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15th Jul '17 10:20:14 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'': In 1939, the film rights for the novel were bought, and production was about to begin when WorldWarII started, throwing everything into a spin. The movie was shelved. They tried again in 1954, but nothing came of it. The movie finally was released in 2008. Nearly ''seven decades'' after the movie rights were purchased. A sequel is now in the works. Let's see how long the development period will be on that one.

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* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'': In 1939, the film rights for the novel were bought, and production was about to begin when WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII started, throwing everything into a spin. The movie was shelved. They tried again in 1954, but nothing came of it. The movie finally was released in 2008. Nearly ''seven decades'' after the movie rights were purchased. A sequel is now in the works. Let's see how long the development period will be on that one.
13th Jul '17 8:07:52 PM thatother1dude
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* In 2006, Creator/WarrenEllis wanted to make an animated movie based on ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''. In 2017, ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' was finally released on Netflix with Ellis as the head writer.

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* In 2006, Around 2007, Creator/WarrenEllis wanted planned to make an animated movie based on ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''. In 2017, ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania 2017}}'' was finally released on Netflix with Ellis as the head writer.
13th Jul '17 8:06:18 PM thatother1dude
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* A decade ago, Creator/WarrenEllis wanted to make an animated movie based on VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse. An animated series made by Creator/FrederatorStudios[[note]]The same people behind WesternAnimation/AdventureTime and WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents[[/note]] is finally announced to be released on Netflix.

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* A decade ago, In 2006, Creator/WarrenEllis wanted to make an animated movie based on VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse. An animated series made by Creator/FrederatorStudios[[note]]The same people behind WesternAnimation/AdventureTime and WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents[[/note]] is ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''. In 2017, ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' was finally announced to be released on Netflix.Netflix with Ellis as the head writer.
11th Jul '17 10:43:30 AM Pinokio
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* ''Film/{{Predators}}'' was based on a 1996 script by Creator/RobertRodriguez. The finished film was released in 2010.
26th Jun '17 6:24:26 PM MagiMecha
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* ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' was supposed to be one of the last games for the Super Nintendo and meant to continue the story started in the original ''VideoGame/StarFox''. However, because the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} was on the way, Nintendo axed it and made ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' in its wake. On June 26, 2017, it was revealed that ''Starfox 2'' would be released as part of the Super NES Classic console.
23rd Jun '17 9:28:03 AM advent_child
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* "Ni-Oh" was supposed to be based on an unfinished script by Creator/AkiraKurosawa entitled "Oni". Creator/{{Koei}} (pre-merger with Tecmo) announced the game in 2004, set for a summer 2006 release on the Sony UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, except it missed its launch window with no comment from Koei until ''2009'', despite Koei insisting the game was still in development. A year later, the merged Koei Tecmo brought in Team Ninja (makers of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' and the modern day ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' games) to help with development, which Koei Tecmo later admitted they had suspended previously; even Team Ninja went on record to say they had to go through multiple trial-and-error tests to decide what sort of genre would fit Ni-Oh. News of more development trickled out slowly in 2012 and 2014, until September 2015, where the game is re-branded as "VideoGame/{{Nioh}}", released for the Sony Creator/PlayStation4 on February 7, 2017, almost '''13 years''' in production, making this one of the longest Japanese-developed video games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series developer Vigil Games had wanted to keep the franchise going, but Creator/{{THQ}} shut down and ceased all development of its video games in April 2013, auctioning off their intellectual properties - as such, Vigil Games was dismantled. THQ would be purchased by Nordic Games (eventually becoming THQ Nordic), and a {{Sequel}} to ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'' was left in limbo for five years until May 2017, when online retailer Amazon leaked a product listing for ''VideoGame/DarksidersIII''. THQ Nordic officially announced its return, developed by Gunfire Games, comprised of ex-Vigil Games staff members who worked on the previous releases, set for a 2018 release.
18th Jun '17 10:11:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': An animated Disney adaptation of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' had been in development since the early 1940s when WaltDisney himself was interested in adapting it, before ultimately concluding that the story itself was [[RandomEventsPlot too long and episodic]] to work as a straight adaption. He shelved the project with the intent of revisiting it later on, but died before he had the chance. The concept was resurrected at Disney in the 1990s as a hand-drawn animated film, but was again put on hold when the animators ran into the same story problems that Walt Disney did. They tried again in 2002... but then stopped ''again'' when Disney's management changed a couple of years later. After a few serious retoolings the film was officially greenlit again in 2011, and then ''finally'' released in 2013.

