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Old 04-08-2004, 15:11   #1
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The best films never made...

I was thinking the other day (and in this case many have promulgated words lamenting that it was never actually realised) how much I'd have like to have seen...

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune

...tantalisingly close to being made as it was. I admit I'm biased as I'm a fan of all things Dune (but not the greatest Jodorowsky fan, mind, which is perverse seeing as my signature is a quote from him).

There's a wealth of stuff out there (including synopses and Giger/Foss artwork) charting how truly bizarre this film would have been (look here: http://www.duneinfo.com/unseen/ ) and it's interesting to think how Jodorowsky might be regarded now if it had been a success.

Any other lost gems that were throttled in germination that people would've liked to have seen?
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Old 04-08-2004, 15:31   #2
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A sequel to Robocop directed by Paul Verhoeven, would've been welcome compared to what we ended up with instead.
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  • Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon - dropped due to Waterloo (1970) bombing at the box-office.
  • Paul Verhoeven's Crusades - scheduling conflicts (with Arnie) combined with Carolco (the studio funding it) going bankrupt.
  • Bruce Lee's Game of Death - Lee postponed filming to make Hollywood calling card Enter The Dragon then unfortunately died before he could recommence filming.
  • Sergio Leone's Leningrad - practically got all the funding together but ailing heart packed-in before he got a green light.
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Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness, which IIRC he was planning before finally making Kane as his first movie
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Quote:
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Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness, which IIRC he was planning before finally making Kane as his first movie
Tantalising bits of this exist, such as an expository opening shot with Welles' narrating...
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On a Giger tangent, 'The Tourist' always sounded like a fascinating project - proper grownup sci-fi, very much in the mould of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'.

Nice write-up on Giger's site; sounds like it might yet happen....

http://www.hrgiger.com/tourist.htm
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Terry Gilliam's Harry Potter films...
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Terry Gilliam's Harry Potter films...
I have to counter that with Alex Cox's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.

And Richard Stanley's 'Island of Doctor Moreau'!
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I have to counter that with Alex Cox's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.

And Richard Stanley's 'Island of Doctor Moreau'!


An utterly obvious one: Kubrick's AI. It surely would have been better than Spielberg's hurried effort.

Plus, Alfred Hitchcock's The Short Night, which was deep into preparation after 1976's Family Plot. The production was cancelled because of the Master's health, and he dropped dead in April 1980.

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Lean's Nostromo though I hear that Scorcese was planning on doing it now.
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There was an earlier version of I, Claudius (Charles Laughton?) that never got finished, though there was talk of its greatness.

Also, wasn't I, Claudius meant to be jinxed, with bad things happening on set / to actors?

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Terry Gilliam's Harry Potter films...
Terry Gilliam's Watchmen..

I would've loved to have seen that.
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Charles Laughton's The Naked & The Dead? Mailer's novel was perhaps not obvious material for Laughton - but I'm sure he would have done something distinctive with it...

Or a conundrum that has bugged me for two decades: after the masterly Fanny & Alexander in 1982, when he was at the peak of his powers, Ingmar Bergman decided to quit the cinema. He dabbled with one or two further bits and pieces, and has worked in television, but he'd for all intents and purposes turned away from movies, because he perceived that he was too old for the strain of filmmaking. Yet over twenty years later, Bergman is still in the bloom of good health as far as I am aware. Imagine all the films he could have made in all that time...

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Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness, which IIRC he was planning before finally making Kane as his first movie
A radio play exists of this. Welles does most of the voices - it's superb.
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Sergio Leone's version of 'The Godfather'.

Think he was offered the script before Coppola.
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I read somewhere about Orson Welles's Batman, now that sounds interesting.
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I read somewhere about Orson Welles's Batman, now that sounds interesting.
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how about the proposed film for the beatles, scripted by joe orton and called up against it macca's reasoning was they didnt do it because it was "too gay" not that they were anti gay, simply because the beatles were'nt gay.
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Nicolas Roeg's take on Flash Gordon certainly sounds like it could have been interesting...

And while we're on Roeg, how about Bad Timing with Sissy Spacek in the Theresa Russell role? Considering the difference to Roeg's future career (not to mention personal life) if that had gone ahead. However, Spacek decided to do Coal Miner's Daughter instead.

And finally, Top Gun as directed by David Cronenberg would have been fascinating!

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Lest we forget, Apocalypse Now was a project mooted as early as the late 60s... by George Lucas. Now that would have been a completely different experience, and might possibly have had implications for the existence of the Star Wars cycle. And Star Wars was only made because Lucas could not get the rights to Flash Gordon...

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