Making movies in Hollywood is not necessarily a film-maker’s dream job. If a director has a daring vision then there is a pretty solid chance that the movie studio is going to add a certain amount of changes that alter the entire movie. Here are a few potentially great movies ruined by studio interference:
15. Superman II (1980)
As a replacement, Richard Lester could hardly fill Donner’s shoes. Under the former’s direction, most of the scenes were re-shot, Marlon Brando’s scenes were discarded and worst of all, Gene Hackman refused to return for reshoots. As a result, the much-anticipated sequel was a major step backward.
14. Hancock (2008)
The original script of Vincent Ngo’s Hancock actually had a much darker tone. The screenwriter was partially inspired by Superman and intended to turn his genre upside down by confronting it with a more realistic and challenging tone.
All the plans were gradually shot down as constant script rewrites made the movie heavily relying on comedy. Though Hancock received mixed to average reviews, it became one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
13. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Believe it or not, leading star Vin Diesel was offered a whopping $25 million to reprise his iconic role of Domini Toretto but the actor refused on the grounds of the script being unimpressive.
Rather than improving the script, the studio was more keen on losing the franchise’s biggest star and have the sequel solely focused on Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner. The decision backfired as 2 Fast 2 Furious is one of the weakest installments of the entire franchise.
12. All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Even more than a decade before he was drenched in sex scandals, Harvey Weinstein was still a notorious figure in the film industry. One of the movies that have been a victim of his wrath is All the Pretty Horses.
Under his instructions, the western movie’s genre was altered from epic drama to a mainstream romantic one, an outstanding electric guitar soundtrack was replaced with violins and an entire hour was cut from the originally three-hour-long movie.
At the box office, All the Pretty Horses made less than one-third of its $57 million budget and not so surprisingly, even leading star Matt Damon openly criticized the final cut of the movie.
11. Blade Runner (1982)
The neo-noir science fiction crime movie Blade Runner was way ahead of its time but Warner Bros. was against its dark tone. The studio was particularly against the ambiguous ending of Rick Deckard possibly being a replicant and decided to have it replaced with him and Rachael traveling into the daylight.
Further changes made the movie quite confusing and the studio relied on a voiceover by Harrison Ford to address such scenes. Blade Runner received mixed reviews upon its release and though it won over new audiences as the years went by, director Ridley Scott was able to release his own cut in 1992 that cemented the prestigious legacy of the iconic movie.
10. Fantastic Four (2015)
In the midst of shooting, numerous reports indicated that there were multiple disagreements between director Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox over the creative direction of Fantastic Four.
On-set tensions are never a good sign but the calamities continued. Once the studio was unsatisfied with Trank’s version of the movie, they reshot several scenes and altered the entire ending without his approval. The new movie received harsh reviews and even Trank disappointingly tweeted:
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
9. Cleopatra (1963)
Cutting three hours from a six-hour long movie certainly has its fair share of drawbacks yet 20th Century Fox felt it as a necessary solution without taking account all the deleted plot points. Further dilemmas poured in when an enormous amount of money was spent on taking down sets and reconstructing them when it was decided to change the shooting location from London to Rome.
The situation did not ease as the studio kept firing and hiring new directors and crew members on multiple occasions. The chaotic behind-the-scenes scenario kept increasing the movie’s budget and though Cleopatra becoming a massive hit, it struggled to earn its money back at the box office.
8. Suicide Squad (2016)
After numerous reviews that bashed Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for being too dark, Warner Bros. quickly ordered reshoots for Suicide Squad to include light-hearted and comical scenes.
The decision made no sense at all since the movie focused on a team of supervillains and the dark tone would have amazingly complemented their scenes. Due to the addition of newly shot scenes, most of the anticipated Joker scenes were cut and the abrupt tone switches of Suicide Squad were clearly visible.