Romancing the Stone & The Jewel of the Nile

Another Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of 1984 smash-hit adventure romantic comedy Romancing the Stone and its rushed sequel The Jewel of the Nile...

Romancing the Stone was written by waitress Diane Thomas, and in a true rags-to-riches story was sold to producer Michael Douglas for $250,000. Filmed on location in the Mexican jungle, Romancing the Stone was beset with problems, but the real issues were going on behind the scenes, because 20th Century Fox thought it would be a huge flop...

The Jewel of the Nile was rushed into production to capitalise on the huge success of Romancing the Stone, but it was a production with more problems that its predecessor. From the change in writer and director, to Kathleen Turner's unwillingness to return and subsequent lawsuit threat. Illness would plagued the shoot in Morocco and multiple tragedies would occur, too.

But when the going gets tough...