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Film Stories with Simon Brew

English, TV & Video, 1 season, 388 episodes, 5 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes
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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny (2023) and Roxanne (1987)

After the release of 2008's Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford declared that he'd be happy to make Indiana Jones 5, as long as it didn't take another 20 years. It wasn't that far off before we got Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny. And in the interim, two of the three key creatives had changes roles. Steve Martin should have got Oscar recognition for 1984's All Of Me meanwhile, but even by that point, he had an idea for a fresh take on the classic Cyrano De Bergerac story. When he couldn't find a screenwriter to tackle it for him? He took the plunge himself.... — EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) and The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

Two films in this episode that for different reasons needed a fair amount of time to come to the screen. Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves didn't turn up until 2023, yet for many years, there was a rights battle over which studio could make a D&D movie. Even when the rights were sorted, challenges still lay ahead. With The Phantom Of The Opera meanwhile, the plan had originally been to have the movie filming by 1990. Yet a separation delayed the movie, and when it returned, an actor by the name of Gerard Butler was all set for his singing lessons... Stories of both are told in this episode. ---- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/20241 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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In conversation with Fiona Shaw - IF, Terrence Malick, Super Mario Bros, The Avengers, Brian De Palma and more.mp3

In a special episode of the podcast, Fiona Shaw CBE is the guest, as she joins to chat about her career, and her latest movie, IF. Topics of conversation in this chat? The problem with her bathroom, plus working on films such as Super Mario Bros and The Avengers. Then there's her time working with Terrence Malick, her work with Brian De Palma, and a very special film too that's on the horizon for her. IF is in UK cinemas now. --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202447 minutes, 34 seconds
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Halloween (2018) and Rocky V (1990)

The Halloween franchise was at a crossroads after Rob Zombie's 2009 movie, Halloween II. There was only one logical thing to do next: er, Halloween 3D, which was set for the early 2010s. The first in a line of false starts, that'd eventually take us to 2018's wildly-successful reboot/reimagining. Some reshoot work on that was done for the ending too, and the ending of Rocky V (1990) was an area of much disagreement. Sylvester Stallone had wanted to take the Rocky films back to basics, bringing back director John G Avildsen too. Yet what was expected to be one of 1990's big tickets didn't go to plan. Stories of both are told in this episode... --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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In conversation with director Wes Ball - Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes and more

With his new film, Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes, now out in cinemas, director Wes Ball joins the Film Stories podcast for a long chat about the new film, and his career to date. From his early shorts, to his fast work on Celebrity Apprentice (and boy, is there a story there), we then move through to The Maze Runner, The Mouse Guard, and right the way through to Apes... --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202455 minutes, 38 seconds
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Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker (2019) and Road House (2024)

It's taken nearly 400 episodes, but a Star Wars film finally takes centre stage. It's 2019's saga-ending The Rise Of Skywalker, a film that was announced in 2012, and went through, well, 'changes' over the ensuing years. The planned remake of Road House actually started life roughly around the same time, and there were a couple of false starts. But when it was finally ready to go, filming seemed to go without too much trouble. It was only in post-production that the problems started to mount... Stories of both are told in this episode. EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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In conversation with Drew Pearce: The Fall Guy, Iron Man 3, Hobbs & Shaw, No Heroics and lots more

In a special episode, Drew Pearce joins us for a chat about his journey from making British TV show No Heroics through to writing the brand new blockbuster The Fall Guy. Key moments? Getting stuck in Los Angeles thanks to an Icelandic volcano, landing the job of writing Iron Man 3, working out what his hourly rate was for penning a $1bn blockbuster, the last-minute call for Hobbs & Shaw and a whole lot more... --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202456 minutes
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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Sunshine On Leith (2013)

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin had been asked questions many times about making a sequel to their 1996 smash hit Independence Day. Several times they came close to doing so over the years, including an ambitious plan to shoot two films back to back at one stage. Yet when it came time to move forward, the big question they faced: would Will Smith want to return? And could 20th Century Fox afford him? The story of Independence Day: Resurgence is told here. As a director, Dexter Fletcher announced himself with the impressive low budget success Wild Bill. But he was on the lookout for something different, something out of his comfort zone for his next film. What, then, about a muscal movie set around the tunes of The Proclaimers? Enter stage left, Sunshine On Leith. Tales of both are told in this episode... --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202459 minutes, 32 seconds
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Quentin Tarantino's 10th film (unreleased) and Erin Brockovich (2000)

A film that's not yet happened - at the time of recording! - takes centre stage in this Film Stories episode. In 2019, Quentin Tarantino released his apparently penultimate film as director - Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - but five years on, it's no clearer what his final film will be. It doesn't look like it's going to be The Movie Critic, as had been suggested.... One film that did happen? How about the wildy successful Erin Brockovich? A 2000 movie that brought with it the challenge of adapting a real life story to the screen. Oh, with a major movie star on board... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202457 minutes, 46 seconds
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In conversation with Dan Stevens

In this special episode of Film Stories, Dan Stevens joins Simon to talk about his latest film, Abigail. They talk about the making of the film, the sort-of crossover with Cocaine Bear, and why it needed to be shot in a certain order. Plus, they also touch on drinking receptables, Colossal, choosing roles, and a whole lot more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202440 minutes, 7 seconds
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Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Mass (2021)

Two risky films take centre stage in this episode of Film Stories, starting with Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. A 170-minute film released in the midst of a summer jammed with over 100 films to choose from in cinema. Who would have thought it'd prevail at the box office? Spielberg for one wasn't too worried: but also, he came to it directly after making The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. No wonder he had to rely heavily on his instincts. Fran Kranz meanwhile, better known for his acting, got nowhere with a script he'd written for a $100m alien invasion movie. He turned his attention to something a lot smaller, that he could raise the funding for. He came up with Mass, on a shoestring budget. Completing the film was just part of the challenge... Stories of both are told in this episode --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
4/15/202457 minutes, 38 seconds
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Scoop (2024), with director Philip Martin

In this special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Philip Martin, chatting days after the release of his latest film. That movie is Scoop, the dramatisation of the infamous BBC interview with Prince Andrew. The pair chat about Philip's early work, his time in Canada trying to break into the film industry, then jetting to Los Angeles at one point to pitch to John Travolta. Then there's Scoop, and the challenges of making a film where everybody pretty much knows the ending... --- EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/filmstories Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!
4/11/202440 minutes, 14 seconds
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Saltburn (2023) and Mean Girls (2024)

A pair of bang up to the minute films in this episode of Film Stories, both of which enjoyed the fruits of viral marketing. Saltburn (2023) had been in the head of its writer/director Emerald Fennell for years before she even got to work on her Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman (2020). The catalyst? A really rather famous scene in with a bathtub. But who could have guessed how the internet would take hold of her film post-release? In the case of Mean Girls (2024), the battle was on to hide what it actually was. The new take on the 2004 film of the same name was a musical, but you'd never guess that from the (very deliberate) way that Paramount marketed the movie. A movie that, incidentally, was originally intended for streaming services before getting a cinema upgrade... Stories of both are told in this episode.
4/8/202455 minutes, 3 seconds
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In conversation with Dolph Lundgren

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Dolph Lundgren. Yep, that Dolph Lundgren: not only Ivan Dragon, but a writer, director, actor, TED Talker, academic and lover of cats.They chat about his latest directorial outing, Wanted Man, that's available on UK digital services now. Plus, which version of Rocky IV is the best, why his cat has ended up in the end credits of his latest film, his love of watching Sex And The City, and a chat about the impact of putting his own story out into the world... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202434 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ghostbusters II (1989), plus Ernie Hudson

There's a Ghostbusters theme running through this episode of Film Stories, starting off with a dive into 1989's Ghostbusters II. Dismissed by critics on its release and not matching the commercial performance of the 1984 original, the movie had a very difficult path to the screen. Then, when it finally started moving forward, it found itself in a queue with films such as Twins and Scrooged, to which others had commitments to.We dig into that in this episode - including the crucial meeting in a Los Angeles restaurant that unlocked Ghostbusters II in the first place.Then finally, a very special guest: Ernie Hudson joins us for the second half of the episode. On the one hand, he's talking about the newly-released Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. On the other? Well, how are we supposed to resist talking to him about Congo... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/25/202456 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024), with co-writer and director Gil Kenan

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, director and co-writer Gil Kenan joins to talk about his latest movie, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.He tells Simon about being one of four people to direct a Ghostbusters movie, and the one moment where it hit him how monumental that was. Plus, how filming got underway one year before release, the practicalities of puppets, and some of the career challenges that led to this moment too.Plus, reflections on Kenan's own story, and what got him to this point in time...Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now in cinemas. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202433 minutes, 39 seconds
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A View To A Kill (1985) and Buster (1988)

It's back to the 1980s in this episode of the Film Stories podcast, kicking off with one last James Bond 007 adventure for Roger Moore.A View To A Kill - teased at the end of 1983's Octopussy as From A View To A Kill - came together initially with little fuss for a James Bond movie. Roger Moore was quickly invited back. John Glen was asked to direct even before he'd finished the last film. Pinewood Studios was booked. And then the problems: question marks over whether Roger Moore was too old for the role, announcing someone for the villain who turned the part down - and then the 007 stage at Pinewood burning down.1988's Buster by comparison was a fairly smooth shoot. Phil Collins agreed to take his first lead role, Julie Walters was in the USA for the Oscars when she got the script. But the story of one of the Great Train Robbers came with questions, not least should such a movie be with such a light tone about such a serious subject. Still, it got to the Oscars...Stories of both - and their respective royal premieres too - are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202456 minutes
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Film Stories in conversation with Phillip Noyce - Fast Charlie, Clear And Present Danger, Patriot Games, Blind Fury, Rabbit Proof Fence and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, director Phillip Noyce joins Simon for a good, long chat. They talk about many of films from across Noyce’s career, starting with his latest, Fast Charlie. The Pierce Brosnan-headlined pulpy thriller has quite the story of its own.  From there, the conversation moves across Noyce’s career: from the printer of Clear & Present Danger, working with Rutger Hauer on Blind Fury, the crisis of confidence surrounding The Giver and the impact of Rabbit Proof Fence. And that’s just a flavour of the conversation – there’s lots more… Fast Charlie streaming on Prime Video 15 March. Distributed by Signature Entertainment Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202450 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dunkirk (2017) and Dangerous Minds (1995)

With Christopher Nolan now an Oscar-winner, this particular episode of Film Stories begins by zipping back to 2017, when he had a his first serious drive-by of the Academy Awards. That'd be with Dunkirk, the first time he told a true story on film. It took him a long time to be in a position where he felt confident enough to make the film - and even then, he faced some pretty significant technical and logistical challenges to get it made.Even before he asked Warner Bros for the money to make it it.Back in the mid-1990s meanwhile, uber-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer - best known for the likes of Flashdance and Top Gun - had acquired an unusual project for them, an inspirational teacher film based on a true story. The author of that story, LouAnne Johnson, was alert to working with Hollywood though, and absolutely wouldn't be bowing down to people who thought they were Hollywood royalty. The film Dangerous Minds would, too, take some liberties with her story.Stories of both of these films are told in this very episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202454 minutes, 49 seconds
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In conversation with Jeff Wadlow - Imaginary, Truth Or Dare, Blumhouse and more

In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon is joined by writer/director Jeff Wadlow, as he releases his new film - Imaginary - into the world. There's therefore discussion about that, the challenge of making a traditional 'Blumhouse' film, and working with puppets too. Along the way, they chat too about Truth Or Dare, 2005's Cry Wolf and - yes! - The Muppets. Plus, some words on The Adrenaline Film Project, a tremendous initiative that's very close to Jeff Wadlow's heart.Imaginary is in cinemas now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202434 minutes, 56 seconds
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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) and The Phantom (1996)

Superhero movies? Oh, go on then. A pair of very different projects take centre stage here, at different ends of the budget spectrum.2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was a pivotal movie for Warner Bros, and a big screen showdown that it'd first attempted nearly 20 years previously. This time, director Zack Snyder was effectively charged with leading the fightback against Marvel and its cinematic universe - and his Batman/Superman showdown would have plenty of ramifications.In the case of 1996's The Phantom, here was a lower budget superhero outing, where the price was chopped just weeks ahead of filming. Joe Dante had originally been set to direct, and Simon Wincer would step in. But 10 days away from release, the boss of Paramount was very aware few people had heard of the movie...Stories of both are told in this episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202456 minutes, 57 seconds
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In conversation with Eric Roth - Killers Of The Flower Moon, The Insider, AI, writing, Airport movies and more

A very warm welcome to the Film Stories podcast to screenwriter (and producer!) Eric Roth. He joins Simon for a conversation that goes right back through his career: from working on a hit Airport movie, to thinking he picked the wrong ending for the thriller Suspect.Things turned in the 1990s though with the success of Forrest Gump, and Roth reflects on that, as well as touching on films such as Michael Mann's masterpiece, The Insider. We come right up to date too with Killers Of The Flower Moon, writing for Cher, his thoughts on AI, and his upcoming project that reunites him with Robert Zemeckis... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Spy (2015) and F/X (1986)

Two films with very short titles in this episode, starting with a comedy favourite from the 2010s.Director Paul Feig broke out of movie jail with 2010's Bridesmaids - and he used his freshly-inked deal with 20th Century Fox to get his own take on a James Bond film to the screen. Thing is: how do you persuade studio executives that Jason Statham can be a comedy lead? And, come to think of it, how do you convince Jason Statham?As for 1986's F/X, here was a movie written with television originally in mind, until a producer read it and reckoned there was more to it. Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and even George C Scott were linked. But the final cast would lead to a solid hit - albeit one that led to questions over the film's title.Stories of both in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202453 minutes, 34 seconds
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In conversation with Ian McShane and Gonzalo López-Gallego

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, a pair of guests join Simon to talk about the really, really good indie film American Star, and the ecosystem of independent filmmaking.A guessable spoiler for the film is dropped by Ian McShane in the conversation.Director Gonzalo López-Gallego and his star/producer Ian McShane talk about how the film took years to come together, and then was shot in under a month, and edited in under a month. The pair clearly enjoyed working together, and it's a lively chat. The film is out on video on demand and in cinemas now... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/202437 minutes, 23 seconds
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Fantastic Four (2015) and The Fantastic Four (1994, unreleased)

The Fantastic Four take centre stage on the Film Stories podcast, with a pair of films that each had their demands.The 2015 Fantastic Four was set to reboot the characters on the big screen, and give 20th Century Fox another ongoing superhero franchise. Yet this didn't go to plan at all. Director Josh Trank was hired, and wouldn't get to make the film he wanted. Others were quite happy to point the finger at Trank. Either way, the film would struggle.Yet at least it'd get a release. In 1994, a $1m version of The Fantastic Four was made, with those making it fully expecting a cinema release. Trailers were released, promotions began - but on the eve of the film's world premiere, everything was stopped: and there's a strong theory about just what happened.Stories of both are told in this episode. Our print film magazines are for sale at https://store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/19/202455 minutes, 31 seconds
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Deep Blue Sea (1999) and 1984 (1984)

In this latest episode of Film Stories, we start with sharks. Very big sharks. A story imagined by a young screenwriter's memory of a childhood incident, that he eventually turned into a script. Then that script would go on to become Deep Blue Sea.There were challenges, though: should the tone be Jaws-like? Or Jurassic Park? Or Alien? And then the very late need for more footage to be shot too.In the case of 1984, adapted from George Orwell's novel of the same name, time was a luxury they didn't have. And, for six weeks of shooting, a co-star for John Hurt was missing too. Sean Connery turned the film down, Rod Steiger was rejected. But could they trust Richard Burton?Stories of both films are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/202458 minutes, 23 seconds
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In conversation with Hoyte van Hoytema - Oppenheimer, Spectre, Christopher Nolan, David O Russell and Tomas Alfredson

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Oscar-nominated director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema for a long chat about his work.They talk extensively about Hoyte's work with Christopher Nolan, not least on Oppenheimer. But also, there's a bit of Dunkirk and Interstellar in there. Furthermore, a few words on working on the James Bond movie SPECTRE too. Plus: the chances of working with Tomas Aldredson again.Oppenheimer is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K disc. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202448 minutes, 29 seconds
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The King Of Comedy (1982) and I Love Trouble (1994)

Neither The King Of Comedy nor I Love Trouble were met with strong box office or enthusiastic reviews on their initial releases - but one has fared a lot better since.1982's The King Of Comedy would be the last time Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese would unite for many years - and for a long time it was a project that appealed more to De Niro than Scorsese. Still, after a damp initial response, the film's reputation has grown. A lot.Not so with 1994's I Love Trouble, a rare movie star-driven summer film from Disney in the early 1990s. Julia Roberts starred, but didn't sign on the dotted line until he co-star was chosen. That'd be Nick Nolte, and it wouldn't be a particularly successful pairing...Stories of both movies are told in this episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/202456 minutes, 15 seconds
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Interview With The Vampire (1994) and Tina: What's Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Was there ever a bigger casting furore in the 1990s than when Tom Cruise landed the role of Lestat in Interview With The Vampire? Based on the book by Anne Rice, the author herself was incandescent, taking out advertising the slam the casting. Meanwhile, there were issues over keeping the rights - and problems that could have been avoided had John Travolta - as was once planned - accepted the role in the 1970s!The late Tina Turner meanwhile claimed that - for very good reasons - she never watched the 1993 biopic of her life, What's Love Got To Do With It? She was very involved with it, though, not least approving Angela Bassett for the lead role. The challenge? Bassett got the job just 30 days before the start of filming...Stories of both are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/202457 minutes, 41 seconds
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In conversation with Juan Antonio Bayona

In a special episode, Simon is joined the writer and director Juan Antonio Bayona for a conversation about his work and his latest film.That movie is the Oscar-nominated (at the time of writing) Society Of The Snow, an extraordinary drama shot over more than 100 days. Bayona talks about his process and the duty of care involved in telling the story, as well as the importance to him of a long shoot.They touch on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Impossible, The Orphanage and A Monster Calls as well... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/26/202439 minutes, 22 seconds
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Inglourious Basterds (2009) and The Muppet Movie (1979)

Two individual filmmakers take centre stage in this episode of Film Stories, starting with Quentin Tarantino. For a decade, he was talking in interviews about making a World War II movie called Inglorious Bastards, but he swerved making it for a long time, in favour of the Kill Bill movies and Death Proof. He argued he didn't have writer's block: he just couldn't stop writing it.He changed the title to Inglourious Basterds, set himself a firm deadline, and started shooting just eight months before the film was due to debut at the Cannes Film Festival...In the case of Jim Henson, he had dreams of taking The Muppets to the big screen, and as they were proving to be a sensation on television in the 1970s, he got a handsome budget to do so. The challenge? Production on The Muppet Show was ongoing, and the three month shoot would take The Muppets out of a controlled studio environment for the story for the first time.Stories of both films are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/20241 hour, 13 seconds
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In conversation with Alexander Payne

In this very special episode of Film Stories, Simon welcomes Oscar-winning writer and director Alexander Payne to chat, in part, about the newly-released The Holdovers.Yet this is a bit of a different chat, as their conversation not only takes in the film, but also the process of finding the spark for a movie, the process of being interviewed for the release of a feature, and some book recommendations as well. Hope you enjoy the conversation, and The Holdovers is now playing... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/19/202433 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Black Cauldron (1985) and In The Loop (2009)

This time on the Film Stories podcast, its 1985 animated feature The Black Cauldron. A film whose budget more than doubled, that arrived five years later, and nearly broke Walt Disney Animation Studios in the process. Plus, its legacy is such that you won't find it anywhere near a Disney theme park. The story of one of the most remarkable chapters in Disney animation history.Then the second film in this episode is the Oscar-nominated British satirical comedy In The Loop. The directorial debut of Armando Iannucci, it spun out of the TV series The Thick Of It - but the decision was made to not to a straight TV-to-film adaptation. The stories of both of these films are found in this very episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/202459 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Beekeeper (2024), with director David Ayer

In a brand new special episode of Film Stories, writer/producer/director David Ayer joins Simon for a chat. It's Ayer's new film The Beekeeper that's their prime focus: an old school action film with some honey in it as well.It's a tonal shift for Ayer, and also a rare film that he's directed but not written himself. As well as talking about that, a few words too on the media ecosystem following David Ayer's Suicide Squad experiences, and he opens up about the films that he's really keen to make next. Quite surprising choices...The Beekeeper lands in UK cinemas on January 12th. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/12/202435 minutes, 8 seconds
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Batman Forever (The Schumacher Cut, unreleased) and Cats (The Butthole Cut, unreleased)

In this episode of Film Stories, a pair of films that enjoyed varying fortunes on their original cinema release - both of which are said to have unreleased alternate cuts.In the case of 1995's Batman Forever, reports of a longer version of the movie - said to be a lot darker - started surfacing a couple of years after the film's original release. Then came a DVD release added some striking deleted scenes - and director Joel Schumacher's 170-minute version of Batman Forever was starting to gather interest. Right up to 2023, when it actually screened...2019's Cats meanwhile was up against a ferocious schedule to be finished on time. But finished it was, albeit with an upgrade patch sent to cinemas days after its release (!). Then came the rumours: was there really a cut of the film where digital feline backsides were, well, really rather obvious?Stories of both are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/202454 minutes, 53 seconds
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In conversation with writer/director Billy Ray

In a very special episode of Film Stories, Simon is joined by writer/director Billy Ray, to chat about his career and body of work. Simon quickly gets sidetracked by the fact that Billy started off by writing for The Jetsons, but soon they're into conversation about films as diverse as Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass, Breach, Color Of Night and Hart's War. They also chat about AI in the film business, and cover a few of the films that Billy had written which never made it to the screen. It's a bit of a packed hour, this, and there's much that's discussed... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/5/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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In The Bleak Midwinter (aka A Midwinter's Tale) live, with Kenneth Branagh, Michael Maloney, Julia Sawalha, Nicholas Farrell, Gerard Horan and Mark Hadfield

In 1995, Kenneth Branagh - between the giant projects of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and his film version of Hamlet - made an utterly charming low budget comedy called In The Bleak Midwinter. He paid for the film himself, bringing together a bunch of actors to tell the story of, well, a bunch of actors. A company who happened to be putting on a Christmas Eve performance of Hamlet.In December 2023, after years of trying, we managed to bring them all together for a special screening of the film. And what you're going to hear in this podcast episode is the conversation afterwards. Bear in mind that they'd all sat and watched the film collectively for the first time in over 25 years just before this conversation took place!The evening was raising funds for Centrepoint, of which you can find more here: https://centrepoint.org.uk/support-us/donate?utm_source=jaagoogleads&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=csarppc23&utm_content=&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4Y-sBhC6ARIsAGXF1g6ofP7eioHgWYRsjB-cDrmSTNDzeegNsuExmtsqt6Ot4jVhAO_4DL4aAipxEALw_wcB Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/202354 minutes, 22 seconds
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Film Stories review of 2023 special

At the end of a busy year for movies, this episode of Film Stories is saluting some of the films that might just have passed a few people by.Simon, unusually, isn't by himself for this episode either, as the Film Stories magazine and website team each come along with their picks too. Chaos, as you might expect, is soon the order of the day. Although hopefully you might find a movie or two in all of this to add to your watchlist! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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It's A Wonderful Life (1946) and Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Ah, It's A Wonderful Life. A Christmas classic, that managed to basically bankrupt the production company of its director, and also lose money at the box office. In fact, were it not for an admin error, there's a good chance it wouldn't be regarded as arguably the best Christmas movie of all time. One that was targeted for original release in January. Lots to chat about here.A fair amount to talk about with 2013's Saving Mr Banks too, a movie script that Disney reportedly nearly bought simply to stop anyone else making the film. After all, Walt Disney is a key character in the movie - and Disney had hardly been keen to make a Walt Disney biopic before. Had the project been developed in-house, it likely wouldn't have happened at all.Stories of both are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/202355 minutes, 30 seconds
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Wonka (2023), with writer/director Paul King and co-writer Simon Farnaby

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Paul King (director/co-writer) and Simon Farnaby (co-writer) join Simon to talk about their latest movie: Wonka.The conversation covers the writing process, how they felt after The Bunny & The Bull struggled to find and audience, a bit of Paddington 2, and a tiny dab of The Phantom Of The Open. But also: the challenges of making a Willy Wonka prequel story..Complete with Paul King's phone going off, and Simon Farnaby trying to give Simon the giggles... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/202335 minutes, 48 seconds
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

Writer/director George Miller steps into the spotlight for this episode of Film Stories, as we dig into a pair of his sequels.The hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road arrived in 2015, but it had a heck of a journey to get that far. An abandoned attempt to get the film made in 2003, and then the whole production having to be put on ice for a year after weather conditions meant a change of location. And then there was the shoot itself, which came to an end without the beginning or final act of the film shot. It was quite a saga.1998's Babe: Pig In The City was a film pretty much taken for granted by its parent studio, Universal Pictures. It wasn't until a late preview screening that the studio discovered it hadn't quite got the sequel to 1995's Babe that it was after - and urgent last minute changes were called for. Stories of both movies are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/202359 minutes, 12 seconds
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In conversation with Reginald Hudlin

In a special episode of Film Stories, writer, director, producer and a whole lot more Reginald Hudlin joins Simon. They're talking as Hudlin's new film, Candy Cane Lane, arrives on Prime Video. And Christmas is very much part of the discussion.But they also cover a bit of Marshall, why Hudlin put together his own website with quite so much detail, the curiosity of film critics and a whole lot more.Candy Cane Lane is now playing on Prime Video. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202333 minutes, 22 seconds
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Election (1999) and Sliding Doors (1998)

A pair of late 1990s movies in this episode, both of which are remembered three decades later for differing reasons.In the case of 1999's Election, the Alexander Payne-directed movie remains one of the most scathing and cleverly dark high school movies of its era. Perhaps that's why Paramount Pictures at the time had problems with it, not least how on Earth do you market the film? 'Not well' was the eventual answer to that. Plus: would Tom Cruise really have been right for the Matthew Broderick role?Then there was 1998's surprise hit Sliding Doors, a film from a first time writer/director, who spent seven years trying to nail the script, suffering a nervous breakdown in the midst of the process. Turns out too that a Hollywood legend, Sydney Pollack, would turn into the movie's guardian angel. Stories of both are told in this episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/202353 minutes, 46 seconds
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In conversation with Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee

In a very special episode, Simon is joined by the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Jennifer Lee.Jennifer Lee has also co-written and executive produces Disney's centenary animated feature, Wish, so there's some chat about that. But also, about Lee's journey from being the person brought into the Wreck-It Ralph writing team on an eight week contract, through to writing and co-directing the two Frozen movies, then taking arguably the key job at the studio.The pair talk about all of this, about the reasons it took so long to make the film Wish, and a slight issue with a character in it who happens to be called Simon... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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Batman Returns (1992) and Backdraft (1991)

In the latest episode of Film Stories, a deeper dig into 1992's Batman Returns, and how 1991's firefighter drama Backdraft suddenly hotted up.With Batman Returns, director Tim Burton had no original intention of coming back, after the problems he'd been through on 1989's Batman. But promised a freer hand, he signed on the dotted line - and it'd be fair to say didn't quite give Warner Bros the film it expected or wanted.Backdraft wasn't quite as dramatic a story, but it did go from a relatively small drama to something a whole lot bigger when director Ron Howard expressed interest. And there was also the drive for authenticity - and how just over $1m spent on special effects paid dividends.Stories of both are told in this episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/20/202359 minutes, 39 seconds
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In conversation with Catherine Hardwicke

It's a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, and joining Simon for a chat about her career is writer, director and production designer Catherine Hardwicke. The pair chat first and foremost about her latest film, the indie comedy Mafia Mamma! that's now available in the UK. They talk logistics, the challenges, and the joy that is Toni Collette. The conversation also covers Hardwicke's breakthrough film, Thirteen, and the independent movie landscape. Plus, a bit of casting, a bit of Twilight, and an insight into how she goes about making her films... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/202337 minutes, 27 seconds
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Cop Land (1997) and Junior (1994)

The impact of Pulp Fiction's success in the mid-1990s meant that ensemble films based on scripts from relatively inexperienced writer/directors were on the radar of Hollywood. Step forward James Mangold's Cop Land, which was a quick beneficiary.After an attempt to get John Travolta to star in the film failed, and incredible cast - led by Sylvester Stallone - started to come together. But had Pulp Fiction unfairly changed the expectation of what Cop Land was to be? And that's before Mangold and Harvey Weinstein clashed over the film's edit.1994's Junior was much calmer - and much quicker. Filming began just months before the movie's release, with Arnold Schwarzenegger's box office fortunes dampened following the previous year's Last Action Hero. But others had turned the film down before Arnie got to it - in one case, for religious reasons...Stories of both films are told in this episode...---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/202355 minutes, 12 seconds
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Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and Greatest Days (2023)

It's a pair of summer movies in this episode of Film Stories, both of which were affected by the pandemic, one of which would fare a lot better than the other.The journey to 2022's Top Gun: Maverick was over a decade long, a sequel that stopped and started more than once. Tom Cruise eventually agreed to make the film though, with filming underway in 2018: yet circumstances would mean it'd be many years before audiences could clap their eyes on it.The idea of doing a movie based around the music of Take That looked to be a strong one, and Greatest Days was all set to film in 2020. Yet when the movie had to put the brakes on, it took away most of the lead cast too - and it'd all have to be put back together two years' later. Even then, the weather gods were not with it...---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/202356 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Life (2017)

In this episode of Film Stories, a little bit of a Marvel misfire, and a film that was pitched by the owner of the company that made it.When Marvel first for into making films, it secured over $500m via a major loan to fund its plans. It was felt that a Hulk movie, The Incredible Hulk, was needed quickly to help pay things off. That and Iron Man thus went into production at the same time - and one would go a lot, lot smoother than the other.Life meanwhile is an often-overlooked sci-fi hit from 2017. Not only is it a good film, though, but it came together very, very quickly. And for writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese, they were given a one line idea and around a month to work out just what the resultant film would be. Plus: the shadow of the not-dissimilar Alien: Covenant was on the horizon...---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/202355 minutes, 5 seconds
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In conversation with Joe Stephenson and Scott Chambers - Doctor Jekyll, Jurassic Island (!) and indie filmmaking

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is chatting to director Joe Stephenson, and actor/producer Scott Chambers. It turns into quite a chat, only temporarily interrupted by a cup of coffee.Stephenson is the director of Doctor Jekyll, in which Chambers co-stars with Eddie Izzard. He talks about trying to get a sub-£1m film moving in the UK, and how it ended up getting a posh London premiere. He chats too about films such as Chicken and McKellen: Playing The Part.Scott Chambers chats too about his acting work in the film, but also we dig into his own secret identity, as the producer of over 100 low budget films such as Jurassic Island, Crocodile Vengeance and Darker Shades Of Elise.... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202346 minutes, 15 seconds
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Knives Out (2019) and About A Boy (2002)

This time in the Film Stories podcast, the fast turnaround of the first Knives Out movie, and a Hugh Grant-headlined comedy drama, where Four Weddings Hugh Grant was absolutely not required.Writer/director Rian Johnson has admitted in the past that he's not a fast writer. However, when an opportunity arose to bring a murder mystery whodunnit to the screen - long a passion project of Johnson's - he was going to have to move fast. Thanks to his Star Wars commitments, he and producer Ram Bergman had a 12 month window to write Knives Out, cast it, finance it, and shoot it. All in one calendar year.2002's About A Boy didn't move quite that quickly, but this time the catalyst was a novel from Nick Hornby that got leaked to Hollywood early. A big bidding war led to a big cheque for the rights - but there'd be a change of director, a brief flirtation with Brad Pitt and a change of studio before it ultimately got made.Stories of both films are told in this episode.---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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No Way Out (1987) and Bull Durham (1988)

It's a Kevin Costner double bill in the latest episode of Film Stories - and whilst the films are very different, there is a link between them.1987's No Way Out is actually a remake, something its director - Roger Donaldson - wasn't actually aware of. One of the very best thrillers of the 1980s - especially if you don't know its twists and turns - its release actually ended up being held back to see if another Costner-headlined movie would prove more successful first.Yet it was the ultimate success of No Way Out that finally led to Bull Durham getting off the ground, after a hell of a challenge to raise the money for the movie. Not the only challenge, either: an executive at Orion Pictures was causing problems, and there was a casting demand that wasn't going away...Both films are covered in this episode. Both films are also making their UK Blu-ray debut this month, and you can find details on the releases at store.filmstories.co.uk---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/202359 minutes, 1 second
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Inception (2010) and Sightseers (2012)

Ah-ha! Two of the most acclaimed British directors of the 2010s take centre stage in this episode, albeit with very, very different films.Christopher Nolan originally envisaged his dreamy heist movie Inception as a low budget feature. But just after he'd made Insomnia, he got 80 pages into what he felt the film should be and hit a stumbling block. Two Batman movies and The Prestige later and he finally began to crack it - and things built from there.It was a lengthy journey too to bring the dark British comedy Sightseers to the screen, a road that began when Alice Lowe and Steve Oram started working on the two lead characters in an Ealing comedy club. And - with a helping hand from Edgar Wright - their work would come to the attention of a fast-rising director by the name of Ben Wheatley...The stories of both films are told in this episode. ---Film Stories print magazines can be found at store.filmstories.co.uk---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/9/202355 minutes, 52 seconds
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In conversation with Oliver Parker: The Great Escaper, running times, and a bit of Clive Barker

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, director Oliver Parker joins Simon for a long chat about his latest film, and his career. The new film is The Great Escaper, starring Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson. They natter about how the film came to be, and the challenges involved in making the film. They also recall when Parker managed to get Othello down to just over two hours, and running times in general. Plus, in a not entirely expected turn, they end up chatting too about Clive Barker, and the plans once upon a time to bring Hellraiser to the stage!The Great Escaper is in UK cinemas on October 6th 2023. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202335 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Shape Of Water (2017) and A Monster Calls (2016)

After an unscheduled week break (sorry!), the Film Stories podcast returns with the stories of two superb modern fantasy films.Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning The Shape Of Water owes a debt to a 1950s horror, and an original idea that came to someone in their teenage years. When it came time to make the film? The budget was always going to be tight, but del Toro faced two different funding options for two different ways to make the film.Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls, meanwhile, had a relatively swift journey to the screen, although the push to work with practical effects wherever possible did have an impact on the making of the film. Casting proved a challenge, too...Stories of both are told in this very episode...---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/2/202357 minutes, 46 seconds
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Logan (2017) and Evil Dead Rise (2023)

R-rated movies from major studios. R-rated comic book movies from major studios. R-rated comic book movies that don't even mention the name of the umbrella franchise in the title. These were not the norm when Hugh Jackman and writer/director James Mangold somehow talked 20th Century Fox into what became Logan. Yet ironically, as the mainline X-Men franchise stumbled, it was the R-rated entries that were delivering...Also delivering? The revival of Evil Dead on the big screen with Evil Dead Rise. It took ten years and a four season TV show in-between to bring the franchise back to cinemas, even if at one point the plan was to go straight to streaming. And it was an upcoming director who was given the responsibility...Stories of both are told in this episode. Please don't forget to subscribe and leave a glowing review. You're lovely. Ta.---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/202356 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jack Reacher (2012) and Once (2007)

It's been over a decade since the debate first ignited: is Tom Cruise the right person to play the character of Jack Reacher? The answer came originally in the form of a 2012 movie, although the first big screen outing for Lee Child's famous character had been in development for well over a decade by that point. In the end, Werner Herzog was recruited too. But it was the choice of director that would have a lasting impact on Tom Cruise's career.The film Once though had barely any expectations on it, even for a cinema release. A few screens in Dublin, maybe? And when Cillian Murphy left the film, it looked like the tiny budget would fall away anyway. What happened next? Well it was that rarest of movie fairytales...---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/202352 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Great Escape (1963) and Rocky III (1982)

For the latest episode of the Film Stories podcast, a war movie, a boxing movie, and a few problems in the making of both.1963's The Great Escape was a film that director John Sturges couldn't initially get off the ground, and he needed his success with The Magnificent Seven to make it happen. When it did? It wasn't the easiest of productions, with a lot of chopped down trees, and a star who wasn't happy with his part in the film.Sylvester Stallone wasn't initially chomping at the bit to make Rocky III meanwhile, but when he opted to make the movie, his script would reflect the difficulties he was facing himself at the time. Then there was the small matter of finding the actor to play his opponent: Clubber Lang...---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/4/202354 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hannibal (2001) and I, Daniel Blake (2016)

The podcast is fully back up and running again, and this time, we turn our attention to the return of Hannibal Lecter. 2001's Hannibal was the long-awaited return of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, following 1991's The Silence Of The Lambs. But the original director didn't return. The original screenwriter didn't return. One of the two Oscar-winning stars didn't return. And a chance meeting in Malta - as Ridley Scott was shooting Gladiator - was what helped push things forward.The gestation of I, Daniel Blake was a little more straightforward, as writer Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach went about their familiar process: this time, though, they'd be making a film with fairly quick ramifications. What's more, casting a lead actor who was just on the verge of jacking it all in...---Find Simon on Twitter and Bluesky at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/28/202353 minutes
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and T2 Trainspotting (2017)

After a longer than originally planned gap (due to a dodgy voice!), the Film Stories podcast returns from its summer snooze. And what better way to start than with not one T2, but a pair of them.First up? Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a film that cost its makers $15m just for the rights to. That, and enormous cheques to writer/director James Cameron, and leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger. All well and good: but they didn't actually have a lot of time to make the actual film.The passing of time was one thing T2 Trainspotting had fewer worries about, arriving over 20 years following the original film. One of the key hold ups? A long-running falling out between director Danny Boyle and leading man Ewan McGregor...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstories Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/21/202356 minutes, 17 seconds
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Spectre (2015) and When Saturday Comes (1996)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that were - in the end - turned around to very tight deadlines. One slightly more expensive than the other!The challenge with 2015's Spectre was to follow up the most successful James Bond film of all time. Skyfall had grossed over $1bn: but its director, Sam Mendes, wasn't keen originally to return for Spectre. And when the film did get filming, star Daniel Craig was covering the fact that he had a broken leg.Less high profile drama followed 1996's When Saturday Comes, but the Sean Bean-headlined football drama still faced some uphill challenges of its own...This is the last Film Stories episode before a summer break. In true James Bond style, Film Stories will return...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/17/202357 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Insider (1999) and Layer Cake (2004)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a hugely risky studio movie, and a bit of a breakthrough role for Daniel Craig.The Insider, from Michael Mann, was telling a story about a piece of modern history just years old when the movie was made. As such, there was a huge risk of litigation, and whichever studio took the movie on was opening itself to huge risks, with no obvious box office upside. Incredibly, Disney said yes.Matthew Vaughn meanwhile had come to prominence producing Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, that Guy Ritchie had directed. A trip to a football match unlocked the path to a new project, Layer Cake, that he'd planned for Ritchie to direct too. But when Ritchie said no? Vaughn swiftly moved to plan B...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/10/202351 minutes, 55 seconds
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Goodfellas (1990), plus Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, we're digging into the story of a much-loved modern classic.Two films in 1990 arrived based around the story of real-life gangster Henry Hill. Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas though is something very special: Scorsese took a rare co-writing credit on the film, although at one stage, it was being suggested that Tom Cruise and Madonna take lead roles...In the second half of the episode, we're joined by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, chatting not just Indiana Jones, but also films such as Noises Off, Jurassic Park III and Alive.---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/3/202359 minutes, 29 seconds
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In conversation with James Mangold: Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny, Girl Interrupted and more

In a very special episode of Film Stories, Simon is joined by the co-writer and director of the latest – and last – Indiana Jones film, James Mangold.The pair spend some time chatting about Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny, and also explore parts of the making of Cop Land and Heavy. There’s chat about Le Mans ’66 and Brummie accents, before a chunter too about Mangold’s hugely underappreciated film, Girl, Interrupted.Hope you enjoy the conversation. As this podcast episode is being released, Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny is playing in cinemas around the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/202334 minutes, 57 seconds
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and White House Down (2013)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that might just have had a bit of overlap to them!Olympus Has Fallen began life many years before it got to the screen, but it had an added advantage over its rival in that it had a movie star in place - and Gerard Butler wanted to up the violence quotient a little too. Sony meanwhile was spending a lot more money on a rival project, White House Down, that started filming last, but tried to release first. Turns out it had a bit of a film story of its own to it, too.---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/26/202353 minutes, 26 seconds
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Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Menu (2022)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that both hit problems with one of their lead roles...2004's Spider-Man 2 is (rightly) regarded as one of the finest superhero films, and that's impressive in itself given the tight turnaround that Sony wanted on the film. However, just weeks before filming was about to begin, there was even sizeable doubt that its leading man would be returning.2022's The Menu meanwhile did have to change things around, having originally been set up in 2019 with a different director and a different star in one of its lead roles. And when it did come back together, there were serious doubts about whether people were even going out to the cinema to watch films like it too...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/19/202353 minutes, 42 seconds
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I, Robot (2004) and For Love Of The Game (1999)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a massive hit sci-fi movie that came from smaller origins, and a baseball film that, well, hit problems.The story of I, Robot the movie - in theory based on the work of Isaac Asimov - started with an indie script that was set effectively in one room. But over time, the film escalated, at one stage attracting Arnold Schwarzenegger. Still, when it got made, there was a disagreement ahead...There was a hell of a disagreement on 1999's baseball movie For Love Of The Game too, regarded as the forgotten Kevin Costner baseball movie. Directed by Sam Raimi, things were going find - right up until very different views on the final cut of the film...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/202348 minutes, 25 seconds
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In conversation with producer Barbara DeFina: Casino, The Color Of Money, Cape Fear, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation Of Christ and lots more

A very special episode of Film Stories, with a very special guest: producer Barbara DeFina.She tells us what's she currently up to, and takes us through her early work with Sidney Lumet. Then, the many films she produced for Martin Scorsese, including the particular challenges of The Last Temptation Of Christ, Casino, and finding the right house for Cape Fear. There's a bit of Goodfellas in the conversation as well. It's a far-ranging conversation. Hope you enjoy it. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/20231 hour, 42 seconds
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Barbarian (2022) and Superbad (2007)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two relatively low budget films that both proved bigger hits than expected.For writer/director Zach Cregger, he was in 'director jail' following the commercial disappointment of his first couple of films. Still, he managed to get his new film, Barbarian, into place (with a bit of help from a spreadsheet). The problem? Funding fell away just days before filming...In the case of Superbad, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were teenagers when they first wrote the script. In fact, Rogen at one point was going to star - but it took a little too long to get to the screen for that to happen.---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/202350 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and Antz (1998)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the difficult journey back to Middle Earth, and the first animated film from DreamWorks.Following the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, it seemed straightforward that at some point, The Hobbit would make it back to the screen. But the path there would prove far more difficult than originally thought, thanks to legal issues, financial issues, and a late change of director.With Antz, the first animated film from DreamWorks had a lot of pathfinding to get through just to get made - and then its release date was moved forward, meaning it was a race against time to get the film completed, before Pixar's A Bug's Life stole its thunder.---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/202353 minutes, 35 seconds
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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) and Cocaine Bear (2023)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the continued attempt to find box office life in the Terminator films, and a modestly-priced movie that demonstrated the power of a trailer.For the third attempt to make a new Terminator trilogy of movies, the plan this time was more straightforward: bring James Cameron back to the series, and give him a big chunk of creative power again. With Deadpool director Tim Miller also on board, hopes were high - but problems were mounting.The simple concept of a bear taking a lot of cocaine meanwhile became fuel for a very R-rated studio film - even if there was some dispute about the title for a while...---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202354 minutes, 14 seconds
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In conversation with James L Brooks

Hollywood royalty joins the Film Stories podcast for this special episode, as writer, producer and director James L Brooks.The starting point for the chat is a film that Brooks has produced, the long awaited screen adaptation of Judy Blume's Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. And then they get chatting about making movies, about the 1994 box office disappointment I'll Do Anything, a brief drive by As Good As It Gets, and a few hints as to the film he's workong on next. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret is in UK cinemas now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/202334 minutes, 34 seconds
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Independence Day (1996) and Battleship (2012)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two very big blockbuster films, one of which had more joy finding an audience than the other.1996's Independence Day came together at surprising speed, with creative duo Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin wary that Mars Attacks! was on the way too. And there was the small matter of getting the film's Superbowl trailer right as well.Battleship was to be the first of up to six pictures based on board games and Hasbro properties at Universal, but at one stage, the studio's new chairperson had a choice: accept a $30m write-off, or carry on with the picture.---Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/202356 minutes, 4 seconds
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Collateral (2014) and Thunderbirds (2014)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of 2014 releases: one of which sent a movie star grey, the other sending its director to movie jail.Collateral marks one of the darker leading roles in Tom Cruise's career. But for a while, the film was actually set to feature Russell Crowe and Adam Sandler in its lead roles. Furthermore, the spark for the movie came when its writer was in his late teens.The idea of bringing the hugely successful TV show Thunderbirds to the screen in a bigger budget movie had been around for a while. But when Spy Kids and the Harry Potter movies went big, so did plans for Thunderbirds - even if it didn't involve the people who created the show in the first place.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202353 minutes, 12 seconds
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Batman Begins (2005) and The Guard (2011)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two successful movies, one of which cost a lot more money than the othert!2005's Batman Begins gave filmmaker Christopher Nolan the latitude to properly reboot and reinvent Batman on the big screen. But he still insisted on building part of the film in his garage, and he wasn't Warner Bros' initial choice either.With The Guard, writer/director John Michael McDonagh was coming off the back of a bad experience on 2003's Ned Kelly movie. This time, he was going to direct the film himself - even if investors didn't entirely appreciate what they might be getting.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/202359 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Equalizer (2014) and You've Got Mail (1998)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of hit films that hit at the box office, but also that each met a challenge or two.The idea of a Hollywood take on TV show The Equalizer had been knocking around since the mid-2000s, and for a while it looked as if Russell Crowe was going to take on the lead role. But then the idea of Denzel Washington starring was mooted - leading to eight months of intensive script work to try and win him over.It was in 1992 that the rights were picked up to remake 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around The Corner. But it'd take the advent of widespread email use to work out a modern way forward for the story. That, and the touch of the late Nora Ephron.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202350 minutes, 19 seconds
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In conversation with Dexter Fletcher - Ghosted, The Saint, The Green Cross Code Man and more

It's a very welcome return to the Film Stories podcast for the brilliant Dexter Fletcher, as he joins Simon for a special episode. In this one, they talk about Dexter's new film - Ghosted - and the challenges involved in making it. That, and his abandoned attempt to make The Saint, working alongside movie stars in nice jumpers, late casting replacements and a whole lot more. Plus, he still wants to make a James Bond picture...Ghosted is out now on Apple TV+. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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Movie Geek Live: interviews from Film Stories live shows

In a bonus special episode of Film Stories, here's a collection of interviews from our live shows that take place around the UK. At each show, we talk to people in and around the world of film, and get their stories. In this collection:Oscar-winner Nina Hartstone on Bohemian Rhapsody, Cats, Cyborg Cop, and recreating a certain sound that I'm certainly not writing down here.Independent filmmaker Cassiah Joski-Jethi on her writing and directing work, watching Shrek a lot, and meeting Gurinder Chadha on a train.Children's TV legend Simon Hickson on his television work, and then his move into the world of Medicinema.To find out where a Film Stories Movie Geek Live show is near you, head to https://www.filmstories.co.uk/live-events/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Hunt For Red October (1990) and Godzilla Vs Kong (2021)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that were released in unusual times for the pair of them!1990's The Hunt For Red October is a cold war thriller, that landed as the Cold War was thawing. It had a different problem too: a week or two into filming, its leading man needed very quick replacing - and a fax went over to Sean Connery...The idea of bringing together Godzilla and King Kong for a movie together meanwhile led to a bit of studio jostling - and then, of course, when Godzilla Vs Kong finally landed, a global pandemic had significantly changed Warner Bros' release strategy.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202352 minutes, 27 seconds
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In conversation with Nick Park: Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Aardman, Early Man and lots more

In a very, very special episode of Film Stories, four-time Oscar winner Nick Park joins Simon for a conversation about his work and career. So much is covered here: from the genesis of Wallace & Gromit and the early days trying to break into animation, through to the seven-year journey of A Grand Day Out and being presented an Oscar by Woody Woodpecker.They also chat about Nick joining Aardman, the making of The Wrong Trousers (now 30 years old, remarkably!), the ramping up to a feature film, the making of Chicken Run, and working alongside DreamWorks. Plus the Wallace & Gromit movie, Early Man, and what he's up to next... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 38 seconds
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Venom (2018) and Sliver (1993)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a hit Spider-Man spin-off, and the film that tried to capitalise on the success of Basic Instinct.The first talk of a Venom movie came about in the late 1990s. But eventually, Sony would start developing the film as part of its Spider-Man rights package. The problem? It kept rebooting Spider-Man, and that kept resetting its Venom plans.Big things were expected of 1993's erotic thriller Sliver, meanwhile. But a hugely ambitious final act was originally shot involving a volcano, that nearly led to the death of two people. And, well, let's just say that on set, not everyone was getting along...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202355 minutes, 16 seconds
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In conversation with Jeremy Garelick - Murder Mystery 2, The Wedding Ringer, Police Academy, and a high school

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon welcome director Jeremy Garelick for a chat about his work.They talk about the newly-released Murder Mystery 2, as well as The Wedding Ringer, The Break Up and a few projects that didn't come to pass. And then about the eureka moment that led to Garelick searching for a disused high school for sale - and the number of films that suddenly seemed to unlock.Murder Mystery 2 is on Netflix now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/202334 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Italian Job (1969) and The Italian Job (2003)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a much-loved original, and its subsequent remake.1969's The Italian Job came about in part due to Paramount Pictures wanting to make movies in the UK. But it was tough to get cooperation from the manufacturer of Mini cars, its famous ending came about very late in the day, and apparently - 30 years after its release - the film was still in debt!Still, a planned remake went ahead, but the story of it for a long time was that of one of its co-star - Edward Norton - who famously didn't want to appear in the film (but ended up having to do so, under threat of legal action). 2003's The Italian Job was not without one or two other stories behind it too...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/202352 minutes, 33 seconds
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John Wick (2014) and It Follows (2014)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two modestly-costed movies from 2014 that turned out to be really rather successful.Writer Derek Kolstad had got his first screen credit on a Dolph Lundgren-headlined movie. And he had a plan for a slimmed down action movie, with a 75-year old lead character. Things changed though when a man called Keanu Reeves got interested in it.With It Follows, writer/director David Robert Mitchell had actually planned to do a different movie, until it became clear that it'd be easier to get his horror project funded. But it was still low budget enough to give him absolute control over how he wanted to shoot it...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202352 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sin City (2005) and The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that were adapted for the screen - albeit in very different ways.Author Frank Miller wasn't looking to let Hollywood bring his acclaimed Sin City to the big screen. Yet filmmaker Robert Rodriguez had an unusual approach, and his own film studio to help him realise it. Plus, he wasn't strictly looking to do an adaptation anyway.A little more straightforward was The Fault In Our Stars, adapted by John Green's novel. The trick here was to go quicker, and to have a division of a studio - the much-missed Fox 2000 - able to get the film made on a low budget. There was still a tiny permission problem when it came to filming, though...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/13/202353 minutes, 14 seconds
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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006) and Daylight (1996)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that took a long time to come together, and an attempt by Sylvester Stallone to change direction.1992's Basic Instinct didn't immediately seem an obvious candidate for a sequel. A huge box office take soon changed that - but the path to the follow-up would involve a bankruptcy, a legal case, and a lot of people turning the project down. Until all of a sudden, it came together...Daylight was a quicker film to come together, and for Sylvester Stallone, a very lucrative one. He secured a huge pay packet, but also signalled a change in direction for his career. Things didn't quite go to plan.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/202356 minutes, 19 seconds
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In conversation with Aline Brosh McKenna

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer, producer and director Aline Brosh McKenna.They talk about her feature directorial debut Your Place Or Mine, and the journey to get to that point. Plus, they go over projects such as The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, We Bought A Zoo and a whole lot more. Plus, her journey into film, and a whole lot more.Your Place Or Mine is on Netflix. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202344 minutes, 15 seconds
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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008) and The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the belated return of Indiana Jones, and a smart British zombie film that faced a fair few challenges.After the huge success of the much-loved Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade at the end of the 1980s, there was an ongoing clamour for a fourth Indiana Jones adventure. But George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford had packed schedules - and didn't always see eye to eye on where to go next.Things were more straightforward story-wise with The Girl With All The Gifts. Author M R Carey was pretty much writing the novel and the screenplay of the story at the same time. And with a tenacious producer, funding slowly came together...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/27/202357 minutes, 49 seconds
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In conversation with John Sayles

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by a legend of American independent cinema, John Sayles.In a far-reaching conversation, they talk about John's new novel - Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade's Journey - as well as the movie origins of the project. Plus they go back over Sayles' career, the way he managed to get his films made, ownership and copyright, battles with a movie studio and a whole lot more. Plus: a few thoughts on where cinema stands now, and a screening too of Avatar: The Way Of Water... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/20231 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Moonraker (1979) and Look Who's Talking (1989)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how James Bond responded to Star Wars, and a comedy that onlookers had all but written off.Moonraker wasn't expected to be the Roger Moore James Bond adventure to follow up The Spy Who Loved Me. But then Star Wars happened, and a co-production deal opened up some funding too. 007 was going to space.More down to earth was comedy sleeper hit Look Who's Talking, a genuinely sleeper success that in turn made Bruce Willis very rich for four days of work. It's also the first film on this podcast that involves puppeteers operating sperm. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202356 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 300: in conversation with Hugh Jackman

Well, crikey.In a very special episode of the Film Stories podcast, two things to tell you about. Firstly, this is episode 300: thank you so much for everyone who's helped me get here.Secondly, the special guest for this episode is Hugh Jackman. We were talking in London about his latest film, The Son, but also snuck one or two other things in there as well. He seemed quite taken with it being episode 300, as you're about to hear...Thanks for all your support, folks. Hope you enjoy the episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202330 minutes
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A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) and Elvis (2022)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how the Die Hard franchise came to a crashing end, and an Elvis Presley biopic finally got over the line.There's not a lot of love out there for A Good Day To Die Hard (2013), and with good reason. But the intent behind it was sound, and the man who landed the director's chair was a clear fan of the series.Producer Gail Berman meanwhile was the person who did a lot battling to bring 2022's Elvis to the screen - not least securing the necessary music rights to Presley's catalogue twice to ensure the project kept moving. And then Baz Luhrmann got involved...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202355 minutes, 58 seconds
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Sleepy Hollow (1999) and The Phantom Of The Open (2021)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that gave Tim Burton his first hit in over half a decade, and a golfing comedy that took a bit of a path to the screen.Director Tim Burton lost around a year of his working life when the planned Superman Lives film with Nicolas Cage collapsed. Which is when a script to Sleepy Hollow - that had been sat in Hollywood development for years - was sent in his direction.The script for the charming The Phantom Of The Open originally got no traction at all. As such, its story was published in a book, an option was taken out on said book, and the process had to pretty much start all over again.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/6/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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In conversation with Pen Densham and John Watson: Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, Backdraft, Rocky II, The Dangerous Lives Of The Altar Boys and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writers and producers Pen Densham and John Watson. Their story covers a lot of short films, working with Sylvester Stallone to reshape the ending of Rocky II, and the writing and producing 1991's Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. That involved a battle of the Robin Hoods too, and they also had Backdraft in production at the same time.The pair tell their stories in this episode, and there's just time at the end for a quick venture into The Dangerous Lives Of The Altar Boys too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202345 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and Bad Moms (2016)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that wasn't originally in the plans, and a comedy where more spin-offs were due to follow.After the very, very difficult shoot of The Bourne Identity, the key creatives weren't rushing to return for The Bourne Supremacy. There was little chance of director Doug Liman coming back either - and that meant a turn in a slightly different direction for the franchise.With Bad Moms meanwhile, the hit comedy lost its original studio backer and then found a home that worked: but plans for spin-offs and further sequels soon hit the buffers. But not before a hit movie came together.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202350 minutes, 51 seconds
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In conversation with director Jon Wright: Unwelcome, Tormented, Grabbers, Slaine and Robot Overlords

Here's a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, that might just be of interest for any filmmaker fighting their way to get a feature made. Jon Wright's new film, Unwelcome, has the backing of Warner Bros, and it's a UK horror film that gets a full national release.It's been quite a journey for Wright to get this far, and he tells the story in this podcast special, which also takes in films such as Tormented, Robot Overlords and Grabbers. Plus there's a bit of a story for 2000AD fans too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202350 minutes, 56 seconds
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Signs (2002) and The Da Vinci Code (2006)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of hit movies, with a religious edge to each.Filmmaker M Night Shyamalan admitted he came to Signs off the back of the mixed response to his previous film, Unbreakable. He came up with a project initially for an older actor, that blended two key ideas - and the bidding war in Hollywood for the film was a swift one.There was a bidding war too for the screen rights to Dan Brown's extraordinarily successful book, The Da Vinci Code. At first, there was a chance it could go to TV, but $6m of Sony's money did the job - and a whole lot of controversy was just around the corner...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/202352 minutes, 27 seconds
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Road House (1989) and Rush (2013)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an action film that took time to find its audience, and a Formula 1 movie made as a British independent film.Road House (1989) saw Patrick Swayze battling with a knee that had to be regularly drained, and also saw producer Joel Silver on the hunt for a Die Hard-size hit. Plus: the most expensive scene in this action favourite didn't involve any fighting at all.Up until he directed Rush (2013), Ron Howard had made his films for Hollywood studios and within the Hollywood system. When he stepped in to take on this film, though, the financial safety nets were long, long gone...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Find our print magazines at store.filmstories.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202355 minutes, 9 seconds
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Heat (1995) and Sideways (2004)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hugely acclaimed and much-loved movies, that each had their challenges.When writer/director Michael Mann first happened upon the story that would become Heat, he wasn't in a position to turn it into a major feature film. But he clearly had some unfinished business with the material.Alexander Payne had planned to make Sideways after his success with Election. But even get the source novel published had proven to be a challenge. The film adaptation? Well, that ended up with some waiting to do as well...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/9/202353 minutes, 58 seconds
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In conversation with director Marc Forster: A Man Called Otto, Stranger Than Fiction

For a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Marc Forster for a conversation. They chat about Forster's latest movie, A Man Called Otto, a film that seemed to come together really quickly, but actually has been percolating for some time.They also chat about Forster's decision in his teens to up sticks to America. And there's time too for a story from the making of Forster's Stranger Than Fiction... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/6/202333 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Sum Of All Fears (2002), Band Of Brothers and more, with director Phil Alden Robinson

For the final episode of Film Stories in 2022, something a bit special: a welcome back to director Phil Alden Robinson, who joins Simon to tell the story of 2002's Tom Clancy adaptation, The Sum Of All Fears.They talk about how Robinson came to the project, and the challenge when they ended up having to use locations booked for an entirely different film. Plus, dealing with Tom Clancy, the possible sequel that never was, and the incredibly spoiler-y trailer for the film. Robinson also chats about his late addition to directing Band Of Brothers, and what happened post-The Sum Of All Fears.Thanks to everybody who's supported Film Stories this year. The podcast returns in 2023... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/30/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992) and O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films from top notch filmmakers take centre stage.1992's The Last Of The Mohicans, from Michael Mann, wasn't the easiest of productions. From personnel leaving and the threat of strike action, to the months of required training and the difficulty landing the score, it proved quite the challenge.The Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Are Thou? was a lot calmer by comparison. George Clooney, for instance, signed on without reading the script. But there was still a bit of groundbreaking technical work that needed to be done - and a lot of music that needed to be recorded before filming could begin...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/19/202252 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ticket To Paradise (2022) with director Ol Parker

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Ol Parker, with the pair chatting about his latest film, Ticket To Paradise.They look at how the film came together, and the challenges of making a film led by two major movie stars. Parker also candidly discusses the response to the movie, and the less than stellar critical response to it. He also talks about further projects, and what may lie ahead.Ticket To Paradise is available on demand, and on DVD and Blu-ray, now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Lethal Weapon (1987) and Jingle All The Way (1996)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a dash of the festive spirit as two Christmas-set movies take centre stage.The first Lethal Weapon movie came together in just a few years, sparked by then-twentysomething Shane Black's script. The project was offered to Leonard Nimoy to look at before Richard Donner signed on the dotted line to direct - and it remains a casting masterclass too.Jingle All The Way meanwhile came together even quicker, with Arnold Schwarzenegger suddenly having a gap in his schedule once a planned Planet Of The Apes movie he was attached to fell apart. Just six months after filming began, the film would be in cinemas - and that didn't help the movie's merchandising plans.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriesSupport this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/202251 minutes, 41 seconds
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In conversation with Michael Giacchino

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Oscar-winning film composer Michael Giacchino. Michael's in the awards running again for his score to The Batman, and that's one of the subjects they talk about (the film is widely available now).They also chat about getting started, about juggling multiple projects, making sure you finish work on time, and general nerdy stuff. Simon nearly manages to offend him too. Ulp... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Labyrinth (1986) and Uncharted (2022)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a much-loved box office disappointment, and a film that burned through a lot of directorsThe late, great Jim Henson earned a success with The Dark Crystal, but he knew he wanted his next film to be a bit lighter, and to have human characters in it too. 25 drafts of the script and story later, Labyrinth went before the cameras - but with a lot of challenges in its path.Uncharted meanwhile started its way to the big screen in 2008. By the time cameras rolled over a decade later, six different directors would have left the project. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/5/202255 minutes, 25 seconds
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Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (2022), with director Matthew Warchus and screenwriter Dennis Kelly

