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15 Great Movies and TV Shows Even The Creators Thought Would Bomb

Some movies are made great because of how the audience sees them. Not all things can be controlled by the creators. Sometimes the person making the movie may not appreciate their own creation because they view the entire thing with an idealistic vision. But the reality is not ideal, it is crude and full of flaws, something that the creators may not be ready to expect. So even though the final product may be great it still may not satisfy the creator. Here are 15 great movies and TV shows even the creators thought would bomb.


Akira is one of the most awesome anime movies to grace the silver screen. Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira was sure that the movie would flop. He saw the movie in the theatre and went home to his wife to tell her that the movie will be a “failure”. Despite his pessimism, the fans were overjoyed with the movie.



I think we can all agree that Seinfeld is one of the funniest shows to ever exist. However, there was a time when even its creator did not believe in it. Larry David, the show’s creator has commented before that he thought that the show would bomb and it would be condemned for its lack of substance. However, things took a turn for the positive


James Cameron believed that Titanic would lose a lot of money. Part of the reason for this was that the movie went over budget and no one saw any merit in it. Yet, it went on to become one of the most successful movies of all time and kickstarted Celine Dion’s career.


Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

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Robin Schiff was convinced that Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion would fall flat on its face in the opening weekend. She even commented that she believed that the reviews would be so awful for the movie that she’d have to run away from the town to save her pride. Lucky for her pride, things turned out better than expected.


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Richard Dreyfus constantly commented that Jaws was “just another shark movie”. He thought that there was nothing fresh or new about this movie as compared to other movies in the genre. His co-stars were a little more enthusiastic. They even commented, “What are you talking about? It’s just a little movie.”


The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman and his team believed that there was a slim chance that  The Walking Dead would be greenlit when they were shooting the show. The reason for this was that they believed it to be a generic zombie show. But when the show came out it changed the landscape of Zombie Apocalyse altogether.

Stranger Things

The 70s style horror show on Netflix called Stranger Things became a much bigger phenomenon than creator David Harbour had previously anticipated. He was convinced that no one would watch this show even after filming 5 episodes of the first season. I guess his assessment was wrong.


The Avengers

The Avengers was the moment when fans realized that the MCU was here to stay and there were a lot of stories and Great Movies still to come in the franchise. The cast may have been unsure at the time of the shooting, none more so than Scarlett Johansson herself. She was taken aback by the Superhero team-up scene and never thought that the movie would do as good as it did.


The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

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Anthony Mackie did not like the idea of shifting from the big screen to the small screen. He was sure that the series would bomb and he would be the catalyst of the first major failure in the MCU. However, the show did better than expected and Mackie’s assessment was proved wrong, much to his delight.

Pirates of The Caribbean

Keira Knightley was one of the best things about Pirates of The Caribbean. Even though she was paired off with Orlando Bloom, many believe that Jack Sparrow and Knightley were the leading pair. However, Keira did not want to be associated with the movie from the outset. She thought that this movie would be a disaster.



The movie Robocop was proposed to Paul Verhoeven who thought that it was just more American garbage. He did not think that the movie would do much good or mean anything and even threw away the script. But his wife asked him to take a second look and we are glad that she did.

The Terminator

Michael Biehn, upon reading the script of The Terminator had convinced himself that it was a pointless movie. His exact reaction to it was, “Who the f*** is James Cameron? I’ve never heard of him”. Well, I suppose we all have to start somewhere.



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Liam Neeson did not have a lot of faith in Taken at the time of the shooting. He only did the movie because he wished to learn hand-to-hand combat and get some weapon training. Neeson has commented before that “it was just for fun”. Well, I suppose we are glad for the movie anyway.

Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk was convinced that no one cared about Saul at all. At least, not enough to watch an entire show about the character. There are a lot of anecdotes about the production of the show that prove that Bob was wrong about the entire thing. WE LOVE THE SHOW!!


Star Wars

George Lucas, along with most of the team at Fox Studios believed that Star Wars would bomb at the box office. Lucas had no faith in the movie and commented several times that he would want to go back to experimental cinema after Star Wars was wrapped up.

So these were all the Great Movies and TV Shows which didn’t give confidence to their creators initially.

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