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10 Last Minute Changes That Saved Movies And 5 That Ruined Them

10 Last Minute Changes That Saved Movies And 5 That Ruined Them
moviemaking is a tough process it costs millions of dollars and puts countless careers on the line I like to live dangerously a success could make Bank at the box office and a failure could tank an entire studio both our favorite films and the most disasters are made or broken by the

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decisions of Hollywood heavyweights and rookie filmmakers alike so join Screen Rant as we go through these 10

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10 last minute changes that saved movies and 5 that ruined them
most cherished franchises listen to me very carefully

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are often made in the editing room the editors cobbled together various bits of footage developing the movie's tension zeroing in on the film's point of view and piecing the whole thing together like a giant puzzle with the script and guidance of the director while George Lucas gets all of the credit for creating Star Wars the success of that first movie and the very existence of its sequels is due to the work of its editing
team the editors Richard Chu Paul Hirsch and George's wife Marsha Lucas were so integral that they won an Oscar for their work and their biggest contribution was that they

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the ending the Death Star trench run was originally much longer and lacked all the tension at first luke was supposed to make two flights through the trench this was trimmed down to one run also the fact that the Death Star was preparing to fire on the rebel base was added at the producers insistence Marsha explained
that the audience needed to cheer when Han shows up at the end and ultimately she was right Terminator 2 Judgment Day might not be one of the best regarded sequels of all time if it was released with its original ending visionary director James Cameron planned for the final scene of his film to flash forward several decades into the future in this alternate timeline following the destruction of both the good t800 and the bad t1000 John Connor had grown up into an important politician and Sarah
was living in DC with his family as a well-adjusted grandmother this would have been quite a change for the militant fugitive from justice that we see from most of the film and while this ending is certainly a fun what if it lacks the punch of the actual theatrical ending Hugh Jackman was the breakout star of the x-men

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and Wolverine was the most popular antihero of the bunch he was such a big hit that he spawned several spin-off films even though the original x-men trilogy focused mostly
on Wolverine anyway Jackman is perfect for the part and he's only gotten better with age sure playing the role in two decades worth of

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has definitely helped but he somehow managed to stay as ageless as the immortal Logan so it's actually kind of shocking to consider that he wasn't originally cast in the part in the first x-men film the role went to Scottish actor Dougray Scott unfortunately for Scott filming on Mission Impossible 2 had run over schedule his obligation was to
complete photography on John woos mission impossible sequel where he played the villain and this commitment required Scott to drop out of Marvel's first mutant movie the x-men production team was then forced to scramble to replace him this allowed Jackman to step in and become a box-office star when you realize how

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this replacement actually was Jackman's turnes Wolverine is actually even more impressive The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved

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element that really revolutionized the film industry nowadays seems like it was the Wizard of Oz as easiest effect the transition from the black and white of canvas to the color of Oz while the filmmakers had always planned on incorporating this element into the movie nobody involved in production seemed to put a ton of thought into making it a reality at the time authentically colorized films were relatively new to Hollywood thankfully the production team under the leadership of producer Marvin
Leroy decided to shoot additional Kansas footage and it was for the shot of Dorothy stepping out of her home into munchkin land that the director decided to paint the interior of Dorothy's home various shades of black and white Judy Garland herself remained unchanged wearing her signature blue dress and red curls but the darkness on set meant that she wouldn't appear in color until she stepped into the Technicolor set of Munchkinland this breathtaking introduction to Oz made the movie
that much more impact Tom Hanks has the best kind of reputation in Hollywood he's full of charisma he's treated like movie star royalty and yet he seems like an average guy even when playing an unsavory type there's still something about him that we the audience sympathize with so it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that one of his most popular characters Woody from Toy Story was originally considered too unlikable midway through the production of the first film the Pixar team
10 last minute changes that saved movies and 5 that ruined them
realized that woody was too much of a jerk as Hanks himself put it so Pixar quickly halted toy story's voice and animation work in order to retool the script and tone down Woody's villainous tendencies the finished product is a movie that is still spawning sequels nearly two decades later in the late 90s and early 2000s Mike Myers was on a roll fresh off of his breakout success from Saturday Night Live Myers went on to find cult comedy stardom with Austin Powers which blew up into a
beloved series of films well just pretend the third one didn't happen but his other franchise that made millions of the box-office was the animated fairy tale mashup known as Shrek the role of Shrek was originally intended for another SNL icon Chris Farley when Farley tragically passed Myers is brought on to voice the gentle Green Giant at the time Mike Myers was content on voicing the role in a heightened version of his natural Canadian accent yeah you thought wrong but after hearing a
sample of John Lithgow hoity-toity British accent Myers decided to compliment it indeed whether audiences noticed it or not they would subconsciously assume that Shrek was of lower status than Lord Farquaad rewrites and re-recordings reportedly cost about four million dollars but the film's profits more than made that money back some

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are made so close to the wire they happen days or even hours before a film premieres this one however occurred after the movie debuted while
cats is a more recent film that's become notorious for the tweaks made to its effects following the release the late great Stanley Kubrick was much more of a perfectionist Kubrick was known to be a perfectionist who constantly adjusted every aspect of his films from the scripts to the sets to the costumes to the shots throughout production he even pushed some of his actors to their breaking points his horror classic The Shining has gone on to become a Halloween staple but at the time of its
release Kubrick was less sure about how it would be received initially the movie had an epilogue after jack freezes in the maze but viewers felt that it was muddling the closing scenes of the film Zoo Kubrick sent out an order and movie theater projectionists were required to remove the epilogue from the film they literally had to cut out the final scene of the movie with scissors and then paste the film back together now let's step back in time to 1985 co-writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob
Gale had concocted a time-travel family comedy with a souped-up DeLorean and a weird mother-son dynamic with Zemeckis in the director's chair and Steven Spielberg as the steadfast producer what could go wrong well during principal photography Zemeckis and Gale started to get the sinking feeling that they had cast the wrong actor originally the role of Marty McFly was played by Eric Stoltz yep even though it is nearly impossible to imagine anybody other than Michael J Fox and the role Stoltz
had been cast in the part after spending a month trying to make Stoltz his performance work his take on the character was just too serious the filmmakers had a tough conversation with Stoltz before striking a deal with the producers of Fox's sitcom family ties they allowed him to work day and night both on the show and the movie it was an exhausting schedule but it

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Back to the Future and made it into the amazing movie it is today speaking of actors who almost didn't play iconic
roles Harrison Ford was originally not Indiana Jones George Lucas and Steven Spielberg had an entirely different star in mind and this one had a mustache while Spielberg always wanted Ford to grab the whip and Don the fedora Lucas didn't want to work with anyone he had collaborated with before yet the situation changed and SELEX commitment to the hit TV show magnum p.i on CBS wouldn't allow him to take the role so Spielberg and Lucas decided to go with their back-up plan Harrison Ford
and the is history ford also got the role of han solo thanks to his prior connections to george lucas having played a small role in American Graffiti during auditions for Star Wars Ford served as a reader reading sides with actors trying out for parts in the film his laid-back delivery impressed the casting director so much that Ford ended up being the one to nab the part of the smug intergalactic smuggler Ford seems to owe his entire career to Lucas even though two of his three roles han and
10 last minute changes that saved movies and 5 that ruined them
indeed were given to him as an afterthought I've been more than I bargained for on this trip already when Disney bought Star Wars they intended for the sequel trilogy Episode seven eight-nine to be their flagship films but one of the most iconic moments in recent Star Wars history came from the epic battles and plucky characters of rogue one it's hard to imagine that the movie was almost made as an afterthought to capitalize on Disney's Star Wars bonanza even the big finale of rogue
one was basically an afterthought as well the final sequence in which Darth Vader tears through corridors lightsabers through Alliance soldiers and tracks down Leia's ship was all handled in reshoots apparently the creative team felt that the ending as originally intended lacked a punch that only a Darth Vader rampage could bring you've heard the success stories and now it's time for the cinematic tragedies maybe it looks campy now but Superman the

