In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a dose of Nicolas Cage, and a futuristic prison movie.

National Treasure (2004) was originally announced for a summer 2000 release. Yet by the time it finally got going, it had nine writers who’d worked on it – and Nicolas Cage agreeing to star.

1992’s Fortress meanwhile was originally developed as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he turned it down, the budget was slashed – but in the hands of star Christopher Lambert and director Stuart Gordon, it’d be in profit before it opened in America.

Stories of both are told in this episode.

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