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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

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 420 Ratings

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

    RoboCop 2 (1990) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

    RoboCop 2 (1990) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

    In this episode, two films with very different levels of studio expectation.

    Much was resting on RoboCop 2 being a huge success, but it didn't bode well when it got its final director just days before filming began. And the studio was very hands on.

    Drop Dead Gorgeous was a much lower-budget project, with a writer and director who didn't really click. Plus, its studio had a little panic about it very late in the day.

    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew. Support us at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 52 min
    In conversation with writer/director Paul W S Anderson: Monster Hunter, Event Horizon and more

    In conversation with writer/director Paul W S Anderson: Monster Hunter, Event Horizon and more

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Paul W S Anderson.

    They chat about Monster Hunter (2020), his latest feature that's finally landing in UK cinemas. But also Anderson's love of videogames, of the first Space Invaders machine, the logistics of filming in the middle of nowhere and more.

    Oh, and there's a bit of Event Horizon too...

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

    • 34 min
    Good Will Hunting (1997) and Fame (1980)

    Good Will Hunting (1997) and Fame (1980)

    In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two Oscar-winning movies 

    The likes of Michael Mann and Mel Gibson toyed with directing Good Will Hunting, and the original idea effectively got cut in two. Plus there was a cunning trick in its script.

    Fame came together quicker, but it faced a fair few problems - including the New York Board of Education being very unhappy with the tone of the script.

    Stories of both are told in this episode.

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

    • 56 min
    Maverick (1994) and Secretary (2002)

    Maverick (1994) and Secretary (2002)

    In this episode, a blockbuster that needed a late casting change, and an indie success that struggled to get actors interested at all.

    Maverick at one stage interested the likes of Paul Newman and Meg Ryan. And when it did get filming, the first half hour was pretty much dropped months before release.

    Secretary spent pretty much a year in limbo as high profile actors were put off my its subject matter - and co-lead James Spader turned it down originally too.

    Support us: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 52 min
    Sneakers (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996)

    Sneakers (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996)

    In this episode, an ensemble film with a reluctant director, and a Shakespeare take that made its studio nervous.

    Sneakers took years to simply write - and then when it came to finding a director, the man who took the job on had suggested John Badham first.


    Romeo + Juliet meanwhile needed Leonardo DiCaprio to fly himself to Australia just to keep the studio interested - and then the shoot itself was rocked by a kidnapping.

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

    • 55 min
    Daredevil (2003) and The Greatest Showman (2017)

    Daredevil (2003) and The Greatest Showman (2017)

    In this episode, a superhero movie that changed course, and a musical that struggled to get going.

    Two months into filming on Daredevil (2003), the first Spider-Man movie went stellar at the box office - and Fox figured it might have a bigger project than it thought on its hands.

    With The Greatest Showman (2017), the studio was less sure - leading to Hugh Jackman performing for studio bosses the day after a medical procedure.

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

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
420 Ratings

420 Ratings

Gwerful ,

Favourite Film Podcast

Love this podcast - blends really interesting and detailed information about the background to a film being made. It’s very in-depth but not a film review/ opinion - more facts about casting choices, how directors/ producers come and go, film reception & success etc. I enjoy learning about the wider context such as when a film leads to another being commissioned/ cancelled. Another bonus is that I find this a very calm, relaxing podcast to listen to (unlike some other podcasts which can be uneven/ jarring)

Jim Kelly the Fourteenth ,

Great

Love this podcast.

j-f-s ,

Lovely listening - Simon is a film fan and it shows

The best thing I can say about the Film Stories podcast is that it’s rare that Simons exploration of a film doesn’t make me want to go and watch (or in many cases rewatch) the two films in question. I love that he takes a strong ‘no snark’ stance - only talking about films that he has something positive to say about.

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