholder's cut.
The studio went back to Hill who asked for $5 million dollars and time to do the re-shoots to fix the movie but when MGM refused, Hill quit the project for good and MGM then shelved the movie.
In August of 1999 MGM board member Francis Ford Coppola was brought in by MGM to supervise another re-editing of the movie costing $1 million at his American Zoetrope facility in Northern California. But even the Coppola's re-edited version had negative test screening and didn't got PG-13 rating by MPAA that studio wanted (Walter Hill on the other hand wanted for movie to be much more grotesque and disturbing). By the October of 1999, MGM decided to sell the movie. The movie was eventually released on January 17, 2000, almost two years later than planned. See more »
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Failed Science Fiction Thriller isn't as bad what critics said it was.
In the 22th century... an medical space vessel received an distress call from a supposedly abandoned planet. The Captain (Robert Forster) and his crew (James Spader, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Philips, Robin Tunney & Wilson Cruz) decides to take the mission as a search and rescue. When their captain died accidentally from the dimensional jump in space. Now it is up to the crew to do their mission but once they rescue the mysterious stranger (Peter Facinelli). This man isn't what he seems to be and he might danger the entire crew from getting home.
Directed by Thomas Lee, which is actually action filmmaker Walter Hill (48 Hrs, Last Man Standing, Trespass) made an interesting if failed science-fiction thriller that has an intriguing premise. Production Designs and Terrific Special Effects are the highlights of this odd sci-fi tale. The cast do their best with this wildly uneven material. There was so much problems making this picture that director Hill disowned the film after MGM edited their version. When the studio had problems, they hired B-Movie Filmmaker Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2:Freddy's Revenge, Alone in the Dark, The Hidden) do to the re-shoots and then three-time Oscar-Winner:Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalyspe Now, Garden of Stones) edited an version for the studio but nothing worked. Since the studio originally hired filmmaker Geoffery Wright (Cherry Falls, Romper Stomper) to make the movie but he quit before production begins.
The DVD is the Unrated Version of this picture. DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (Also in Pan & Scan) and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also includes an collector's booklet, deleted scenes ("Life Form Found" is a fascinating deleted scene that should have been in the final cut, which it would explain the film's logic better), stronger alternative ending and the original theatrical trailer. "Supernova" is a failed Big Budget movie but it does has some great ideas that never really comes to life. Fans of Science Fiction films will be more forgiving than others. "Supernova" is certainly an oddball curio that is worth a look. William Malone (Creature, Feardotcom, House on Haunted Hill "1999") received an Co-Story Credit. Super 35. (*** 1/2 out of *****).
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