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Skyline producers surprised to hear their movie sucked

11.23.2010

Let's face it: SKYLINE is not a very good movie. It's currently at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and likely a frontrunner for some Razzies consideration. But all this comes as a surprise to the film's producers Liam O'Donnell and Joshua Cordes. The two spoke to Cinematical about their shock at finding out the movie they thought would be a "fun end-of-the-world monster movie" was not so much fun after all.

Says O'Donnell, "We were kind of shocked by the level of animosity towards the film. I mean, it's not a perfect film by any means, but...I think we were both expecting it to be more embraced by the horror and monster loving community.

Yeah that didn't happen. I was on-board back in early-October until I started hearing some buzz that the film was, well, terrible. So how exactly did this take them by surprise? "Everyone internally was so enthusiastic," explains O'Donnell. "Brett Ratner loved it." (Should that not have been your first sign that something was definitely wrong?)

Cordes adds, "I always felt like I'm part of the online movie community. And I sincerely made a movie that I wanted to see, and hoped they'd want to see, but apparently that wasn't the case." Not only did they not want to see it, the people who did see it seemed to quite vocally hate the film. Of the backlash, O'Donnell adds, "I thought it was so bad it was already legendary!"

I think both O'Donnell and Cordes are a little close to the film and it's too soon after the release for them to really look at this objectively and understand what went wrong. I think there were a LOT of people really rooting for this film and how it was produced (independently for about $10 million). But marketing wasn't the problem, the PG-13 rating wasn't the problem...the movie just wasn't good. If it was, people would've openly supported it, despite box-office (see: SCOTT PILGRIM).

Click here to head to Cinematical and read the entire interview and whether they think there will still be that planned sequel (spoiler alert: they actually do!).

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Extra Tidbit: All that said, it must suck to work that hard on something and have everyone hate it.
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9:21AM on 11/24/2010
Speaking from a graphic designer's stand point. The stuff I spend hours on and put my love and hard work in to. Than I find that People look and are amazed by the work that I slap together in minutes. So it just goes to show you "Simple Sells" and I live by those words. Also havn't see the movie so I cant judge, I was still feeling the hangover from Independence Day.
Speaking from a graphic designer's stand point. The stuff I spend hours on and put my love and hard work in to. Than I find that People look and are amazed by the work that I slap together in minutes. So it just goes to show you "Simple Sells" and I live by those words. Also havn't see the movie so I cant judge, I was still feeling the hangover from Independence Day.
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1:51AM on 11/24/2010

Dragon Wars

That's the vibe I got from the previews; looked cool, with great special effects, but - damn - you just know that the actual movie is gonna be painful to watch. That said, haven't seen it.
That's the vibe I got from the previews; looked cool, with great special effects, but - damn - you just know that the actual movie is gonna be painful to watch. That said, haven't seen it.
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12:37AM on 11/24/2010

Beyond Awful

This crap managed to get my money but I hated everything about it. I can't understand how any rational human couldn't see how general audiences would dislike this waste of film. Honestly, they don't deserve any job in hollywood if they couldn't have foreseen this reaction.
This crap managed to get my money but I hated everything about it. I can't understand how any rational human couldn't see how general audiences would dislike this waste of film. Honestly, they don't deserve any job in hollywood if they couldn't have foreseen this reaction.
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10:49PM on 11/23/2010
I don't care how cool the special effects are, if you mix bad acting with boring characters none of that fancy shit matters at the end of the day.
I don't care how cool the special effects are, if you mix bad acting with boring characters none of that fancy shit matters at the end of the day.
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10:17PM on 11/23/2010

Wait a second...

Double post.
Double post.
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10:17PM on 11/23/2010

Wait a second...

I think we all missed one "special" quote in this article:
"Brett Ratner loved it."
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Also, The Strause brothers first movie sucked, Skyline looked a little bit better, so maybe third times the charm?
I think we all missed one "special" quote in this article:
"Brett Ratner loved it."
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Also, The Strause brothers first movie sucked, Skyline looked a little bit better, so maybe third times the charm?
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10:08PM on 11/23/2010
"Brett Ratner loved it."

[link]

HA!
"Brett Ratner loved it."

