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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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The love is infectious

By Sahaan0315 - Dec 10 2019
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I’m not sure how anyone could listen to this and not feel like Simon’s love of films is not infectious. Yes, his accent (and at times his delivery) is troublesome, but then so is everybody’s until you get to know them. He cares so much about films; how could you not? This is a beautiful podcast prepared and cultivated by someone who loves what he is talking about!

Must listen for movie fans

By Danny Schluck - Nov 24 2019
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Stumbled upon this by accident, but quickly binged the entire catalogue. His fact filled journeys through movie history are detailed and digestible. I find myself always coming away with something I didn’t know and Simon even makes some movies I could care less about interesting. Only bad bad is, now that I binged all of them, I have to wait for my next fix to be more naturally doled out. Keep up the good work.

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The love is infectious

By Sahaan0315 - Dec 10 2019
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I’m not sure how anyone could listen to this and not feel like Simon’s love of films is not infectious. Yes, his accent (and at times his delivery) is troublesome, but then so is everybody’s until you get to know them. He cares so much about films; how could you not? This is a beautiful podcast prepared and cultivated by someone who loves what he is talking about!

Must listen for movie fans

By Danny Schluck - Nov 24 2019
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Stumbled upon this by accident, but quickly binged the entire catalogue. His fact filled journeys through movie history are detailed and digestible. I find myself always coming away with something I didn’t know and Simon even makes some movies I could care less about interesting. Only bad bad is, now that I binged all of them, I have to wait for my next fix to be more naturally doled out. Keep up the good work.
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Film Stories with Simon Brew

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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

Rank #1: Starship Troopers (1997) and Enchanted (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with a very slight overlap.

Starship Troopers went into production as the leadership at its studio changed several times - and was made by a team who weren't that keen on the book it's based on.

Enchanted, meanwhile, at one stage was imagined as an R-rated edgy comedy. It took several directors before the project ultimately found its legs.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 06 2020

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Rank #2: Mars Attacks! (1996) and Legally Blonde (2001)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that struggled against stiff competition, and a genuine surprise hit.

Tim Burton's Mars Attacks was wrong-footed when the Independence Day trailer landed. But the film's roots went back a very long way.

With Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon had been looking for a more commercial film. It took a producer picking up an unsolicited manuscript to put that into motion.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Oct 20 2019

45mins

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Rank #3: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Naked Gun (1988)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that proved surprise hits for different reasons.

Bram Stoker's Dracula was testing very badly, and had been recut over 30 times. Columbia Pictures thus chose what proved to be a hugely successful promotional strategy.

Had its creators been able to crack the third act sooner, The Naked Gun would have arrived in the early 80s. And when it did arrive, they found themselves up against a lot of comedies at the box office.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Oct 27 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: The Adventures Of Tintin (2011) and A Perfect World (1993)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one film that took an awful lot longer to bring to the screen than the other!

2011's The Adventures Of Tintin was a film whose journey began back in 1983, and four Indiana Jones films interspersed with its story.

Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood came together for 1993's A Perfect World, meanwhile. What happens, though, when two Oscar-winning directors come together on the same film?

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jun 10 2019

40mins

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Rank #5: Clear And Present Danger (1994) and Instant Family (2018)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a testing sequel, and a surprising comedy.

Clear And Present Danger (1994) was expected to be a smoother production after the difficulties of forerunner Patriot Games. Spoiler: it wasn't.

As for Instant Family? Had it not been for the two Daddy's Home movies, the terrific comedy-drama might not have happened at all.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jan 05 2020

43mins

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Rank #6: Scrooged (1988) and Le Mans 66 (2019)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked Bill Murray's return to the screen after four years away, and a movie that once had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt set to star.

1988's Scrooged is now a popular Christmas favourite. But the making of it was fraught with difficulties. As for 2019's Le Mans 66 - well, even the title continues to cause trouble!

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 08 2019

45mins

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Rank #7: Batman Forever (1995) and Pride (2014)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comic book movie drastic course change and a small budget hit with an awful lot of characters.

1995's Batman Forever was set to still star Michael Keaton up until a year before release. Yet Warner Bros wanted - and got - a very different film to 1992's Batman Returns.

As for 2014's Pride, this terrific British movie had a big cast and a small budget - and that was a combination that presented a fair few problems. 

