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    Netflix's "The Woman In The Window" Seemed Cursed From The Outset — Here's Everything That Went On Behind The Scenes

    "It kinda sucked."

    It seems like I'm not alone in finding Netflix's The Woman in the Window a bit of a chaotic journey, but like it or not, it's a wonder this film even made it to our screens!

    Despite an A++ list of talent onboard, production was plagued by delays, confused test audiences, reshoots, and scandals among those involved.

    Detective Little, Anna, Alistair, and Detective Norelli in Anna's living room

    Author A.J. Finn sold the movie rights to The Woman in the Window to Fox 2000 for one million dollars before the book was even released.

    A.J. Finn was revealed as the pen name of editor Dan Mallory, who got called out for being a big, big liar.

    Dan Mallory smiling

    The novel is a riff on Hitchcock's Rear Window, though there are accusations that Mallory plagiarized plot elements from other works.

    Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart with binoculars in Rear Window

    The script was adapted by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tracy Letts, who said the process in general "kind of sucked."

    Tracy Letts and Carrie Coon at Little Women premiere

    The movie was produced by Scott Rudin, who was exposed as extremely abusive in the workplace.

    Anna in her window, seen from outside

    The first test audience was in Paramus, New Jersey, and they did not like or understand the movie.

    The release date of the film was delayed by over a year and a half.

    Jane Russell in her window

    Fox 2000 studios, which produced the movie, closed the day of its release.

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the original score but dropped out.

    Joe and 22 in the soul land in Soul

    This is noted director Joe Wright's very first thriller, a genre he's always wanted to tackle.

    Amy Adams and Joe Wright on set

    Netflix engaged in some unusual real-window advertising, which may or may not have been legal.

    It’s animated, and the screens take up the whole window- this was not cheap to install

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    Regardless, it wasn't a hit with the neighbors in Brooklyn.

    The Manhattan brownstone from the film was actually built on a soundstage!

    Anna standing near the stairs in her house

    I think it's safe to say that this is a complicated film, both onscreen and off.

    What are your feels on the film? Let us know in the comments!