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Are there movie projects which excited you when you heard they were to be produced but did not push through?

Asked by mazingerz88 (19001points) February 19th, 2012

And why weren’t they produced? I read before that the vampire novel, “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova was about to be produced by Sony but it seems it’s dead in the water at present. Sony apparently paid for the rights already.

Also, I heard a long time ago that Kevin Costner planned to shoot a sequel to “Bodyguard” and wanted to talk to Lady Diana to star in it but unfortunately she passed away. Wished that happened!

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HungryGuy's avatar

There’s talk of an Angry Birds parody movie being made. But I suspect it’s just a joke.

SpatzieLover's avatar

My son is upset that Shirley Temple was not chosen as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
His opinion, “Judy Garland is too old to play a little girl”.

rebbel's avatar

Pythagoras: The gates of light.
It would be shot at the island on which my girlfriend lives and would star Malkovich, Cruz, Kingsley, to name a few, but it is years since I heard of the project and apparently they are arguing about where it should be made, Spain or Greece.

TexasDude's avatar

John Green’s YA novel Looking for Alaska was supposed to be made into a film. Sony or someone like that bought the rights and decided they didn’t want to make a movie afterall, so they shelved the project, which pisses me off to no end because #1 I would love to see this book as a movie with someone like Daveigh Chase playing the role of Alaska Young, and #2 because John Green has literal legions of fans who would see the movie over and over again. Money would be made, so I don’t know what the deal is.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Well, that got me interested in the book. Will check that out.

@rebbel Sounds great. I enjoyed Agora very much. Wonder if you’ve seen it.

@SpatzieLover Hmm, come to think of it, yeah. : )

@HungryGuy Whoa! I hope they get Spielberg to direct and Meryl Streep to star. Wheeeeeee! Ngork!

rebbel's avatar

@mazingerz88 I haven’t (yet), but we have the dvd, in my girlfriend’s house.

HungryGuy's avatar

@mazingerz88 – ROFL! Should Meryl Streep be a bird or a pig?

janbb's avatar

Yes – I am still waiting for a movie version of Time and Again by Jack Finney to be made. It is a super novel of time travel and would make a terrific film. I had read that Robert Redford had optioned it but nothing has happened.

Berserker's avatar

There was supposed to be a third movie in the Conan movies from the eighties. It was to be called King Conan, Cross of Iron. Granted, the second one was horrible, but I was still excited. But it dissipated out of nowhere and was never made.

There is new Conan movie that came out yeah, but it sucks hard and isn’t related to the first two.

mrentropy's avatar

One day there will be an Elric movie. And I’m still waiting for the re-make of Logan’s Run.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was supposed to be the first movie in an ongoing franchise.

I am still waiting eagerly for a sequel. From IMDB:

“The credits end with the announcement of the upcoming sequel ‘Buckaroo
Banzai Versus The World Crime League’. As of 2007, that film has yet to be
made, pending approval from the film’s current rights holders.”

filmfann's avatar

Mad Max 4: Fury Road was supposed to be filmed in 2003, with Mel Gibson back as The Road Warrior, but shooting locations were in Iraq, which suddenly became the place not to be. It has since fallen into development hell, with several false restarts. Mel now says it will be made without him.

Bubba Nosferatu was the planned sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep. Bruce Campbell was to return as Elvis, but didn’t agree on a storyline.

Ghostbusters 3 is supposed to start filming soon, but Bill Murray doesn’t want to come back. He told Ackroyd he would do it, if his character died in the first 20 minutes. Ackroyd has since written what is said to be a very funny script, with the ghost of Peter Venkman helping the old team train new Ghostbusters. Murray is out, though, and the movie is on hold.

YARNLADY's avatar

The complete Hobbit and Lord of the Ring series in cartoon format.

mrentropy's avatar

@YARNLADY Was that not done? Rankin/Bass did The Hobbit and Return of the King and Bakshi did The Lord Of The Rings, which I thought covered the first two books. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Bakshi’s film so I don’t remember exactly where it left off.