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HA!
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10:17PM on 11/23/2010
Damn you beat me to it!
Damn you beat me to it!
9:13PM on 11/23/2010
I do feel for the guys. It sucks to work hard and have everyone hate your passion project. It must be like someone telling you that your baby is ugly. Hopefully, they take take the criticism to heart and actually improve as filmmakers and make a superior product next time. It's certainly worth giving them a chance. I mean, it's not like they're a pair of George Lucas', living in some delusional world where they think they know better than the audience. Kudos to these guys and better luck next
I do feel for the guys. It sucks to work hard and have everyone hate your passion project. It must be like someone telling you that your baby is ugly. Hopefully, they take take the criticism to heart and actually improve as filmmakers and make a superior product next time. It's certainly worth giving them a chance. I mean, it's not like they're a pair of George Lucas', living in some delusional world where they think they know better than the audience. Kudos to these guys and better luck next time.
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7:18PM on 11/23/2010
I honestly didn't mind the film at all. I know it was bad and i TOTALLY understand why people hated it but I think people are at times a tad too harsh. I have seen much, MUCH worse movies than Skyline.
I honestly didn't mind the film at all. I know it was bad and i TOTALLY understand why people hated it but I think people are at times a tad too harsh. I have seen much, MUCH worse movies than Skyline.
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5:11PM on 11/23/2010

The tipoff

I was indifferent to it before its release, but I had a funny feeling it wasn't going to be great once I heard the interview with the director and screenwriter on the AITH Podcast. Any time they mentioned the story, it sounded like it was either an afterthought or a merely "okay" excuse to make the movie.

Basically they sounded unenthusiastic about the story itself.
I was indifferent to it before its release, but I had a funny feeling it wasn't going to be great once I heard the interview with the director and screenwriter on the AITH Podcast. Any time they mentioned the story, it sounded like it was either an afterthought or a merely "okay" excuse to make the movie.

Basically they sounded unenthusiastic about the story itself.
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4:58PM on 11/23/2010
They're surprised? Did they watch the film before they released it?
They're surprised? Did they watch the film before they released it?
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4:25PM on 11/23/2010

True story

My friends brother in England got to see an extended preview of the film a few months ago, and got to sit in a Q&A for the film. He asked a question, that I think was amazing. It was this:

"So, I see you have the black guy from Scrubs in this movie. Are you hoping that this film does for his career what Lost in Space did for Matt Leblanc's career?"

Apparently, the producer was stunned and furious at the same time.

And FYI... Skyline is one of the worst films I've ever seen, and I
My friends brother in England got to see an extended preview of the film a few months ago, and got to sit in a Q&A for the film. He asked a question, that I think was amazing. It was this:

"So, I see you have the black guy from Scrubs in this movie. Are you hoping that this film does for his career what Lost in Space did for Matt Leblanc's career?"

Apparently, the producer was stunned and furious at the same time.

And FYI... Skyline is one of the worst films I've ever seen, and I sincerely mean that. It's awful in every aspect: Story, acting, dialogue, surprises, ending... how "filmmakers" can make something this awful is truly baffling.

I'd bet my right hand that half the people in the audience I saw this with, and the majority of the fans on this site, could make something better if given $10 million.
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2:36PM on 11/23/2010
I was suprised to learn anybody actually thought it looked like a good film.
I was suprised to learn anybody actually thought it looked like a good film.
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1:52PM on 11/23/2010
"I always felt like I'm part of the online movie community. And I sincerely made a movie that I wanted to see..."

Thats the funniest thing Ive heard in a while. Online community seem to think they have good taste in movies, but more often than not, they prove the opposite (without trying to put everyone in the same bag). See the love for The Expandables for a good example.
"I always felt like I'm part of the online movie community. And I sincerely made a movie that I wanted to see..."

Thats the funniest thing Ive heard in a while. Online community seem to think they have good taste in movies, but more often than not, they prove the opposite (without trying to put everyone in the same bag). See the love for The Expandables for a good example.
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2:29PM on 11/23/2010
Well spoken!
Well spoken!
4:26PM on 11/23/2010
The Expendables sucked. I was the first to give it a negative review on the site, and almost got crucified for it.
The Expendables sucked. I was the first to give it a negative review on the site, and almost got crucified for it.
10:20PM on 11/23/2010
Yeah, I feel the same way. Producers and writers need to stop going to message boards for feedback or input. (The irony of it all.)
Yeah, I feel the same way. Producers and writers need to stop going to message boards for feedback or input. (The irony of it all.)
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1:21PM on 11/23/2010

Minor Spoilers

I liked that it didn't have the same old alien movie ending. I kept waiting for them to find some dumb weakness the aliens had, and then wipe them out in the last 10 minutes, and live happily ever after. So in that respect, I liked the ending, but I can understand why other people don't.
I liked that it didn't have the same old alien movie ending. I kept waiting for them to find some dumb weakness the aliens had, and then wipe them out in the last 10 minutes, and live happily ever after. So in that respect, I liked the ending, but I can understand why other people don't.
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12:03PM on 11/23/2010
LMAO... I thought i was at The Onion's website when I read this headline.
LMAO... I thought i was at The Onion's website when I read this headline.
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11:51AM on 11/23/2010
Haven't seen the movie yet, but based off trailers and clips, I thought it looked pretty good. I liked how the cast was people you thought would never be in alien invasion flick.

I think the Battle of Los Angeles movie is going to be the movie that everyone will be talking about.
Haven't seen the movie yet, but based off trailers and clips, I thought it looked pretty good. I liked how the cast was people you thought would never be in alien invasion flick.

I think the Battle of Los Angeles movie is going to be the movie that everyone will be talking about.
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11:36AM on 11/23/2010
Well I liked it. I mean, the ending sucked. But it was a great ride with some great action scenes and visual effects. Plus, I thought the acting was fine. But kudos to them for not making any excuses or blaming the movie's failure on anyone else or taking the criticism with humility. M Night Shyamalan could learn a lot from these guys on how to take criticism of their movie(s).
Well I liked it. I mean, the ending sucked. But it was a great ride with some great action scenes and visual effects. Plus, I thought the acting was fine. But kudos to them for not making any excuses or blaming the movie's failure on anyone else or taking the criticism with humility. M Night Shyamalan could learn a lot from these guys on how to take criticism of their movie(s).
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11:30AM on 11/23/2010
Sorry dudes. Great marketing, low budget, and cheap, well-produced CGI do not a good movie make.
Sorry dudes. Great marketing, low budget, and cheap, well-produced CGI do not a good movie make.
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11:24AM on 11/23/2010
Yep, this is pretty much what's wrong with Hollywood. Total ignorance.
Yep, this is pretty much what's wrong with Hollywood. Total ignorance.
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11:54AM on 11/23/2010
If Tom Rothman said that, I'd agree. But he didn't. A couple of independent financiers who put up money on a movie they thought people might like did. Apparently, they were just a little off the mark.
If Tom Rothman said that, I'd agree. But he didn't. A couple of independent financiers who put up money on a movie they thought people might like did. Apparently, they were just a little off the mark.
12:11PM on 11/23/2010
"Okay, that concept sounds interesting. Who's directing?"
"The Strauss Brothers. They did the movie ALIEN VS PREDATOR REQUIEM."
"Oh, well, I don't have time to watch that or look it up, I'm sure it's GREAT!"
"Okay, that concept sounds interesting. Who's directing?"
"The Strauss Brothers. They did the movie ALIEN VS PREDATOR REQUIEM."
"Oh, well, I don't have time to watch that or look it up, I'm sure it's GREAT!"
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11:21AM on 11/23/2010

Extra tidbit

I didn't thinked this looked like it was going to be well executed, so I passed. That said, the tidbit raises an important point. Sure, when something is made just as a souless cash grab like a needless remake, its fun to crap on it, but a lot of people show a lot of hate on this site across the board, just because something about a project didn't appeal to them personally.

I know, its an opinion site as JoBlo frequently reminds, and I'm not commenting about the articles, so much as the
I didn't thinked this looked like it was going to be well executed, so I passed. That said, the tidbit raises an important point. Sure, when something is made just as a souless cash grab like a needless remake, its fun to crap on it, but a lot of people show a lot of hate on this site across the board, just because something about a project didn't appeal to them personally.

I know, its an opinion site as JoBlo frequently reminds, and I'm not commenting about the articles, so much as the negativity of the comments.

Just look at the comment on the Joss Whedon story that ran today. Say what you will, movies are often the result of a vision and hard work, and executing to broad mainstream appeal has to much harder than it seems. And to keep coming back when you don't get universal acclaim the first time out has to be equally hard - both in terms of your confidence in yourself, and the confidence needed by financiers and producers.

When people take a crap all over a director or a franchise, sure they have a right to do that, but it says a lot about them personally, especially when their own personal contributions to society may be limited to their income tax whitholdings. Even for big studio pictures by robber barons like Michael Bay - you know there were a shitload of mid-level and junior level people, cast and crew, who worked really hard on those. I'm guilty of it - I can't stand the Saw movies - they strike me as preposterous, and nothing more than a sequence of elaborately stage rube Goldberg contraptions. That said, I'm sure a lot of people worked hard on them, and were proud of their contributions.

