• Among the most notorious box-office bombs of the nineties, The Island of Dr. Moreau remains legendary for its tumultuous production history. A longtime H. G. Wells fan, up-and-coming filmmaker Richard Stanley was hired to mount an ambitious screen adaptation of the author’s classic sci-fi novel, with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer set to star. But after just four days on-set, Stanley was abruptly fired and replaced by Hollywood veteran John Frankenheimer. To get Stanley’s take on the peculiar circumstances that led to his departure, producer Doug Stone traveled to London to interview him for Split Screen, the IFC series that captured idiosyncratic corners of movie culture at the turn of the millennium. Watch a clip from their bizarre conversation above, then head to the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck to see the full episode, as well as nine seasons of the show. And for more with Stanley, check out our interview with him on our edition of the pre-Code horror classic Island of Lost Souls.

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  • By Pat McCann
    December 11, 2017
    07:27 PM

    I've always liked the 1996 version of Moreau - just knowing the tension behind the scenes was enough to make me look at it differently, but that coupled with Val Kilmer's excellent long billed hat and Brando's freewheelin' performance make it pretty damn cool.
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  • By thevoid99
    December 11, 2017
    08:39 PM

    I saw the documentary about the making of that film. Richard Stanley got fucked over by Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando who went into business for themselves. I feel bad for some of the cast in that film including Rob Morrow who hated the tension and Frankenheimer as he left to be replaced by David Thewlis who realized he got fucked into a bad situation. It was a shitty film as I think Island of Lost Souls remains the definitive film version of H.G. Wells' novel.
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    • By Pat McCann
      December 12, 2017
      11:47 AM

      I had no idea there was a documentary about the making of this film - I've got to see it now.
    • By Sean Ramsdell
      December 12, 2017
      03:58 PM

      Into an actual House of Pain
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    December 12, 2017
    03:58 PM

    What is the law?
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