History DevelopmentHell / LiveActionFilm

15th Jan '17 1:28:53 PM Xtifr
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* A live action film based on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has been in development hell for a very long time. ParamountPictures purchased the rights to do one in 1985, but sold them to UniversalStudios a few years later. The result was the ''animated'' film, ''TheJetsonsTheMovie''. A live action film was later discussed in 1995, but nothing happened. In 2001, Rob Minkoff was attached to direct a live action ''Jetsons'' film, but in 2003, it was announced that its script was being reworked and Adam Shankman in talks to direct. In 2004, the script went through another rewrite with Sam Harper, and Shankman still attached to direct. It once again fizzled, but was resurrected again in 2006 with Adam F. Goldberg now attached to write the screenplay and RobertRodriguez entering negotiations with Universal to direct a CGI film for a 2009 release, but the project stalled. In 2012 Music/KanyeWest of all people was rumored to be involved in a ''Jetsons'' film project in some way, though this was later confirmed to just be a preliminary idea. The film rights are now in WarnerBros' hands. In 2015, they announced that they planned on producing another animated ''Jetsons'' film with Matt Lieberman of SourceFed writing the script. Unfortunately, no live action film is known to be in development at the moment.

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* A live action film based on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has been in development hell for a very long time. ParamountPictures Creator/{{Paramount}} purchased the rights to do one in 1985, but sold them to UniversalStudios Creator/UniversalStudios a few years later. The result was the ''animated'' film, ''TheJetsonsTheMovie''.''Film/TheJetsonsTheMovie''. A live action film was later discussed in 1995, but nothing happened. In 2001, Rob Minkoff was attached to direct a live action ''Jetsons'' film, but in 2003, it was announced that its script was being reworked and Adam Shankman in talks to direct. In 2004, the script went through another rewrite with Sam Harper, and Shankman still attached to direct. It once again fizzled, but was resurrected again in 2006 with Adam F. Goldberg now attached to write the screenplay and RobertRodriguez Creator/RobertRodriguez entering negotiations with Universal to direct a CGI film for a 2009 release, but the project stalled. In 2012 Music/KanyeWest of all people was rumored to be involved in a ''Jetsons'' film project in some way, though this was later confirmed to just be a preliminary idea. The film rights are now in WarnerBros' hands. In 2015, they announced that they planned on producing another animated ''Jetsons'' film with Matt Lieberman of SourceFed writing the script. Unfortunately, no live action film is known to be in development at the moment.
15th Jan '17 11:57:04 AM KoopaKid17
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* A fourth ''Film/AustinPowers'' film was announced in 2005 but so far, nothing has come of it yet. Two [[Film/TheCatInTheHat cinematic]] [[Film/TheLoveGuru failures]] [[StarDerailingRole starring Mike Myers]] haven't helped.
12th Jan '17 4:36:23 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* Brad Pitt was rumored to be interested in developing and star in a film adaptation of ''{{VideoGame/Red Dead Redemption}}'' back in 2010, but since then there’s been radio silence.

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* Brad Pitt Music/JenniferLopez was rumored in talks with Walden Media to be interested in developing and star in a produce the film adaptation of ''{{VideoGame/Red Dead Redemption}}'' ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' back in 2010, but 2011. No updates of this project has been made since. Even prior to that rumors have been floating around since then there’s been radio silence.the 90s.



* A ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' movie has supposedly been in the works since 2007, even having multiple release dates set and the main characters cast. However, with the synopsis constantly being changed and nearly everyone involved dropping out of the project ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Ellis#Death one director even being found dead in his hotel room]]), it's unlikely the movie will ever be finished or released.
* There was a attempt for a ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' film in the early 2000's by Creator/{{Richard Donner}}. The only thing outside of the initial announcement was that it was suppose to be [[MerchandiseDriven tied in with T-shirts and toys]] and that the production company was changed due to the original company having a "absence of plot elements".



* Sony registered several domain names pertaining to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' movie in 2009. Nothing else was revealed after that.



