In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at the long gestation of Good Morning Vietnam, and the plans for Spider-Man films that brought The Martianto Ridley Scott.

Good Morning Vietnam came at a point in Robin Williams’ career where there were serious doubts over whether he could headline a movie. Plus, how it became the first Touchstone movie.

The Martian‘s journey to the screen was quicker and smoother – but not before Sony’s plans for a Spider-Man spin-off universe of films got in the way.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode…

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