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Matthew Warchus and screenwriter Dennis Kelly, with the focus primarily being 2022's Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical.In their conversation, they talk about taking the hugely success musical from stage to screen, and how brutal they had to be as they did so. They chat too the many, many drafts of the script, the songs that were filmed but which didn't make the finally cut, and a bit of CG involving a giraffe.You also get little mentions of both Pride and Utopia too, and the pair both end up with what their clickbait news stories would be... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202247 minutes, 12 seconds
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Boogie Nights (1997) and Unforgiven (1992)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films from the 1990s that attracted awards attention - one with less controversy than the other.After the way his first film was treated, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson was adamant things would be different with his second. But who would give a twentysomething filmmaker $15m and creative control for a film on the surface about making adult movies? And why would Burt Reynolds get so upset?Things were more straightforward with 1992's Unforgiven, the film that finally bagged Clint Eastwood an Oscar he never expected to see. However, Eastwood nearly missed the script altogether when he was recommended to avoid it. And even when he read it, it'd be a long, long wait for the film.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/28/202255 minutes, 22 seconds
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In conversation with Disney producer Roy Conli

In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon chats to Oscar-winning Disney producer Roy Conli, in part about the new animated film, Strange World.Their chat takes them back to Roy's theatrical origins but also the teacher who pushed him to read. On top of that though, they get into the Oscar bet that Roy didn't deliver on, the new bet that hopefully he will, and the ongoing challenge of making feature films!Strange World is in UK cinemas on the very day this podcast lands... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of 1990s summer blockbusters - one of which proved more problematic than the other.Come 1990 and there were three competing Robin Hood projects on the way from Hollywood. But it was 1991's Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves that won the race to the screen. It'd be fair to say it was not an easy journey to get there.Off the back of making GoldenEye, Pierce Brosnan was looking for new projects - and he settled on a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Small problem though about trying to make a movie about a museum heist: museums don't seem very keen to let you film on their premises...Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/202259 minutes, 53 seconds
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In conversation with writer and director James Gray

In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon chats to writer/director James Gray. The pair met around the time of the release of his film Armageddon Time, and they chat about the complexities of getting such a movie through the studio system.It's a really candid chat this, as Gray explores opening up his family life for a film, and his feelings on the current state of cinema. Plus, isn't it about time they brought back curtains in cinemas? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ed Wood (1994) and The Last Duel (2021)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that hardy set the box office alight - although the fallout from one was a lot, lot louder than the other!Ed Wood was a movie Tim Burton decided to make when he walked away from a higher profile project. However, the studio paying for the movie panicked a month before production and tried to box Burton into a deal. He wasn't playing ball, though.The Last Duel was a movie project that took over a decade to reach the screen, with the source book optioned three different times (Martin Scorsese circled the project for a while). But then in came Ridley Scott, in come disappointing box office, and in came quite the aftermath...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/202254 minutes, 47 seconds
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Aliens (1986) and Starter For Ten (2006)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that was a beast to make, and a British book adaptation that Tom Hanks sort-of-unlocked.Aliens remains the template for how to make an excellent sequel - but heck, was it beset by problems. Not least that writer/director James Cameron and the crew at Pinewood Studios making the film were not exactly on each other's Christmas card lists.Starter For Ten was a bit more straightforward, but even then, it took American money to bring a very British book to the screen. All in a film that had a hand in launching a lot of big name careers...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/7/20221 hour, 56 seconds
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Timecop (1994)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit films come under the microscope - but one of them nearly fell apart days before filming was due to begin.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would become for a long time the most successful independent film of all time in terms of box office returns. Yet none of the major studio would commit to the film, and it'd take a late deal to save the movie.Timecop had a much clearer path the big screen, and this was Jean-Claude Van Damme trying to emulate the success of Arnold Schwarzenegger and cross over into the mainstream. Just don't ask him about the plans for a sequel...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/202252 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hidden Figures (2016) and The LEGO Movie (2014)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two very successful films - one of which nearly lost the confidence of its parent studioThe tale behind Hidden Figures had seemingly been all but lost to history. That was until one writer went digging, and then a producer won a bidding war for movie rights in which barely anyone else was interested. A late release date change also would prove inspired.The LEGO Movie meanwhile would take some negotiating to even get off the ground. And when it did? Warner Bros brought in two funding partners and sold off a sizeable percentage of its box office receipts too. It was not the studio's wisest move...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/202255 minutes, 47 seconds
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In conversation with Paul Feig - recorded live in London

Paul Feig is a busy man. He's got a new film (The School For Good And Evil) and a new cocktail book too. But he squeezed some time into his schedule for a special podcast recording, where he chats to Simon about his directorial career.Recorded in front of a live audience in London, the pair chat about Paul Feig's early stand-up and acting work, the films that landed him in movie jail, and then the run of Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, A Simple Favour, Last Christmas and, of course, The School For Good And Evil.It was quite an evening, and the audio is presented in full here. Right down to the Ski Patrol chat... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 5 seconds
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Blade: Trinity (2004) and Candyman (1992)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that faced their challenges, but one came out of it all better than the other.A third Blade film was announced even before Blade II had arrived in cinemas. David S Goyer took on the director's chair, but to say the production had a few problems would be quite the understatement. Gulp.Things were a little smoother with 1992's Candyman, although writer/director Bernard Rose was first approached about a different Clive Barker story to adapt. But three different financiers meant there were differing opinions about the film behind the scenes - and distribution wasn't entirely straightforward either.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/17/202252 minutes, 37 seconds
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In conversation with Frances O'Connor: Emily, AI: Artificial Intelligence and directing

After building a strong career as an actor over the past few decades, Frances O'Connor has now taken the jump into feature writing and directing. In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, she chats to Simon about why she's decided to take the plunge now, and what was it that unlocked her film, Emily.She takes us into the writing process of the film, the battle to get funding, and making the move into directing. Plus, there's time for a little bit of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence chatter in there too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Paranormal Activity (2007) and Cocoon (1985)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that hit much bigger than expected - each of which changed a lot in post-production.Horror hit Paranormal Activity actually first debuted on screen in 2007. But it'd be two years before it got a full wide release in cinemas, and by then the ending would have undergone changes (and a planned remake abandoned).20th Century Fox was having doubts about 1985's Cocoon, meanwhile, to the point where Robert Zemeckis was fired as its director (making Back To The Future instead!). In came Ron Howard though, and changes would get underway...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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In conversation with Stephen Frears - The Lost King, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly and more

Decade after decade, director Stephen Frears has maintained an enviable output of movies and TV shows, and his latest film - The Lost King - is now playing in UK cinemas. He joins Simon for a podcast special, where they chat about his work, from breaking through with My Beautiful Laundrette, to the ultra-fast turnaround of Dangerous Liaisons. They also talk about the perils of making studio films in Hollywood, why The Queen went to cinemas rather than TV (and legal advice was involved!), and the assorted challenges of The Lost King... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202239 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) and Toy Soldiers (1991)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films released within a few months of each other, that had one or two things in common.The Silence Of The Lambs was originally earmarked by Gene Hackman for his directorial debut, and a deal was struck for the book rights. But the story's violence was putting people off, and there was a bit of a rights hurdle that had to be negotiated too.Things with Toy Soldiers were lower profile, but still: at one stage this low-ish budget action film was being adapted with Midnight Cowboy director John Schlesinger in mind - and then the company backing the project decided to drop out.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/3/202253 minutes, 13 seconds
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In conversation with Gurinder Chadha OBE: recorded live at the London Podcast Festival

Recorded before a live audience in London in September 2022, this very special episode of Film Stories sees Simon in conversation with writer and director Gurinder Chadha OBE.They chat about her early days, how she broke into movies with I'm British But... and the wonderful Bhaji On The Beach. And then she takes us through tales of films such as Bend It Like Beckham, Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, Viceroy's House, What's Cookin' and Bride & Prejudice. Be sure too to keep an ear out for the audience gasp when Gurinder reveals the movie she turned down... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/29/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mission: Impossible III (2006) and The Birdcage (1996)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two movies that hit at the box office - but it didn't stop one of them being regarded a commercial disappointment.2006's Mission: Impossible III went though a range of directors before Tom Cruise settled on giving JJ Abrams his feature directorial debut. But that decision brought with it delays, and the film's aftermath would see Cruise's deal with Paramount come to an end (temporarily).The Birdcage meanwhile landed on Oscar-winner Mike Nichols' plate at a point where people were beginning to feel his hit movie days were behind him. Nichols though would turn a Harrison Ford movie down in order to take this one on - and to work again with Elaine May.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/202255 minutes, 1 second
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Iron Man (2008) and Pacific Heights (1990)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a franchise-starting hit, and a modest thriller with an impressive roster of personnel.The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now written large into movie history - but it's often forgotten just what a risk the first Iron Man movie was. And also, that it was arguably Marvel's most tight-fisted production too.Pacific Heights was more modest, but did attract a legendary director, and in Michael Keaton, a man who'd just brought Batman to the big screen. Yet there were, as it turns out, behind the scenes problems on this one...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/202254 minutes, 40 seconds
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I Am Legend (2007) and There's Something About Mary (1998)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big hit movies - but both of them took at least a decade to make it to the screen.In the case of I Am Legend, the latest take on the story was all ready to go in 1997 with Ridley Scott directing and Arnold Schwarzenegger starring: but not everything went to plan there. And there'd be other attempts that failed before we got the version we got.There's Something About Mary didn't start out as the raunchy comedy it became - but after five years sitting still in development hell, a Writers Guild Of America rule change suddenly worked to its favour.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/202259 minutes, 44 seconds
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In conversation with Jan De Bont - Flatliners, Die Hard, Speed, Twister, Black Rain, The Hunt For Red October, Roar and more

In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon chats to Jan De Bont about his extensive movie career.They chat about his work as cinematographer on movies as varied as Die Hard, Flatliners, The Hunt For Red October and Black Rain. They chat too about De Bont nearly having his face fully ripped off by a wild animal while shooting Roar. And then there's his work as a director, specifically Speed and Twister.Flatliners has just been released by Arrow on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, and is available now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Sixth Sense (1999) and Pixels (2015)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a massive film that didn't cost too much, and a box office disappointment that did.1999's The Sixth Sense would prove to be an absolute box office sensation: but heck. Disney wasn't happy about making it. The executive who gave the film the greenlight would ultimately lose his job, and Disney would sell off most distribution rights before it was released. But why?Pixels meanwhile was the last film in Adam Sandler's long-running deal with Sony Pictures, and was chosen only after the studio had turned one or two other Sandler projects down. On paper, combining classic videogame characters with a live action New York-set family feature seemed a good idea. But things did not go to plan.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/202259 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Hateful Eight (2015) and The Jewel Of The Nile (1985)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that went through some tough physical production.Mind you, Quentin Tarantino's second western, The Hateful Eight, nearly didn't get as far as production. A script leak, a law suit, Tarantino dropping the project? That was all before filming began, and the idea of shooting on location in freezing cold conditions suddenly seemed a bit... taxing.The location shoot for Romancing The Stone sequel The Jewel Of The Nile was taxing in the other direction. Piping hit temperatures, a change in personnel behind the camera, and a co-star who was contractually obliged to appear? Yep, this one was a bit of a saga.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/202252 minutes, 4 seconds
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In conversation with producer Will Packer

In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon chats to Hollywood producer Will Packer. It's a good long chat, so they get to chew over Beast, ladder holding in Hollywood, getting non-franchise films off the ground, and the odd ways people pitch projects to Packer!Beast is in cinemas in the UK on August 26th 2022. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/202233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Broken Arrow (1996) and Sleeping With The Enemy (1991)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that benefitted from surges in popularity for their leading actors.The action movie Broken Arrow would ultimately end up in the hands of director John Woo, his second Hollywood feature. John Travolta led the cast. And oddly, it all came together in the way it did thanks to Free Willy 2.Julia Roberts had already shot Pretty Woman and Flatliners by the time she was signed up for 1991 thriller Sleeping With The Enemy. Sean Connery and Kim Basinger had originally been linked - but 20th Century Fox would end up with one hell of a deal when Roberts signed up.Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/202253 minutes, 30 seconds
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Gone Girl (2014) and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, David Fincher's last movie for over five years, and the challenge in bringing a much-loved man to the big screen.Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl was an absolute publishing sensation. But even before it was released, Reese Witherspoon had snapped it up. Gillian Flynn meanwhile was able to strike an unusual deal for her book, that left her in charge of its adaptation.The script approach for the story of Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, went through some fairly dramatic changes. In the end, it'd take nearly a decade to bring to the screen...Stories of both are told in this episode.Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/202253 minutes, 50 seconds
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In conversation with director John Madden: Operation Mincemeat, Mrs Brown, Miss Sloane and more

In a Film Stories special episode, Oscar-nominated director John Madden reflects with Simon on the release of his latest film, Operation Mincemeat. The pair look at its changing release plans, and its eventual success. Plus the perils of bringing a true story to the screen. They also touch on the release of Madden's 2016 film Miss Sloane, and go back to investigate the casting of his breakthrough movie, Mrs Brown. All this and more in our latest special episode... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/5/202238 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Living Daylights (1987) and Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that delayed production to get their star of choice on board. The Living Daylights - the 15th James Bond film - ended up with around 18 months start to finish to get made. And it was complicated by the fact that the search for a new 007 wasn't going entirely to plan. With Crazy Rich Asians, the core of behind the camera creatives would have never had to work again had they sold the film to Netflix. But they accepted a much lower offer from Warner Bros for the film - and they certainly had their reasons for doing so. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/202257 minutes, 14 seconds
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Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007) and Jaws 3-D (1983)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of sequels that both did well at the box office, but faced other problems. Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer should have been fan gold, and was planned to set up a couple more movies. But the Fantastic Four sequel found itself looking a little out of time - and even promoting it, the cracks were showing. Jaws 3-D meanwhile nearly ended up a very different film: an official Jaws comedy movie called Jaws 3 People 0. When the decision was made to go 3-D instead? Well, again, let's just say there were problems. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/202254 minutes, 38 seconds
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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and Revenge (1990)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a high budget sequel, and Kevin Costner's first box office disappointment. The original Speed movie was lean, relatively modestly costed and a big, surprise hit. Speed 2 was pretty much the opposite - and its story ended up being reverse-engineered from a dream its director had. Revenge meanwhile brought together director Tony Scott and star Kevin Costner, but neither would quite get the film they wanted. And Scott didn't have final cut... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202252 minutes
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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Beethoven (1992)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a deeper look at a sequel that took a while to happen, and a film that spawned no shortage of sequels itself. The wheels of Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) started moving nearly a year before the 2009 reboot of the franchise hit the big screen. Yet it'd have to wait, not least for a definite yet from director JJ Abrams. And there'd be a bit of a post-mortem too. Beethoven meanwhile generated no shortage of follow-ups - but the story goes its original director wasn't, er, overly keen on dogs. Quite the tail (chortle) this one... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202252 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Black Phone (2021) with director Scott Derrickson (spoilers)

This episode contains spoilers. In a Film Stories special episode, director Scott Derrickson joins Simon to chat about his new film, The Black Phone. They talk about adapting and changing the source short story, one or two moments within the film itself, right through to overseeing the release of the film. Note that the discussion does veer into spoiler territory, hence we're releasing this after the film has landed in cinemas. Nothing major, just things you'd likely rather not know until you've seen the movie!   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/202227 minutes, 17 seconds
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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of comedy sequels, that each managed to financially outperform their predecessors. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) proved to be a masterclass in how to market a movie. But even ahead of production, all concerned were determined to make it a much bigger film that the original.  Things weren't quite as straightforward on 2001's American Pie 2, a film that originally Universal wasn't in a rush to make, then suddenly was very much in a rush to make. What's more, it underwent quite significant changes in post-production too... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202250 minutes, 41 seconds
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In conversation with director Dexter Fletcher: The Offer, Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wild Bill, Sherlock Holmes 3, The Saint and more

In a Film Stories special episode, director Dexter Fletcher returns to the podcast. He chats to Simon about his latest project, the Paramount+ series The Offer, about the making of The Godfather (it's streaming on Paramount+ now). They also find time to chat about projects as varied as Sherlock Holmes 3, Wild Bill, The Saint, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman and his upcoming film Ghosted. And we try and land Dexter the Bond job as well... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 250: RoboCop (1987) and Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (1995)

In the 250th episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an all-time science fiction classic, and a very difficult comedy sequel.  1987's RoboCop needs little introduction. Yet the ultra-violent crime-battler was the result of two diffierent film ideas being brought into one. And a bit of a battle with the American ratings board was involved too. Jim Carrey was contractually obliged to make 1995's Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and it'd put him off sequels for the bulk of his career. Not surprisingly: it proved to be a very, very difficult production. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202253 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Irishman (2019) and Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a Martin Scorsese film that took years to come together, and a career-altering Kevin Smith movie. The Irishman was a long talked about reunion of Scorsese and Robert De Niro - but it was always set to be expensive, long, and not family-friendly. Just who would want to pay the bill? Finding a financier was much easier where Kevin Smith's Zack And Miri Make A Porno was concerned - but other problems were around the corner. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202253 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jurassic World Dominion (2022), with director Colin Trevorrow

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Colin Trevorrow, the director of the newly-released Jurassic World Dominion. They talk about the coming together of the film, of how it changed since it was originally conceived, and the inclusion of a small shop in London. Plus, they reflect on Trevorrow's career since his superb debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, and how the ecosystem of the moives has changed since he made it... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Trainspotting (1996) and Days Of Thunder (1990)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a British sensation and the reunion of the Top Gun team. Trainspotting came together quickly, as director Danny Boyle and his team built on the success of 1995's Shallow Grave. Small problem? Even as the script was being written, the rights to the source book hadn't been secured. With Days Of Thunder, it looks simple: bring the star, producer and director of Top Gun back together, and box office gold would follow. What happened though was one of the most infamous blockbuster movie shoots of its era. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Prisoners (2013) and Indecent Proposal (1993)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two box office successes, one far more acclaimed than the other. Prisoners was the English-language breakthrough film for director Denis Villeneuve. But by the time he got the script, several filmmakers had already come and gone. Indecent Proposal had no such director trouble, meanwhile. Instead, it had one lead star who wanted to quit, and another whose casting got the studio sued. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202256 minutes, 52 seconds
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Top Gun: Maverick with director Joseph Kosinski

