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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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12 films stuck in development we're desperate to see

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Oct 2013 - 06:41

Horror. Fantasy. Animated Comedy. Here's a list of films we'd love to see rescued from the jaws of development hell...

Development hell. The place where all kinds of movies and games languish while assorted filmmakers, designers and producers fight over the minutiae of scripts, ideas and finances.

It's a topic so fascinating, entire books have been written on the subject - for a really great, geek-friendly one, check out David Hughes' fantastic The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made. And while there are some movies that we're quietly glad are stuck in limbo (sorry, Akira), there are others we're desperately keen to see.

For this article, we've stuck to relatively recent film projects, and ones that aren't, to the best of our knowledge, utterly beyond the bounds of possibility. The Tourist, for example - an exotic sci-fi script written by Clair Noto
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David Fincher talks Dragon Tattoo, Rama and 20,000 Leagues

David Fincher talks Dragon Tattoo, Rama and 20,000 Leagues
  David Fincher has spoken about a number of upcoming projects, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rendezvous With Rama and 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea. Talking to Collider whilst promoting the DVD release of The Social Network, Fincher spilt the beans on his future projects. On his currently shooting Stieg Larsson adaptation, Fincher said: "Dragon Tattoo came along and I was like "Awww fuck man you cannot make another serial killer movie... You've got to fucking stop this."" "[From the studio side]...

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea To Be In 3D!

Collider did an awesome interview with David Fincher recently and they discussed his numerous films in the works, including 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Fincher revealed that this film will mark his first project to be show in 3D.

When asked about the film being in 3D Fincher reponsded, “Yeah. 20,000 Leagues will be 3D,” He went on to say that he thinks 3D is “cool…when it’s done right.”

The screenplay for Leagues is from Scott Z. Burns who wrote The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant and Contagion. As of now the film is not officially Fincher's next film according to the director who stated, “I think that there’s a lot of movies that could be my next film.”

Fincher also confirmed a slew of other films he has on his slate to direct such as Rendezvous With Rama, Heavy Metal, The Killer and The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud.
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Tackling the Magic Kingdom

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Ja from Mnpp here. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times yesterday Jon Favreau opened up about why he's not doing the third Iron Man film (Nat mentioned it yesterday), and in so doing this tid-bit presented itself:

"Favreau is set to direct “Magic Kingdom,” which the 44-year-old filmmaker described as a family fantasy adventure that will tap into the vintage Disney creations that “loomed so large in the imagination” of his generation. Favreau said that [David] Fincher ... will direct the studio’s ”20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” a Jules Verne bookshelf classic that is closely associated with Disney after the landmark 1954 film and the submarine theme-park ride, and Disney confirmed that to be the case. [Guillermo] Del Toro had already been announced as director of a new “Haunted Mansion” film."

That's right - David Fincher, currently swallowing whole every critic's prize in sight for his little Facebook movie, might be making
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Fincher's 'Rendezvous' "not going to happen"

Director David Fincher has admitted that his science fiction film Rendezvous With Rama is "not going to happen". Morgan Freeman, who worked with Fincher on Se7en, has been attached to star in the film for almost a decade. However, Fincher told First Showing that Freeman's health problems were a contributing factor in the film's demise. Fincher said: "It looks like it's not going to happen. (more)
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Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90

Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90
Arthur C. Clarke, the legendary science fiction writer whose work inspired the classic Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, died early Wednesday at his home in Sri Lanka; he was 90. According to his aide, Rohan De Silva, Clarke died after suffering from breathing problems; the author had been suffering from post-polio syndrome since the 1960s, and often used a wheelchair. Born in the United Kingdom, Clarke served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and after the war earned a degree in math and physics at King's College London. He soon became involved with the the British Interplanetary Society, and also pioneered the concept that satellites could serve as telecommunications relays. While writing a number of non-fiction technical books on space exploration, he also began work on fiction in the 1940s, including "The Sentinel," a 1948 short story he wrote for a BBC competition that would later serve as the basis for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. After meeting with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick in 1964, the two began to collaborate on the script for a film that would expand on Clarke's initial story. Both began work on a book that would serve as a basis for the screenplay, but work on the film began in conjunction with the writing of the novel. As a result, the Kubrick film was released in 1967, well before the book's publication in 1968. While Clarke and Kubrick were both credited with the film's screenplay (earning an Academy Award nomination), Clarke was cited as the sole author of the book; the writer would go on to document the many differences between the book and film in The Lost Worlds of 2001, published in 1972. The film became a landmark work of cinema, featuring such iconic images as a looming black monolith and a score of classical music, including the piece "Thus Spake Zarathustra," that would become forever linked with the film. Clarke also was a television commentator alongside Walter Cronkite for the Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s, and would go on to host a number of science-oriented television shows in the 1980s. He continued to write throughout the 1970s (his works included the novel Rendezvous with Rama), and in 1982 wrote a sequel to 2001 entitled 2010: Odyssey Two, which would later become a 1984 film. Though he was not credited on the screenplay, Clarke corresponded with filmmaker Peter Hyams over the film. In the late 1990s, he was the subject of accusations of pedophilia, just as he was about to be made a knight; later investigations cleared him of all charges, and he finally received his knighthood in 2000. Clarke's home since 1956 was Sri Lanka, where he pursued his passion for marine diving. In December of 2007 he recorded a "good-bye" video message for friends, family and fans of his work. Clarke was briefly married in the early 1950s, and has no children. --IMDb staff

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