It is quite common for reshoots to be seen as a sign that a production is in trouble. In reality, there are many movies that have had to be reshot. This could happen either because the director wanted to add a scene to make the plot more relatable or to make a sequence look bigger.
Having said that, there have also been extreme cases when movies have been scrapped and reshot as a result of creative clashes, or the initial footage being a mess.
Here are five such movies:
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
The Rage: Carrie 2 actually began as an original horror flick titled The Curse. However, the producers realized that since it was so similar to Carrie, it might as well be a sequel. The film initially began under the direction of Robert Mandel, but after some unexplained creative differences, he was forced off it.
Katt Shea was roped in as a replacement. She had to reshoot all of Mandel’s work and make the film a strange hybrid of a soapy teen drama and a sequel to a much loved horror classic.
Woody Allen intended September to feel like a filmed play, with long takes and a deliberate lack of filmmaking flare. This, however, did not work out and that led to him scrapping the whole thing.
He recast key roles with different actors and filmed a whole new take on the material.
Enemy Mine (1985)
The original director of Enemy Mine was Richard Loncraine. He shot one version of Enemy Mine in locations like Iceland and Budapest. The studio was unhappy with the footage he delivered. They fired him and shut production down completely.
Wolfgang Petersen was hired to take over. He began shooting the film all over again.
Back to the Future (1985)
When Back to the Future was scheduled to be filmed, Michael J. Fox was busy with a sitcom. Robert Zemeckis decided to hire Eric Stoltz instead. He shot around six weeks with the actor but thought that Stoltz was too intense and lacked the lightness required of the character.
He made his case to the studio that they needed to recast and the footage reshot, since Stoltz appeared in nearly every scene.
Fitzcarraldo is considered to be one of the most famously unpleasant productions in film history. Apparently, director Werner Herzog sought to drag a 320-ton steamship over a hill because the story called for it.
The lead actor, Jason Robards became seriously ill and was forced to bow out. Mick Jagger, who was playing Robards' assistant, then had to exit as well for a tour of The Rolling Stones. Herzog was so crushed to lose his performance that he cut the part from the script entirely.
He had to eventually recast Klaus Kinski in the lead and shoot from scratch.
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