Jo Nesbo's The Snowman understandably had a weight of huge expectation on it.
Martin Scorsese was originally supposed to direct the film, but instead remained on as an executive producer. Tomas Alfredson, who replaced Scorsese, directed the excellent remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Michael Fassbender was attached, there was a script by the writers of Drive and Wolf Hall, and it was based on Jo Nesbo's bestseller.
So what went wrong with it? As director Tomas Alfredson says, it was a case of being rushed into production. In an interview with NRK and translated by Yahoo! Movies, Alfredson says that the film "happened very abruptly, suddenly we got notice that we had the money and could start the shoot in London."
On top of all that, Alfredson said that "ten to fifteen percent" of the film's script is missing. "Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing."
As it stands, The Snowman has made just $8,905,461 in foreign box office according to BoxOfficeMojo, and is due to be released in the US this Friday to predictably worse reviews than it's already received.
Via Yahoo! Movies