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19th Feb '17 11:07:32 AM bt8257
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Films stuck in Development Hell are called Vaporfilm. The [[VideoGames Video Game]] equivalent of this trope is {{Vaporware}}.

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Films stuck in Development Hell are called Vaporfilm. The [[VideoGames Video Game]] {{Video Game|s}} equivalent of this trope is {{Vaporware}}.
13th Feb '17 6:24:04 PM comicwriter
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** An Comicbook/XMen show called ''Hellfire'' was announced alongside ''Series/{{Legion}}'', with plans to air on Fox. The series would have seen a secret agent trying to thwart the Hellfire Club's plans for world domination during TheSixties, similar to ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Fox ultimately passed on ''Hellfire'' in favor of a different X-Men series.

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** An Comicbook/XMen show called ''Hellfire'' was announced alongside ''Series/{{Legion}}'', ''Series/{{Legion|2017}}'', with plans to air on Fox. The series would have seen a secret agent trying to thwart the Hellfire Club's plans for world domination during TheSixties, similar to ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Fox ultimately passed on ''Hellfire'' in favor of a different X-Men series.
13th Feb '17 6:23:10 PM comicwriter
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** An Comicbook/XMen show called ''Hellfire'' was announced alongside ''Series/{{Legion}}'', with plans to air on Fox. The series would have seen a secret agent trying to thwart the Hellfire Club's plans for world domination during TheSixties, similar to ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Fox ultimately passed on ''Hellfire'' in favor of a different X-Men series.
10th Feb '17 10:47:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans: Judas Contract'' was originally meant to be one of the first of the new franchise of DC Animated films. It was supposed to be a recreation of the classic storyline meant to piggyback off the success of the canceled ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' TV series. It was even supposed to maintain all the racier elements of the arc, such as a scene with Terra in Deathstroke's room with a nightgown on and smoking. Unfortunately it kept getting pushed back further and further to let other more popular heroes a chance to shine until eventually it was revealed the project had been cancelled. Not that it wasn't a surprise since that announcement came about several years after the start of the animated movies and they were already adapting ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' to the animated screen. It was cited that they didn't think it was popular enough to turn into a film (though considering it's one of the most well-known comic arcs of TheEighties its likely they're judging mainstream popularity instead of just comic fans).

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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans: [[ComicBook/TheJudasContract Judas Contract'' Contract]]'' was originally meant to be one of the first of the new franchise of DC Animated ''DC Animated'' films. It was supposed to be a recreation of the classic storyline meant to piggyback off the success of the canceled ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' TV series. It was even supposed to maintain all the racier elements of the arc, such as a scene with Terra in Deathstroke's room with a nightgown on and smoking. Unfortunately it kept getting pushed back further and further to let other more popular heroes a chance to shine until eventually it was revealed the project had been cancelled. Not that it wasn't a surprise since that announcement came about several years after the start of the animated movies and they were already adapting ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' to the animated screen. It was cited that they didn't think it was popular enough to turn into a film (though considering it's one of the most well-known comic arcs of TheEighties its likely they're judging mainstream popularity instead of just comic fans). In 2017 a different adaptation of ''The Judas Contract'' was eventually released, however it's less true to the source and is a different project from the cancelled version.
10th Feb '17 9:06:43 AM crazysamaritan
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* A ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' cartoon was scheduled to premiere on Creator/FoxKids in the fall of 1998, but the bankruptcy of Creator/MarvelComics meant it was not to be.
* The planned ''Franchise/GarbagePailKids'' SaturdayMorningCartoon, 13 episodes of which were actually made, was cancelled by Creator/{{CBS}} before it premiered in 1987.
* Creator/{{Fox}} ordered ''Murder Police'' for 2013-2014, before abruptly cancelling it in October 2013.
10th Feb '17 5:09:09 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Fearless'' was officially placed on the 2003 fall schedule by Creator/TheWB, but later delayed to midseason (''Series/OneTreeHill'' appeared in its place) and then canceled without ever being broadcast.
* ''The Grubbs'' was cancelled by Creator/{{Fox}} '''two days''' before its premiere, supposedly due to bad reviews.
* ''The Ortegas'', an American adaptation of the British sitcom ''The Kumars At No. 42'', was cancelled a few weeks before it was supposed to debut.
* ''All My Babies' Mamas'' was set to premiere on Oxygen in early 2013, but was cancelled in the wake of public outcry and a subsequent petition.
* Creator/{{CBS}} ordered ''Arranged Marriage'' in mid-2009, but for unknown reasons, it never aired.
* ''Buy It Now'' was originally slated to be part of ABC's summer 2006 lineup; however, Website/EBay pulled out of the series' participation before it debuted, resulting in its cancellation.
* ''Do You Trust Me?'', a Creator/{{CBS}} game show hosted by Tucker Carlson, shot six episodes in 2007, but didn't make it to the air at all.
* Creator/{{ABC}} announced ''Let's Dance'' in 2009, only to cancel it in November due to casting difficulties.
* ''Marie'', a syndicated talk show hosted by Marie Osmond, was scheduled to debut in the fall of 2009. However, despite being cleared in 80% of the country, it was withdrawn by Program Partners over a month before it even debuted, leading to several affiliates dropping the series as well. Finally, in 2012, it aired on the Hallmark Channel.
* So far, there have been two versions of ''Series/MatchGame'' that were picked up but not aired:
** In 2004, Fox ordered ''What the Blank!'', which was more faithful to the 1970s version but added a "interview on the street" segments, therefore making it ''Match Game'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Street Smarts''. It was scrapped not long thereafter, and it's unknown how many episodes were actually made.
** Another revival was announced by TBS in 2008, but beyond being mentioning in subsequent press conferences, nothing has been heard of that series ever since.
* ''Series/OurLittleGenius'' was a game show produced by Creator/MarkBurnett and hosted by Kevin Pollak, that was supposed to premiere in January 2010 with ''Series/AmericanIdol'' as a lead-in. However, a week before its debut, it was pulled at Burnett's request due to concerns about integrity; Fox would eventually shelve the series for good.
* ''Surprise with Creator/JennyMcCarthy'' was announced in May 2012, only to be scrapped in January 2013.
* Creator/TheCW ordered the reality game series ''The Frame'' in late 2010, and nothing has been heard of it since.
* After being picked up by Creator/{{Fox}} in 2007, ''When Women Rule the World'' got delayed ''three times''; it was planned to debut that summer, then pushed back to early 2008, then to June 2008, before the network ended up pulling the plug on the series for good. However, the United Kingdom did get their own version of the show on Creator/{{Channel 4}} in September 2008.
* Creator/{{ABC}} axed ''Welcome to the Neighborhood'' before it aired in the summer of 2005, likely due to its inappropriate subject matter.
9th Feb '17 9:26:59 AM crazysamaritan
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* An anime adaptation of the manga ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'' was announced in 2008, however the project was canceled in 2010 due to Creator/{{GONZO}}'s financial troubles.



