Sometimes, it’s fun to play “What if?” What if Sean Connery had stayed on to play James Bond to the bitter end? What if David Lynch (or David Cronenberg) had helmed the final film of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi? What if the Beatles had played the various characters in their proposed adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and what if Guillermo Del Toro had been given the cinematic carte blanche (and buckets of cash) to make his proposed hard-R homage to H. P. Lovecraft, In the Mountains of Madness, with Tom Cruise in the lead? Hollywood is filled with such possible projects, each one promising something special. Of course, film is a business as well as an artform, meaning sometimes, money and other pragmatic factors have to inject some sullen common sense into all that aesthetic excitement. A great idea doesn’t always mean a great final result. Huge bombs have been built out of wild ambition and free artistic license.