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Film Stories with Simon Brew

May 19, 2019

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...


May 13, 2019

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...


May 6, 2019

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...


Apr 29, 2019

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,...


Apr 22, 2019

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...