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13 Great Movies Ruined By Last Minute Changes

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015  —  By Jason Lopez

13 Great Movies Ruined By Last Minute Changes

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Plans are only as good as they are carried out. These movies were excellent in premise, but fell short due to last minute changes. These changes led to some pretty epic failures.

"I AM LEGEND"

"I AM LEGEND"

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When Will Smith is trapped in the basement by hordes of vampires, he learns that they are not mindless monsters, but rather intelligent, reasoning creatures.

That, however, wasn't good enough for Hollywood. Instead of a twist ending, Smith just uses a grenade to blow up himself and the vampires. So much more could have happened here.

"SUPERMAN II"

"SUPERMAN II"

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The climactic battle was to have been an ultra-violent, knock-down, drag out fight between Superman and General Zod. But when Richard Donner was removed from the project in favor of Richard Lester, the big battle turned into a slapstick affair that made the movie far less impressive.

Thankfully, "Man of Steel" righted this wrong.

"SUPERMAN II"

"SUPERMAN II"

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Thankfully, "Man of Steel" righted this wrong and provided the action packed battle that we had hoped for; it only took 33 years

"DAWN OF THE DEAD"

"DAWN OF THE DEAD"

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Originally, our heroes saw no way out of their predicament and committed suicide rather than become zombies. But Hollywood's obsession for a happy ending meant that the characters wound up blowing away the zombies with ease and flying away in a helicopter.

"LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD"

"LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD"

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There were plenty of bloody gunfights and foul language in the original script. However, the producers went with less blood and less swearing, and got a much tamer entry in the "Die Hard" franchise.

Not that swearing makes a movie better, but "Die Hard" is known for its unique language banters.

"BLADE RUNNER"

"BLADE RUNNER"

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Harrison Ford's character might be a replicant, and his replicant lover is doomed to die. That's too dour for Hollywood. Instead, the couple gets to live happily ever after.

"DAREDEVIL"

"DAREDEVIL"

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This was supposed to be two hours long and R rated. But when the studio wanted it shorter and rated PG-13, it resulted in a universally panned superhero movie.

This movie had great possibilities, but this change is likely what did it in.

"EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING"

"EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING"

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Paul Schrader created a prequel more psychological than bloody. The studio wanted the opposite and got a movie that turned out to be an embarrassment for all involved.

"BATMAN FOREVER"

"BATMAN FOREVER"

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This was supposed to be as dark as the previous two Batman movie installments. Many parents, however, didn't like that a movie marketed towards children was so dark.

The parents won in the end and we were rewarded with an over the top production that marked the beginning of the end for this string of Dark Knight movies.

It's a good thing that Christopher Nolan came along...

"PAYBACK"

"PAYBACK"

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Mel Gibson's assassin character originally had more of a violent edge about him. Hollywood didn't want that, so we got a toned down stone cold killer that made this movie freeze with audiences.

"ALIEN 3"

"ALIEN 3"

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Ripley was to have the help of monks battling different aliens in the original plan. Then the movie had both monks and prisoners. The movie got pasted together with its prison planet plot and failed.

"X-MEN: THE LAST STAND"

"X-MEN: THE LAST STAND"

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The comic storyline the movie was "loosely" based on called for the X-Men, the Brotherhood, and the Hellfire Club to fight each other for control of Jean Grey's, Phoenix.

Three changes in director later and we have arguably the worst of the "X-Men" franchise.

"X-MEN: THE LAST STAND"

"X-MEN: THE LAST STAND"

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The directors tried to cram as many different story lines into one movie as possible. It made for a muddled mess that didn't allow for much development for characters.

"THE GODFATHER: PART III"

"THE GODFATHER: PART III"

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Michael Corleone versus Tom Hagen. That's what was supposed to happen. Robert Duvall opting out of his role as Hagen, and a rushed script, resulted in a forgettable entry in this unforgettable franchise.

"THE MIST"

"THE MIST"

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The book by Stephen King had more of an open ending with a few survivors driving away from the chaos. The movie's end is much darker, with Thomas Jane shooting the other survivors to spare them from the monsters.

"THE MIST"

"THE MIST"

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While the ending strayed from Stephen King's original written work, he actually approved of it. "Frank wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead."