Studio interference is something we hear a lot about, whether it’s rumoured during production or years after the fact from a disgruntled director. Sometimes (but pretty much never in all honesty), it’s possibly for the best, but 99.9% of the time, this happening ruins what would have otherwise been a truly amazing movie.
Even now there are a number of releases on the way which directors have had taken out of their hands in the editing room, something which means we’re not getting the vision they actually had for the film.
It’s a situation which upsets film fans and is devastating for those who dedicated years of their life to making something which is then put in front of the world with their name on in a way they never intended. Here, we look back at just ten examples of this happening, and reveal what exactly went on behind the scenes…
10. Superman II
Even to this day, Superman is still considered one of the greatest superhero movies of all-time. You’d think after the first wonderful instalment, Richard Donner would have been given a free reign on the sequel, but nope!
With only around two thirds of shooting complete, he was fired and replaced by the Richard Lester, a director with very different sensibilities. He decided to reshoot a number of scenes and threw in some really dreadful humour for good measure, although he didn’t really jump the shark until he made the abysmal Superman III.
Going back to Superman II, and the Man of Steel and his Kryptonian enemies were given some really baffling abilities, including that infamous logo throwing scene. Lester being brought in just killed this one, something which was evident when Donner was given the chance to release his cut (which included test footage) in 2006.