100 episodes

Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.

From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!

The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.

From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!

The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

    Krull (1983) and Flatliners (1990)

    Krull (1983) and Flatliners (1990)

    In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a fantasy adventure with sequels planned, and a horror thriller that proved a surprise hit.

    Krull was set to be followed by at least one sequel, and the expensive production took over much of Pinewood Studios. It'd be a very difficult film to make.

    As for Flatliners, the film found itself in a bidding war between producers working for the same studio for a start - and that didn't go down well.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 50 min
    Soul (2020), Pixar and more, with director Pete Docter

    Soul (2020), Pixar and more, with director Pete Docter

    In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon chats with director Pete Docter about his new film Soul. And about being the new boss of Pixar too.

    They chat about the challenges of the film, and maintaining a working culture via remote working. Plus how to bring the invisible to the screen.

    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

    You can find the Film Stories website at www.filmstories.co.uk

    • 27 min
    Sunshine (2007) and Final Destination 2 (2003)

    Sunshine (2007) and Final Destination 2 (2003)

    In the new episode, the sci-fi film that put Danny Boyle off making sci-fi films, and a sequel that straight away needed a new director.

    Sunshine came into director Danny Boyle's life over a drink in a London pub - and he'd find himself making a $20m sci-fi film in a tight London studio as a result.

    With Final Destination 2, New Line was looking for a quicker turnaround sequel than it got - but it took around 70 writing pitches for a start to come up with its story.

    www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 51 min
    The Mummy (1999) and The Bank Job (2008)

    The Mummy (1999) and The Bank Job (2008)

    In the new episode of Film Stories, the hit remake that started life as a much cheaper project, and a different vehicle for Jason Statham.

    The Mummy went through many directors, getting gradually more and more expensive as it did so. Its effects would prove a bit of a challenge too.


    The Bank Job seemed to be a film destined not to be made when Miramax backed out of the project. Many years later, Jason Statham would help bring it back to life.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 50 min
    Congo (1995) and Conspiracy Theory (1997)

    Congo (1995) and Conspiracy Theory (1997)

    In the new episode, 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.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 51 min
    Super 8 (2011) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

    Super 8 (2011) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

    In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film designed to be something of a surprise, and a comedy that a major studio abandoned.

    JJ Abrams joined forces with Steven Spielberg for Super 8, and the plan was to launch the trailer at least as a complete surprise. A successful plan too.

    With Good Morning, Vietnam, there were doubts that Robin Williams could lead a movie of its ilk - and a special test was organised.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

laughingull ,

Delightful podcast for moviegoers (not critics)

It’s so enjoyable to listen to this podcast. The host has a wonderful voice that conveys the joy he gets from movies. He’s not a critic and he’s not into deconstructing the movies he discusses. Instead each week he gives a good brief overview of the production history of (and some inside scoop about) selected movies—usually mainstream films—that leave me enlightened and light-hearted. Give it a try!

DigiFluid ,

Film buffs - enjoy!

Simon’s simple, plainspoken way combined with his obvious adoration of all things film make this an incredibly accessible podcast. Film Stories makes my Monday morning commute a pleasure!

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