At long last, 1983's Grizzly II, a movie about an oversized killer bear that terrorizes a young George Clooney, Laura Dern, and Charlie Sheen as they try to enjoy a music festival, is going to be released after almost 40 years.
The original film Grizzly, which follows a bloodthirsty 18-foot tall bear eating a whole lot of people, was the highest-grossing independent film of all time back in 1977. Though Grizzly was a big hit, the history surrounding the film is messy.
Following the release, the film's creative team had to sue co-producer and co-writer David Sheldon for their cut, producer Edward L Montoro disappeared with more than $1 million of company money, and director William Girdler was killed in a helicopter crash just two years after its making. At this point, Grizzly II was still set for production.
A switch in directors, and having to hire close to 50,000 extras to fill out the festival, all apparently bled the film dry, with producer Joseph Proctor claiming that money had run out and getting on a plane just half an hour later. The Hungarian Government took possession of the mechanical bears and the film was left abandoned.
Decades later, though, Nagy returned to the movie, cutting it together with stock videos and giving it a new subtitle. Young George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen starrer is finally being resurrected for the world to see.
Grizzly II: The Revenge has been screening at festivals and is now set for wide release this fall, after nearly 40 years spent in hibernation.