'The Mighty' Movie
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In 1993 Scholastic Productions optioned an about-to-be-published book called 'Freak The Mighty', by author Rodman Phibrick, who had never before written for young adults. Producers Jane Startz and Eileen Cowell were enthusiastic about the novel and convinced it should be the basis of a feature film. Jane and Eileen labored 'mightily', pitching the story to studios, directors, and movie stars.
Finally, in the fall of 1996, Miramax executive producer Julie Goldstein took up the battle to get the movie made. From the moment Sharon Stone was signed to play Gwen, the production gathered forward momentum, and shooting began in February of 1997, in Toronto, Canada.
Director Peter Chelsom assembled a cast that included Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson, Meatloaf, Joseph Perrino, and James Gandolfini. Music was provided by Trevor Jones, who persuaded Sting to write the title song. After several delays, the move was finally released to a modest number of theaters in the fall of 1998. Video release was June 1999.
So how did 'Freak The Mighty' get to be 'The Mighty'? Concerned that the unusual title would be off-putting or offensive, Miramax's Harvey Weinstein decided to call the movie 'The Mighty'. Naturally the author (as well as the director and most of the stars) preferred the original title, but Miramax was making the movie happen, so it was their call.
If you want to know more, check out the hotlinks to other sites, or the gallery of 'on location' and 'premiere' candid shots, most of them taken by the author or his wife.
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