More Is Not Always Better. Extended EMPIRES OF THE DEEP Trailer Every Bit As Laughable As The First.

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Oh, golly. After keeping an eye on Chinese financed vanity project Empires Of The Deep for years - it first crossed our desks in 2009 - Twitch ran the first trailer for the film back in October of 2012. And it was horrible. Horrible in a special way that very few things in this world will ever be. And now there's a second, longer trailer which is every bit as bad except now there's more of it. As a precursor, here's what we wrote about it the first time:

There are in this world certain films that seemed destined to achieve not fame but notoriety through failure on a spectacular scale. Chinese-American co-production Empires Of The Deep has long appeared likely to be one of those and with the arrival of the first trailer we can now say, "Oh, hell yes. This looks horrible in the way that very few things can ever hope to be horrible."

What went wrong? Let's say a whole lot of everything. Word first started to circulate about the project all the way back in February of 2009. The dream project of Chinese real estate tycoon Jon Jiang, who wrote the script himself and partially financed with his own money, the film was originally announced with Monica Bellucci as the star, Catwoman director Pitof helming and Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner on board as a producer. All three left the project every bit as quickly as they signed up. And when you can't keep a guy like Pitof - who has only one made-for-tv credit to his name since the Catwoman debacle - interested in your project, well, you know you've got issues.

Pitof was replaced by Jonathan Lawrence - who also exited and made some strong statements about the production on his way out - before Michael French finished things up. Bellucci? She was replaced by former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. And Kershner? He doesn't appear to have been replaced by anyone with any real experience whatsoever, which has meant years of delays and cost overruns.

But surely someone must have produced the film, you're thinking. Well, the credited guys are Harrison Liang and Kevin Jiang from E-Imagine Studio, who are the CGI house responsible for the extensive special effects in this tale of a mermaid kingdom. And note I said 'extensive' rather than 'good'. Because the effects are utter trash for the most part. If someone actually spent the reported $130 million that supposedly went into this film then an awful lot of that money found its way to pockets at E-Imagine without ever actually being spent because there's just no way that all that money went in to the product that you're seeing on screen.

Check out the new trailer below. If you dare.

Around the Internet:
  • TheKrottyKid .

    What the hell is wrong with the trailer? It makes the movie look awesome! Or is it now against the law to make a fantasy film that doesn't have orcs and elves in it?

    Seriously, is Hollywood paying you types to slag this movie before anyone has seen it? Does Peter Jackson give you a bonus every time you write the word "horrible" in your review of the trailer?

  • a real artist

    Generic: The Movie. I wish I could get in touch with all the idiot investors who like to piss their money away and get a piece of it.

  • Anonymous

    Where's Aquaman? Would have been awesome

  • mercy

    This looks awesome! When had we seen Epic Underwater Battles?

    Also the actors seem to take the plot very seriously so this won't be a bad film! :D

  • Bos

    Mermaid Army, kind of a dream for me. I hope this will be decent

  • MistaTMason

    Is it possible the sfx were supposed to look like that? Maybe a James and the Giant Peach kind of surrealist vibe?

  • Mr. Cavin

    Is that Christopher Lambert playing the Highlander doing the narration? (I liked some of the costumes, but then again my momma told me to always find something nice to say.)

  • Great

    Yep, it still looks horrible. Actually i have to vomit now.

  • The Clone

    I absolutely HAVE to see this

  • Qinlong

    There does seem to be some interesting set and creature design here. The real cause for cringing to me seems to be the acting : the otherwise reliable Olga Kurylenko seems to believe that evil queens always over-enunciate.

  • Ard Vijn

    Todd, I need to put my foot down here. My inner 12-year-old tells me this looks awesome beyond belief. Meanwhile, my inner 16-year-old spotted several lovely women besides Olga.

    And it's unfair that we hold these western special effects films to such high double standards here at Twitch. If this had been a Chinese film we'd be... oh wait.

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