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Sep 09 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: Panic Room (2002) and Toy Soldiers (1991)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, what happened when director David Fincher sought a more contained movie to make, and the film that was supposed to be Die Hard crossed with Dead Poets Society.

Panic Room started filming with Nicole Kidman in the lead. But a problem held over from making Moulin Rouge! left the movie with a major headache.

1991's Toy Soldiers, meanwhile, starred Sean Astin. But the director wasn't keen on casting him in the lead role.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

May 06 2019

37mins

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Rank #9: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) with director Jon Watts

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Jon Watts to chat about Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

There's an Avengers: Endgame spoiler in there (no spoilers for the Far From Home), but other than that, they talk about comedy timing, expectations, fake IMDB credits and taking a character away from its roots.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jul 02 2019

24mins

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Rank #10: Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Music & Lyrics (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 2000s movies that each deserve a little more love.

Steven Spielberg came to Catch Me If You Can immediately after filming  Minority Report - but several directors nearly helmed the project before him.

As for Music & Lyrics, it was a romcom with a bit of a bumpy shoot - and a lot of singing lessons for its lead male!

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 12 2020

50mins

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Rank #11: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Final Destination (2000)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a huge animated challenge, and a film that started off planned as an X-Files episode

The Nightmare Before Christmas required a new facility, and a director too when Tim Burton's commitment to Batman Returns got in the way. 

As for Final Destination? The hit franchise-starter's journey began with a teenager's idea for an Elm Street sequel.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 01 2019

45mins

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Rank #12: Howard The Duck (1986) and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at the first cinematically-released Marvel movie, and the long gestation of the Freddie Mercury biopic.

The financial fallout from 1986's Howard The Duck would be damaging to George Lucas, but in some way lead to the creation of Toy Story

Meanwhile, it took eight years from the moment a Queen biopic was announced to Bohemian Rhapsody actually appearing in cinemas. And heck, was it a journey to get there.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website Film Stories.

Nov 10 2018

33mins

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Rank #13: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) and Arthur Christmas (2011)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two festive films that each faced particular challenges to bring to the screen.

Home Alone 2 (1992) proved to be a tricky shoot, and the movie would have a direct knock-on for another film as well. 

Meanwhile, 2011's Arthur Christmas saw Aardman design the entire film in Bristol, before it was animated in America. And it'd have a touch of Paul Greengrass about it.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 16 2019

47mins

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Rank #14: A League Of Their Own (1992) and Sense & Sensibility (1995)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of 90s movies that each faced its own battle.

The late Penny Marshall's A League Of Their Own changed director, and found itself looking for a new lead at the last minute.

In the case of Sense & Sensibility, it took a decade to bring the Emma Thompson-headlined and adapted version of the film to the screen. And there were significant early cultural challenges.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Mar 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #15: Wayne's World 2 (1993) and WarGames (1983)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon tells the stories of two films that faced very particular challenges.

The original script to Wayne's World 2 had to be thrown out at the last minute, and the movie wouldn't start shooting until six months before release. Even then, legal threats were required.

As for WarGames (1983), the man who cast Matthew Broderick, and who directed sequences you see in the final movie, isn't credited. And there's a reason for that.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Mar 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: Alien Vs Predator (2004) and Parenthood (1989)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that came together at very different speeds.

Alien Vs Predator was sparked by a spec script, but it'd be Paul W S Anderson who got the job - and he spent his own cash on something rather special for his pitch.

Parenthood, meanwhile, was the idea of director Ron Howard - but bringing together its incredible cast was not without challenges.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 23 2020

52mins

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Rank #17: TRON: Legacy (2010) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with long gestation periods.

Disney was unsure of making TRON: Legacy for a long time. It took a trailer for a film that hadn't been greenlit yet to ultimately make it decide.

Steve Coogan, meanwhile, was reluctant to finally press ahead with an Alan Partridge movie. And when he did, it proved to have a very difficult first week of filming.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 15 2020

46mins

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Rank #18: Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Eddie The Eagle (2016)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a troubled blockbuster, and a delightful biopic that took a long time to realise.

Work started on 2007's Spider-Man 3 immediately after the release of 2004's Spider-Man 2. Yet it'd be a turning point in the webslinger's big screen adventures, caught on the front line battle between art and commerce.

For Eddie The Eagle (2016), though, a project that originally was set to star Steve Coogan was dragged out of development hell at double-quick speed, when a producer watched a not-dissimilar film with his family.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jan 07 2019

32mins

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Rank #19: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Rocky IV (1985)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon's got a pair of Christmas classics to talk about!

