More from David Weiner
“We Never Had an Ending:” How Disney’s ‘Black Hole’ Tried to Match ‘Star Wars’
Forty years later, Gary Nelson, along with actors Joseph Bottoms and the late Robert Forster, look back at Disney's big-budget space adventure 'The Black Hole'
“This Is Probably Going to Kill Us:” How First ‘Star Trek’ Movie Avoided Disaster
Forty years later, 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' star William Shatner and visual effects director Douglas Trumbull recall the script woes, production delays and ballooning budget that almost stopped the franchise in its tracks.
Ridley Scott on the Hard Road to ‘Alien’
As 'Alien' turns 40, director Ridley Scott recalls doubling his budget in a single Fox meeting, Warren Beatty recommending Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and how that chestburster scene almost went completely wrong.
‘Miracle Mile’ at 30: The Nixed Happy Ending and Alternate Castings Revealed
Miracle Mile filmmaker Steve De Jarnatt and star Anthony Edwards look at early casting possibilities (Nicolas Cage, Kurt Russell), nixing a more positive ending and additional photography paid for by the director himself.
How Original ‘Pet Sematary’ Director Won Over Stephen King
'Pet Sematary' director Mary Lambert is stirring the soil with memories of making her first major horror hit and convincing Stephen King to let her tackle it.
The Pain Behind ‘Baron Munchausen’
The production woes of Terry Gilliam’s 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' have become the stuff of legend.
‘Bill & Ted’ at 30: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter on How ‘Excellent Adventure’ Nearly Fell Apart
Whoa, dude! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure' with this revealing interview.
Why ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Still Haunts Its Director
'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' is more relevant than ever, says director Philip Kaufman.
How the Battle for ‘Lord of the Rings’ Nearly Broke a Director
Forty years after Ralph Bakshi's animated 'Lord of the Rings' hit theaters, the filmmaker recalls courting Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin and speaks candidly about the extreme pressure he was under, noting he almost died.
How ‘Child’s Play’ Survived Bad Test Screenings to Become a Horror Classic
'Child’s Play' hit theaters on Nov. 9, 1988, winning the weekend at the box office and jolting the horror genre by launching what has become one of the most enduring horror franchises.
‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director on the Tim Burton Joke He Had to Cut
Twenty-five years ago, it was hardly a sure thing that 'Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas' would go on to become a cultural touchstone.