Rushing of movie production

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"Gotta release our film in time for Christmas!" said some company. Little did they know that this would be a bad idea!

Movie Production Rushing (also known as Christmas Rushing) refers to when a movie is rushed into production to coincide with a holiday or another event (such as Christmas, hence the term). Because of this some films have been rushed, giving it a troubled production and also making the movie unfinished, which gives it a bad reception from critics and reviewers.

Development Hell is the opposite problem, where a movie takes too long to develop and suffers because of it. (Foodfight! is a notable example of this.)

For more information about Christmas Rushing on TV Tropes, click here.

There's an article similar to this on Crappy Games Wiki.

Examples

  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was timed to be released in 2007 on Christmas Day, and had an appropriately-themed marketing campaign ("This Christmas, there will be no peace on earth"). In addition, the film was not screened for critics, and debuted to negative reviews and box office apathy.
  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III began production in August 1989 in order to make a November 3rd release date (trailers shot before the film was delayed were shipped out with that date before prints of A Nightmare on Elm Street V: The Dream Child). However, despite production finishing just days before the original date, issues with the MPAA forced a delay to January 1990 and the film flopped due to said delays and the cuts to get an R-rating being very obvious.
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was rushed through production to be released in time for Halloween the year after Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers. As a result, shooting started without a completed script, and numerous re-writes, cuts and changes were made on the fly during production.
  • The Son of Kong was put into production immediately after the success of King Kong (1933). Son of Kong was released only nine months after the original and is one of the few Hollywood sequels to be released in the same year as its predecessor. Needless to say, Son of Kong is nowhere near as acclaimed or poplar as the original film.
  • Thomas and The Magic Railroad left out Edward, because they could not finish the model on time.
  • M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender is infamous for having been converted to 3D at the very last minute, just three months before the movie came out. Coupled with most of the movie's already-existing issues due to it being rushed for a July 2 deadline, it resulted in the mess we know today.
  • Justice League notoriously suffered from a large amount of production issues and studio interference from Warner Bros., which peaked when the director Zack Snyder had to step down from the project due to a family tragedy (some sources indicate that he had already been fired beforehand). Joss Whedon was brought in to make a large amount of reshoots and rewrites. However, at that time, the movie was already very close to its release date, so all the reshoots had to be rushed. Both Whedon and Snyder stated that they urged Warner Bros. to delay the movie so the reshoots could be given more time, but the requests were rejected. The final product was a very inconsistent and poorly-made movie that didn't resemble the movie initially promised at all and many CGI effects looked very cheap and unpolished.
  • Batman & Robin's production started as soon as Batman Forever was released. This led to many issues such as Val Kilmer being busy with The Saint, forcing Warner Bros. to replace him with George Clooney.
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture had an absolutely non-negotiable December 1979 release date, and was still being edited and re-edited up to the very day it was due to premiere. For the Director's Edition in 2001, director Robert Wise stated that they were simply completing a movie that had gone unfinished for decades.
  • Jaws: The Revenge was rushed into production (and had a very rushed pre-production) to meet the Summer 1987 deadline. Universal was in a financial rough patch after a disastrous slate of films during 1986, headlined by Howard the Duck. CEO Sid Sheinberg, who noted the strong box office of Jaws 3D despite tepid reviews, ordered a new Jaws film fast-tracked into production to hopefully give a boost to the company's financial position. The director was given ten months from pre-production to release date.
  • Godzilla (1998) was fast tracked with just a year long production cycle, in part because Roland Emmerich promised the studio he could have it done by the summer of '98. This contributes largely to his own misfeelings about the movie, thinking they didn't fully develop Godzilla as a character and that contributed to its' lackluster reception.
  • Cats was rushed to be released just before Christmas, which is resulted in unsatisfactory or downright incomplete visual effects such as Judi Dench's human hand being visible in one shot. This prompted the studio and the director to rerelease the film to correct some of these issues, an unprecedented move for a movie so soon after its initial release.
  • The Rise of Skywalker: There are reports that the production team lost three months of time to work on the film and ended up having to rush it through since Disney insisted on the December 20th release date. This was later given credence with editor Maryann Brandon saying the film's editing process was a rush job that affected the entire production.

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