A bloated sci-fi movie caught in a messy legal battle explodes on streaming
Michael Bay’s stay at the top of the transformers Franchise proved he was ill-equipped when it came to sci-fi, so of course there were a few questioning eyebrows when it was revealed that his $70 million protégé, Jonathan Liebesman, would be diving into the genre Battle: Los Angeles.
Been placed in the Platinum Dunes fold Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, it was a big step up in both budget and ambition for the filmmaker, but the end result was sorely lacking. The high concept pitch was a sucker, with a boots-on-the-ground war story serving as the setting for a full-blown alien invasion epic, but it was bay-lite on almost every level.
That being said, streaming has a fun old way of pulling the most forgotten follies back from the abyss when they pack enough clout in terms of spectacle Battle: Los Angeles the latest beneficiary on iTunes after securing a top 10 spot in a handful of countries around the world, according to FlixPatrol.
It didn’t flop, having grossed a staggering $211 million at the box office, but it didn’t do well enough to convince Sony that sequels are worthwhile, although reports suggested the studio was considering a localized expansion, would have seen the additional multiple episodes about the intergalactic conflict in different cities around the world which would have been a fascinating sequel.
It might not have made enough money to start a franchise, but Battle: Los Angeles A final loss was inflicted in the courtroom after Sony eventually dropped the lawsuit against Greg and Colin Strause after allegations the visual effects duo appropriated assets from the film to use as the basis for their own cosmic feature film in LA to use horizon – which was released just four months earlier. Ironically, both projects turned out to be equally forgotten, but it was the latter that spawned an IP.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/a-turgid-sci-fi-that-fared-worse-in-the-courtroom-than-it-did-at-the-box-office-draws-a-line-in-the-streaming-sand/ A bloated sci-fi movie caught in a messy legal battle explodes on streaming