* A film adaptation of ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'' has been in varying states of development over the years. Early information had Creator/BruceWillis and [[RaceLift Jamie]] [[Creator/JamieFoxx Foxx]] picked to play Kane and Lynch, respectively. A leaked 2007 draft of the script [[http://kotaku.com/5497820/first-impressions-of-the-kane--lynch-movie-script analyzed by Kotaku]] was not received well by fans due to a number of changes from the game, such as Lynch being a [[TheDitz ditzy]] TVGenius instead of an AxCrazy psychopath. Since then, the only news of the film was in late 2013, stating that Creator/GerardButler and Creator/VinDiesel were in talks to play the lead roles and [[Film/{{Hitman}} Skip]] [[Film/HitmanAgent47 Woods]] was writing the script.
* In 2014, it was announced that there would be a film adaptation of the 2013 hit ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', with the original game's creative director Neil Druckmann penning the screenplay. As of 2016, Druckmann mentions that no work has been done for over a year and a half.



* Brad Pitt was rumored to be interested in developing and star in a film adaptation of ''{{VideoGame/Red Dead Redemption}}'' back in 2010, but since then there’s been radio silence.



* Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of the 2005 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 adventure game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' has announced back in 2009. with Kevin Misher, producer of ''The Scorpion King'' and ''The Interpreter'', was at first negotiating to produce. On May 23, 2012, it was reported that ''Chronicle'' director Josh Trank would be directing the film adaptation. On September 4, 2014, the film might finally move forward to become a reality as Variety reports that ''Mama'' director Andrés Muschietti (who happens to be a fellow fan of the game) will be directing the film along with ''Hanna'' writer Seth Lochhead penning the script after Trank has dropped out due of his commitment to one of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movies. As of 2015, no cast or release date has been announced.



* A ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' movie has supposedly been in the works since 2007, even having multiple release dates set and the main characters cast. However, with the synopsis constantly being changed and nearly everyone involved dropping out of the project ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Ellis#Death one director even being found dead in his hotel room]]), it's unlikely the movie will ever be finished or released.
* There was a attempt for a ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' film in the early 2000's by Creator/{{Richard Donner}}. The only thing outside of the initial announcement was that it was suppose to be [[MerchandiseDriven tied in with T-shirts and toys]] and that the production company was changed due to the original company having a "absence of plot elements".
* Music/JenniferLopez was in talks with Walden Media to produce the film adaptation of ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' back in 2011. No updates of this project has been made since. Even prior to that rumors have been floating around since the 90s.
* Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of the 2005 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 adventure game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' has announced back in 2009. with Kevin Misher, producer of ''The Scorpion King'' and ''The Interpreter'', was at first negotiating to produce. On May 23, 2012, it was reported that ''Chronicle'' director Josh Trank would be directing the film adaptation. On September 4, 2014, the film might finally move forward to become a reality as Variety reports that ''Mama'' director Andrés Muschietti (who happens to be a fellow fan of the game) will be directing the film along with ''Hanna'' writer Seth Lochhead penning the script after Trank has dropped out due of his commitment to one of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movies. As of 2015, no cast or release date has been announced.
* Sony registered several domain names pertaining to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' movie in 2009. Nothing else was revealed after that.
* In 2014, it was announced that there would be a film adaptation of the 2013 hit ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', with the original game's creative director Neil Druckmann penning the screenplay. As of 2016, Druckmann mentions that no work has been done for over a year and a half.
9th Jan '17 5:49:33 PM nombretomado
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* The American adaptation of ''Manga/DeathNote''. It was announced by WarnerBros in 2008 and said to be released in 2011 (with a rumor around that the protagonist would be played by ZacEfron). Shane Black had been announced as the director, but he left the project in July 2014, citing CreativeDifferences (read: he wanted to stay more faithful to the manga; the studio wanted to [[ExecutiveMeddling change everything]]). Gus Van Saint was rumored to be directing, but the currently attached director is Adam Wingard. Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley were cast in roles for the film, and production was moving along smoothly until Warner canceled the project in their decision to release fewer films per year. However, they allowed Wingard to shop the project elsewhere, and {{Netflix}} picked up the rights, with Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, and Shea Whigham joining the cast and Jeremy Slater writing the script. Filming officially began in Vancouver on June 30, 2016 for a 2017 release.

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* The American adaptation of ''Manga/DeathNote''. It was announced by WarnerBros in 2008 and said to be released in 2011 (with a rumor around that the protagonist would be played by ZacEfron). Shane Black had been announced as the director, but he left the project in July 2014, citing CreativeDifferences (read: he wanted to stay more faithful to the manga; the studio wanted to [[ExecutiveMeddling change everything]]). Gus Van Saint was rumored to be directing, but the currently attached director is Adam Wingard. Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley were cast in roles for the film, and production was moving along smoothly until Warner canceled the project in their decision to release fewer films per year. However, they allowed Wingard to shop the project elsewhere, and {{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} picked up the rights, with Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, and Shea Whigham joining the cast and Jeremy Slater writing the script. Filming officially began in Vancouver on June 30, 2016 for a 2017 release.



* In 2006 it was announced that Creator/MartinScorsese would direct an adaptation of Edmund Morris's biography ''The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt'', written by Nicholas Meyer and starring LeonardoDiCaprio as Roosevelt. Ever since it's been on hiatus, with little evidence that the project ever developed beyond the idea stage. Scorsese put ''Rise'' on hold for other projects, before ultimately dropping out as director.

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* In 2006 it was announced that Creator/MartinScorsese would direct an adaptation of Edmund Morris's biography ''The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt'', written by Nicholas Meyer and starring LeonardoDiCaprio Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as Roosevelt. Ever since it's been on hiatus, with little evidence that the project ever developed beyond the idea stage. Scorsese put ''Rise'' on hold for other projects, before ultimately dropping out as director.
2nd Jan '17 8:24:50 PM Dawnwing
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* Apparently, there were plans for a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' movie, but they were dropped when it was considered a gamble in light of the economic recession, due to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the appropriateness of the content of what is ostensibly a children's series]]. The film's status has been downgraded from "definitely going to happen", to "not even under consideration".

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* Apparently, there were plans for a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' movie, but they were dropped when it was considered a gamble in light of the economic recession, due to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the appropriateness of the content of what is ostensibly a children's series]]. The film's status has been was downgraded from "definitely going to happen", to "not even under consideration".consideration". As of late 2016, however, the rights to a movie were obtained and a producer (David Heyman) named, so it's more likely, but not 100% certain.
30th Dec '16 10:14:17 PM nombretomado
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* WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest is another HannaBarbera property with a live action film stuck in development hell for decades. It was first announced in the early 90s when Turner began seriously pushing a revival of the franchise. Richard Donner expressed interest in directing, with production beginning in 1995 and filming scheduled for 1996, but it never happened. The project was revived in 2006 with ZacEfron attached to star as Jonny Quest and DwayneJohnson attached to star as Race Barron, but once again, the project fizzled. RobertRodriguez is now attached to direct a live action ''Jonny Quest'' film, but time will tell on if it actually goes into production.

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* WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest is another HannaBarbera property with a live action film stuck in development hell for decades. It was first announced in the early 90s when Turner began seriously pushing a revival of the franchise. Richard Donner expressed interest in directing, with production beginning in 1995 and filming scheduled for 1996, but it never happened. The project was revived in 2006 with ZacEfron Creator/ZacEfron attached to star as Jonny Quest and DwayneJohnson Wrestling/DwayneJohnson attached to star as Race Barron, but once again, the project fizzled. RobertRodriguez Creator/RobertRodriguez is now attached to direct a live action ''Jonny Quest'' film, but time will tell on if it actually goes into production.



* A ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' movie was confirmed to be in development from WarnerBros as a star vehicle for DwayneJohnson. That was back in 2002, and nothing has been heard since.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' movie was confirmed to be in development from WarnerBros as a star vehicle for DwayneJohnson.Wrestling/DwayneJohnson. That was back in 2002, and nothing has been heard since.
30th Dec '16 8:15:31 PM Pichu-kun
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* A ''ComicStrip/TheFamiyCircus'' movie was announced by Fox in 2010, but nothing about it has surfaced since it's announcement.

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* A ''ComicStrip/TheFamiyCircus'' movie was announced by Fox in 2010, but nothing about it has surfaced since it's its announcement.



