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.

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