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The Improbable Long-Running "Waterworld" Stunt Show at Universal Studios Hollywood

The 1995 film "Waterworld" was a major flop, not least because of all the drama that went into producing the film, not to mention the pretty eccentric storyline.

However, for all that the film failed to do, its Universal Studios stunt show has succeeded in doing, being one of the longest-running shows in Universal Studios. It has outlasted other spectacles such as E.T., Back to the Future, and Terminator. But why has this show become a hit when its inspiration was a disaster?

"It's basic storytelling combined with really great stunts and effects," says initial project manager Norman Kahn. "That, I think, really, is what led to it becoming as successful as it is."
But mention any of this to someone who hasn't been to Universal Studios recently, as I often did while reporting this article, and they react with disbelief: Seriously? Waterworld?

(Image credit: Jason Hoffman/Thrillist)


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