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Movies that had troubled productions?

While every movie has its own challenges when being made, what are some movies that had extremely troubled productions, such as starting production without a finished script, extensive reshoots, director or lead actor/actress being replaced after filming started, major script rewrites during filming and so on?
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I did a smiliar topic some years back. The results: Fitzcarraldo seemed to edge out Apocalypse Now.
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Eyes Wide Shut underwent script rewrites, had a major actor (Harvey Keitel) fired, and took much longer to film than expected. It was recognized by Guinness as the longest continuous shoot of a movie at more than 15 months. Then there was the controversy over the digital "extras" being added in to avoid actually cutting the film to get an R rating.
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Some of the films mentioned here didn't have anywhere near the trouble described in the OP's criteria. E.g., JAWS had problems getting the shark to work and weather problems affecting the shoot. So everything took longer than it was supposed to. Period. Not quite what the OP described.

My favorite example is TARZAN ESCAPES (1936), which had giant spiders and much more gruesome killings so the studio, nervous about violating the Production Code, reshot most of it with a new director. I wish I could have seen the original version.

VIVA VILLA (1934), directed by Howard Hawks, had to reshoot every scene with its second lead character, an American reporter covering Pancho Villa in Mexico, because the actor playing him, Lee Tracy, got drunk and stepped out on the terrace of his hotel in Mexico City during a parade and pissed on either a Mexican general or the Mexican flag, depending on which account you read, thereby enraging the Mexican government. So they quickly recast the part with a less offensive actor, Stuart Erwin, and hired a new director (Jack Conway) after the original director (Howard Hawks) refused to reshoot the scenes. A significant portion of the movie was affected. Tracy, who'd been a near-star in the making just waiting for that right role to put him at the top, was consigned to low-budget films for the rest of the 1930s and '40s. He did resurrect his career on Broadway, though, and eventually got a good supporting role as the ex-President (based on Truman) in the film version of THE BEST MAN (1964), for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

Erich von Stroheim's final film was taken out of his hands, much of it re-shot, and released as HELLO, SISTER! (1932). It was the end of his career as a director. There's a real story there, but I don't recall much of it offhand. I have friends who are von Stroheim buffs (he's the guy who made GREED) who can read you chapter and verse on it.
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Vic Morrow was decapitated during filming Twilight Zone The Movie. I don't think you can get any more troubled than that.

http://my.spill.hollywood.com/video/...Video%3A475842
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Vic Morrow was decapitated during filming Twilight Zone The Movie. I don't think you can get any more troubled than that.

http://my.spill.hollywood.com/video/...Video%3A475842
Also killed were two Vietnamese-American children whom Morrow was carrying in the scene: Renee Chen and Myca Dinh Le, although IMDB's cast list for the film curiously leaves them out.
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Superman 2

Dick Donner was fired during filming by the Salkinds and replaced by Dick Lester.

Game of Death

Bruce Lee shot a bunch of fight scenes circa 1973, but didn't have a completed script. The film had only 40 minutes of footage shot until he died.

Golden Harvest re-visited the movie around 1977 and used the pre-shot footage with new footage shot by Robert Clouse. Lookalikes were used to fill out the rest of the movie. Overall, it's a piece if shit.

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Originally Posted by PenguinJoe View Post
Vic Morrow was decapitated during filming Twilight Zone The Movie. I don't think you can get any more troubled than that.

http://my.spill.hollywood.com/video/...Video%3A475842
Understandably, John Landis has never been the same...

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The Fugitive shot without a finished script. That one still amazes me, because the film is so damn good.
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Understandably, John Landis has never been the same...

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He took a hiatus from directing for a while. I think he was technically at fault because he was trying to get the shot when he was advised not to.
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The Fugitive shot without a finished script. That one still amazes me, because the film is so damn good.
Videodrome also shot without a finished script. Cronenberg says in an interview he would've changed a few things had Universal given him more time but the ending wasn't terrible imho.

Also, I just saw the movie "Hitchcock" and that had a troubled production due to tension between Hitch and Paramount on how the movie should be edited.
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He took a hiatus from directing for a while. I think he was technically at fault because he was trying to get the shot when he was advised not to.
There was a trial and no one was found guilty of any criminal charges. The biggest issue was that the children were working completely outside of union guidlines for child actors. They had worked far longer that day than child actors are allowed, they were working at night, they were working with pyrotechnics and helicopters. Basicly they broke every workplace saftey and child labor law on that set. Landis was somewhat scapgoated when in fact I feel everyone involved was responsible for creating a fucked up set environment.

BTW, the accident occured 31 years ago today, July 23rd 1982. You just entered....The Twilight Zone.

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Back to the Future

Superman Returns
How was Superman Returns a troubled production? I watched the nearly 3 hour documentary that covered every facet of the production and it looked like it went through without any notable hiccups.

The only thing I recall was that Hugh Laurie from House was originally cast as Perry White. But he had to pull out at the last minute because the filming would have conflicted with House's production schedule. Frank Langella was his last minute replacement.

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