5 Blockbuster movies that were initially rejected by studios
There are a lot of things, inventions, people, ideas that were initially not accepted. Likewise, many great movies were initially rejected by studios, but the team behind these movies didn’t lose hope and kept on striving until they found a studio. Enjoy knowing about such great movies.
Pulp Fiction, 1994
Roger Avary, co-writer of Pulp Fiction, took the script to TriStar. They found the script to be awful with the worse screenplay. It was Harvey and Bob Weinstein who gave it a chance and gave Quentin Tarantino the freedom to use the script as he pleased. Quentin went ahead with the exact script with minimal change, and the rest we all know is history!
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
Columbia Pictures got the first chance to go ahead with the movie, but they felt it was childish and akin to “a wimpy Walt Disney movie”. They let it pass. Universal bided for the script instead. Columbia and Universal entered a deal where Columbia kept 5 percent of the profit. This small stake made Columbia more money than any movie they released that year!
Star Wars, 1977
In the 1970s, a movie in space odyssey was probably difficult to sell through. United Artists, Universal, Disney declined the movie idea, which they obviously later regretted. Even Fox went ahead with the project as they felt George Lucas had alternative American Graffiti-esque film in him; they wanted to give it the first shot. No one knew then that Star Wars will be a classic!
The movie was made by Summit Entertainment. But before that, it was first sold to MTV, then to Paramount. Paramount sat with the script, and after it was drafted, Paramount decided to sell the rights to another studio. The script did rounds with many studios, but everyone passed. Finally, Summit Entertainment went ahead with this loved movie series!
Dumb and Dumber, 1994
This is one of the most quotable movies of all time yet; originally the agents hesitated to pitch it to studios as they thought even the title was stupid. The Farrelly brothers even thought of a new name, ‘A Power Tool is Not a Toy’ but kept the original title. Eventually, New Line Cinema bought the movie and went ahead producing this laugh riot.
If you haven’t seen any of the above-mentioned movies, you are missing a fine piece of cinema. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a seat, take your popcorn and cola and enjoy!