Early on in development, he had sent VFX master Stan Winston his animated short film that the movie would be based on, and Winston jumped on board to produce the film! Winston managed to wrangle up a crazy talented group of iconic horror directors, each one would have directed a different segment of the film.
During an interview on the podcast Post Mortem With Mick Garris, Dougherty revealed the details and explained that this early version of the project fell apart because there were no studios at the time interested in funding an anthology horror film. When talking about Winston's vision, Dougherty said:
“But the way he wanted to do with it was a traditional anthology, where you go out and get a director for each one.