In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a superhero sequel changed direction, and a well-liked scary spider movie struggled to hit as big as expected.
Superman III is notorious for abandoning the story of the first two movies in favour of becoming a Richard Pryor vehicle. And it presented a whole host of further challenges.
As for Arachnophobia? How a horror script was softened to help find a commercial audience, and a brand new word was invented by Disney’s marketing department to help get people interested.
Stories of both are discussed in this episode.