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': An animated Disney adaptation of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' had been in development since the early 1940s when WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney himself was interested in adapting it, before ultimately concluding that the story itself was [[RandomEventsPlot too long and episodic]] to work as a straight adaption. He shelved the project with the intent of revisiting it later on, but died before he had the chance. The concept was resurrected at Disney in the 1990s as a hand-drawn animated film, but was again put on hold when the animators ran into the same story problems that Walt Disney did. They tried again in 2002... but then stopped ''again'' when Disney's management changed a couple of years later. After a few serious retoolings the film was officially greenlit again in 2011, and then ''finally'' released in 2013.
16th Jun '17 9:37:25 PM sayaleviathan
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* While writing ''Manga/{{Orange}}'', the author Takano Ichigo became extremely ill and had to paralize the publication of her work for more than a year. She's resumed publishing by now (even moved to another magazine from a different publisher), but she still has sequels, meaning the series doesn't get published monthy if the author couldn't make it to the deadline. The series has been completed as of late 2015, however.
* An anime adaption of Kizumonogatari, the prequel to ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', was announced back in 2011 after the first installment's conclusion. Shortly afterward it was instead announced as a theatrical release delayed to March 2012. And then it was delayed again... And then again. The one time the movie ''did'' have a release date, it was rescinded the same day and never mentioned again. Since the announcement of Kizumonogatari, Creator/StudioSHAFT has released five more installments to the Monogatari series and over a dozen other projects with no sign of Kizu seeing the light of day. It finally released in 2016 in the form of a three-part movie series.
12th Jun '17 2:43:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Hysteria'' by Music/DefLeppard. Production for the followup to 1983's ''Pyromania'' was to begin in 1984, but their producer Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange was busy producing Music/TheCars' ''Heartbeat City'' album, so Leppard worked with Music/JimSteinman, the composer of MeatLoaf's classic albums. Unfortunately, the band and/or their record label did not know that Steinman was not a producer, and his method of producing was far looser than Lange's style. On top of that, on New Year's Eve 1985, their drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a car accident. An undaunted Allen was determined to re-learn how to play the drums, using his one remaining arm and his feet. The rest of the band supported Allen fully and tried to boost his confidence (and their own) by having a special electronic drum kit made for him and scheduling a number of comeback concerts. Def Leppard reconvened with Mutt Lange in 1986, and were subject to his usual meticulous taskmaster production style, finally releasing ''Hysteria'' in late 1987.