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Joseph Kosinski, the director of the already-acclaimed belated follow-up, Top Gun: Maverick. The pair talk about the film's journey to the screen and the challenges involved in its making.  Plus, they touch on David Fincher's impact on Kosinski's career, and the temptation to tinker with the movie during lockdown... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/26/202231 minutes, 11 seconds
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Terminator Salvation (2009) and King Ralph (1991)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that did decent box office, but had other problems. Terminator Salvation ended up in the hands of two producers who got a stroke of luck. However, things began to turn sour as the costs mounted up. King Ralph meanwhile was a comedy that was filming in the UK - but had to do some careful stepping around the British Royal Family. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202252 minutes, 16 seconds
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Paddington 2 (2017) and Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of hit family movies with very different stories behind them. It took a little while for writer/director Paul King to confirm he was returning for Paddington 2. And for the sequel, there was a big idea that didn't fit into the first movie, plus a much-loved sequence that nearly got the chop. Mrs Doubtfire meanwhile was a film that saw its star, the late Robin Williams, spend over 100 hours in a make-up chair. What's more, it was a movie sparking a lot of behind the scenes debate about its ending. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202256 minutes, 10 seconds
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Interstellar (2014) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both interested Oscar-winning directors - and ended up with different ones. Steven Spielberg was originally pursuing directing Interstellar. But it was in part for reasons not related to the film he stepped away - and Christopher Nolan took over. The big screen take on the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street meanwhile had Sam Mendes linked for a while. But it'd be Tim Burton who steered it to the screen - and the trailer proved to be quite infamous. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202253 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Goonies (1985) and Father Of The Bride (1991)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that - unusually - came together really quickly. Steven Spielberg had the idea for The Goonies, with Richard Donner directing and Chris Columbus writing. It'd turn out to be a quite a lively shoot, though. The biggest delay hitting a remake of Father Of The Bride was securing the rights in the first place - oh, and having to replace a major role in the film less than two weeks before filming. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202251 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Game (1997) and World War Z 2 (unmade)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, arguably the forgotten David Fincher movie, and the unmade sequel he nearly directed too. The Game (1997) originally had a different director involved, but David Fincher was able to get it moving quickly after Seven hit - yet there was a sizeable legal problem with the film. World War Z 2 should have been a logical project for Paramount after the first film hit, and it quickly greenlit the film. Yet the plug would ultimately be pulled, with the film deep in pre-production. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202250 minutes, 2 seconds
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Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Moonfall (2022)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a trouble Marvel Studios production, and a hugely expensive independent movie. Thor: The Dark World was a sequel quickly greenlit - but it'd prove to one of Marvel's most troubled productions, with problems arising from pretty much the get go. Roland Emmerich meanwhile raised over $130m to shoot one of the world's most expensive independent films, Moonfall. He didn't have studio problems to contend with - but there were plenty of other challenges. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/16/202252 minutes, 51 seconds
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National Treasure (2004) and Fortress (1992)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a dose of Nicolas Cage, and a futuristic prison movie. National Treasure (2004) was originally announced for a summer 2000 release. Yet by the time it finally got going, it had nine writers who'd worked on it - and Nicolas Cage agreeing to star. 1992's Fortress meanwhile was originally developed as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he turned it down, the budget was slashed - but in the hands of star Christopher Lambert and director Stuart Gordon, it'd be in profit before it opened in America. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202253 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Mummy (2017) and Notting Hill (1999)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an attempt to launch a cinematic universe, and an attempt to not directly follow-up an earlier success. The Mummy (2017) was the starting point for Universal's planned Dark Universe of movies. Things changed a little when Tom Cruise was cast - but it became clear too late the project was in trouble. Following the success of Four Weddings & A Funeral, there was an assumption that 1999's Notting Hill would be a sort-of follow up. Not so, the filmmakers insisted - as they faced the challenge of bringing a huge movie star to the streets of London. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202255 minutes, 18 seconds
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The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Coda (2021)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a James Bond film that arrived quicker than expected, and a small remake that ultimately soared. The World Is Not Enough (1999) brought in new writers, an unlikely director, and the press for an American star. And it got on the nerves of some British MPs... Coda (2021) meanwhile was shot quickly, after nearly a year of preparation. The wait for its release was a long one - and then it looked like it'd come and gone. But then awards season kicked in. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202255 minutes, 59 seconds
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Last Action Hero (1993) and The Cannonball Run (1981)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a notorious film of the 1990s, and an early hit of the 1980s. Last Action Hero was Arnold Schwarzenegger's eagerly-awaited first action movie following Terminator 2. It was billed as the big ticket for summer 1993. Things did not go to plan. Burt Reynolds meanwhile vowed to never go faster than 35mph in a movie again following a string of car films. But a cheque making him the most expensive movie star in the world for The Cannonball Run helped change his mind... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202252 minutes, 58 seconds
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In conversation with Simon Farnaby: The Phantom Of The Open, Ghosts, Mindhorn, Bill and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by actor and writer Simon Farnaby.  They talk about The Phantom Of The Open, Farnaby's latest work as screenwriter. Plus, other topics that come up include Ghosts, Mindhorn, Bill and a little bit of Paddington 2. Oh, and a tractor as well... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Creed (2015) and The Postman (1997)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one film that found an audience, one that struggled to. Few were enthused at the idea of another Rocky movie, yet alone a spin-off. But a young filmmaker had a pitch for Sylvester Stallone - and the worst case scenario would be he got a signed copy of a Rocky II DVD for his dad. The Postman meanwhile was Kevin Costner's first directorial outing following his Oscar-winning success with Dances With Wolves. This time though, the reception would be very different. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202253 minutes, 38 seconds
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In conversation with Lord Puttnam

Academy Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam - a giant of the British film industry - joins Simon for a very special episode of the podcast. They chat about Lord Puttnam's career, his early successes with David Essex-headlined movies, his lifelong friendship with the late Alan Parker, and films as varied as Local Hero, Memphis Belle, Chariots Of Fire, The Mission and more. Plus: no shortage of thoughts on modern film, the future of the UK industry and a whole lot more... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Iron Giant (1999) and The A-Team (2010)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both struggled to fully find their audience. The Iron Giant was quickly regarded as a modern masterpiece. But Brad Bird's directorial debut was made as Warner Bros was shutting down hand drawn feature animation - and the film was only given a release date very late. The A-Team meanwhile was in development for a good decade at 20th Century Fox before making it to the screen. And it faced some uphill battles of its own. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202254 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Abyss (1989) and Big (1988)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films facing very different challenges. James Cameron knew he was trying to do things that hadn't been done before on film with 1989's The Abyss. The film would be such a difficult shoot that even its trailer would boast about it. Big meanwhile earned Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination. But Robert De Niro nearly starred, and director Penny Marshall had some difficult tonal challenges to balance. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202258 minutes, 29 seconds
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and The Big Sick (2017)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sci-fi sequel and a low budget romcom, both of which sparked at the box office. Star Trek: First Contact was ordered whilst the previous film in the series - Generations - was still in cinemas. This time though, there'd be fewer studio mandates, but a very tight production schedule. The pressure with The Big Sick was on getting the script right: it took years of work before the $5m film went before the cameras, and it all ended up with an Oscar nomination. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202254 minutes, 22 seconds
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Showgirls (1995) and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that had struggles with their casting. The hugely controversial Showgirls are one stage got close to landing Madonna. But the reunion of writer Joe Eszterhas and director Paul Verhoeven would battle a whole host of problems. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle was a more modest, off-radar production. But it still had two lead female roles that Hollywood stars weren't particularly keen on taking on. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202253 minutes, 13 seconds
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In conversation with Patrick Doyle: Death On The Nile, Carlito's Way, composing film music and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon chats to Patrick Doyle about his work composing film music. They cover his films with Kenneth Branagh - including their latest collaboration, Death On The Nile - and then dive into working with Brian De Palma on the film Carlito's Way. Plus, they go right back to Doyle's first film score too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202230 minutes, 22 seconds
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Man On Fire (2004) and Office Space (1999)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that gave 20th Century Fox headaches. Tony Scott first planned to make Man On Fire in the 1980s. When he returned to the idea in the early 2000s, he switched the location to Mexico - and was heading into trouble. The plan with 1999's Office Space was for a low budget comedy. But then Fox decided it wanted a movie star involved - and problems built from there. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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In conversation with Colm Meaney: Confession, Die Hard 2, Con Air, Alan Parker and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon chats to actor Colm Meaney about his most recent film - Confession - and some of the highlights of his career. They touch on filming Confession, how Die Hard 2 changed Meaney's life, working with the late Alan Parker, the joys of Con Air and a whole lot more.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/4/202231 minutes, 43 seconds
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Suicide Squad (2016) and Leap Of Faith (1992)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films up against immovable release dates. Suicide Squad was part of Warner Bros's attempts to establish a universe of comic book movies - but struggles with a different movie led to late changes. Leap Of Faith was rushed forward when Paramount found itself without a Christmas release at all for the end of 1992. It left little margin for error. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202253 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ronin (1998) and Knocked Up (2007)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that wanted to do things for real. The plan with Ronin was to not use CG unless as a last resort, and to do as much as possible for real. All with the help and support of French authorities. Knocked Up was a comedy that turned Seth Rogen into a movie star - but it went through a notable casting change, as well as post-production challenges. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202256 minutes, 55 seconds
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Wayne's World (1992) and Moneyball (2011)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit movies that overcome notable obstacles. Wayne's World was filmed on a tight schedule, against a backdrop of sadness for Mike Myers. He'd threaten to leave the project at one point too, and the production was not a happy one. Moneyball meanwhile was all set to film a year earlier than it did, with a different directing and some alternate casting. But Sony pulled the plug on it, five days before shooting. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/17/202253 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ocean's Eleven (2001) and House Of Gucci (2021)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two glossy Hollywood movies, both boasting impressive casts. Remaking Ocean's Eleven had been in producer Jerry Weintraub's head for many years, but it was sending the script to director Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney that started things in earnest. At the time Ocean's was released, work was also underway on a Gucci family movie. That one though would take a lot, lot longer to come together... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/202255 minutes, 9 seconds
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In conversation with filmmaker Sarah Smith: Ron's Gone Wrong, Locksmith, Aardman and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon invites Ron's Gone Wrong and Arthur Christmas' Sarah Smith back, to chat about her work and career. Her story is an incredible one: from her early days on BBC shows, through to making the jump to Aardman, and then launching the UK's first major digital animation feature studio, Locksmith. There, she co-directed - along with J P Vine - the terrific family movie Ron's Gone Wrong, before leaving. She tells her candid story in this episode, including what she's up to now, post-Locksmith... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202151 minutes, 36 seconds
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No Time To Die (2021) and Jinx (unmade)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two James Bond projects: one got made, one didn't. 2021's No Time To Die was, of course, beset by release delays and and problems. But even before then, it'd been a difficult James Bond movie to put together. After the success of 2002's Die Another Day, MGM and Eon wanted a spin-off movie for Halle Berry's Jinx character meanwhile. It got quite far too, before the plug was abruptly pulled.  Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202158 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bad Santa (2003) and Love Actually (2003)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of Christmas movies, both released in 2003. Bad Santa was beset by problems. Conceived by the Coen brothers, it had a difficult shoot, lost Bill Murray to another film, and then there were huge battles in post-production. Post-production was tricky on Love Actually too, as a first-time movie director tried to jigsaw together a final cut of a multi-narrative film. It hadn't been the easiest movie to make, either. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/202153 minutes, 34 seconds
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Magnolia (1999) and Police Academy (1984)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an Oscar-nominated one-off, and a hit comedy that was anything but a one-off. After Boogie Nights, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson had a moment where he could make what he wanted, and get total creative control. It helped that he got Tom Cruise involved in Magnolia too. Police Academy was the film that launched regular templated sequels - but there was a genuine fear that the original film wasn't going to be lowbrow enough to succeed. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202153 minutes, 7 seconds
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In conversation with Johannes Roberts - Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City and a whole lot more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, British writer/director Johannes Roberts takes us though his career to date, and with some candour too. He talks about the new release Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City, and career-turners such as F, Storage 24 and 47 Meters Down. And he takes us through the lows as well, and the decade he spent trying to get films noticed. Plus: he's got a Hoff story too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
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Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) and The Perfect Storm (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comedy classic, and a blockbuster hit! Monty Python's Life Of Brian was days away from its cast and crew flying off for shooting when the rug was pulled from beneath it. And when it did finally get made, its problems were far from over. For The Perfect Storm meanwhile, Warner Bros wanted Mel Gibson and wasn't sure about Mark Wahlberg - plus Steven Spielberg gave the idea of directing the movie very little shrift! Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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In conversation with Gil Kenan: A Boy Called Christmas, Ghostbusters Afterlife, Monster House and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer/director Gil Kenan. They talk through Gil's career, from his early breakout success with Monster House to the commercial disappointment of City Of EmberI And the story is brought right up to date with his new film as director, A Boy Called Christmas, and as co-writer, Ghostbusters: Afterlife... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202140 minutes, 16 seconds
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Prometheus (2012) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films long in the planning - but with a fair few bumps on the way. Ridley Scott was eventually lured back to the Alien saga with 2012's Prometheus. Even then, he originally found a different director - and two different writers each took it further away from the original. The Wallace & Gromit film, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, was the start of the end for a major deal between Aardman and DreamWorks Animation - and Aardman was willing to take the film elsewhere anyway. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/22/202153 minutes, 38 seconds
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Anchorman (2004) and Red Notice (2021)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two movies that film studios had reluctance over - for different reasons! Anchorman was a film that many passed on, and there were concerns that Will Ferrell was a big enough name to lead a studio comedy. Plus, the movie needed big changes in post-production. Red Notice was a huge movie star package that originally was sold to Universal and Legendary following a Hollywood bidding war. But in the end, there were reasons why it ended up with Netflix. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202155 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and Fighting With My Family (2019)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of movies brought to life by big movie stars. Leonardo DiCaprio beat Brad Pitt to the rights to The Wolf Of Wolf Street. The film would eventually attract a too good to be true independent investor. And yikes, would it prove to be too good to be true. Fighting With My Family happened when Dwayne Johnson was in a London hotel room, and channel hopping. He happened upon a wrestling documentary - and got in touch with his Tooth Fairy co-star. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/8/202152 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Yesterday (2019)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of hit movies, one made very quickly, one made under a veil of secrecy. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey followed its predecessor by less than two years. It landed a young first time British director, the company behind it was in financial trouble, and there were reasons it could go so leftfield. 2019's Yesterday ended up on the slate of Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, and involved a bumper deal for The Beatles songs. But its origins lay elsewhere... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202154 minutes, 44 seconds
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Three Kings (1999) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit movies, one that proved far more stressful to make than the other. It was the failure of Warner Bros' 1997 blockbusters that led to it gambling on Three Kings. The film's Gulf War subject matter already caused unease: and then came a very, very trouble production. Dodgeball meanwhile was a film virtually every studio passed on, as its writer was insistent he got to direct it too. Even when Ben Stiller got interested, it'd mean a hefty pay cut to get the film off the ground. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202156 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Beach (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two difficult blockbuster productions. The Last Boy Scout brought together writer Shane Black, producer Joel Silver, director Tony Scott and star Bruce Willis. Four heavyweights, lots of arguments, and a film that needed saving in the edit. The Beach's problems came as much before filming meanwhile: the $50m film led to director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor having a long-running falling out. Things went downhill a bit from there. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202155 minutes, 26 seconds
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In conversation with Locksmith Animation: Ron's Gone Wrong and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon traces the story of Locksmith Animation. Of how it came to life in 2014 with ambitions to make major animated films in the UK, and the seven year, very bumpy path to Ron's Gone Wrong. Simon is joined by four of the Locksmith team: Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham, JP Vine and Octavio E Rodriguez. Between them, they chart the challenges of different studio partners, of making a film on difficult internet connections, and a whole lot more... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202137 minutes, 55 seconds
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Apollo 13 (1995) and Breakdown (1997)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how Apollo 13 originally had Kevin Costner in mind, and the thriller that came out of a collapsed Stephen King movie. Apollo 13 was made at a point where practical filmmaking was more logical than relying too much on visual effects. And for the cast, that meant 13 days of particularly intense filming. Breakdown came out of a film that didn't happen, and was equally practical. But that didn't stop the studio wanting to add ten minutes to the start of the film. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/202153 minutes, 54 seconds
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Batman (1989) and Our Ladies (2019)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that took 30 years between them to get made. Batman (1989) was announced twice before it finally got going. Rewrites continued throughout filming - with a $100,000 prop to fit in - and there was a bit of a casting backlash. Our Ladies could have been made much earlier: but co-writer/director Michael Caton-Jones dug in, and refused to Hollywood-ise the story. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202158 minutes, 7 seconds
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No Time To Die (2021) with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson

Here's a shorter, extra episode of Film Stories. This time, Simon is joined by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G WIlson, the producers of the James Bond films, to talk 007 and primarily the Daniel Craig era. This conversation was recorded as part of the press tour for No Time To Die, but the conversation goes a little broader than that. A full episode on No Time To Die will inevitably happen at some point in the future! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202125 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and The Mist (2007)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of horror movies of slightly different sizes. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was set to be the second in a loose trilogy of films. But producer Francis Ford Coppola and director/star Kenneth Branagh wouldn't quite see eye to eye. Frank Darabont's third big screen Stephen King adaptation meanwhile - The Mist - was uncompromising and took around 15 years to get made. But not for expected reasons. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202151 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Firm (1993) and Meet The Parents (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of movies that hit big, both with difficulties behind them. The Firm was the first of John Grisham's novel to make the jump to the big screen. But notable changes were going to be made, and there was a bit of kerfuffle over the star billing on the poster. Meet The Parents was actually a remake of a 1992 movie. At one stage Steven Spielberg and Jim Carrey came close to making the film. And much of the film still needed to be written when filming began. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/202152 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 200: Field Of Dreams (1989), with writer/director Phil Alden Robinson