* For about a decade now, various Hollywood studios have been wanting to produce a faithful adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' that would take advantage of modern special effects, and possibly start a new franchise or cinematic universe of Oz-related films. This ''shouldn't'' be too hard, since the original novel is in the public domain. Despite this, no project has entered production, though there's talk of a mini-series. Instead, various films have been been made that tie into the more well-known [[Film/TheWizardOfOz 1939 musical film]], the most notable being ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''.

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* For about a decade now, various Hollywood studios have been wanting to produce a faithful adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' that would take advantage of modern special effects, and possibly start a new franchise or cinematic universe of Oz-related ''Literature/LandOfOz''-related films. This ''shouldn't'' be too hard, since the original novel is in the public domain. Despite this, no project has entered production, though there's talk of a mini-series. Instead, various films have been been made that tie into the more well-known [[Film/TheWizardOfOz 1939 musical film]], the most notable being ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''.



** There has also been a lot of talk about the very popular musical version of ''Wicked'' being made into a movie. It appears to be just that: talk. Oh sure, it's said to be officially confirmed, but only recently have they began looking for a cast, at least three years after the confirmation of it... The fact it's been ''thirtenn years'' since ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' made its debut on stage and there has yet to be a movie of it is especially odd considering that the musical itself was actually produced by Universal, which logically should streamline the movie-making process.

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** There has also been a lot of talk about the very popular musical version of ''Wicked'' being made into a movie. It appears to be just that: talk. Oh sure, it's said to be officially confirmed, but only recently have they began looking for a cast, at least three years after the confirmation of it... The fact it's been ''thirtenn ''thirteen years'' since ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' made its debut on stage and there has yet to be a movie of it is especially odd considering that the musical itself was actually produced by Universal, which logically should streamline the movie-making process.
20th Dec '16 11:37:06 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* A ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel]]'' film with director James Cameron. On again off again with rumors as far back as the early 2000s including supposed casting calls for a little girl who could move like a cat ... then nothing. Then he said he was waiting for the technology to catch up to his vision. Then ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. WordOfGod has stated that after he was done with ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' he ''still'' did not believe the technology was ready yet. What is he waiting for? Holodecks?! It may be SavedFromDevelopmentHell yet: Cameron has officially passed the project off to Creator/RobertRodriguez to direct (with Cameron still producing). Rosa Salazar has been cast in the title role (beating out Maika Monroe and Creator/ZendayaColeman), and TwentiethCenturyFox began negotiating the budget down from the $170-200 million range before they could officially greenlight the film. The film is now officially slated to be released on July 20, 2018.

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* A ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel]]'' film with director James Cameron. On again off again with rumors as far back as the early 2000s including supposed casting calls for a little girl who could move like a cat ... then nothing. Then he said he was waiting for the technology to catch up to his vision. Then ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. WordOfGod has stated that after he was done with ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' he ''still'' did not believe the technology was ready yet. What is he waiting for? Holodecks?! It may be SavedFromDevelopmentHell yet: Cameron has officially passed the project off to Creator/RobertRodriguez to direct (with Cameron still producing). Rosa Salazar has been cast in the title role (beating out Maika Monroe and Creator/ZendayaColeman), and TwentiethCenturyFox began negotiating the budget down from the $170-200 million range before they could officially greenlight the film. The film is now officially in production and slated to be released on July 20, 2018.
20th Dec '16 6:41:27 AM mimitchi33
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* A ''ComicStrip/TheFamiyCircus'' movie was announced by Fox in 2010, but nothing about it has surfaced since it's announcement.
20th Dec '16 6:39:28 AM mimitchi33
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* Nickelodeon has been planning films for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' and ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' since early 2015. However, nothing has come of these films since then. The reason for Korra being delayed is unknown, but in the case of the Dora, there could be two factors that led to the delay: one, it's popularity has been decreasing among its' target audience, being beaten in the ratings by shows on rival networks such as ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' [[note]] which despite being aimed at older kids has a huge audience of toddlers [[/note]] and two, the spin-off, [[WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls Dora and Friends: Into The City!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork was poorly treated by the Nick Jr]] after "We Save A Pirate Ship!" aired and had a toy line with poor quality toys.
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