* Creator/NeilGaiman's introduction to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman The Sandman: Endless Nights]]'' mentions a story called ''Obsessional'' that he plotted with the artist of ''Going Inside''. It involves the population of Manhattan joining a procession into the East River.
** Gaiman also mentioned in interviews that he was planning to do a Franchise/{{Batman}} story illustrated by painter SteveBisley, which was to be titled "''Night Circus''". This was in about 1992, and the story is still yet to appear.

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman:
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introduction to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman The Sandman: Endless Nights]]'' mentions a story called ''Obsessional'' that he plotted with the artist of ''Going Inside''. It involves the population of Manhattan joining a procession into the East River.
** Gaiman also mentioned in interviews that he He was planning to do a Franchise/{{Batman}} story illustrated by painter SteveBisley, which was to be titled "''Night Circus''". This was during an interview in about 1992, and the story is still yet to appear.appear.
** Gaiman withdrew from ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' in protest over the controversial censorship of the intended climax of Rick Veitch's previous run.



* HenrySelick's ''Shademaker'' began development in 2010 at Disney as part of a new foray into stop-motion animation for the studio with a set release date of 2013. Disney even set up a new animation studio in San Francisco for Selick to do the film and future projects. But in the summer of 2012, Disney dropped the film for no apparent reason and gave the rights back to Selick. Not long after, Disney closed the animation studio and now the film's future is up in the air.

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* HenrySelick's Creator/HenrySelick's ''Shademaker'' began development in 2010 at Disney as part of a new foray into stop-motion animation for the studio with a set release date of 2013. Disney even set up a new animation studio in San Francisco for Selick to do the film and future projects. But in the summer of 2012, Disney dropped the film for no apparent reason and gave the rights back to Selick. Not long after, Disney closed the animation studio and now the film's future is up in the air.



* A TV show based on the novel series ''The Cheetah Girls'' was announced by Creator/DisneyChannel to premiere in 2003; however, it was cancelled after filming only four episodes, none of which aired. That would instead become ''Film/TheCheetahGirls'' film, which spawned two sequels.



* Back in 2012 or 2013, there was talks of a live action ResidentEvil TV show called "Arklay". But so far nothing else has been heard about it.
* A few years ago there was gonna be a darker reboot of "''Captain Power''".

