In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how Paramount gambled heavily on a Michael Crichton book, and Warner Bros dug deep for an unusual blockbuster.
Congo started as a project dreamed up in the 1970s as a vehicle for Sean Connery. By the time it made it to the screen, its author would be having nothing to do with it.
For Conspiracy Theory, Julia Roberts took a lot of persuading to do the film – and it didn’t help that Warner Bros wasn’t happy with the movie’s price.
Stories of both are told in this episode.
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