When you go to the theater, the final product doesn’t always tell the full story. Between tweaking the script, casting changes and reshoots, many movies throughout time have faced some form of adversity when filming. We hear rumblings about these troubled productions during and after their release dates. News travels fast, thus you could hear about these issues even as the first trailer drops. Case in point, when you watch the sneak peek of Tom Hooper’s newest musical “Cats,” you can sense the mess just by looking at the patchy CGI work.
Though production troubles can lead to negative press, it doesn’t always mean the filmmakers are making a bad movie. Look to directors like Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, whose classics “Jaws” and “Apocalypse Now” were marred with delays and horrid conditions. Yet, both films were able to become huge box office successes and accumulate multiple Oscar wins.
George Miller’s “Max Max: Fury Road” had many bumps in production, taking three years to shoot the entire film. With bad weather playing a big factor, many started to wonder if it would ever wrap. But when it released in 2015, the doubters quickly ate their words as Miller pulled off an action-heavy spectacle.
Now there are cases where all the misfortunes add up to catastrophic messes. A great example is David Fincher’s “Alien 3,” which was cursed with being the sequel to two great sci-fi films. Carrying a massive burden, Fincher was not given control over the story, cast, and other key elements. “Alien 3” was a disaster from beginning to end, fully displaying its mess in the finished cut. Other films to experience the wrath of troubled productions were “Waterworld,” “John Carter,” “The Lone Ranger,” and 2015’s version of “Fantastic Four.”
This, of course, leads us back to “Cats” and which side you think it will land on. Every image and trailer comes with more and more rumors of the production being a disaster. Regardless of whether it’s good or bad, “Cats” has garnered buzz to get us into the theater opening weekend. And so, let us know if you’re looking forward to seeing “Cats” and some of your favorite and least favorite movies with production issues.