In this new series, we’ll be taking a look at a variety of films that had historically troubled productions or controversial problems in making it to the big screen. Some were massive hits despite their problems, while others died a slow box office death. Regardless of where they ended up, we have to ask the question: WTF happened to this movie?
With ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL opening in theaters this week, the latest episode, edited and hosted by Ian Jentzsch, dives deep into James Cameron‘s 1989 underwater sci-fi thriller THE ABYSS, which stars Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn. The film was a tremendous undertaking to make and one that Cameron has called the worst production of his career, while Ed Harris, who nearly drowned while filming, still refuses to discuss the film publicly. It wasn’t quite a box office disaster, but certainly not a massive success, especially compared to Cameron’s later films, all of which have been blockbusters.