For the 200th episode of Film Stories, a 1989 modern classic that still feels incredible it got through the Hollywood system. That film is Field Of Dreams, and for this special episode, we're delighted to welcome the film's writer/director Phil Alden Robinson. He doesn't give many interviews, and he tells - candidly - the story of the film coming together, and the challenges they faced. Plus, he talks about the legacy of the film, and the recent celebration of it, and the announced TV spin-off. Please note this episode contains big spoilers for the film. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Expendables (2010) and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of big hit movies, that each had their challenges to make. With The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone was on acting, writing and director duties. But he ended up with as many injuries as there were action stars in his film, and it'd be a taxing movie to make. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids was the brainchild of Re-animator director Stuart Gordon, and Chevy Chase had been earmarked for the lead. But Chase was busy, and when Gordon fell ill, a new director was required late in the day. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/13/202154 minutes, 44 seconds
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Casino Royale (2006) and Rise Of The Guardians (2012)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that in their own ways changed the course of a few things. Even though Pierce Brosnan was keen to return, the James Bond producers went for a reboot with Casino Royale. It would be a decision not shy of sizeable challenges, not least thanks to some financial troubles. The aftermath of DreamWorks Animation's Rise Of The Guardians tends to dominate its story, but there were plenty of hurdles to get it to the screen in the first place too. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/202159 minutes, 1 second
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In conversation with Kevin Reynolds: Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, Waterworld, Count Of Monte Cristo, Fandango, Tristan & Isolde and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Kevin Reynolds. They talk about his high profile films (Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Waterworld), his indie breakthrough with Fandango, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and One Eight Seven. Plus, the shoot from hell with Rapa Nui, heading to the small screen with Hatfield & McCoys, finding the sweet spot with The Count Of Monte Cristo and his most recent film, Risen. It's quite a career, and a very candid chat... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
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Open Range (2003) and Top Secret! (1984)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one film that overperformed its box office expectations, and one that didn't. Kevin Costner had won an Oscar for his first directorial outing, but his second - The Postman - had been widely criticised. His third, Open Range, would be a very tricky film to get off the ground. Off the back of Airplane!, comedy team Zucker/Abrahams/Zuckler had less of a struggle to get the glorious Top Secret! made. But the problems came a little further down the road... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202152 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Departed (2006) and La La Land (2016)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both interested the Oscars, albeit taking very different paths. Martin Scorsese may finally have won his Oscar for The Departed, but he saw this one as a B movie, and editing delays meant he only saw the very final print for the first time at its premiere. With La La Land meanwhile, it was seen as a very risky film by Hollywood, and at one stage: but in the end, it was that rare movie where a studio would suggest increasing the budget! Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/202155 minutes, 36 seconds
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In conversation with Bob Gale: the Back To The Future trilogy and musical, Interstate 60 and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer, producer and director Bob Gale. They talk about various elements of the Back To The Future trilogy, not least the pressures of the back-to-back filming of Part II and Part III. And, of course, of bringing Back To The Future to the stage in a brand new West End musical. They find time too to discuss Bob's venture into movie directing, Interstate 60, and his work and friendship with Robert Zemeckis. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/202149 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ready Player One (2018) and Working Girl (1988)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a Steven Spielberg film that took a long time to make, and a 1980s romcom with a casting challenge. Ready Player One (2018) was subject of a sizeable bidding war. When Steven Spielberg finally came to the film, he'd be able to complete and release a different film from scratch during its post-production. Working Girl (1988) had a parent studio that wanted big star names - not without problems - and the production had to be shut down for 24 hours too... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/16/202154 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Rock (1996) and U-571 (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an action favourite with a lot of writers, and a war movie hit that ended up criticised in UK Parliament. The Rock (1996) utilised lots of writers, and its stars - Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris - all had significant input. Director Michael Bay meanwhile would do a bit of battle with Disney over the film. Jonathan Mostow first had the inspiration for U-571 when he was developing The Game. But as he lost control of that film, his submarine movie bubbled up - and hit some controversial waters. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202153 minutes, 23 seconds
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8 Mile (2002) and To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that each came together quickly, and each topped the US box office  Hollywood was keen at the start of the 2000s to lure Eminem to a movie project. Thus, 8 Mile came together - a film where he was in pretty much every scene. Problem? He'd never acted before. To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar had no shortage of people wanting to act in it, meanwhile. The problem? Getting insurance for the film, due to its director being pregnant. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/19/202153 minutes, 18 seconds
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In conversation with Uberto Pasolini: Nowhere Special, The Full Monty, Palookaville and much more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer, producer and director Uberto Pasolini. Uberto talks about his new film, the acclaimed Nowhere Special. And the pair go through his career, from buying his own ticket to the set of The Killing Fields, his work alongside David Puttnam, through to his time in Hollywood. Then, they chat about his jump into producing that sparked Palookaville and The Full Monty into life. And finally, Uberto's move towards writing and directing his own films. It's an extraordinary career, even if he doesn't think so! Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/202159 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Few Good Men (1992) and The Simpsons Movie (2007)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that took some rescuing from a Hollywood studio, and another that required one hell of a deal to even get going. A Few Good Men started off as a Broadway hit: but come the movie version, executives were really rather keen to cram a sex scene in the middle of it. And its first-time screenwriter was powerless to stop it. As for The Simpsons Movie, it was a project mooted for well over a decade - and when it finally went ahead, it was a top secret race to the finish. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202154 minutes, 21 seconds
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) and Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that brought one saga to an end, and another that launched a new trilogy. X-Men: Dark Phoenix was supposed to right some earlier wrongs - but its ending got retooled in post-production, and it got caught up in Disney's takeover of Fox too. The creative control awarded to author E L James meanwhile created challenges on the film of Fifty Shades Of Grey - and it didn't help that one of its stars quit weeks before filming. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202155 minutes, 31 seconds
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Flash Gordon (1980) and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that fell short of expectations at the box office, but whose reputation has endured. 1980's Flash Gordon was nearly directed by Nicolas Roeg (with Sergio Leono and Federico Fellini rumoured), and when it did get going, there was a sequel planned from the off. But things didn't go to plan. Disney's animation The Hunchback Of Notre Dame remains one of its darkest family films - and a huge corporate problem at the studio meant it could fly a little under the radar. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202159 minutes, 9 seconds
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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) and The Muppets (2011)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big screen returns: one that went a little bit better than the other. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) saw Christopher Reeve return to play the Man of Steel. But a late more than halving of the production budget played havoc with the film, and led it to Milton Keynes. The Muppets (2011) meanwhile in a small way had the hit sex comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall to thank for its existence. It was a seven year battle to get the film made. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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RoboCop 2 (1990) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with very different levels of studio expectation. Much was resting on RoboCop 2 being a huge success, but it didn't bode well when it got its final director just days before filming began. And the studio was very hands on. Drop Dead Gorgeous was a much lower-budget project, with a writer and director who didn't really click. Plus, its studio had a little panic about it very late in the day. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202152 minutes, 49 seconds
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In conversation with writer/director Paul W S Anderson: Monster Hunter, Event Horizon and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Paul W S Anderson. They chat about Monster Hunter (2020), his latest feature that's finally landing in UK cinemas. But also Anderson's love of videogames, of the first Space Invaders machine, the logistics of filming in the middle of nowhere and more. Oh, and there's a bit of Event Horizon too... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202134 minutes, 9 seconds
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Good Will Hunting (1997) and Fame (1980)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two Oscar-winning movies  The likes of Michael Mann and Mel Gibson toyed with directing Good Will Hunting, and the original idea effectively got cut in two. Plus there was a cunning trick in its script. Fame came together quicker, but it faced a fair few problems - including the New York Board of Education being very unhappy with the tone of the script. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202156 minutes, 21 seconds
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Maverick (1994) and Secretary (2002)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a blockbuster that needed a late casting change, and an indie success that struggled to get actors interested. Maverick at one stage interested the likes of Paul Newman and Meg Ryan. And when it did get filming, the first half hour was pretty much dropped months before release. On the other hand, Secretary spent pretty much a year in limbo as high profile actors were put off my its subject matter - and eventual co-lead James Spader turned it down originally too. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202152 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sneakers (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an ensemble film with a reluctant director, and a Shakespeare take that made its studio nervous. Sneakers took years to simply write - and then when it came to finding a director, the man who took the job on had suggested John Badham first. Romeo + Juliet meanwhile needed Leonardo DiCaprio to fly himself to Australia just to keep the studio interested - and then the shoot itself was rocked by a kidnapping. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202155 minutes, 22 seconds
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Daredevil (2003) and The Greatest Showman (2017)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a superhero movie that changed course, and a musical that struggled to get going. Two months into filming on Daredevil (2003), the first Spider-Man movie went stellar at the box office - and Fox figured it might have a bigger project than it thought on its hands. With The Greatest Showman (2017), the studio was less sure - leading to Hugh Jackman performing for studio bosses the day after a medical procedure. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202156 minutes, 42 seconds
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In conversation with director Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit 2, Annie, Easy A and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Will Gluck  They talk about his new film, Peter Rabbit 2, and having to wait an extra year for its release. How did the response to the first movie alter it, and what were the challenges?  Also: Will's love of opening credits, the challenges of releasing Annie in the midst of Sony's troubles, and directing Easy A as a second time director (after his first film had struggled). Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/202133 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Man From UNCLE (2015) and Phone Booth (2002)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that had very, very long journeys to the big screen. The Man From UNCLE (2015) was months away from starring Tom Cruise, and at one stage Steven Soderbergh was about to start filming too. But the project went through lots of changes. Phone Booth (2002) kept its original writer for over 30 years, and lots of star names nearly took the lead. Directors from Alfred Hitchcock to Michael Bay were interested! Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202157 minutes, 11 seconds
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Taken (2008) and American Pie (1999)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that worked from relatively low budgets and turned into sizeable hits. Taken (2008) was originally set to star Jeff Bridges, and eventual lead Liam Neeson suspected it might go straight to DVD. Plus, there were fears piracy had scuppered its US chances. With American Pie (1999), the film was written and sold in under two months - and the impact of it would be felt for much of the decade to follow. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202154 minutes, 58 seconds
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In conversation with director Michael Caton-Jones: Memphis Belle, Rob Roy, This Boy's Life, The Jackal, Basic Instinct 2, Shooting Dogs and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Michael Caton-Jones for a candid conversation about his work. Films covered go from Memphis Belle and Doc Hollywood, to Rob Roy and The Jackal through to making Shooting Dogs and Basic Instinct 2 back to back. Plus, they chat about his latest film, Our Ladies. Note: this podcast contains some very strong language. It also contains a lot of stories not yet told! Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Find Michael at @mcatonjones. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Ghost (1990)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two movies that went through a lot of changes on their way to the screen.  The Devil's Advocate was originally set to star Brad Pitt, with Joel Schumacher directing. When it got going, it didn't take long for problems to arise. With Ghost, the huge hit movie was originally a lot darker - and it took some convincing before Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg were cast. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202155 minutes, 8 seconds
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Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (1989) and Little Voice (1998)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that went through many possibilities, and a smaller movie with an incredible voice. Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade saw Steven Spielberg and George Lucas go through lots of ideas before settling on the one that was supposed to end a trilogy. As for Little Voice, the film's lead - Jane Horrocks - was so good and convincingly, it took even the 500 extras on the set of the film aback a little. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202154 minutes, 39 seconds
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In conversation with producer Lynda Obst

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Hollywood producer Lynda Obst. They talk about the current state of the movie business, a look at the future, quantum computing and AI, The Hot Zone vs Outbreak, Lynda's excellent film books and how streaming has opened up the stories. Plus: how things have changed for women in Hollywood, remembering Dawn Steel, and being grateful for Godzilla Vs Kong. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/16/202139 minutes, 49 seconds
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School Of Rock (2003) and Disclosure (1994)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a hit family movie from an unusual source, and the most 1990s film of all time. School Of Rock gave Jack Black a big breakthrough commercial hit. But he had doubts over the choice of director, and getting the music too wouldn't be cheap. As for Disclosure, the controversial thriller veered away from the Michael Crichton source novel - but its advertising still got into trouble. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202155 minutes, 13 seconds
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In conversation with Ol Parker: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Exotic Marigold Hotel and Grange Hill

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer/director Ol Parker for a chat about his varied career. They go from Grange Hill and an unusual first screenplay commission, through the Exotic Marigold Hotel movies and getting the call for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Plus: a look at a movie that never came together, and a whole lot more. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 3 seconds
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Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003) and Copycat (1995)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an historical epic that never got the sequels it deserved, and a serial killer thriller that deserved more too.  Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World was eventually helped into life by a studio chief who really believed in it - but the much-loved movie hit box office traffic. As did Copycat, released in the slipstream of Seven, yet it's a rare film in the genre with two female leads working on the same side. That, however, was not the original idea. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202157 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mission: Impossible (1996) and The River Wild (1994)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the movie where Tom Cruise launched his production company, and the film that made Meryl Streep an action hero. Mission: Impossible was a film whose script hadn't come together even as shooting had begun - and the ending in particular was proving to be a problem. The River Wild's script was more straightforward, but shooting the action was anything but - and then ther was the challenge of selling Meryl Streep as an action hero. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202150 minutes, 42 seconds
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Tin Cup (1996) and The 6th Day (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, films made by Kevin Costner and Arnold Schwarzenegger after their box office peaks. Tin Cup was the film an exhausted Costner made immediately post-Waterworld. It would turn into one of the best romantic comedies of the decade. The 6th Day came together fast - but it targeted a PG-13 rating, and Schwarzenegger wanted a less violent project. Plus: they couldn't afford to make it in America. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202156 minutes, 14 seconds
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Star Trek Nemesis (2002) and Sister Act (1992)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that struggled, and a sleeper hit that overcame a few difficulties of its own. Star Trek Nemesis took a little while to greenlight in the first place - and then the hiring of a director best known for action didn't quite pay off. With Sister Act, in spite of it being a huge hit, its original writer wanted to drop his name off it, in favour of the credit 'Written by Goofy'! Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202153 minutes, 20 seconds
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Locked Down (2021) and more, with director Doug Liman

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Doug Liman to chat about Locked Down. Their chat covers the conception and making of the film during the lockdown of 2020, as well as The Bourne Identity, and Liman's previously-untapped skills at costume making.  Please note: towards the end of this podcast, there is a blip with the interview recording that I've cleaned up as best I can. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202128 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and 21 Jump Street (2012)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a very fast return for 007, and an action comedy that surpassed expectations. Tomorrow Never Dies had to be turned around very quickly thanks to difficulties with MGM - and it meant the script wouldn't be complete until two weeks before filming finished! The script was in place for 21 Jump Street, but then there was the question as to whether Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would make a good double act. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202153 minutes, 42 seconds
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In conversation with director Michael Hoffman: Restless Natives, Soapdish, One Fine Day, Restoration, Gambit and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Restless Natives, Soapdish and One Fine Day director Michael Hoffman for a special episode. They talk through his film career, from his unconventional start, to stopping in Robert Redford's house, a George Clooney basketball accident and the joy of films such as Soapdish. Plus: the pressures of having made the Royal Film in 1995 - that also happened to be picked as part of the 100 years of cinema celebration! Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
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Superman Returns (2006) and Blinded By The Light (2019)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films at either end of the budget scale! Superman Returns took over a decade to come together, with over $50m spent even by the time it was greenlit. But after the successful Batman reboot landed the year before it, the pressure was on. Blinded By The Light took a long time to come together too - but then how do you make a wonderful British coming of age film, whilst also weaving in the music of Bruce Springsteen? Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202153 minutes, 11 seconds
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In conversation with Simon Mayo

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by one half of the BBC's flagship film programme, Simon Mayo. The pair chat about Kermode & Mayo's Film Review (Wittertainment to its chums) and the absence of Kermode & Mayo's Home Entertainment Service from BBC iPlayer.  And they talk too about Simon's books, including his latest thriller Knife Edge, and the screen adaptations of his work. Plus a bit of radio too... Find Simon (Brew) on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Social Network (2010) and The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films where the actors had to get used to a whole load of takes. The Social Network came with a 161-page script from Aaron Sorkin to fit into a two hour movie. And director David Fincher came up with a simple idea to make sure it'd fit. For The Naked Gun 2 1/2, director David Zucker had to make sure his actors stuck very much to the script - and he also wanted to make sure an environmental message snuck into the film. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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True Romance (1993) and Bioshock (unmade)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that took time to find its audience - and one that never got to find one at all. Tony Scott had to choose between directing Reservoir Dogs or True Romance by a young, upcoming talent called Quentin Tarantino. He picked the latter - and by the time filming began, big names were queuing up for a role. After the collapse of the planned Halo movie, a deal was struck to ensure Bioshock didn't suffer a similar fate. But it didn't go to plan. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/202153 minutes, 15 seconds
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Alien Resurrection (1997) and Wall Street (1987)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an attempt to breathe new life into the Alien saga, and a role that changed Michael Douglas' career. Alien Resurrection went through at least five possible endings, and wasn't originally to feature the character of Ripley. The plan for it to be a lower budget spin-off soon changed. Michael Douglas was known for safe roles before 1987 came along, and Oliver Stone was warned about casting him too. One Oscar later... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202152 minutes, 23 seconds
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Batman & Robin (1997) and Scary Movie (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, nipples on the Batsuit, and a franchise-starting spoof. Warner Bros wanted Batman & Robin quickly, it wanted it family-friendly, it wanted lots of merchandise. Director Joel Schumacher? He wanted to do the Batman: Year One story. After Scream hit big in 1996, a couple of comedy projects bubbled up - but it was the Wayans brothers who hit gold with Scary Movie (although they weren't invited back for the third film). Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202152 minutes, 22 seconds
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Minority Report (2002) and Presumed Innocent (1990)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the 2002 sci-fi blockbuster that wasn't Star Wars, and Harrison Ford's haircut. Minority Report was originally set to be made as a Total Recall sequel - then found itself delayed by nearly two years due to commitments from Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. Harrison Ford was after a less showy role when he took on Presumed Innocent meanwhile - but the hit book would be changed notably for its screen version. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202154 minutes, 24 seconds
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Team America: World Police (2004) and Pearl Harbor (2001)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of movies that left their respective directors working 16 hours a day - sometimes more - to get them finished. Team America: World Police was made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone in the six month gap between seasons of their TV show South Park.  Which still included time for a battle with the MPAA. Pearl Harbor had the biggest starting budget ever when it was greenlit by Disney - yet director Michael Bay would quit the film at least twice, and the studio reportedly tried to shut it down too. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202156 minutes, 33 seconds
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In conversation with Mark Kermode

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by the UK's most prominent film critic, Mark Kermode. They chat about the new series of Mark Kermode's Secrets Of Cinema, as well as the current state of film criticism, Wittertainment, and a film that Simon thinks Mark should never have chosen for worst of the week... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/20211 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Gangs Of New York (2002) and Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that was supposed to win Martin Scorsese an Oscar, and a sequel that originally wasn't going to happen. Back in the late 70s, Martin Scorsese took out an advert declaring Gangs Of New York to be his next film. When he finally got to make it, it'd be something of a nightmare production. Crocodile Dundee II was a happier ship - but it ran into a dispute of its own while shooting in New York. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/202151 minutes, 51 seconds
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In conversation with director John Badham: Drop Zone, Blue Thunder, Nick Of Time and more

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Saturday Night Fever and WarGames director John Badham for a special episode. They chat about Badham's updated book, and then explore films he's not asked about quite as much: Drop Zone, The Assassin/Point Of No Return, The Hard Way and Nick Of Time for instance. That, and stories of A Perfect World and So I Married An Axe Murderer too... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/27/202051 minutes, 54 seconds
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Home Alone (1990) and Get Santa (2014)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the festive favourite realised on a slim budget, and a British Christmas film that had to battle to get to the screen. It's well known that Warner Bros passed on 1990's Home Alone, but even when Fox picked the project up, the budget was tight - leading to some neighbourhood disturbance. Get Santa was ready to go back in 2011 - but the overlooked, charming British festive film would take a few more years yet to make. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202055 minutes, 35 seconds
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Bee Gees: How Do You Mend A Broken Heart (2020) and Congo (1995) with producer Nigel Sinclair and director Frank Marshall

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Frank Marshall and producer Nigel Sinclair. They chat about making Bee Gees: How Do You Mend A Broken Heart, and the challenges of narrowing down the story. Plus, who can resist asking Frank Marshall about directing Congo? Simon certainly couldn't... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/202023 minutes, 26 seconds
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Gremlins (1984) and In The Bleak Midwinter (1995)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the practical challenges of bringing small creatures to life, and an overlooked Christmas movie. 1984's Gremlins was quietly groundbreaking, with effects work being cracked often just hours before it was needed. Plus, it caused ratings problems. In The Bleak Midwinter meanwhile soon found an American studio wanting to release it - but there was a sizeable condition attached. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/202052 minutes, 41 seconds
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Die Hard (1988) and Anna & The Apocalypse (2017)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how the world first met John McClane, and the world's only Christmas comedy horror musical. 1988's Die Hard got the greenlight quickly once Fox realised it was short on a summer release that year - but it had to negotiate a contractual obligation first. Anna & The Apocalypse meanwhile did something very different with the Christmas movie - and its origins lie in part with Ryan Gosling and some breakfast cereal. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202053 minutes, 4 seconds
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GoldenEye (1995) and The Commitments (1991)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the return of James Bond after six years away, and a much-loved musical movie. The pressure was very much on GoldenEye to reinvent James Bond 007 for the 1990s - and it would have to do so on a surprisingly limited budget too. Not as limited as The Commitments, a film whose original financier disappeared leaving its makers to follow a low budget path. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202054 minutes, 21 seconds
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Planes Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Crank (2006)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comedy whose first cut was three times as long, and an action movie shot very much on the move! Planes, Trains And Automobiles wasn't originally set to be directed by John Hughes. But when the cast came together, he took over the film - and he'd have a race against time to make it. With Crank, directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor used guerilla filming tactics to shoot their movie - which nearly starred Nicolas Cage. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202051 minutes, 9 seconds
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Con Air (1997), Skyfire (2019) and more, with director Simon West

In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Simon West for a chat about his new film, Skyfire. And, of course, the conversation moves onto Con Air, as well as The General's Daughter, Tomb Raider and a whole lot more. Plus: what's this about a Con Air musical?! Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/202037 minutes, 45 seconds
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Total Recall (1990) and Total Recall (2012)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sci-fi film that nearly starred Patrick Swayze - and the attempt to reimagine it. 1990's Total Recall took over a decade to come together, and in the end it took a bankruptcy for Arnold Schwarzenegger to get his hands on it. And he wasn't cheap. After a sequel nearly happened, a 2012 new take on Total Recall followed - but this one faced a few different challenges. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202055 minutes, 45 seconds
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Elysium (2013) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a $115m standalone sci-fi film, and a much cheaper animated comedy. After breaking through with District 9, director Neill Blomkamp opted for Elysium next. And he'd be wary of working with the kind of movie star a $100m budget required. The MPAA ratings board meanwhile didn't get on with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut at all - but the filmmakers had no intention of playing along with it all. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202050 minutes, 43 seconds
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Back To The Future Part II (1989) and The Flintstones (1994)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films executive produced by Steven Spielberg - albeit one a lot better than the other! Back To The Future Part II was up against big challenges, high expectations, an actor in dispute, a director editing it while making the next movie, and a whole lot more. With The Flintstones, hopes were high at Universal for another Jurassic Park-style hit. But over 30 writers couldn't nail the script... Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202052 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Craft: Legacy and more, with producer Jason Blum

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, producer Jason Blum makes a return appearance to chat about The Craft: Legacy and more. How did the project come to be? Why do actors make good directors? And why was The Gift so important to Blumhouse? This and more, in this latest Film Stories special. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/202028 minutes, 1 second
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Escape To Victory (1981) and The Bodyguard (1992)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, making a football film with actors who can't play football, and a blockbuster movie co-starring someone who'd not acted before. Escape To Victory saw Sylvester Stallone learning to be a goalkeeper and a chunk of Ipswich Town Football Club learning to be actors. With the director of The African Queen watching on. The Bodyguard saw Whitney Houston help Kevin Costner with singing, and Costner helping Houston with acting. It'd result in one of the biggest films of all time. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202052 minutes, 51 seconds
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Pixie (2020), Spice World (1997) and Wayne's World 2 (1992) with director & producer Barnaby Thompson

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon chats with Barnaby Thompson, director of Pixie, and producer of films such as Spice World, Wayne's World 2 and Kevin & Perry Go Large. They chat how Pixie came together, how he came to produce films for Saturday Night Live, and how he nearly directed the Spice Girls movie. Plus a whole lot more... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202035 minutes, 20 seconds
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Krull (1983) and Flatliners (1990)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a fantasy adventure with sequels planned, and a horror thriller that proved a surprise hit. Krull was set to be followed by at least one sequel, and the expensive production took over much of Pinewood Studios. It'd be a very difficult film to make. As for Flatliners, the film found itself in a bidding war between producers working for the same studio for a start - and that didn't go down well. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202050 minutes, 25 seconds
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Soul (2020), Pixar and more, with director Pete Docter

