10 Movies With An Incredibly Long Time From Production To Release

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With black adam Finally arriving in theaters on October 21, it will make it one of the films most affected by the Covid-19 delays, which was originally scheduled for release late last year. Fans hope Dwayne Johnson’s helm Shazam! spin-off that lives up to expectations.


With The New Mutants and no time to die two other films that experienced long delays between initial production and release for the same reason, it’s hard to say if that’s a good or bad thing for the film’s prospects. With movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and chaotic walk which has experienced delays for various other reasons, some titles take a long time from filming to release

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ten The New Mutants (2020)

It’s bad enough for a movie to be delayed countless times before finally seeing a release, but it’s even worse when the movie then bombs at the box office. Unfortunately, that was the fate of The New Mutantswhich stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton as the next generation of mutants from the x-men universe.

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After wrapping filming in 2017 and releasing an incredibly well-received trailer the same year ahead of a slated release in 2018, everything seemed to be going well. That’s when the delays started. As summarized by boston.comthere were delays to deal with scheduling conflicts, delays due to Fox’s merger with Disney, and delays due to the pandemic, and they all contributed to its very late release.

9 Daisy (2011)

In an extreme case of director/producer conflict, Kenneth Lonergan’s epic psychological drama Daisy had to wait 6 years after filming wrapped in May 2005 before it was finally released amid an ongoing legal battle described in The Hollywood Reporter.

According to their summary, the director and producer both struggled for control of the project as Lonergan struggled to produce a cut he was happy with. Finally, Lonergan’s version of the film received a limited release in 2011 to no shortage of critical acclaim, even though legal proceedings erupted over who should foot the bill for the film’s incredibly lengthy production process.

8 No Time to Die (2021)

The 25th james bond The film proved to be one of its many success stories after opening to positive reviews and one of the most successful post-pandemic box office weekends, so it is likely that many will consider it’s worth the wait. After some initial production hiccups, sources such as Deadline reported that the film would see a spring 2020 release after wrapping filming in 2019.

Of course, it was just a ton of hopeful stories before the Covid-19 pandemic ended up aging badly, and it wasn’t until late September 2021 that it was finally published. Fortunately, there was more than enough memorable 007 action to please fans who had been waiting.

seven Jet Pilot (1957)

The details of jet pilotan aircraft-themed Cold War romance directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring John Wayne, in the AFI Catalog paint a picture of an extremely troubled film. Beginning production in 1950, it wasn’t until 7 years later that the film would see the light of day, by which time it would be considered dated by many critics.

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As a review by Bosley Crowther in The New York Times put it at the time, “WARS were fought and aircraft design was improved” between jet pilotfilming and release. Some movies are so timeless that such a long delay wouldn’t have mattered, but jet pilot was definitely not one of them.

6 Accidental Love (2015)

David O’Russell is a director with an immense reputation having delivered acclaimed films such as Silver Linings Playbook and american hustle. What’s odd is that although he worked on both of these features after production started on accidental love in 2008, they both came out before the long-delayed and ultimately critically-acclaimed romantic comedy was released in 2015.

What’s also interesting is that his name isn’t on the film at all and is instead attributed to Stephen Greene. As reported in The GuardianO’Russell left and disowned the film long before it saw the light of day, after being at the center of behind-the-scenes drama that would make the film an almost impossible mess to watch.

5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

As for the sequels that were worth the long wait, Mad Max: Fury Road must be up there with the best having proven there was still plenty of life in George Miller’s chaotic post-apocalyptic Australia. Fans hope they don’t have to wait too long for the next one Furiosa spin off.

The film had stalled once before due to the financial impact of the September 11 attacks, but when The Sydney Morning Herald reported that filming was completed for the film in 2013, with another 2 years to go before its release. This was attributed to the studio wanting a prime summer slot for the film but not wanting to compete with the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

4 The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Even compared to other movies with a long gap between production and release, The other side of the wind is on another level. As reported in VarietyOrson Welles began filming the Hollywood satire in 1970 and ended in 1976. As work continued on and off throughout the 80s, a whole host of legal and financial complications would more or less kill the film. .

That is until it was rebuilt and finally released in 2018, no less than 48 years after production began. The reconstruction was overseen by one of its stars, Peter Bogdanovich, who had managed to build up a long career as a director in the years that followed.

3 March of Chaos (2021)

Centered on an intriguing sci-fi premise, set on a planet that appears to be all-male where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts, and starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, chaotic walk had all the ingredients of a tube. When the movie’s release date was delayed due to numerous reshoots and then the pandemic, as noted in Deadlinethings have become less optimistic.

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Apparently, the film was supposed to be released in March 2019, which would have released it already two years after the film was originally shot. However, it’s obvious that no one really knew how to salvage a film that ultimately came under fire for its underdeveloped plot and poor pacing, as it wasn’t until last year that the film was finally released.

2 Big Trouble (2002)

A black action comedy starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo, Great difficulty, unfortunately, had a plot involving a bomb meant to explode on board an airplane. That would have been fine except that the film was due for release in the fall of 2001 when the very recent 9/11 attacks meant that such a film could have been perceived as horribly insensitive.

In the same way Collateral damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, its release date was pushed back and the film went unreleased for a year. As Hollywood.com noted, this decision ended up not working for either film, as both flopped at the box office regardless.

1 Black Adam (2022)

When Dwayne Johnson finally dons the iconic outfit of the immensely powerful Black Adam, it will have been a long time coming. Although filming only wrapped up last year, as reported ComicBook.commaking it a much smaller gap than other examples is only because filming itself was delayed for so long.

As late as 2019, Empire reported that the film was set to shoot in 2020 and be released next year. Of course, the pandemic ended up getting in the way, and fans are still eagerly awaiting the movie’s release today. If the film releases in October, it may avoid becoming one of the worst pandemic delays, but that remains to be seen.

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