Serendipity Turns 20: Director Talks Film Secrets, Shares Rare Photos | The Insider

By Jason Guerrasio, Oct 1, 2021, 6:21 AM

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“Serendipity” is one of those movies that was out in the world before people figured out how special it really was.

The film, a romantic comedy set in holiday-time New York City, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, followed two star-crossed strangers, Jonathan and Sara, who risked ruining their relationships to find one another again.

Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack at the “Serendipity” premiere in 2001.
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On paper, it looked to be another early 2000s hit for studio head Harvey Weinstein and his thriving indie juggernaut Miramax Films.

But then the attacks of September 11, 2001, happened.

Suddenly, director Peter Chelsom — whose only real challenge during filming was figuring out a way to make his stars look like they were on wintery New York City streets during July — had a major issue on his hands.

Not only was the movie one of the first to open in theaters after the cataclysmic event, but weeks before it hit screens on October 5, Weinstein demanded that Chelsom erase the Twin Towers from a skyline shot in the movie.

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