After directing Scarface in 1983, Brian De Palma had two films that did poorly. He wanted to make a big studio picture so he could have a commercial success that would let him do more movies closer to his heart. Paramount owned the rights to the television series, but neither the producer or writer were fans of the show, so it was easier for them to re-imagine the characters.
Which "Braveheart" Character Are You?
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