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* ''Hysteria'' by Music/DefLeppard. Production for the followup to 1983's ''Pyromania'' was to begin in 1984, but their producer Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange was busy producing Music/TheCars' ''Heartbeat City'' album, so Leppard worked with Music/JimSteinman, the composer of MeatLoaf's Music/MeatLoaf's classic albums. Unfortunately, the band and/or their record label did not know that Steinman was not a producer, and his method of producing was far looser than Lange's style. On top of that, on New Year's Eve 1985, their drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a car accident. An undaunted Allen was determined to re-learn how to play the drums, using his one remaining arm and his feet. The rest of the band supported Allen fully and tried to boost his confidence (and their own) by having a special electronic drum kit made for him and scheduling a number of comeback concerts. Def Leppard reconvened with Mutt Lange in 1986, and were subject to his usual meticulous taskmaster production style, finally releasing ''Hysteria'' in late 1987.
10th Jun '17 8:28:46 AM AmuckCricetine
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* One of the earliest examples of this was Howard Hughes's ''Hell's Angels'', which, due to Hughes's perfectionism and insistence on the latest film technology, took three years and a budget of $3.8 million to create, something unheard of at the time (and equalling somewhere on the order of $225 million in today's money). Two decades later, Hughes would take ''seven'' years to complete a similar film, ''Jet Pilot''.
* [[Film/SupermanReturns The fifth film]] in the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' franchise was stuck in pre-production for nearly two decades. The first part of this was mostly the producers wanting to distance themselves from the failure of ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', while the later half was due to ExecutiveMeddling driving director after [[Creator/KevinSmith director]] after director away from the project. ''Its'' proposed sequel similarly became mired in development hell, after ''Superman Returns''' lackluster performance at the box office caused a sequel to be put on the back burner, and Bryan Singer abandoned the project to direct ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' instead. When a Superman film ''finally'' came back into production, it was as a ContinuityReboot, ''Film/ManOfSteel'', with a new cast and director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and writer David Goyer. The latter two were responsible for the successful [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga reboot]] of the Batman franchise, incidentally... (see below)

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* One of the earliest examples of this was Howard Hughes's UsefulNotes/HowardHughes's ''Hell's Angels'', which, due to Hughes's perfectionism and insistence on the latest film technology, took three years and a budget of $3.8 million to create, something unheard of at the time (and equalling somewhere on the order of $225 million in today's money). Two decades later, Hughes would take ''seven'' years to complete a similar film, ''Jet Pilot''.
* [[Film/SupermanReturns The fifth film]] in the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' franchise was stuck in pre-production for nearly two decades. The first part of this was mostly the producers wanting to distance themselves from the failure of ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', while the later half was due to ExecutiveMeddling driving director after [[Creator/KevinSmith director]] after director away from the project. ''Its'' proposed sequel similarly became mired in development hell, after ''Superman Returns''' lackluster performance at the box office caused a sequel to be put on the back burner, and Bryan Singer Creator/BryanSinger abandoned the project to direct ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' instead. When a Superman film ''finally'' came back into production, it was as a ContinuityReboot, ''Film/ManOfSteel'', with a new cast and director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, Creator/ChristopherNolan, and writer David Goyer. The latter two were responsible for the successful [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga reboot]] of the Batman franchise, incidentally... (see below)



* The 2000 film ''Supernova'' (not to be confused with any of the many other films with that title) was in development for 12 years and cost an estimated 60 million dollars. Although the theatrical version runs only 87 minutes (the director's cut is 91), reportedly several hours of completed footage exists, much of it self-contradictory due to changes made to the script during the filming stage. Both Francis Ford Coppola and H R Giger were involved at one point.

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* The 2000 film ''Supernova'' (not to be confused with any of the many other films with that title) was in development for 12 years and cost an estimated 60 million dollars. Although the theatrical version runs only 87 minutes (the director's cut is 91), reportedly several hours of completed footage exists, much of it self-contradictory due to changes made to the script during the filming stage. Both Francis Ford Coppola and H R Giger Creator/HRGiger were involved at one point.



* The rumors of a remake/reboot of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' were first floated around the turn of the millennium, with everyone from Kevin Spacey to Chris Tucker to Mike Myers reportedly being considered for Inspector Clouseau.[[note]]Myers was apparently the favorite of the studio, but his asking fee was too high.[[/note]] It filmed as [[Film/ThePinkPanther2006 a reboot]] in 2004 with Creator/SteveMartin, but wasn't released until early 2006, largely due to a studio merger in the interim. There was also some editing done, in order to re-cast it as a family-friendly comedy rather than the more ribald, raunchy film of its original iteration.

