Superman III (1983) and Arachnophobia (1990)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a superhero sequel changed direction, and a well-liked scary spider movie struggled to hit as big as expected.

Superman III is notorious for abandoning the story of the first two movies in favour of becoming a Richard Pryor vehicle. And it presented a whole host of further challenges.

As for Arachnophobia? How a horror script was softened to help find a commercial audience, and a brand new word was invented by Disney’s marketing department to help get people interested.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

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