Swing Kids and the making of Speed
Kevin and Mark talk about the making of the movie Swing Kids, the background of the movie, and the cast. Mark goes on to discuss the development and production of the movie Speed, including how it was almost made at Paramount, the surprising audience test screening, and the unexpected success it had at the box office.
One of the most interesting stories Mark shares is about the making of the movie Speed. After developing the script and doing several drafts at Paramount, the studio decided not to make the movie. However, Mark sold the movie to Fox, and a week later, he received a call from John Goldwyn, the president of production at Paramount, who wanted the movie back. Despite Paramount offering a lot of money to bring it back, Mark felt it was not ethically and morally correct to do so and ended up making the movie at Fox. The movie turned out to be a huge success, grossing about $180 million domestically, which was huge for a movie that cost less than $30 million to make.