When the film got here out, folks have been … confused. Was it a remake? With the Port of Name New Orleans subtitle, it form of appeared like a straight-to-video sequel within the vein of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. Herzog himself was adamant that it wasn’t a remake, telling the press that “the movies don't have anything to do with one another.” He additionally claimed that whereas the producers have been keen to begin a “franchise,” which was true; they envisioned a way forward for extra Unhealthy Lieutenant motion pictures, every with a wacky pairing of star and director, like “Aronofsky and Pitt” or “Michel Gondry and Invoice Murray.”
Herzog warned them that utilizing the title Unhealthy Lieutenant was a “mistake” that may “backfire.” He recommended going with Port of Name New Orleans, and in the long run, they have been left with a “unusual hybrid” title. Finkelstein later recommended that the 2 movies have been linked, however solely in the identical means that James Bond movies are – which is an odd comparability, apart from the truth that they’re each movie collection about legislation enforcement brokers with large substance abuse issues.
Issues actually acquired out of hand when Unhealthy Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara (who, bear in mind, had beforehand handed on the venture) was requested in regards to the new film. He responded with a dying risk, telling reporters on the Cannes Movie Pageant: “I want these folks die in hell” – which is an terrible factor to say, but additionally simply very complicated. If somebody is in hell, aren’t they already lifeless? The place do you go should you die in hell? He then added: “I hope they're all in the identical streetcar and it blows up.” Which, once more, could be very perplexing. Is the streetcar additionally in hell? What’s happening right here, Abel? Ferrara later said that the unique film was written by a “genius” (the late Zoë Lund) whereas Herzog’s was penned by an “fool” and that Harvey Keitel had warned him to not “say something silly.”
Herzog defused the state of affairs by – wait, no, sorry he did the precise reverse of defusing the state of affairs. Not solely did he declare he’d by no means seen the unique, Herzog additionally stated that he’d by no means seen any In a position Ferrara movie, and certainly had “no thought who Abel Ferrara is,” questioning reporters: “Is he Italian? Is he French? Who's he?” As for its franchise potential, sadly, the film made lower than half of its finances again on the field workplace, and the producers’ deliberate Unhealthy Lieutenant Cinematic Universe by no means really got here to fruition.
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