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* Back in 2012 or 2013, there was talks of a live action ResidentEvil ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' TV show called "Arklay". But so far nothing else has been heard about it.
* A few years ago there was gonna be a darker reboot of "''Captain Power''".''Captain Power''.


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* In 2015, Creator/{{NBC}} ordered a revival of the 1980s sitcom ''Series/{{Coach}}'' starring Craig T. Nelson; however, various problems resulted in the show's cancellation shortly after just beginning production.
* ''Commando Nanny'', the only scripted series ever produced by Creator/MarkBurnett, was announced as part of Creator/TheWB's fall 2004 lineup, but an egregious case of TroubledProduction - including star Phillip Winchester breaking his foot and Creator/GeraldMcRaney undergoing lung surgery - caused the sitcom to be scrapped altogether.
* Creator/{{NBC}} picked up ''Day One'', a sci-fi drama about apartment residents that survive an unknown worldwide cataclysm that destroys modern infrastructure, for midseason in 2010. It ultimately got reduced from 13 episodes to a four-part miniseries, then a standalone TV movie before being shelved permanently.
* ''Eight Days a Week'' was picked up by Creator/TheCW for the the 2007-2008 season. Unfortunately, the writers' strike put that show to a halt before any post-pilot episodes were produced.
* Subverted with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Emerald City'', which was initially canned due to disagreements with producer Josh Friedman, but was later restarted with a new writer and a 10-episode order.
* ''Friend Me'', a 2012 Creator/{{CBS}} sitcom about workers at Groupon, was canceled due to the suicide of head writer Alan Kirschenbaum.
* A series named ''Galantyne'', akin to ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' was ordered by Creator/{{AMC}} in 2014, and a pilot was even filmed, but for unspecified reasons the show was cancelled.
* A Philippine soap opera entitled ''Haram'' was to air on GMA-7 starring Robin Padilla's daughter Kylie, but due to its [[TooSoon subject matter]] involving Muslims, along with hostile reaction to the video ''Innocence of Muslims'' overseas, it was eventually shelved out of respect for the said community.
* ''Hieroglyph'', first picked up in October 2013, was cancelled by Creator/{{Fox}} in July 2014 without even filming an episode besides the pilot.
* Before ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Jason Bateman was set to star in an NBC sitcom titled ''The Jake Effect'' for broadcast in early 2002. It unfortunately was dropped after filming seven installments, six of which were aired on Bravo in 2006.
* A TV prequel to the 1999 film ''Film/CruelIntentions'', Creator/{{Fox}}'s ''Manchester Prep'', was cancelled for, well, being too risque for broadcast TV. The pilot eventually got released DirectToVideo (with some additional nudity and coarse language added) as ''Film/CruelIntentions 2''.
* ''Members Only'' was a prime time soap starring John Stamos that was supposed to be part of Creator/{{ABC}}'s 2014-2015 midseason lineup. However, co-creator Creator/DavidORussell left shortly after it was ordered, and the drama was subsequently shelved.
* ''Misconceptions'', a planned 2006 midseason series for Creator/TheWB, was cut to just six episodes, and ultimately failed to make Creator/TheCW's inaugural fall lineup.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Mission Control'', a sitcom starring Creator/KrystenRitter and Creator/MichaelRosenbaum, was cancelled without filming any episodes other than its pilot.
* Creator/{{NBC}} axed the Creator/DaneCook comedy ''Next Caller'' after filming four out of its six-episode order, citing creative differences.
* The Scott Baio comedy ''Rewind'', despite being highly promoted over the summer of 1997, was suddenly cancelled by Creator/{{Fox}} without any explanation.
* The U.S. version of ''The IT Crowd'' first aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in February 2007, and was subsequently picked up to air in early 2008. However, it ended up being pushed back to fall 2008, but ultimately never got a place on the 2008-2009 schedule. Fortunately, the pilot did leak onto Website/YouTube.
* Creator/TheWB ordered the Creator/AdamSandler-produced sitcom ''The Mayor'' for midseason 2003-2004, but quickly withdrew its six-episode order due to poor creative direction.
* ''The Men's Room'' was an Creator/{{NBC}} sitcom starring Creator/JohnCho that was supposed to air in early 2005, but production was shut down after six installments, and none of them ever aired.
* ''Schimmel'', a eponymous sitcom starring Robert Schimmel, was pulled from Fox's fall 2000 schedule due to the actor undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Though it was rescheduled for midseason 2001, it was ultimately cancelled.
* Yet another Creator/{{NBC}} comedy, ''The Singles Table'', was cancelled after filming only six episodes and none airing.
* ''Snip'', a 1976 comedy about a man and his ex-wife who are both in the same hairdressing school, which is run by an openly gay man. The show was likely pulled due to concerns about having an openly gay character, which was very abnormal at the time.
* ''[[Series/StarTrekPhaseII Star Trek: Phase II]]'' was announced in 1977 to debut in 1978 as part of the proposed Paramount Television Service. But in August 1977, those plans would fall apart, as Paramount CEO Barry Diller decided that ''Phase II'' would be better as a live-action film, resulting in the creation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', which inherited the first script of the unmade series.
* ''Thick & Thin'' was prematurely axed despite being announced as a midseason replacement for 2005-2006; creator Paula Pell and co-star Chris Parnell returned to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' afterwards.
* Creator/{{Fox}} originally ordered 13 episodes of ''Us & Them'', but cut the order to seven before shelving it permanently.
* Creator/{{CBS}} ordered ''Waterfront'' as a midseason series for 2007; however, creative and financial issues led the network to axe the series after completing just five episodes.
* Creator/SyFy got Creator/MasiOka and Creator/AlexSabeti to co-write the pilot for a time travel series called ''Series/TheCorrectors'' (presumably about TimePolice or those who SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong), with Oka also slated to produce the pilot and perhaps [[WrittenByCastMember also co-star]]. Unfortunately, the pilot never aired for unknown reasons (although Oka's [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder absolutely insane schedule]] probably made keeping him around difficult).
* Creator/{{Fox}} got Creator/MasiOka to co-write and co-produce the pilot for ''Series/{{ESL}}'', a comedy about an English as a Second Language class, with Creator/ZakShaikh as co-writer and Creator/BenQueen as co-producer. While the pilot was slated for 2015, it never surfaced.
9th Feb '17 8:48:27 AM crazysamaritan
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TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment is a variation where a finished film gets stuck in release limbo.