Following the death of Muppet-creator Jim Henson in 1990, the people he left behind decided to keep going. But the path to The Muppet Christmas Carol would not be without problems.

As for Rocky IV? An already tough shoot was made even more taxing by the fact that two stars, Carl Weathers and Dolph Lundgren, didn't really get on. Oh, and by Sylvester Stallone having to go into intensive care.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Dec 17 2018

31mins

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Military Wives (2019) and Lucky Break (2001) with director Peter Cattaneo

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, director Peter Cattaneo chats about his latest film, now heading to disc, Military Wives.

He and Simon chat about releasing it the week before cinemas closed, losing a week of production, and also Cattaneo's earlier movies, Lucky Break and The Full Monty.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jul 02 2020

36mins

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Hot Shots! (1991) and Thirteen Days (2000)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a spoof movie eerily echoed newspapers headlines, and a drama that fell a little through the cracks.

Hot Shots! was written months before real life conflict echoed some of its plot - and production had a few challenges too.

As for the Kevin Costner-headlined Thirteen Days, it's a film whose reputation has grown, but several studios and even more directors came and went before it finally got off the ground.

Stories of both are told in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jun 28 2020

51mins

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True Lies (1994) and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the last James Cameron/Arnold Schwarzenegger collaboration, and a beloved film that went through major difficulties.

Arnold Schwarzenegger came to True Lies off the back of the box office disappointment Last Action Hero - and James Cameron needed to make a film to justify a huge deal his company had signed.

As for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? For a much-loved film, it was a very, very taxing production.

Stories of both are told in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jun 21 2020

51mins

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The Rocketeer (1991) and Blockers (2018)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a much-loved 90s superhero film, and a comedy that took nearly a decade to get to the screen.

The Rocketeer was a big hope in 1991. It was switched to come out under the Disney label, and there were sequel plans too. And then its release happened.

As for Blockers, how a first-time movie director got the job - and how the film evolved into something rather special.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jun 14 2020

52mins

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The Shadow (1994) and My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 1990s films that both sparked sequel talk.

The Shadow had been in the works for over a decade before it hit the screen. Yet an earthquake and an unresolved story problem hampered the film.

A slyly subversive romcom, My Best Friend's Wedding ended up doing battle if Batman & Robin - and nearly ignited its own sequel.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jun 07 2020

50mins

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Condorman (1981) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Disney's odd attempt to create a superhero, and a troubled X-Men movie.

Condorman was a big gamble for Disney in the early 80s, as it tried to follow in the path of Superman. Things didn't go to plan.

Nor did they with the third X-Men film, that lost a couple of directors, had to ink new deals with all its cast - and then faced a script leak.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

May 31 2020

52mins

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Scream 4 (2011) and The Mask Of Zorro (1998)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel with a bumpy production, and a blockbuster that was originally set for Spielberg.

Scream 4 (2011) was intended to kickstart a new trilogy of films. But who was ultimately in control of it?

Delays kept hitting The Mask Of Zorro (1998) meanwhile. And it lost several directors on its way to the screen.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

May 25 2020

51mins

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Looper (2012) and Sexy Beast (2000)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that started at three pages long, and another that happened when its creatives quit a different project.

Looper (2012) was originally set to be a short movie, until writer/director Rian Johnson expanded it. And its funding model proved very, very beneficial.

The team behind Sexy Beast (2000) meanwhile was originally set to make Gangster No 1 - but problems ensued...

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

May 18 2020

51mins

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What Lies Beneath (2000) and Mr Holland's Opus (1995)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a $100m supernatural thriller and a career comeback for Richard Dreyfuss.

What Lies Beneath was one of two films Robert Zemeckis directed pretty much at the same time - but it came with logistical problems.

As for Mr Holland's Opus, the film came to life quite quickly, but its inspiration came in part from a large traffic jam.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

May 10 2020

51mins

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Face/Off (1997) and Rocky Balboa (2006)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a 'strange' action movie hit, and a sequel that took seven years to come together.

Face/Off was originally set 100 years in the future, and at one stage Johnny Depp was on the wishlist. Plus one studio bought the film and let it go.

Rocky Balboa saw Sylvester Stallone wanting to right the wrongs of Rocky V. But his new co-star gave him a shock on day one of filming.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

May 04 2020

52mins

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Licence To Kill (1989) and Uncle Buck (1989)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the darker turn for 007, and an iconic role for John Candy.