Joker94's avatar

I’ve heard talk of a follow-up to The Incredibles, which I would pretty much kill to have. It’s been put on hold several times though, and I doubt it’ll ever see the light of day.

Also, in the late 90’s, Nickelodeon had apparently been in talks with Jeff Smith to adapt his series Bone for the big screen. Their desire to tone it down and include pop songs deterred him from making the deal, however, and he never agreed to it. This was probably for the better, as I don’t think Nickelodeon’s interpretation would’ve done the source material any justice. Still, I’m not giving up hope that a faithful adaptation of the series will be released.

Oh, and the fact that a faithful adaptation of the Prydain Chronicles hasn’t been made yet is downright criminal.

fundevogel's avatar

Like @filmfann I was looking forward to Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires but have given up. It was originally announced on the credits of Bubba Hotep so I think it was originally just a joke, but they did seem to be looking to make it or a while. Some how it’s managed to keep its imdb page though I can’t say how.

On the flip side Rodriguez’ joke trailer from Grindhouse was made into a badass feature though it somehow lost its X-rating in the process. And against all odds FDR: American Badass never was a joke. If Rob Zombie would step up and make Werewolf Women of the SS all my dreams would come true. The only valid reason to let that movie go unmade would be an inability to get Nick Cage.

Berserker's avatar

@fundevogel The only reason you wanna watch it is because of Fu Manchu :D
But yeah damnit, I heard about this movie like…more than ten years ago. Never saw the light of day, but I would have been so there.

fundevogel's avatar

@Symbeline Not true! It’s just what puts me over the top. I love it when Cage over acts.

Wow it’s been ten years already? It really isn’t happening. It’s like that Goonies sequel that used to be talked about. Oh and here’s a wierd one. At some point there was going to be a Gladiator sequel and Nick Cave was going to write it. Other things people said Nick Cave was working on: A Crow movie, an adaption of the Threepenny Opera with Andy Serkis, creepy Pinocchio with Guerillmo Del Toro.

Nick Cave is like Hercules. He couldn’t possibly do all the things attributed to him without being half-god.

Berserker's avatar

Haha what, a Crow remake. I would have been up for that. And a creepy version of Pinocchio, I’m so surprised that Tim Burton still hasn’t jumped on that idea.

fundevogel's avatar

I think the Pinocchio thing is actually happening, the Henson Company is involved. With Burton’s recent track record I prefer Guillermo at the helm.

Berserker's avatar

Troo dat. Haven’t been impressed with his recent stuff lately. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland…eeeeh. Also, maybe a lot of people liked Sweeney Todd, but I thought it was crap haha.

fundevogel's avatar

The last one I really liked was Big Fish, though I did like the interpretation of the Tenniel drawings in Alice. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the Frankenweenie feature. The short is so good.

Berserker's avatar

I do have to admit though, Alice had an awesome soundtrack. besides that pop artist who did a song of it

fundevogel's avatar

I can’t remember, I just thought it looked pretty cool. I’m just not really a fan of rejiggering classic stories so much. Too often the new version loses what made the story wonderful in the first place. Though Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Undead was a hoot and a half.

filmfann's avatar

@fundevogel Another Grindhouse trailer that was eventually made into a real film is Hobo With A Shotgun. How can you go wrong with a title like that?

Berserker's avatar

It’s a good movie, too. Some parts even made me sad…all the guy wanted was to start his own grass cutting business. When he sees the lawnmower in the pawnshop, and reluctantly buys the shotgun instead, with the money he worked so hard to get, in order to get the lawnmower…

AshlynM's avatar

American Mcgee’s Alice, with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Apparently this is dead, too. It may still happen, just not anytime soon.

Berserker's avatar

@AshlynM Whoa, they were gonna make a movie of that? Loved The Madness Returns, although a movie based on either the first game or the sequel would be awesome.

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