10 Fascinating Backstories Behind Famous Movies

Little-known tales about the making of classic films...

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It goes without saying that there are two sides to every film: the final film that's been nicely edited and stitched together, and then the making of that film - everything behind-the-scenes that combines to make that polished product. It's rare that you consider both while watching, but both are just as important.

Great films often have compelling backstories, after all; everybody knows that Jaws and Blade Runner and Apocalypse Now had nightmarish production processes, but in the end all the pain and frustration resulted in far better films. 

The making of every movie is a journey, and that often means that the final product ends up resembles the first draft in few ways. But every brush stroke along the way, including those that reflect on-set turmoil or insanity matters as much as the final canvas. 

And it's incredibly valuable to go back and sift through what made those strokes happen. Because peeling back those layers can reveal some bizarre production stories...

To demonstrate that notion, take the following interesting tales relating to the early development stages of a bunch of famous films. Perhaps the movies in question had trouble getting made, or they started out as totally different films entirely, or were written under - or inspired by - a rather bizarre or disturbing set of circumstances.

You might be surprised to learn how lots of these very famous flicks started out...


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.