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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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.

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- simonbrew

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Alex Garland Doesn't Like the Third Act of 'Apocalypse Now' and 6 More Highlights from His Reddit Ama

14 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Why 'Ex Machina' Writer-Director Alex Garland Doesn't Consider Himself a First-Time Filmmaker To promote his directorial debut, "Ex Machina," Alex Garland did a Reddit Ama yesterday offering advice to writers and revealing some of his inspirations. He also offered a few insights into the screenwriting process, including the fact that the most common, detrimental mistake he sees screenwriters make is overwriting. He noted that for him, adaptations are easier because someone has already done much of the heavy lifting, and that he was not the right guy to adapt "Halo" for Peter Jackson, a project he worked on in 2005. Garland also mentioned that the classic novel he'd most like to adapt would be "Heart of Darkness." Hm, perhaps because, as he says in the Ama, he has a few issues with "Apocalypse Now?" Check out that and the other highlights below. Don't be afraid to not like the end of his movies, »

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