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In this bonus episode we take a look at how in the 1980s Cannon Films signed a major star to the biggest deal in entertainment history and still didn't get the movie made. LaBrava was to be an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard (Justified, Get Shorty, Jack...
TV flops don't come much bigger than Supertrain. The big budget series for last place NBC became a punchline and a throwaway reference for years after it was cancelled. So what exactly was Supertrain how did it go off the rails?
In 1977 actor Cliff Robertson received a notice in the mail saying he owed taxes a $10,000 payment he received from Columbia Pictures. The only problem was he hadn't worked for Columbia Pictures in the previous year.
Director William Richert had a dream set up for his first feature. It was based on a new popular novel, he had leading man Jeff Bridges, and he had an all-star supporting cast. And then it all went wrong.
After earning massive success with The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin could call his own shots. For his next movie he decided to head into the jungle with a couple of trucks. It nearly killed him.
When Menahem Golan left Cannon Films for 21st Century Pictures, he brought with him a grudge that would propel both companies into direct competition to make a movie about the Brazilian dance craze, the lambada. Really.