Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?
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A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made!
Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky's Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there so many scripts written over the years for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's fourth Indiana Jones movie? Why was Lara Croft's journey to the big screen so tortuous, and what prevented Paul Verhoeven from filming what he calls "one of the greatest scripts ever written"? Why did Ridley Scott's Crisis in the Hot Zone collapse days away from filming, and were the Beatles really set to star in Lord of the Rings? What does Neil Gaiman think of the attempts to adapt his comic book series The Sandman?
All these lost projects, and more, are covered in this major book, which features many exclusive interviews with the writers and directors involved.
Redford, Robert 173-174, 176-177, 179-181 Reeves, Keanu 197 Reitman, Ivan 188 Return of the Apes See Planet of the Apes Revelations 241 Revell, Graeme 224-225 Rice, Peter 37-38, 234 Riche, Alan 149, 154 Rifkin, Adam 35-37, 45 Ringwood, Bob 65 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 47-48 Robards, Jason 137 Robinson, Dana 224 Robinson, Edward G. 32 Robinson, Jim 245, 247 Rona, Andrew 77, 81, 84-85 Rosenthal, Mark 44 Rossio, Terry 148-153, 161 Roth, Tim 46 Rothman, Tom 41, 43 Rush,
shot down the script. In the meantime, former Carolco partners Andrew G. Vajna and Mario Kassar reunited to form C2 Productions, one of their first moves being to purchase the rights to Schwarzenegger’s most successful franchise, the Terminator series. While James Cameron, director of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, passed on the chance to make Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger agreed to reprise his most famous role, with Breakdown writer-director Jonathan Mostow
decade... a brutal action epic laced with literate political dialogue and evil humour (what you’d expect for a slicing cavalier Paul Verhoeven flick), this is foremost a smashingly entertaining story that hurtles forward like all those severed limbs in Starship Troopers. Green is known for his ruthless sense of structure and here every scene is loaded with fascinating details that set up the following events with enormous payoff. The Arnold character, Hagen, is the ultimate part for him — iconic
of the Hughes-produced Scarface; and screenwriter David Koepp, who had written De Palma’s Mission: Impossible and Carlito’s Way, in addition to such blockbusters as Jurassic Park. As Koepp recalls, “I was working on Snake Eyes and Nic Cage mentioned to De Palma that he’d always been interested in playing Hughes. So Brian and I bought a bunch of books and started digging into it.” Koepp had initially suspected that they had taken on an impossible mission: “The impossible part about telling
first edition of this book, “beginning with Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the great writers who did Pirates of the Caribbean and such, doing these really very good drafts of a script which the producer at the time, Jon Peters, famously did not ‘get’. Roger Avary was brought on as director and he did a draft of their script, again it was very good, he went in, he showed them Jan Svankmayer’s Alice and said, ‘I want the dreamy sequences to look like this,’ and was fired. And then scripts came in