In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a sequel that needed to win an audience back over, and a groundbreaking low budget sci-fi movie.

2017’s Alien: Covenant was faced with a choice as to whether to directly follow 2015’s Prometheus, or try to be a more direct Alien prequel. It’s a conundrum the production would wrestle with.

1992’s The Lawnmower Man, meanwhile, was made for a fraction of the price. Its visuals remain striking, it led to Stephen King taking legal action, and a groundbreaking VHS release too.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

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

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