There are projects, seemingly absolutely no logical argument, and immediately go into production, and in one moment, is getting a bad movie. But there are also projects that, although have potentially, good directors, intelligent and complex scenarios fail to pass the concept stage. Take years and even decades because projects are exactly in the state they were when they were announced. Here are ten of these unfortunate projects:
10. Spy Hunter
Those who have obtained the rights from Universal adaptation of the famous game from 2004. Dwayne Johnson was cast as the lead actor. In 2004 John Woo said he would direct the film himself. In 2008 he declared that he will not direct it. In 2008 Paul WS Anderson has expressed interest in this project, and then never said anything about the future of Spy Hunter.
Here is another project with Joel Silver at the epicenter. He said in 2007 that it’s the time that the failure from 1987 to be forgotten. Most of the Warner were an agreement, hired John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), they fired John Stevenson due to artistic disagreements and from Grayskull’s rights have returned from the Columbia Pictures. Now the project is surrounded by silence as grave.
08. The Jetsons
Jeston family made its big screen debut in 1990, but it was an animation movie in classic key. In 2006, speculation began about a movie with real actors in context in the worst case CG (it is likely that futuristic world). He left and nothing was heard until 2009, when Robert Rodriguez told MTV that he develope the project itself. But it seems to quit the business, such as The Jetsons fell on Peter Segal (Get Smart). But are not know too many details about the future Jetson.
07. Wonder Woman
This movie-that-not-exceed-state-of-prefilm was announced in 2001 by Joel Silver, who apparently did not know what it means to give up a project that shows no sign that it wants to be more than an idea. The only substantial time was in 2005 when Joss Whedon has signed a contract for the script and directed the film. Unfortunately for fans of super-heroine, Whedon left the project because of “creative incongruity” with people at Warner Bros. Wonder Woman was recently rumored to be a spin-off from the long-awaited Justice League. They dropped but at this point.
Steven Spielberg obtained in 2005 the rights to adapt the novel Team of Rivals: The Genius of Abraham Lincoln, signed by Doris Kearns Goodwin winner of Pulitzer Prize. People got excited, Liam Neeson was distributed in the role of the famous president, were found writers, but the movie was stopped for reasons unknown to us. Spielberg started diligently Indiana Jones The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and then, rather to return to the beloved Lincoln, started The Adventures of Tintin. It is rumored that Lincoln will go into production later this year…
05. Lethal Weapon 5
There is a fundamental reason why Warner wants to continue the franchise: the last four films in the series had a very large impact at the box office. It seems that is not a good reason to start the project. Once it was announced the possibility of Lethal Weapon 5, the presence of Mel Gibson in film went from “being or not being” back and forth so many times that I had the feeling that the project is reduced to the “throwing of dice”.
04. Y: The Last Man
Created by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra, the graphic novel about the last man in a world full of women seems a very good source for manufacturers who want a successful movie immediately. Adaptation rights New Line has won in 2003, and David Goyer started the script. In 2007 it was announced that film director will be DJ Caruso (Disturbia), and the main character will be played by Shia LaBeouf. Unfortunately for Goyer, Caruso brought his own script, in the person of Carl Ellsworth. Unfortunately for public cinephile, the project stalled because, from Caruso says the graphic novel is too vast and complex to be adapted into one film.
03. Gremlins 3
Joe Dante said in 2005 that certainly will not make a third Gremlins movie. But in 2009 the same Dante said that is very likely that Gremlins to get out of hypothetical “hell” and becomes reality. And not just any reality, but even 3D reality. This information was released in tandem with the on Ghostbusters 3, which certainly will be done. In this context the first thought is positive.
02. Sgt. Rock
Here is another “movie” that was announced in the late of 80′s. It is unclear what is so hard to bring the big screen a DC character so “visual” how is this soldier and screened by Darmon, but producer Joel Silver is trying to materialize once the project was rumored, now than 20 years, it’s time for a film adaptation of Rock. We are tempted to believe that the project is on track, because it was announced recently that the movie will be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), and the story will be torn during the Second World War and placed in a not too distant future.
01. The Sandman
The film went into pre-production stage in the early 90′s. Two decades have passed since then, and The Sandman, although he had a crowd of writers, failed to make the transition from concept to actual film. Neil Geiman, creator of graphic novels behind this unfortunate project, said in 2007 that he prefers not to make the movie at all than to make a bad movie. However, Geiman is optimistic, believing that Sandman time is coming.