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This week, Neil Calloway looks at the recent collapse of two films, and the wider implications for Hollywood…
Imagine if you’d secured Bruce Willis, or Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson to star in your film, sorted out financing and actually started shooting; you’d be pretty happy. You wouldn’t be guaranteed a hit – in William Goldman’s oft-repeated maxim about Hollywood “nobody knows anything”, but you’d be pretty certain that your film would get a release, and had the potential to make money.
But of course, this is Hollywood. “Nobody knows anything” is often repeated because it’s true. In November last year Idol’s Eye, starring De Niro and Pattinson, shut down production, and this week Bruce Willis, along with director John Pogue, left the film Wake after production had been “temporarily” stopped earlier in the year. Both films were to be produced by Benaroya Pictures, »
- Neil Calloway
It’s hard to ever imagine landmark movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane or Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront (to name a few), missing from the cinematic timeline. But what of the many potential classics that never even made it to the screen? Cinema history has given birth to countless movies that were never allowed to come into fruition, or were otherwise delayed for an eye-wateringly long time.
Like George Sluizer’s Dark Blood, some films make compromises just so that it can see some form of release years down the line (twenty years on, the remnants of River Phoenix’s final performance was cobbled together). However, in doing so, the film sacrifices its integrity and results in being only a loose representation of what great thing it was originally meant to be.
In a bid to »
- Anthony Lowery
2 items from 2015
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