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starring Christopher Reeve
as the man in tights was a mind-blowing science fiction superhero epic the film was a huge undertaking because the producers decided to film Superman 1 & 2 back-to-back this team were notoriously difficult though and they often butted heads with director Richard Donner because Donner demanded quality work and quality cost

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more time and more money when Superman 1 was released the producers dumped Donner despite its success and hired British director Richard Lester of three musketeers and
Beatles movie fame to finish Superman 2 while most of the sequel was in the can Lester decided to reshoot over 50% of the film Superman 2 is still a widely beloved movie and received great reviews when it was originally least but you can't deny that too is much camper than one with slapstick action sequences odd new powers for both Superman and General Zod and a generally tongue-in-cheek tone it took 26 years until 2006 for Richard Donner to release his cut of the movie and even then the
cadillac's completed footage for many sequences part of the appeal of the Alien franchise is that each film seems to be made independently of the others the franchise doesn't appear to have been a major cash grab on behalf of the producers that is before recent years they didn't have a massive shared universe in mind and the earlier films didn't really try to set up for sequels and that was part of the problem for alien 3 the first two films were so scary so intense and so
popular hexa Gordie Weaver was nominated for an Oscar for her work in 1986 as aliens that the third movie was a tough egg for the creative team to crack what are we going to do director David Fincher who has since proven himself as a Hollywood visionary was often at odds with the studio they kept re editing the film and forcing

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against his will until Fincher was ultimately removed from production when the finished product was released it was considered a disappointment by most fans and
Hollywood insiders in 1988 diehard changed the way we thought about action

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to its first two sequels mimic the formula but still found ways to keep us thrilled and then came live free or die hard after a 12-year absence from the big screen John McLean was starting to show his age got a buddy to the Christmas party by mistake sure the film still has its moments and it is a much higher throt and tomato score than its predecessor but live free or die hard was the first
film in the franchise to have a pg-13 rating while the movie was shot with an R rating in mind it was re-edited at the studio's insistence in order to appeal to a wider audience this version cut down on violence and even cut down McLean's original catchphrase to simply yippee-ki-yay the original edit was restored for the DVD release which brought back the violence brought back the famous ending to you PKA but fewer fans have seen this version that the original theatrical release and
there's still an unfavorable reaction associated with this movie I am Legend doesn't get a lot of love among cinephiles and it's probably for this reason the movie misses the whole point of the book in the film Will Smith's character lives in a post-apocalyptic New York City that is overrun by zombie vampires naturally the movie is full of sequences in which Smith blows up these creatures mercilessly and since they seem to be violent bloodthirsty monsters we fully support the guy
originally in Will Smith's final confrontation with these creatures he learns that they are just as scared of him as he is of

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the human and vampire zombies realized they're not so different after all everyone learns a lesson I am Legend refers to Will Smith's character he is the legendary monster that these creatures fear it is a philosophical idea that deepens the movie and apparently it was too deep for test audiences they were so turned off by the mutual understanding of the
ending that filmmakers changed it instead will firebombs his way through the now mindless monsters and rides off into the sunset with other survivors this change paid off in the short run but ultimately made I am Legend into a more forgettable film and finally let's dig into Star Wars the rise of Skywalker where did episode 9 go wrong well Colin Tavros original version of the script was pretty different it focused more on the personal battle between kylo Ren and Rey while Princess Leia was
more central to the film since this draft was completed before Carrie Fisher's untimely passing Luke Skywalker had more to do as well each character including Rose was given some useful objective in the lead-up to the final battle in the end this draft seems to do a better job of tying together not only the loose ends of the sequel trilogy but all the other trilogies as well yet when Fisher passed on the

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Jedi divided fandom the people at Lucasfilm struggled to unite behind a single idea
so JJ Abrams took over and threw everything and the kitchen sink into the movie it was great to have Palpatine back but his presence undid Luke Skywalker's victory at the end of Return of the Jedi and the rumor mills swirled about the internal struggles at Lucasfilm many reshoots were undertaken because the creative team couldn't seem to agree on how to end the franchise in the end it seems like there were too many cooks in the Star Wars Test Kitchen that isn't very reassuring do you
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