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TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment is a variation where a finished film work gets stuck in release limbo.


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7th Feb '17 2:58:35 PM Twentington
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* Landmark Mall in the UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, was built in TheSixties as an outdoor mall, but revamped in TheNineties as a massive three-level indoor mall. While initially successful, it started to lose stores in the late 90s-early 2000s, starting with the anchor store Woodward & Lothrop. The store then became a very short-lived J. C. Penney, and then an equally short-lived Lord & Taylor which closed as it was too upscale for the market. Upscale developments and nearby existing malls such as Tyson's Corner and Pentagon City began leeching away the interior tenants. Then-owner General Growth Properties announced plans to tear down the mall and revert it back to an outdoor center in the mid-2000s, but these plans were halted by the economic downturn at the time, along with General Growth's filing for bankruptcy. After the center passed to new owners, the city of Alexandria approved demolition for 2014... then 2015... then 2016, with nothing happening other than the huge mall becoming increasingly vacant.

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* Landmark Mall in the UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, was built in TheSixties as an outdoor mall, but revamped in TheNineties as a massive three-level indoor mall. While initially successful, it started to lose stores in the late 90s-early 2000s, starting with the anchor store Woodward & Lothrop. The store then became a very short-lived J. C. Penney, and then an equally short-lived Lord & Taylor which closed as it was too upscale for the market. Upscale developments and nearby existing malls such as Tyson's Corner and Pentagon City began leeching away the interior tenants. Then-owner General Growth Properties announced plans to tear down the mall and revert it back to an outdoor center in the mid-2000s, but these plans were halted by the economic downturn at the time, along with General Growth's filing for bankruptcy. After the center passed to new owners, the city of Alexandria approved demolition for 2014... then 2015... then 2016, with nothing happening other than the huge mall becoming increasingly vacant. It finally closed except for a Sears store at the end of January 2017.
19th Jan '17 7:06:58 PM Xtifr
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* ''Blue Planet'', a CGI sci-fi action movie planned by now-defunct Rainbow Studios (later aquired by {{THQ}}), with a video-game tie-in. A trailer was released, to widespread acclaim, which showcased the for-the-time high-quality CGI, parodies of Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' characters, and a soundtrack featuring "More Human Than Human" by Music/RobZombie. Much of the already-shot footage was recycled for the tie-in game, which was eventually released as ''VideoGame/DeadlyTide''.

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* ''Blue Planet'', a CGI sci-fi action movie planned by now-defunct Rainbow Studios (later aquired by {{THQ}}), Creator/{{THQ}}), with a video-game tie-in. A trailer was released, to widespread acclaim, which showcased the for-the-time high-quality CGI, parodies of Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' characters, and a soundtrack featuring "More Human Than Human" by Music/RobZombie. Much of the already-shot footage was recycled for the tie-in game, which was eventually released as ''VideoGame/DeadlyTide''.
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