Studio executives interfering with the direction of films isn’t new. There are so many instances where the executives interfered and turned the film better, and in some cases, well, not. Here are 14 times studio executives interfered in films.
1. Studio interference in the making of The Godfather made it a better film.
2. Disney’s Toy Story would have been way different if they had gone ahead with Katzenberg’s idea. He wanted to make Woody a dark character who was sarcastic, adult, and barbed.
3. While Robocop was being made, its director, Jose Padilha, had fresher and better ideas for the movie, but the studios didn’t give him a chance.
4. We all have seen Lion King multiple times, and the ending sort of places everything in the place. But what if the ending would have been different and darker? The studio interfered and changed it to what we see now.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man would’ve had a lot of unexplored parts from the comic books, which Andrew Garfield loved too. But they were taken out by the studio execs.
6. Studio interfered for good for Back To The Future. If they wouldn’t have the name of the film would’ve been Spaceman From Pluto.
7. The studio also changed the time machine, for the better, from the original script. Originally they had housed it inside a refrigerator.
8. Golden Compass would’ve gained much more success and business if it wasn’t for the studio to remove and reordered main events from the book. The film was made 40 minutes shorter than what Chris Weitz wanted it to be.
9. Almost Famous wasn’t going to have the same name. The studio rejected “Untitled”, hence the name. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon also sent these ideas for the title:
from the archives: when the studio refused to release "almost famous" under the original title "untitled"… @jimmyfallon sent these
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) August 27, 2017