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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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If they left this movie alone, then it would've been one of the greatest sci-fi movies I've ever seen
Supernova is a perfect example of a studio screwing up everything. MGM had their minds on a 'sexy and hip' type movie while director Walter Hill was making a dark, 'logical' sci-fi movie. After the studio screwed with his movie, he took off. The movie was then taken charge by such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, and Jack Sholder (The Hidden). Well to make a long story short, MGM directed this movie, not as they say in the credits, 'Thomas Lee'. The movie ended up being about an entire crew doing nothing but screwing each other (literally), while bad stuff happens around them. That's it.
I highly recommend everybody who has seen this movie to check out the DVD. There they can see all the deleted scenes that the studio cut out. Check them out, then you think about it. Would you like to have seen the type of movie portrayed in the deleted scenes, or in the current turd that was released to the entire world? IMHO, I'd like to see the movie in the deleted scenes. Let's just hope that MGM has learned it's lesson with such flops like this and Rollerball.
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