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon chats with director Pete Docter about his new film Soul. And about being the new boss of Pixar too. They chat about the challenges of the film, and maintaining a working culture via remote working. Plus how to bring the invisible to the screen. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/202027 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sunshine (2007) and Final Destination 2 (2003)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the sci-fi film that put Danny Boyle off making sci-fi films, and a sequel that straight away needed a new director. Sunshine came into director Danny Boyle's life over a drink in a London pub - and he'd find himself making a $20m sci-fi film in a tight London studio as a result. With Final Destination 2, New Line was looking for a quicker turnaround sequel than it got - but it took around 70 writing pitches for a start to come up with its story. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/202051 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Mummy (1999) and The Bank Job (2008)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the hit remake that started life as a much cheaper project, and a different vehicle for Jason Statham. The Mummy went through many directors, getting gradually more and more expensive as it did so. Its effects would prove a bit of a challenge too. The Bank Job seemed to be a film destined not to be made when Miramax backed out of the project. Many years later, Jason Statham would help bring it back to life. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202050 minutes, 26 seconds
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Congo (1995) and Conspiracy Theory (1997)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how Paramount gambled heavily on a Michael Crichton book, and Warner Bros dug deep for an unusual blockbuster. Congo started as a project dreamed up in the 1970s as a vehicle for Sean Connery. By the time it made it to the screen, its author would be having nothing to do with it. For Conspiracy Theory, Julia Roberts took a lot of persuading to do the film - and it didn't help that Warner Bros wasn't happy with the movie's price. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202051 minutes, 38 seconds
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Super 8 (2011) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film designed to be something of a surprise, and a comedy that a major studio abandoned. JJ Abrams joined forces with Steven Spielberg for Super 8, and the plan was to launch the trailer at least as a complete surprise. A successful plan too. With Good Morning, Vietnam, there were doubts that Robin Williams could lead a movie of its ilk - and a special test was organised. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/202052 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), with director Dean Parisot

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon goes through the prolonged gestation of Bill & Ted Face The Music - and then brings in its director, Dean Parisot, to pick up the story. They talk of the challenges of realising the film, keeping its tone right, bad weather, the Halesowen branch of Asda, and releasing the movie. Plus the pressure of getting this one right... This episode is dedicated to @sebpatrick Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/202032 minutes, 54 seconds
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Armageddon (1998) and Misery (1990)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the asteroid movie in a race against time, and the Stephen King adaptation with a casting nightmare. Three similar films were in the race when Disney greenlit Armageddon - but it committed to spending over $100m on the film without a script in place. Actor after actor turned down Misery meanwhile, a film that took over half a year to nail down its two leads - and rewrite a key moment from the source novel too. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/13/202054 minutes, 19 seconds
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The New Mutants (2020) and Bowfinger (1999)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film finally released nearly three years after filming, and a comedy that was a comeback of sorts for Steve Martin The New Mutants was caught up in reshoots talks, a company takeover, and a rumour that the whole film was going to scrapped and started again. Bowfinger was an easier shoot, although it was a film that came about in Steve Martin's head some 15 years before it was made. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/202055 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Salt (2010)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a huge sequel and what was supposed to be the start of a franchise. The Lost World Jurassic Park was Steven Spielberg's first film as director following Schindler's List - but his interest in making it would slowly wane. In the case of Salt, it went through several directors with Tom Cruise for a long time linked with starring. And then the script made its way to Angelina Jolie. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202050 minutes, 31 seconds
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Howard (2018), Disney animation and more, with producer and director Don Hahn

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, writer, producer and director Don Hahn is our very special guest. Having produced Disney classics such as The Lion King and Beauty & The Beast, Hahn has directed two excellent documentaries about that era: Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) and Howard (2018). And he tells Simon the stories behind them in an extensive chat. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/27/202053 minutes, 9 seconds
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Die Another Day (2002) and The Quick And The Dead (1995)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how the 20th James Bond film pushed things a little too far, and a western with British origins. Die Another Day was the first 007 movie to heavily lean on CG, and one big sequence hadn't even been conceived when filming began. Sharon Stone had movie star clout when The Quick And The Dead got greenlit - and she used it to secure Sam Raimi as director, and at least two of her co-stars. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202053 minutes, 4 seconds
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Casino (1995) and Red State (2011)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Scorsese and De Niro's third film together in the 90s, and how Kevin Smith took on the Hollywood system. Casino wasn't originally going to be the film Martin Scorsese made in the mid-90s - and he found himself up against problems when its source novel came out after the film. With Red State, writer and director Kevin Smith decided to challenge the way Hollywood did business - with mixed results. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202051 minutes
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War Of The Worlds (2005) and The Mask (1994)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a Spielberg summer blockbuster and a bit of a hit out of nowhere. War Of The Worlds wasn't even greenlit until eleven months before its release - and filming wouldn't start for three more months after that.  The Mask had more time on its side, and by the time it came to its release, it turned out it had the world's biggest new movie star in its ensemble. Not bad, for a film originally envisaged as a horror trilogy. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202050 minutes, 51 seconds
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Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that went through a fair few ideas, and a comedy that heavily stumbled at the box office. Die Hard With A Vengeance saw big changes behind the scenes - and a struggle to find an ending that works. As for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, it turned into a film that had as much footage to work through as a documentary that had shot for a year. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/202052 minutes, 27 seconds
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Executive Decision (1996) and Men In Black 3 (2012)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit movies with two very different stories behind them. Warner Bros traded Forrest Gump to get its hands on Executive Decision. But things were a little tense on set, not least with Steven Seagal. As for Men In Black 3? Well, yikes. A film that cost a quarter of a billion dollars to make, with a three month shutdown in the midst of filming. It's hard to know where to begin. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202048 minutes, 37 seconds
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Death Becomes Her (1992) and The Wedding Singer (1998)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit comedies made at different ends of the 1990s. Death Becomes Her was expensive, technically demanding and ultimately visually groundbreaking - and it'd be the film that brought Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn together, after they passed on Thelma & Louise. The Wedding Singer, meanwhile, would alter notably because of two women: Drew Barrymore, and the late, great Carrie Fisher. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202052 minutes, 15 seconds
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Military Wives (2019) and Lucky Break (2001) with director Peter Cattaneo

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, director Peter Cattaneo chats about his latest film, now heading to disc, Military Wives. He and Simon chat about releasing it the week before cinemas closed, losing a week of production, and also Cattaneo's earlier movies, Lucky Break and The Full Monty. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/202036 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hot Shots! (1991) and Thirteen Days (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a spoof movie eerily echoed newspapers headlines, and a drama that fell a little through the cracks. Hot Shots! was written months before real life conflict echoed some of its plot - and production had a few challenges too. As for the Kevin Costner-headlined Thirteen Days, it's a film whose reputation has grown, but several studios and even more directors came and went before it finally got off the ground. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202051 minutes
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True Lies (1994) and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the last James Cameron/Arnold Schwarzenegger collaboration, and a beloved film that went through major difficulties. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to True Lies off the back of the box office disappointment Last Action Hero - and James Cameron needed to make a film to justify a huge deal his company had signed. As for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? For a much-loved film, it was a very, very taxing production. Stories of both are told in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202051 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Rocketeer (1991) and Blockers (2018)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a much-loved 90s superhero film, and a comedy that took nearly a decade to get to the screen. The Rocketeer was a big hope in 1991. It was switched to come out under the Disney label, and there were sequel plans too. And then its release happened. As for Blockers, how a first-time movie director got the job - and how the film evolved into something rather special. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202052 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Shadow (1994) and My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 1990s films that both sparked sequel talk. The Shadow had been in the works for over a decade before it hit the screen. Yet an earthquake and an unresolved story problem hampered the film. A slyly subversive romcom, My Best Friend's Wedding ended up doing battle if Batman & Robin - and nearly ignited its own sequel. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202050 minutes, 25 seconds
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Condorman (1981) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Disney's odd attempt to create a superhero, and a troubled X-Men movie. Condorman was a big gamble for Disney in the early 80s, as it tried to follow in the path of Superman. Things didn't go to plan. Nor did they with the third X-Men film, that lost a couple of directors, had to ink new deals with all its cast - and then faced a script leak. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202052 minutes, 52 seconds
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Scream 4 (2011) and The Mask Of Zorro (1998)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel with a bumpy production, and a blockbuster that was originally set for Spielberg. Scream 4 (2011) was intended to kickstart a new trilogy of films. But who was ultimately in control of it? Delays kept hitting The Mask Of Zorro (1998) meanwhile. And it lost several directors on its way to the screen. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202051 minutes, 49 seconds
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Looper (2012) and Sexy Beast (2000)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that started at three pages long, and another that happened when its creatives quit a different project. Looper (2012) was originally set to be a short movie, until writer/director Rian Johnson expanded it. And its funding model proved very, very beneficial. The team behind Sexy Beast (2000) meanwhile was originally set to make Gangster No 1 - but problems ensued... Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202051 minutes, 41 seconds
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What Lies Beneath (2000) and Mr Holland's Opus (1995)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a $100m supernatural thriller and a career comeback for Richard Dreyfuss. What Lies Beneath was one of two films Robert Zemeckis directed pretty much at the same time - but it came with logistical problems. As for Mr Holland's Opus, the film came to life quite quickly, but its inspiration came in part from a large traffic jam. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202051 minutes, 24 seconds
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Face/Off (1997) and Rocky Balboa (2006)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a 'strange' action movie hit, and a sequel that took seven years to come together. Face/Off was originally set 100 years in the future, and at one stage Johnny Depp was on the wishlist. Plus one studio bought the film and let it go. Rocky Balboa saw Sylvester Stallone wanting to right the wrongs of Rocky V. But his new co-star gave him a shock on day one of filming. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202052 minutes, 15 seconds
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Licence To Kill (1989) and Uncle Buck (1989)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the darker turn for 007, and an iconic role for John Candy. Licence To Kill had to change plans early in development, and took James Bond on a darker adventure to usual - but it'd mark the end of a few eras. Likewise, Uncle Buck was the last time that John Hughes directed John Candy - and it'd inspire Home Alone too. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202047 minutes, 37 seconds
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L.A. Confidential (1997) and Morning Glory (2010)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an acclaimed James Ellroy adaptation, and an underappreciated studio comedy. James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential was a novel the author described as 'movie adaptation proof'. But as it turned out, several people wanted to try. Morning Glory meanwhile gave Rachel McAdams her first lead comedy role - but she took some persuading to take it on. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202049 minutes, 9 seconds
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Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Music & Lyrics (2007)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 2000s movies that each deserve a little more love. Steven Spielberg came to Catch Me If You Can immediately after filming  Minority Report - but several directors nearly helmed the project before him. As for Music & Lyrics, it was a romcom with a bit of a bumpy shoot - and a lot of singing lessons for its lead male! Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202050 minutes, 9 seconds
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Starship Troopers (1997) and Enchanted (2007)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with a very slight overlap. Starship Troopers went into production as the leadership at its studio changed several times - and was made by a team who weren't that keen on the book it's based on. Enchanted, meanwhile, at one stage was imagined as an R-rated edgy comedy. It took several directors before the project ultimately found its legs. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202050 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Meg (2018) and That Thing You Do! (1996)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film whose price tag kept putting people off, and Tom Hanks' directorial debut. The Meg at one stage was set to be a Disney movie, and its author took to the internet to keep interest in the project alive, years before Jason Statham signed up. Tom Hanks meanwhile scribbled his first screenplay whilst on the press tour for Forrest Gump. A year later, That Thing You Do! became a film. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/202052 minutes, 2 seconds
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Alien Vs Predator (2004) and Parenthood (1989)

In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that came together at very different speeds. Alien Vs Predator was sparked by a spec script, but it'd be Paul W S Anderson who got the job - and he spent his own cash on something rather special for his pitch. Parenthood, meanwhile, was the idea of director Ron Howard - but bringing together its incredible cast was not without challenges. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202052 minutes, 5 seconds
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TRON: Legacy (2010) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with long gestation periods. Disney was unsure of making TRON: Legacy for a long time. It took a trailer for a film that hadn't been greenlit yet to ultimately make it decide. Steve Coogan, meanwhile, was reluctant to finally press ahead with an Alan Partridge movie. And when he did, it proved to have a very difficult first week of filming. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202046 minutes, 3 seconds
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V For Vendetta (2005) and The American President (1995)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both ran a little behind schedule for different reasons. V For Vendetta was all set for a November 5th release until production delays kicked in. And there was a whole other conversation happening about the film. The American President came from an original concept by Robert Redford - but he left the project, which would have unexpected ramifications for TV. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202046 minutes, 32 seconds
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Air Force One (1997) and Kindergarten Cop (1990)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big movie star vehicles. One hit just a little bigger than the other. Kevin Costner was first in line for Air Force One, and Harrison Ford was coming off the back of two box office disappointments. Fate would take a turn. For Kindergarten Cop, the film had to come together really quite quickly - but Ghostsbusters 2 also got in the way. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202048 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jason Blum special: The Invisible Man (2020), budgets, independence and more

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, producer Jason Blum chats about the state of current cinema. He and Simon talk about The Invisible Man, reading press notes, the struggles with Tooth Fairy, plans for Upgrade and much, much more. Plus they have a moment where they might just fall out for a second or two... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202029 minutes, 45 seconds
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Swordfish (2001) and While You Were Sleeping (1995)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit movies that both came together quite quickly. Swordfish was a film whose opening monologue lured in its stars. But it was a complicated action scene, and a notorious hacking sequence, that proved taxing. Meanwhile, While You Were Sleeping was the film that proved Sandra Bullock was a movie star. Yet several other people nearly took the lead first. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/202050 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Prince Of Egypt (1998), Disney, Wicked and more with Stephen Schwartz

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by multi-award-winning lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz. They talk about The Prince Of Egypt, the making of the film and the new West End musical version. How Schwartz came to work on Disney films, and his aborted time on Mulan. Plus the status of the Wicked movie. Find more about The Prince Of Egypt musical at https://www.theprinceofegyptmusical.com/ Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202036 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 100: Dances With Wolves (1990) and Cats (2019)

Film Stories with Simon Brew hits its 100th episode, with the stories of two hugely difficult films to make. Kevin Costner turned down major roles and gambled his career to make Dances With Wolves - and yet in spite of his star power, no Hollywood major would touch it. There have been two attempts to make Cats, meanwhile, and the latter attempt proved to be an insane, unwinnable race against time.   Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/16/202050 minutes, 22 seconds
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Game Night (2018) and Disney's Hercules (1997)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that came together after a very brief pitch, and a movie whose price rocketed due to external factors. Jason Bateman was at one time in line to direct the comedy/thriller Game Night  - but a change in writers meant a change in plan. Disney's Hercules, meanwhile, came very close to casting Jack Nicholson - until a Batman problem surfaced. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202047 minutes, 26 seconds
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Birds Of Prey (2020) with director Cathy Yan

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by Birds Of Prey director Cathy Yan. They talk about the approach to the movie, the shooting of the movie's action, and the themes Yan wanted it to explore. Plus, how media outlets can support up and coming directors in the industry. The film is in UK cinemas from February 7th 2020. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/202023 minutes, 33 seconds
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RoboCop (2014) and Babe (1995)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a remake that got too expensive for its planned rating, and a family movie the surprised the world. RoboCop (2014) was originally set to be made by Darren Aronofsky, with Tom Cruise amongst those mentioned for the lead. The eventual film based some testing battles to get to the screen. As did Babe (1995), a film that George Miller waited a decade before he could make it - and then elected not to direct. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202045 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Lone Ranger (2013) and Muriel's Wedding (1994)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one massively expensive blockbuster, and an indie hit that had to scrape every penny together. The Lone Ranger (2013) was originally going to be made by Columbia after the success of The Mask Of Zorro. Eventually, Disney took it on - but with some sizeable problems. For Muriel's Wedding (1994), writer/director PJ Hogan had a fight and a half on his hands just to get the funding together. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202046 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ransom (1996) and Traffic (2000)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a thriller that hit a mid-production problem, and an ambitious drama that got caught in an unusual studio battle. Ransom (1996) was a hit thriller for director Ron Howard and star Mel Gibson. But it actually in its own way dated back to a 1950s TV episode. Director Steven Soderbergh found himself with movie star problems on 2000's Traffic - not least a case of more than one company wanting to pay the bill. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/19/202045 minutes, 59 seconds
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Skyfall (2012) and Darkman (1990)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a James Bond battle against the odds behind the scenes, and how The Shadow and Batman sort of led to a different big screen hero. Skyfall (2012) was caught up in the financial meltdown of MGM, and became a hostage of circumstances. But it proved to 007's benefit. It was only when director Sam Raimi couldn't get the rights to Batman or The Shadow that he pressed ahead with what became Darkman (1990) instead. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/12/202048 minutes, 2 seconds
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Clear And Present Danger (1994) and Instant Family (2018)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a testing sequel, and a surprising comedy. Clear And Present Danger (1994) was expected to be a smoother production after the difficulties of forerunner Patriot Games. Spoiler: it wasn't. As for Instant Family? Had it not been for the two Daddy's Home movies, the terrific comedy-drama might not have happened at all. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/5/202043 minutes, 21 seconds
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Rocketman (2019) and more, with director Dexter Fletcher

In the final episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew of 2019, director Dexter Fletcher chats to Simon about Rocketman, Eddie The Eagle and a bit of Sunshine On Leith. Plus: how does it feel when your movie becomes part of the awards season conversation?  Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.  Support us on Patreon here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/201930 minutes, 56 seconds
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) and Arthur Christmas (2011)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two festive films that each faced particular challenges to bring to the screen. Home Alone 2 (1992) proved to be a tricky shoot, and the movie would have a direct knock-on for another film as well.  Meanwhile, 2011's Arthur Christmas saw Aardman design the entire film in Bristol, before it was animated in America. And it'd have a touch of Paul Greengrass about it. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/201947 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) and more, with director Jake Kasdan

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by the director of Jumanji: The Next Level, Jake Kasdan. They talk writing, finding small moments that count, the ZX Spectrum and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Plus, reacting to the success of the last Jumanji film. The new film is in UK cinemas from December 10th 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/201924 minutes, 55 seconds
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Scrooged (1988) and Le Mans 66 (2019)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked Bill Murray's return to the screen after four years away, and a movie that once had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt set to star. 1988's Scrooged is now a popular Christmas favourite. But the making of it was fraught with difficulties. As for 2019's Le Mans 66 - well, even the title continues to cause trouble! Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/201945 minutes, 46 seconds
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019) with Edward Norton

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by the writer, director and star of Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton. They talk about the film's journey to the screen, the current cinema ecosystem, and the challenge of pacing. With a bit of Kevin Costner conversation in there too. The film is in UK cinemas from December 6th 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/5/201922 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Final Destination (2000)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a huge animated challenge, and a film that started off planned as an X-Files episode The Nightmare Before Christmas required a new facility, and a director too when Tim Burton's commitment to Batman Returns got in the way.  As for Final Destination? The hit franchise-starter's journey began with a teenager's idea for an Elm Street sequel. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/201945 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) and more, with director Kevin Smith

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by writer and director Kevin Smith - along with, er, 2004 Ben Affleck, to chat about Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. They talk about movies, distribution, comedy, critics and answers to questions that Affleck asked Smith some 15 years before. It all makes sense in the podcast...! The film is in UK cinemas from November 29th 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/28/201933 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Frighteners (1996) and The Green Mile (1999)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 90s movies, that faced very different challenges. The Frighteners wasn't originally envisaged as a film. Wasn't envisaged as a summer movie. And wasn't envisaged as a film that followed an Oscar-nominated breakthrough movie. Yet, in each case, it was. The Green Mile, meanwhile, was a film that hit a sizeable casting roadblock - until Bruce Willis picked up the phone. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/201947 minutes, 39 seconds
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Falling Down (1993) and Sing Street (2016)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a controversial 90s big studio movie, and a smaller Irish musical. Michael Douglas was all set to take time off before the script for Falling Down turned up. Plus, there remains a question mark over an apparently out of focus shot in the film. Sing Street meanwhile was originally set to feature the music of U2. But things changes, and circumstances led the film towards a big box office battle. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/201942 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Brotherhood (2016)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films from the 2010s that were faced with very different challenges. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had to carry the baggage of seeding several other films, whilst juggling high studio expectations. Plus, a very taxing New York shoot. With Brotherhood, in spite of its two predecessors being profitable hits, it was still a struggle to get funding. But a low key trailer release proved a turning point. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/201946 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Good Liar (2019) and more, with director Bill Condon