It's worth reflecting on that once and a while considering how often and easily we drop trou and take a dump on the end product of other people's passion and dedication. (Dons flame-retardant suit)
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11:53AM on 11/23/2010
Very well put. I completely agree.
Very well put. I completely agree.
1:04PM on 11/23/2010
I totally disagree. Just because people "worked hard" on a project doesn't mean we have to treat it as some precious artifact. Fact- some shit sucks and should never come out, but come big wig wanted to make some money and people today have no intergity. They know a script sucks, know the movie will suck, but still will do it, why? Money, Fame and fortune.... It is my job to take a bump on crap thats out. I paid for a ticket, I have every right to complain about it. If we never complain about
I totally disagree. Just because people "worked hard" on a project doesn't mean we have to treat it as some precious artifact. Fact- some shit sucks and should never come out, but come big wig wanted to make some money and people today have no intergity. They know a script sucks, know the movie will suck, but still will do it, why? Money, Fame and fortune.... It is my job to take a bump on crap thats out. I paid for a ticket, I have every right to complain about it. If we never complain about things, nother will ever get fixed.

I think people are upset about the film because we hoped it would be better and was greatly disappointed, but then again in this day and age, when has there been a good Sci-FI movie with a $10M bugdet? You get what you pay for.

Also Hitler and the Nazi's had passion and dedication, but was not put to good use...
1:50PM on 11/23/2010
I'm not suggesting we treat it as a precious artifact, and I think you know that. If the only way to make your point is to exaggerate mine, and to invoke Nazis to mischaracterize what I'm saying, I don't find your argument very compelling.

Like I said, people make all the whiny comments they want about something, but when everything that comes out of your mouth is vscillating between "oh that shits gonna rock" or "this project blows, the director can eat my dick" - it tells everyone that
I'm not suggesting we treat it as a precious artifact, and I think you know that. If the only way to make your point is to exaggerate mine, and to invoke Nazis to mischaracterize what I'm saying, I don't find your argument very compelling.

Like I said, people make all the whiny comments they want about something, but when everything that comes out of your mouth is vscillating between "oh that shits gonna rock" or "this project blows, the director can eat my dick" - it tells everyone that the person making those comments isn't very insightful.

I'm not talking about saying people can't like things, or go on at length as to why they don't - that's part of what make UNpopular opinion an interesting read. It's acknowledging that validity of the tidbit, and the irony of how easy it is for somebody who has done nothing for society, culture, the arts, or even their own neighborhood to consistently be dismissive, derisive and disrespectful - essentially acting like a spoiled brat on a regular basis, but thinking that their "criticism" somehow has more value than what they are criticizing.

Far be it from me to deprive of your right to pigeonhole yourself as a bloviating fanboy. All the power to you, and enjoy all of the spoils of that endeavor.
1:57PM on 11/23/2010
ON an unrelated note - thumbs up to the title of this article.
ON an unrelated note - thumbs up to the title of this article.
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11:08AM on 11/23/2010
Nothing about this movie looked good to me, plus weren't these the same guys that had quickly jumped from Battle Los Angeles to make this? Or the Strause Bros? Either way, neither of them should be given millions of dollars to flush down the crapper...
Nothing about this movie looked good to me, plus weren't these the same guys that had quickly jumped from Battle Los Angeles to make this? Or the Strause Bros? Either way, neither of them should be given millions of dollars to flush down the crapper...
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10:58AM on 11/23/2010

Mike Sampson

Did you see it?
Did you see it?
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3:28PM on 11/23/2010
I did. Went the Monday after opening weekend. It was terrible. I liked almost nothing about it.
I did. Went the Monday after opening weekend. It was terrible. I liked almost nothing about it.
10:53AM on 11/23/2010

"I thought it was so bad it was already legendary!"

Nope, sorry. It was in a horrible middle ground where it was neither good nor "so bad it was good"... just forgettable. And that's probably the worst thing you can say about a movie.
Nope, sorry. It was in a horrible middle ground where it was neither good nor "so bad it was good"... just forgettable. And that's probably the worst thing you can say about a movie.
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10:40AM on 11/23/2010

Sorry it didn't turn out...

But you could clearly see from the trailers that the only thing the movie had going for it was the CGI.

You could easily tell how awful the dialogue and acting was just from the marketing alone.
But you could clearly see from the trailers that the only thing the movie had going for it was the CGI.

You could easily tell how awful the dialogue and acting was just from the marketing alone.
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