180 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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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 37 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

    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
    In conversation with director Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit 2, Annie, Easy A and more

    In conversation with director Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit 2, Annie, Easy A and more

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writer and director Will Gluck 

    They talk about his new film, Peter Rabbit 2, and having to wait an extra year for its release. How did the response to the first movie alter it, and what were the challenges? 

    Also: Will's love of opening credits, the challenges of releasing Annie in the midst of Sony's troubles, and directing Easy A as a second time director (after his first film had struggled).

    • 33 min
    The Man From UNCLE (2015) and Phone Booth (2002)

    The Man From UNCLE (2015) and Phone Booth (2002)

    In this episode, two films that had very, very long journeys to the big screen.

    The Man From UNCLE (2015) was months away from starring Tom Cruise, and at one stage Steven Soderbergh was about to start filming too. But the project went through lots of changes.

    Phone Booth (2002) kept its original writer for over 30 years, and lots of star names nearly took the lead. Directors from Alfred Hitchcock to Michael Bay were interested.

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

    • 57 min
    Taken (2008) and American Pie (1999)

    Taken (2008) and American Pie (1999)

    In this episode, a pair of films that worked from relatively low budgets and turned into sizeable hits.

    Taken (2008) was originally set to star Jeff Bridges, and eventual lead Liam Neeson suspected it might go straight to DVD. Plus, there were fears piracy had scuppered its US chances.

    With American Pie (1999), the film was written and sold in under two months - and the impact of it would be felt for much of the decade to follow.

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

    • 54 min
    In conversation with director Michael Caton-Jones: Memphis Belle, Rob Roy, This Boy's Life, The Jackal, Basic Instinct 2, Shooting Dogs and more

    In conversation with director Michael Caton-Jones: Memphis Belle, Rob Roy, This Boy's Life, The Jackal, Basic Instinct 2, Shooting Dogs and more

    In a special episode, Simon is joined by director Michael Caton-Jones for a candid conversation about his work.

    Films covered go from Memphis Belle and Doc Hollywood, to Rob Roy and The Jackal through to making Shooting Dogs and Basic Instinct 2 back to back. Plus, they chat about his latest film, Our Ladies.

    Note: this podcast contains some very strong language. It also contains a lot of stories not yet told!

    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and Michael at @mcatonjones

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Ghost (1990)

    The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Ghost (1990)

    In this episode two movies that went through a lot of changes on their way to the screen. 

    The Devil's Advocate was originally set to star Brad Pitt, with Joel Schumacher directing. When it got going, it didn't take long for problems to arise.

    With Ghost, the huge hit movie was originally a lot darker - and it took some convincing before Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg were cast.

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

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

cindyT6k ,

Film buff heaven

For movie lovers. Simon Brew does his research, and he seems like a lovely person.

Gladyerdead ,

Incredible Podcast!

Smart, concise and very interesting. Simon Brew does a great job exploring the behind the scenes stories of movies. No snark, no punching down just high quality film stories. Highly recommended.

baird3340 ,

Fun Film Facts

I look forward to this podcast every week. Simon’s research is filled with surprises about the films I have enjoyed over the years. Plus I enjoy his voice and delivery.

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