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Bill Condon to talk about the story behind his new film, The Good Liar (2019). They chat about how unusual a movie it feels in the current climate and the challenge of keeping a thriller's secrets under wraps. Plus, the conversation also touches on the lost sequel to FX, and Condon's upcoming musical take on Scrooge. The film is in UK cinemas from November 8th 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201926 minutes, 39 seconds
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JFK (1991) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 90s movies, both of which came together surprisingly quickly. When Oliver Stone decided to press ahead with JFK, Mel Gibson was on the wishlist to star. The film proved a race against time, too, which in turn led to its innovative, acclaimed editing. 10 Things I Hate About You was conceived in part to take advantage of the late 90s teen movie boom. Yet it had a major late location change, and there's the small matter of its lost sequel. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/201945 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Naked Gun (1988)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that proved surprise hits for different reasons. Bram Stoker's Dracula was testing very badly, and had been recut over 30 times. Columbia Pictures thus chose what proved to be a hugely successful promotional strategy. Had its creators been able to crack the third act sooner, The Naked Gun would have arrived in the early 80s. And when it did arrive, they found themselves up against a lot of comedies at the box office. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/201945 minutes, 26 seconds
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Mars Attacks! (1996) and Legally Blonde (2001)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that struggled against stiff competition, and a genuine surprise hit. Tim Burton's Mars Attacks was wrong-footed when the Independence Day trailer landed. But the film's roots went back a very long way. With Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon had been looking for a more commercial film. It took a producer picking up an unsolicited manuscript to put that into motion. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/201945 minutes, 44 seconds
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Farmageddon: A Shaun The Sheep Movie (2019) with directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by directors Richard Phelan and Will Becher to chat about making Farmageddon: A Shaun The Sheep Movie. The conversation covers Aardman, RoboCop, The Thing, 'editing' a stop frame animated film, and how it felt making their respective directorial debuts. Plus, the sequence that took two people a year to complete... The film is in UK cinemas from October 18th 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/201924 minutes, 41 seconds
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Predator 2 (1990) and Ratatouille (2007)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that needed some fast recasting, and an animated film that needed some fast retooling. When Fox restricted the budget for 1990's Predator 2, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and director John McTiernan were out. And that wasn't the only problem. Pixar's hugely acclaimed Ratatouille, meanwhile, was in such trouble that a new director was needed, with just 18 months to totally turn the film around. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/201944 minutes, 34 seconds
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Terminator Genisys (2015) and In America (2002)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one big sequel with problems, and a drama that had to wait for its release. Terminator Genisys (2015) was set to kickstart a new trilogy of Terminator films. But then so was Terminator Salvation (2009) before rights issues hit. 2002's In America boasts four lead characters, three of which are based on its screenwriters. And it had a bit of a journey to the screen. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/201942 minutes, 2 seconds
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In The Line Of Fire (1993) and 28 Days Later (2002)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the thriller that fuelled a split between two companies, and an early digital filming forerunner. 1993's In The Line Of Fire nearly starred Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, but when it did get made, there were 'conversations' over who was responsible for its success. Meanwhile, 2002's 28 Days Later started life when director Danny Boyle brought The Beach to the big screen. It'd take full advantage of emerging digital filming too. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/201943 minutes, 35 seconds
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Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004) and Pump Up The Volume (1990)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, changes in the Harry Potter franchise, and a cult hit from a reluctant director. 2004's Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004) saw the popular series in need of a mini-course correction, and some notable personnel changes. Allan Moyle, meanwhile, had John Cusack in mind for his 1990 movie Pump Up The Volume. And he wasn't keen to direct it. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/201944 minutes, 47 seconds
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Dredd (2012) and George Of The Jungle (1997)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the return of Judge Dredd to the big screen, and the role that helped land Brendan Fraser The Mummy. 2012's Dredd righted many of the wrongs of the big budget 1995 movie based on the same character. But behind the scenes, there were some notable challenges. Back in 1997, Disney's live action George Of The Jungle helped cement Brendan Fraser as a movie star - but the film's original screenwriter was reluctant to take the project to Disney in the first place. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/201944 minutes, 20 seconds
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Batman Forever (1995) and Pride (2014)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comic book movie drastic course change and a small budget hit with an awful lot of characters. 1995's Batman Forever was set to still star Michael Keaton up until a year before release. Yet Warner Bros wanted - and got - a very different film to 1992's Batman Returns. As for 2014's Pride, this terrific British movie had a big cast and a small budget - and that was a combination that presented a fair few problems.  Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/201939 minutes, 42 seconds
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Alien: Covenant (2017) and The Lawnmower Man (1992)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that needed to win an audience back over, and a groundbreaking low budget sci-fi movie. 2017's Alien: Covenant was faced with a choice as to whether to directly follow 2015's Prometheus, or try to be a more direct Alien prequel. It's a conundrum the production would wrestle with. 1992's The Lawnmower Man, meanwhile, was made for a fraction of the price. Its visuals remain striking, it led to Stephen King taking legal action, and a groundbreaking VHS release too. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/201941 minutes, 31 seconds
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Flight Of The Navigator (1986) and more, with director Randal Kleiser

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Randal Kleiser, to talk about 1986's Flight Of The Navigator, and its new Blu-ray reissue.  The chat also covers Grease, the Muppets film that Kleiser never got to make, studio executives, his current projects, White Fang, his Honey I Shrunk The Kids sequel, and a whole lot more... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/201930 minutes, 59 seconds
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Deep Impact (1998) and Twins (1988)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the comet movie that had a tight deadline, and the Arnie comedy with an unusual deal behind it. 1998's Deep Impact was to have been directed by Steven Spielberg - but with Armageddon on the horizon, some fast action was needed. Even though the project originated decades before. Much faster to the screen was 1988's Twins, a film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger more money than his first few Terminator films, such was the groundbreaking deal that was struck. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/201941 minutes, 29 seconds
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Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) and My Cousin Vinny (1992)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an expensive blockbuster, and a modestly costed comedy. 2014's Edge Of Tomorrow was a sizeable gamble for Warner Bros. It went through many writers, had a maverick director, and nearly ended up with Brad Pitt in the lead. Few saw the sizeable success of Joe Pesci-headlined comedy My Cousin Vinny coming, meanwhile. Pesci wasn't first choice, though, and the original script had a different spin on the character. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/201943 minutes, 38 seconds
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Galaxy Quest (1999) and Role Models (2008)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of comedies take centre stage. The much-loved 1999 film Galaxy Quest was originally a much darker, foul-mouthed film. And Harold Ramis was attached to direct. But things changed quite a bit... Role Models changed director too, and found itself in a race against time to its release, with a lot of improvisation, and some Jason Bourne-esque fighting. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/12/201938 minutes, 16 seconds
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Jurassic Park III (2001) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two sequels, one with a far more complete script than the other! 2001's Jurassic Park III arrived a year after originally planned, thanks to a very late decision to abandon the script - after $18m had already been spent on the film. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) meanwhile faced huge logistical problems, courtesy of a decision to make the film in London. That, and its late name change caused a problem too. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/22/201943 minutes, 17 seconds
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Con Air (1997) and Three Men & A Baby (1987)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit movies that each had scripts in constant flux throughout filming. 1997's Con Air at one stage had a very different White House finale, and the film shoot itself get through an awful lot of water melons. Three Men & A Baby (1987) meanwhile came together very fast - but one of its stars, Steve Guttenberg, quickly found himself risking the wrath of director Leonard Nimoy.   Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/201940 minutes, 36 seconds
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The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008) and The Net (1995)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the lengthy delays that hit a second X-Files movie, and the techno-thriller without much of its parent company's tech in it. The X-Files: I Want To Believe arrived years later than originally planned, held up by ongoing legal battles behind the scenes - and that changed the approach the movie took. As for 1995's The Net, the Sandra Bullock-headlined thriller originally had Bill Gates in mind to play one of its foes. And where isn't there much Sony technology in it? Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/201938 minutes, 1 second
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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) with director Jon Watts

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Jon Watts to chat about Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). There's an Avengers: Endgame spoiler in there (no spoilers for the Far From Home), but other than that, they talk about comedy timing, expectations, fake IMDB credits and taking a character away from its roots. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/201924 minutes, 1 second
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Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Chaplin (1992)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the moment the MCU looked fallible, and the two big blockbusters that crossed over with a major 90s biopic. Behind the scenes of 2013's Thor: The Dark World, and all was not well. Marvel went through directors, and the project looked in serious trouble. As did 1992's Chaplin, Richard Attenborough's biopic that lost its funding, was impacted by Terminator 2, and led to Jurassic Park being pushed back. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/201939 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Fugitive (1993) and Hancock (2008)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big hit movies, one of which won over audiences more than the other. 1993's The Fugitive was released in the August of that year - but in January, not a frame of footage of it had been shot. Plus: both of its leads feared it wouldn't hit. 2008's Hancock took over a decade to make, went through many directors, and was arguably the last edgy blockbuster movie role Will Smith took on. And test audiences weren't happy... Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/201942 minutes, 59 seconds
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Speed (1994) and X-Men: First Class (2011)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit blockbuster movies. One helped make Keanu Reeves a (bigger) star. The other made against a deadline and a half. 1994's Speed was nearly postponed when 20th Century Fox executives saw Keanu Reeves's haircut. Plus, the studio didn't want to cast Sandra Bullock. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, hired Matthew Vaughn to co-write and direct the movie. And the schedule was so tight, its finale was filmed just weeks before the movie was in cinemas. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/201939 minutes, 57 seconds
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In conversation with producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter F Parkes

In a special edition of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two guests join Simon to chat about their work. Producer Laurie MacDonald and writer/producer Walter F Parkes bring Men In Black International to the screen. And they also chat about the current blockbuster movie climate, Twister, their time overseeing DreamWorks' output and more. Oh, and Simon tries to get Walter to write a Sneakers follow-up. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/201927 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Adventures Of Tintin (2011) and A Perfect World (1993)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one film that took an awful lot longer to bring to the screen than the other! 2011's The Adventures Of Tintin was a film whose journey began back in 1983, and four Indiana Jones films interspersed with its story. Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood came together for 1993's A Perfect World, meanwhile. What happens, though, when two Oscar-winning directors come together on the same film? Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/201940 minutes, 2 seconds
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Cliffhanger (1993) and Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked a career revival for Sylvester Stallone, and a British movie that took some piecing together. 1993's Cliffhanger was a late replacement for an abandoned blockbuster called Gale Force - and it came with huge financial problems for the company behind it. Bend It Like Beckham, meanwhile, was nearly named after a different footballer, and found itself an unlikely beneficiary of a foot injury. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/201938 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dick Tracy (1990) and Jerry Maguire (1996)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comic book movie and an Oscar-winning romantic drama with an unexpected link between them. Disney transformed the marketing of Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990) in the aftermath of the previous year's Batman. The studio's approach changed dramatically afterwards. 1996's Jerry Maguire was originally set to star Tom Hanks, and the film's casting would be one of its many challenges.. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/201938 minutes, 15 seconds
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Rocketman (2019) with producer Matthew Vaughn

In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by producer Matthew Vaughn to talk about bringing new Elton John biopic Rocketman to the screen. Matthew also shares his views on the future of the film industry and his plans for a further film musical. Plus, he touches on his upcoming Kingsman prequel movie, that's arriving in 2020. This episode contains strong language. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/201929 minutes, 40 seconds
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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Peter's Friends (1992)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the Star Trek sequel that took twice as long as expected, and the British comedy drama shot in under two weeks. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) was actually confirmed as being in development before 2009's Star Trek reboot hit the screen. And the decision to withhold a spoiler proved divisive. After making Dead Again in America, Kenneth Branagh wanted something more contained for his third feature. But why were one or two of the cast worried about Peter's Friends?   Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/201937 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Truman Show (1998) and Whiplash (2014)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both ended up having to delay filming for their respective stars. The Truman Show (1998) was a breakthrough for Jim Carrey, but one crucial piece of casting went right to the wire, after Dennis Hopper departed the movie. With Whiplash, a delay to wait for one of its cast meant the film needed to be filmed, edited and completed in under two months - even when its director had what could have been a serious accident.   Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/201936 minutes, 40 seconds
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Panic Room (2002) and Toy Soldiers (1991)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, what happened when director David Fincher sought a more contained movie to make, and the film that was supposed to be Die Hard crossed with Dead Poets Society. Panic Room started filming with Nicole Kidman in the lead. But a problem held over from making Moulin Rouge! left the movie with a major headache. 1991's Toy Soldiers, meanwhile, starred Sean Astin. But the director wasn't keen on casting him in the lead role. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/201937 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hook (1991) and Coyote Ugly (2000)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a big blockbuster whose director struggles to like it, and a smaller Jerry Bruckheimer production. Hook was expected to be a shoo-in hit at the end of 1991. But why does Steven Spielberg struggle to like it, and why did it overrun so much? 2000's Coyote Ugly, meanwhile, saw Jerry Bruckheimer recruiting a fair few movie debutants - and an infamous Kevin Smith rewrite. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/201937 minutes, 16 seconds
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Geostorm (2017) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

In episode 50 of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that both initially struggled at the box office office. One subsequently fared better than the other. Geostorm didn't make it cinemas until three years after filming began. Its post-production surgery involved a new director, new characters, two new scores and $15m. The Shawshank Redemption? It had a greenlight two weeks after the script landed. And Tom Cruise came very close to starring... Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/201943 minutes, 42 seconds
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Addams Family Values (1993) and Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two sequels to Paramount hits, and the stories behind them. Addams Family Values came together quickly following the success of the 1991 original. But director Barry Sonnenfeld would have to step away from one of the biggest films of the 1990s to make it. With Mission: Impossible 2, the film running over schedule had an impact on both X-Men and Charlie's Angels. But Paramount played hardball when a further year-long delay was looking on the cards.   Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/201938 minutes, 58 seconds
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Quantum Of Solace (2008) and Crimson Tide (1995)

In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a 007 movie that originally had an 18 month schedule, and a 90s blockbuster that started out with a 2001 tinge. Quantum Of Solace, the 22nd James Bond film, was announced and begun when the 21st - Casino Royale - was months from release. The problems would soon stack up. With 1995's Crimson Tide, director Tony Scott - after the success of Top Gun - was confident of getting military approval. When he didn't get it, drastic measures were needed. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/201941 minutes, 13 seconds
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Superman III (1983) and Arachnophobia (1990)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a superhero sequel changed direction, and a well-liked scary spider movie struggled to hit as big as expected. Superman III is notorious for abandoning the story of the first two movies in favour of becoming a Richard Pryor vehicle. And it presented a whole host of further challenges.  As for Arachnophobia? How a horror script was softened to help find a commercial audience, and a brand new word was invented by Disney's marketing department to help get people interested. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/201938 minutes, 6 seconds
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Wayne's World 2 (1993) and WarGames (1983)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon tells the stories of two films that faced very particular challenges. The original script to Wayne's World 2 had to be thrown out at the last minute, and the movie wouldn't start shooting until six months before release. Even then, legal threats were required. As for WarGames (1983), the man who cast Matthew Broderick, and who directed sequences you see in the final movie, isn't credited. And there's a reason for that. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/25/201934 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Green Hornet (2011) and Turner & Hooch (1989)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon examines two films that each faced significant problems. The Green Hornet took nearly 20 years to make, and its star and co-writer, Seth Rogen, wasn't best happy with the end result. It was a near-miracle it made it through the Hollywood system at all. Turner & Hooch, meanwhile, was originally directed by The Fonz himself, Henry Winker. He lasted less than two weeks of filming. And that's before the debate over the film's ending... Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/201935 minutes, 25 seconds
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Never Been Kissed (1999) and Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of films that found their own way around the American movie system. Drew Barrymore was in her 20s when she launched her own production company - but she was determined it wouldn't be a vanity operation. Never Been Kissed was its first movie. Writer-director S Craig Zahler, meanwhile, went outside the traditional Hollywood distribution system - and helped rebuild Vince Vaughn's career - with Brawl In Cell Block 99. Stories of both are discussed in this episode. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/201937 minutes, 30 seconds
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A League Of Their Own (1992) and Sense & Sensibility (1995)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of 90s movies that each faced its own battle. The late Penny Marshall's A League Of Their Own changed director, and found itself looking for a new lead at the last minute. In the case of Sense & Sensibility, it took a decade to bring the Emma Thompson-headlined and adapted version of the film to the screen. And there were significant early cultural challenges. Stories of both are discussed in this episode.   Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/201937 minutes, 55 seconds
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In conversation with Serenity and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight: a Film Stories special

In an extra episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon welcomes a special guest: the creator of Peaky Blinders and writer/director of Serenity, Steven Knight. They talk about his directing career, about developing Serenity, the changing release pattern, and Steven's plans for UK film production away from London. Serenity arrives in UK cinemas and on Sky Cinema from March 1st 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/201924 minutes, 31 seconds
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Terminator 3 (2003) and Crocodile Dundee (1986)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at two films with independent backgrounds! Terminator 3 led to a delay in Arnold Schwarzenegger's political ambitions, and just getting the film made involved rights problems, and getting James Cameron's blessing. Paul Hogan, meanwhile, was already a millionaire when he penned Crocodile Dundee - but he still needed over 1000 more investors. Plus, the US cut would end up nearly ten minutes shorter! Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/201934 minutes, 58 seconds
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Back To The Future: Part III (1990) and Spice World: The Movie (1997)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a much-loved trilogy closer, and a very quickly produced British movie! Back To The Future Part III was caught up in the post-production for Back To The Future Part II a little, and also working to a tight deadline imposed by its creative team. Spice World, too, had to work to a very tight deadline - and turned out to be a film conceived and released within 12 months. But an early Disney idea could have taken things a different way. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/201941 minutes, 28 seconds
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Judge Dredd (1995) and Carry On Camping (1969)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon at two very different British institutions on the big screen. 2000AD's legendary lawgiver Judge Dredd had struggled to get to the big screen for some time - and then Sylvester Stallone took an interest. But problems weren't far behind. For 1969's Carry On Camping, though, the most popular in the British series of comedies faced numerous challenges - not least making a summer holiday film in the midst of a British autumn. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/201933 minutes, 43 seconds
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Event Horizon (1997) and Rango (2011)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a sci-fi movie that ran out of time, and a smaller animated project that proved anything but small in the end. Off the back of his success with Mortal Kombat, Paul W S Anderson had quite a lot of freedom with his next film, Event Horizon. But the definitive final cut of the movie was ultimately lost to a ticking clock. Gore Verbinski, meanwhile, wanted something smaller after his success with the original Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy. But Rango soon outgrew its smaller roots. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/4/201934 minutes, 15 seconds
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In conversation with How To Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois: a Film Stories special

In an extra episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon welcomes a special guest: How To Train Your Dragon trilogy writer/director Dean DeBlois. They chat about the evolution of the films, Dean's early days making movies for Don Bluth, the challenge of Lilo & Stitch, and the novelty of completing a movie trilogy in the modern era. Oh, and how to pronounce his surname! How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World arrives in UK cinemas on February 1st 2019. Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/201924 minutes, 48 seconds
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Waterworld (1995) and Wonder (2017)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at one of the 1990s' most infamous blockbusters, and a winning adaptation of a recent bestseller. With a new extended cut now on Blu-ray, it's slightly clearly how 1995's Waterworld could have gone. But its producer realised the sheer scale of the project when it took three people to lift the model of the set into his office! Wonder (2017) had a less testing journey, but still went through a few writers and directors before it became a hit. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/201935 minutes, 32 seconds
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Carlito's Way (1993) and Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is in the 1990s, with two films that gave significant career boosts to their respective directors. By the time he came to make 1993's Carlito's Way, director Brian De Palma was firmly in movie jail, and reluctant to revisit the gangster genre. But what turned him around? Anthony Minghella, meanwhile, opted for Truly Madly Deeply because he wanted his directorial debut to be low profile and not widely seen. Little did he know... Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/201933 minutes, 31 seconds
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Contact (1997) and Captain Underpants: The FIrst Epic Movie (2017)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at an ambitious studio sci-fi movie, and an animated feature that came to life in very difficult circumstances. 1997's Contact is a standout 90s blockbuster, but one that began life in the late 1970s, and nearly ended up directed by Mad Max's George Miller. Oh, and it annoyed the White House. As for Captain Underpants (2017), it was a film that got through the DreamWorks Animation system at a stage when projects around it were being shut down, and the studio was being sold. How, then, did it survive? Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/201934 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Eddie The Eagle (2016)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a troubled blockbuster, and a delightful biopic that took a long time to realise. Work started on 2007's Spider-Man 3 immediately after the release of 2004's Spider-Man 2. Yet it'd be a turning point in the webslinger's big screen adventures, caught on the front line battle between art and commerce. For Eddie The Eagle (2016), though, a project that originally was set to star Steve Coogan was dragged out of development hell at double-quick speed, when a producer watched a not-dissimilar film with his family. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/7/201932 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sneakers (1992) and Journeyman (2017)

In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at two films that each took around a decade to made it to the screen. 1992's Sneakers is a delightful caper, headlined by Robert Redford, whose foundations oddly enough lie in 1983's WarGames. Plus, Redford directed a film himself either side of shooting the movie. For Paddy Considine, he came up with Journeyman two years before his directorial debut, Tyrannosaur. Yet it took another project's struggles for it to come to the screen. Stories of both are discussed in this episode... Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod. You can find the Film Stories website here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.