Another great doc by David Gregory. His films include The Godfathers of Mondo, The Joe Spinell Story and dozens more. His upcoming Blood and Flesh: The Al Adamson Story is gonna be a doozy. Collectively, Gregory's films are must-see, nay, required viewing for all film freaks.
Lost Souls is by far the superior entry in the "doomed/troubled production" sub-genre. I'm including Hinckonlooper's Hearts of Darkness(Apocalypse Now) Terry Gilliam's Lost in La Mancha, and Jodorosky's Dune and other titles that elude me: one about a Orson Welles unfinished film and a Michael Cimino/Heaven's Gate doc - the titles ellude me.
Almost everyone involved in Dr Moreau participated (Frankenheimer, Brando are no longer with us), some were quite brave to participate: former New Line honcho, Bob Shaye, for example. Others like Val Kilmer wisely opted out - whatta jerk. Lots of footage, home video, film clips and stills. New Line graciously allowed the filmmakers the rights to everything, up to and including the finished film. (New !ine doesn't come across so well.)
On the other hand, the filmmakers play fair - all sides tell their version of events or at least their opinion. A viewer might reasonably walk away thinking that the "Suits" made the correct decision(s). David Gregory trusts his audiences intelligence and sense of fairness. Where you stand depends on where your head's at. Example: Marlon Brando, a-hole or comic genius? Both?
Seriously, there's stuff in this film you couldn't even make up. I wouldn't be surprised if a fictionalized H'wood version (i.e., The Disaster Artist) is in the works. Especially now that Richard Stanley has a recent hit, The Colors of Space - featuring a terrific Nicolas Cage performance...and other surprises.
Good to see that the immensely talented Stanley, who's previous films include the cult fave (and hit) Hardware is back, as the film lacks a bittersweet ending - a viewer is left (not unreasonably) that Stanley will never make another feature. Perhaps a future version will have a more upbeat epilogue.
Again, a boxed set of Gregory's incredible - and offbeat - docs would sell like the proverbial hotcake.