Licence To Kill had to change plans early in development, and took James Bond on a darker adventure to usual - but it'd mark the end of a few eras.

Likewise, Uncle Buck was the last time that John Hughes directed John Candy - and it'd inspire Home Alone too.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 26 2020

47mins

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L.A. Confidential (1997) and Morning Glory (2010)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an acclaimed James Ellroy adaptation, and an underappreciated studio comedy.

James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential was a novel the author described as 'movie adaptation proof'. But as it turned out, several people wanted to try.

Morning Glory meanwhile gave Rachel McAdams her first lead comedy role - but she took some persuading to take it on.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 20 2020

49mins

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Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Music & Lyrics (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 2000s movies that each deserve a little more love.

Steven Spielberg came to Catch Me If You Can immediately after filming  Minority Report - but several directors nearly helmed the project before him.

As for Music & Lyrics, it was a romcom with a bit of a bumpy shoot - and a lot of singing lessons for its lead male!

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 12 2020

50mins

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Starship Troopers (1997) and Enchanted (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with a very slight overlap.

Starship Troopers went into production as the leadership at its studio changed several times - and was made by a team who weren't that keen on the book it's based on.

Enchanted, meanwhile, at one stage was imagined as an R-rated edgy comedy. It took several directors before the project ultimately found its legs.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 06 2020

50mins

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The Meg (2018) and That Thing You Do! (1996)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film whose price tag kept putting people off, and Tom Hanks' directorial debut.

The Meg at one stage was set to be a Disney movie, and its author took to the internet to keep interest in the project alive, years before Jason Statham signed up.

Tom Hanks meanwhile scribbled his first screenplay whilst on the press tour for Forrest Gump. A year later, That Thing You Do! became a film.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 30 2020

52mins

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Alien Vs Predator (2004) and Parenthood (1989)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that came together at very different speeds.

Alien Vs Predator was sparked by a spec script, but it'd be Paul W S Anderson who got the job - and he spent his own cash on something rather special for his pitch.

Parenthood, meanwhile, was the idea of director Ron Howard - but bringing together its incredible cast was not without challenges.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 23 2020

52mins

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TRON: Legacy (2010) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with long gestation periods.

Disney was unsure of making TRON: Legacy for a long time. It took a trailer for a film that hadn't been greenlit yet to ultimately make it decide.

Steve Coogan, meanwhile, was reluctant to finally press ahead with an Alan Partridge movie. And when he did, it proved to have a very difficult first week of filming.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 15 2020

46mins

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V For Vendetta (2005) and The American President (1995)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that both ran a little behind schedule for different reasons.

V For Vendetta was all set for a November 5th release until production delays kicked in. And there was a whole other conversation happening about the film.

The American President came from an original concept by Robert Redford - but he left the project, which would have unexpected ramifications for TV.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 08 2020

46mins

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Air Force One (1997) and Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big movie star vehicles. One hit just a little bigger than the other.

Kevin Costner was first in line for Air Force One, and Harrison Ford was coming off the back of two box office disappointments. Fate would take a turn.

For Kindergarten Cop, the film had to come together really quite quickly - but Ghostsbusters 2 also got in the way.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 01 2020

48mins

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Jason Blum special: The Invisible Man (2020), budgets, independence and more

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, producer Jason Blum chats about the state of current cinema.

He and Simon talk about The Invisible Man, reading press notes, the struggles with Tooth Fairy, plans for Upgrade and much, much more. Plus they have a moment where they might just fall out for a second or two...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Feb 28 2020

29mins

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The love is infectious

By Sahaan0315 - Dec 10 2019
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I’m not sure how anyone could listen to this and not feel like Simon’s love of films is not infectious. Yes, his accent (and at times his delivery) is troublesome, but then so is everybody’s until you get to know them. He cares so much about films; how could you not? This is a beautiful podcast prepared and cultivated by someone who loves what he is talking about!

Must listen for movie fans

By Danny Schluck - Nov 24 2019
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Stumbled upon this by accident, but quickly binged the entire catalogue. His fact filled journeys through movie history are detailed and digestible. I find myself always coming away with something I didn’t know and Simon even makes some movies I could care less about interesting. Only bad bad is, now that I binged all of them, I have to wait for my next fix to be more naturally doled out. Keep up the good work.