Tinseltown's history is awash in unrealized cinematic dreams, from the most ardent indie approach to the most mild of mainstream conceits. This week we present the list of 'legendary' films that Hollywood failed to make... much to their detriment and film fan's chagrin.
In the last few days, Universal has finally confirmed what many film fans have already secretly feared: that instead of giving Ron Howard carte blanche to take on the Herculean task of bringing Stephen King's lauded Dark Tower series to the big (and small) screen, they are pulling the plug. No Javier Bardem as gunslinger Roland Deschain. No beam journey into Mid-World. No final confrontation with the ultimate evil... at least not under its studio shingle. Someone else can foot the enormous bill such an undertaking would require. While it may seem like 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the unmade movie -- what with Tower, Guillermo Del Toro's In the Mountains of Madness, and Robert Zemeckis' motion capture Yellow Submarine remake all going belly up -- the truth is that Hollywood passes on product all the time. Mostly, they get it right. Sometimes, they never even give the concept a chance to get it wrong.
Tinseltown's history is awash in unrealized cinematic dreams, from the most ardent indie approach to the most mild of mainstream conceits. All stars have had their vanity vehicles rejected while name directors lose as many gigs as they get. In the end, most lovers of film don't notice and the wheels of the medium's machine continue to roll. However -- usually long after the fact -- we learn of projects studios passed on that, in retrospect, seem a helluva lot better than the junk they constantly spew in our direction. Would they represent a sizable risk? Absolutely, but does every Inception like experiment have to be the result of billions of dollars in creative carte blanche? No. Still, the legends live on, including the 10 titles selected here. As just a few of the Greatest Unmade Movies of All Time, there's no guarantee of eventual success. On the other hand, many of these DOA ideas continue to intrigue, including the first one on our list: