Michael Crichton’s novels (Jurassic Park, Congo) were transformed into many a blockbuster hit, so when Touchstone Pictures decided to produce a renamed film version of The Eaters of the Dead with John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) at the helm, they were certain they had banked a hit. Once test audiences were brought in to view the film, however, the studio had second thoughts. They spent big bucks to rework the film, to no avail. The final product was so bad that Omar Sharif, who had a small part in the film, actually retired briefly from acting because of his poor opinion of it. Said Sharif, “After my small role in The 13th Warrior, I said to myself, ‘Let us stop this nonsense, these meal tickets that we do because it pays well’ . . . bad pictures are very humiliating, I was really sick. It is terrifying to have to do the dialogue from bad scripts, to face a director who does not know what he is doing, in a film so bad that it is not even worth exploring.”
All told, the film lost $137,142,407 in 2012 dollars.
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