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
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.
Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), with director Dean Parisot
In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon goes through the prolonged gestation of Bill & Ted Face The Music - and then brings in its director, Dean Parisot, to pick up the story.
They talk of the challenges of realising the film, keeping its tone right, bad weather, the Halesowen branch of Asda, and releasing the movie. Plus the pressure of getting this one right...
Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew.
This episode is dedicated to @sebpatrick
Armageddon (1998) and Misery (1990)
In the new episode, the asteroid movie in a race against time, and the Stephen King adaptation with a casting nightmare.
Three similar films were in the race when Disney greenlit Armageddon - but it committed to spending over $100m on the film without a script in place.
Actor after actor turned down Misery meanwhile, a film that took over half a year to nail down its two leads - and rewrite a key moment from the source novel too.
Simon's Twitter: @simonbrew
Support us: www.patreon.com/simonbrew
The New Mutants (2020) and Bowfinger (1999)
This episode, a film finally released nearly three years after filming, and a comedy that was a comeback of sorts for Steve Martin
The New Mutants was caught up in reshoots talks, a company takeover, and a rumour that the whole film was going to scrapped and started again.
Bowfinger was an easier shoot, although it was a film that came about in Steve Martin's head some 15 years before it was made.
Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew. Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Salt (2010)
In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a huge sequel and what was supposed to be the start of a franchise.
The Lost World Jurassic Park was Steven Spielberg's first film as director following Schindler's List - but his interest in making it would slowly wane during production.
In the case of Salt, it went through several directors with Tom Cruise for a long time linked with starring. And then the script made its way to Angelina Jolie...
Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.
Howard (2018), Disney animation and more, with producer and director Don Hahn
In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, writer, producer and director Don Hahn is our very special guest.
Having produced Disney classics such as The Lion King and Beauty & The Beast, Hahn has directed two excellent documentaries about that era: Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) and Howard (2018). And he tells Simon the stories behind them in an extensive chat.
Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
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Only discovered this podcast a few days ago and I’ve just binged my way through it. Simon loves movies and it shows through the work he puts in.
Film buffs will simply love this podcast and the best part is Simon doesn’t put down any of the movies, he just talks about how they got made and all the interesting bits of trivia you could want to know. There’s nothing worse than a podcast (which I won’t name) where they nitpick and find problems with your favourite movies.
Simon I love what you do, keep up the great work.
Ones of the best film podcasts out there!
honestly probably the best film podcasts i have listened to. Have been looking for something like this for ages! Will be passing it on to others! Really interesting stories by someone who loves films. Some interesting choices of films but it works! Keep up the cracking work! Fair play!
This is a lovely podcast that makes for easy listening. At 30 mins per episode it's short and sweet and Simon has a lovely voice and manner, I don't usually like podcasts of one person talking to themselves but Simon's talks are really interesting both to listener and to him (he clearly puts a lot of research in and it shows). He's like a college professor but the kind you'd happily go up to after the lecture to discuss the topics further.