I remember the uproar ‘Deadpool’ caused last year, with people going bonkers over the “Merc with a mouth”. What most (excluding comic book enthusiasts) weren’t aware of is the fact that the movie was stuck in development hell for a decade with directors coming and leaving, and the studio’s desperation to cast Deadpool on the screen leading to that awful character in ‘X-Men Origins : Wolverine’. I believe the presence or absence of a Deadpool movie doesn’t really make a difference anyway, in fact it has given rise to a fad of R-rated entertainment. On the other hand, there are certain films, that went through a similar process or are still in the midst of it, and their presence could have sent ripples across the industry.
Though nobody is aware of the final outcome, judging by the ideas they were supposed to be built on, it is tragic for the world to miss out on them. These include projects by Eisenstein, Kubrick, Coppola, that possessed the creativity and grit to overcome the directors’ magnum opus. I’ll be focusing on films that ran into “development problems’, which only include ones that didn’t initiate shooting. Some films I have mentioned did go through with test footage, but that is as preliminary to the production process as the early drafts of a film. These development problems ranged from disputes between production houses and crew to the untimely deaths of the creators, that disrupted the movies’ plans to take off. So here are 10 Great Movies You Will Never See Because They Ran Into Development Problems:
10. ‘Carnivore’ by The Wachowskis
Carnivore was the first film written by The Wachowskis (‘The Matrix’) and is something along the lines of Sweeney Todd meets Society. The film is very un-Wachowski, the duo’s known for their action packed movies, while Carnivore would have worked out as a very dark B-grade horror film. The movie is based on the concept of cannibalism, where the rich are slaughtered and devoured by the homeless and the poor. Though this may seem very prejudicial, with the poor being depicted as merciless cannibals, this can also be looked upon as power reversal, especially when the white collared carry out such activities in most movies. The Wachowskis could never find anyone to fund their project since most production houses were apprehensive of the topic, because, well they are nothing less than money mongers themselves. The summary for the script is available online in case anyone is interested.
9. ‘The Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman