As even the most casual cinema buff already knows, film productions get canceled all the time. A reminder of the colossal effort required to actually make a movie, these aborted projects will typically be announced by their respective studios, a script will be developed and cast and crew hired – only to be scuttled soon after.
There are plenty of reasons why this occurs – the most common causes are creative disagreements between studio executives and the filmmakers, or financial concerns – but regardless, these reasons wind up being sufficient to ensure the plug is pulled. Like we said, happens all the time – but what doesn’t happen that often is that a film actually commences shooting before it’s shut down!
The rationale behind studios scrapping a production after filming is underway vary wildly – although again, artistic disputes and funding-related problems remain the prominent culprits. But there have also been instances of onset tragedies, freak weather conditions, and (allegedly, at least) a voodoo curse resulting in films being scuttled while the director is still calling “action!”
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of 16Movies That Were Canceled During Filming.
It’s Easter this weekend, so it’s only natural to find oneself thinking about the many cinematic depictions of the life of Jesus, even if you’re an atheist like me.
There have been many famous takes on the story, and which you prefer depends greatly on your mileage.
If you like your Biblical tales packed with spectacle, then 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told – with its four hour runtime, majestic Jesus (in the form of Max von Sydow) and star-studded cameos – is likely to be your jam.
Should you prefer your Christian cinema with a contemporary edge and catchy tunes, then the 1973 big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is surely for you.
And if you’ve got a strong stomach for violence (not to mention fire and brimstone theology), Mel Gibson’s 2003 effort, The Passion of the Christ, might well be right up your alley.
But if you want to know my recommendation for the film to watch this Easter – the one that really gets under the skin of what life must have been like for Nazareth’s most famous export – without doubt it would be Martin Scorsese’s 1988 masterpiece, The Last Temptation of Christ.