Come on, it was terrible from top to bottom. I don't care about its box office bust status, and no tweak like filming some scenes on land would've made a difference. It was a terrible story, terrible writing, terrible acting, lame action, just garbage overall. I remember being all excited to see it in theaters after all the hype, and I remember my friends and I going on the first day it was released (pretty sure we saw it at Promenade back in the day). We all walked out like what in the **** was that trash? I recently saw a bit of it on tv and was reminded of how shitty it actually was. Make a tv series based on it? Nah.It's deeply flawed, but people went overboard over reports of the budget. Apparently Spielberg warned Costner to not film all scenes on the open water and he did not listen. The sets sank and needed to be rebuilt.