If you want a textbook example of how bad things can go in a big-budget production, look no further than 2010. The werewolf. The remake of the iconic horror property was riddled with problems in pretty much every way, and yet it somehow emerged afterwards as an Academy Award-winning film.
Mark Romanek was set to direct the update to Universal’s furry favorite, but The werewolf he was left struggling when he dropped out just four weeks before the start of production. Entered Joe Johnston on very short notice, who was led to believe that he would be in and out in 80 days, which definitely did not turn out to be the case.
The first day of shooting was in March 2008, but almost 16 months later, reshoots were still being made. Meanwhile, Danny Elfman was hired to compose the score, but ended up being pushed out in favor of Paul Haslinger, before the studio decided to use the original music less than a month before release after being dissatisfied with Elfman’s replacement.
That’s not to mention the delays that caused the Gothic period piece to be significantly delayed from November 2008 to February 2010, the fact that it flopped spectacularly after failing to recoup the gargantuan $150 million budget (nearly double the estimate $80 million original), and a critical response that could generously be described as lukewarm at best.
As mentioned, Rick Baker won an Oscar for Best Makeup, so it wasn’t all bad news. Following in that line, The werewolf It’s also suddenly become a sizable streaming hit this weekend, and was surprisingly singled out by FlixPatrol as one of the most-watched titles on the global iTunes chart.