In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a thriller that hit a mid-production problem, and an ambitious drama that got caught in an unusual studio battle.

Ransom (1996) was a hit thriller for director Ron Howard and star Mel Gibson. But it actually in its own way dated back to a 1950s TV episode.

Director Steven Soderbergh found himself with movie star problems on 2000’s Traffic – not least a case of more than one company wanting to pay the bill.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

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