Oh, golly. After keeping an eye on Chinese financed vanity project Empires Of The Deep
for years - it first crossed our desks in 2009 - ScreenAnarchy ran the first trailer for the film back in October of 2012. And it was horrible
. Horrible in a special way that very few things in this world will ever be. And now there's a second, longer trailer which is every bit as bad except now there's more of it. As a precursor, here's what we wrote about it the first time:
There are in this world certain films that seemed destined to achieve
not fame but notoriety through failure on a spectacular scale.
Chinese-American co-production Empires Of The Deep
appeared likely to be one of those and with the arrival of the first
trailer we can now say, "Oh, hell yes. This looks horrible
in the way that very few things can ever hope to be horrible."
went wrong? Let's say a whole lot of everything. Word first started to
circulate about the project all the way back in February of 2009. The
dream project of Chinese real estate tycoon Jon Jiang, who wrote the
script himself and partially financed with his own money, the film was
originally announced with Monica Bellucci as the star, Catwoman
director Pitof helming and Empire Strikes Back
director Irvin Kershner on board as a producer. All three left the
project every bit as quickly as they signed up. And when you can't keep a
guy like Pitof - who has only one made-for-tv credit to his name since
debacle - interested in your project, well, you know you've got issues.
was replaced by Jonathan Lawrence - who also exited and made some
strong statements about the production on his way out - before Michael
French finished things up. Bellucci? She was replaced by former Bond
girl Olga Kurylenko. And Kershner? He doesn't appear to have been
replaced by anyone with any real experience whatsoever, which has meant
years of delays and cost overruns.
But surely someone
have produced the film, you're thinking. Well, the credited guys are
Harrison Liang and Kevin Jiang from E-Imagine Studio, who are the CGI
house responsible for the extensive special effects in this tale of a
mermaid kingdom. And note I said 'extensive' rather than 'good'. Because
the effects are utter trash for the most part. If someone actually
spent the reported $130 million that supposedly went into this film then
an awful lot of that money found its way to pockets at E-Imagine
without ever actually being spent because there's just no way that all
that money went in to the product that you're seeing on screen.
Check out the new trailer below. If you dare.
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