1.Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg demanded that the creators of Toy Story make the movie "more adult, sarcastic, and barbed," a directive that led to a disastrous mid-production screening known within Pixar as "Black Friday."
2.Disney chairperson Michael Eisner actually gave director Roger Allers "unusually free rein" on the movie that would become The Emperor's New Groove, but following disappointing box office performances by Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it was decided that the movie needed to be funnier.
3.The original ending of The Lion King was way, way darker than the final product, and Disney thought it was "too horrific for a Disney film." More horrific than Scar getting devoured by hyenas, that is.
4.In 2017, Andrew Garfield said that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn't able to deliver on the promise of a script he loved because "certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it," which led to a lot of cuts.
5.The studio requested that the filmmakers of Back to the Future find a more cost-efficient way of sending Marty McFly back to 1985, after the original idea (having him drive through a US Army nuclear test) was rejected for being too expensive to film. The iconic lightning strike at the clock tower sequence was filmed in its place.
6.New Line Cinema wantedThe Golden Compass "to be something it wasn't." They cast Ian McKellen in the role of Iorek Byrnison against the director's wishes, and seriously dialed back the books' critique of theocratic and fundamentalist religious institutions.
7.Director Ridley Scott's first choice for J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World was Christopher Plummer, but studio executives at Sony "wanted a bigger name," so Kevin Spacey was cast instead.
8.DreamWorks told director Cameron Crowe that he couldn't call his movie Untitled or The Uncool, so after coming up with a list of around 40 alternatives, he landed on Almost Famous.
9.When Ben Affleck and Matt Damon sold the script for Good Will Hunting to Rob Reiner's Castle Rock Entertainment, it was an action thriller about "kids from Southie" helping their brilliant friend evade the government. Reiner told the duo that they should drop that plot and focus on what was working: the relationship between a math genius and his therapist.
10.David Fincher has "all but disowned" his directorial debut Alien 3, due to the fact that heavy studio interference kept him from making the movie he had envisioned.
11.After seeing the final cut of Gremlins, one of Warner Bros.' notes to Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante was that there were too many gremlins. Spielberg responded that they could cut all the gremlins and call the movie People, but somehow he didn't think people would show up.
12.After the success of Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, toy companies and other corporate partners "wanted in" on the sequel, Batman & Robin. Schumacher blamed the widely panned finished product on the studio's insistence on a "toy-etic" (and, by extension, family-friendly) approach.
13.Its production was rushed from the start, but Suicide Squad's problems only got worse when a disappointing box office performance by Batman vs. Superman prompted studio executives to push director David Ayer towards a lighter, brighter version of the movie.
14.Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut 25 minutes from Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer and fill in the blanks with voiceover written by Neil Gaiman, but the director outright refused.
15.In 1972, the stage musical 1776 was adapted for the screen, but one song was missing: “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men," which depicted "Revolutionary War era conservatives as power-hungry wheedlers focused on maintaining wealth." Producer Jack L. Warner had the song cut at the express request of his close friend...then-president Richard Nixon.
16.New Line Cinema was supportive of the dark humor of pageant queen satire Drop Dead Gorgeous, until they looked at the film's tracking numbers (which indicate how many people are interested in upcoming releases) and realized that very few people had heard of or wanted to see it. So they asked for extreme edits to make the film more similar to recent hit Clueless.
17.And finally: This one's just a theory, but many fans believe that The Matrix's biggest plot hole is the result of the studio not believing the audience was smart enough to get the Wachowskis' original idea.
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