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* The rumors of a remake/reboot of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' were first floated around the turn of the millennium, with everyone from Kevin Spacey Creator/KevinSpacey to Chris Tucker to Mike Myers Creator/MikeMyers reportedly being considered for Inspector Clouseau.[[note]]Myers was apparently the favorite of the studio, but his asking fee was too high.[[/note]] It filmed as [[Film/ThePinkPanther2006 a reboot]] in 2004 with Creator/SteveMartin, but wasn't released until early 2006, largely due to a studio merger in the interim. There was also some editing done, in order to re-cast it as a family-friendly comedy rather than the more ribald, raunchy film of its original iteration.



* Creator/PeterSellers read ''BeingThere'' circa 1972 and immediately visualized a film adaptation he could play the lead role of Chance the Gardener in; it didn't come to pass until 1979 (he had to rebuild his box-office clout, for one thing).

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* Creator/PeterSellers read ''BeingThere'' ''Film/BeingThere'' circa 1972 and immediately visualized a film adaptation he could play the lead role of Chance the Gardener in; it didn't come to pass until 1979 (he had to rebuild his box-office clout, for one thing).



* Carl Sagan wrote the 100-page film script for ''Film/{{Contact}}'' in 1985. When it went to DevelopmentHell, he just [[{{Novelization}} made a book out of it]]. The film was finally released in 1997.

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* Carl Sagan Creator/CarlSagan wrote the 100-page film script for ''Film/{{Contact}}'' in 1985. When it went to DevelopmentHell, he just [[{{Novelization}} made a book out of it]]. The film was finally released in 1997.



* The fourth ''SpiderMan'' film went through this later on, to the point where Columbia and director Sam Raimi ended up canceling the project altogether in early 2010, with Raimi announcing that he could not meet the May 2011 release date. At the same time, Columbia announced a reboot was to begin development shortly, and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' was released in July 2012.

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* The fourth ''SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' film went through this later on, to the point where Columbia and director Sam Raimi Creator/SamRaimi ended up canceling the project altogether in early 2010, with Raimi announcing that he could not meet the May 2011 release date. At the same time, Columbia announced a reboot was to begin development shortly, and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' was released in July 2012.



* An ''IronMan'' film adaptation was in development since 1990 when Universal Studios bought the rights. The film then went through several changes in studios, writers and directors for more than a decade until 2005 when Marvel Studios reacquired the rights and the put the film in production as their first independent feature. The [[Film/IronMan1 film]] finally released on May 2, 2008 to great success.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': Sam Raimi originally envisioned making a ''Thor'' movie after ''Darkman''. He met Stan Lee and pitched the concept to 20th Century Fox, but they did not understand it. The project was abandoned for a while, but the success of ''X-Men'' in 2000 helped it gain some momentum. The film went through several writers, directors and studios before the rights went back to Marvel in 2006, who finally produced the film and released it in May 2011.

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* An ''IronMan'' ''ComicBook/IronMan'' film adaptation was in development since 1990 when Universal Studios bought the rights. The film then went through several changes in studios, writers and directors for more than a decade until 2005 when Marvel Studios reacquired the rights and the put the film in production as their first independent feature. The [[Film/IronMan1 film]] finally released on May 2, 2008 to great success.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': Sam Raimi originally envisioned making a ''Thor'' movie after ''Darkman''. ''Film/{{Darkman}}''. He met Stan Lee and pitched the concept to 20th }}}}20th Century Fox, but they did not understand it. The project was abandoned for a while, but the success of ''X-Men'' in 2000 helped it gain some momentum. The film went through several writers, directors and studios before the rights went back to Marvel in 2006, who finally produced the film and released it in May 2011.



* The ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' movie was announced as far back as 2000; when Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox got their hands on the project, they originally planned it as a spin-off of ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' with RyanReynolds reprising his role as the title character. The overwhelmingly negative reception to ''Origins'' nipped these plans in the bud, and though various screenplays still floated around, it wasn't until 2014 that Fox ''finally'' gave the project the greenlight (thanks primarily to the overwhelmingly positive reponse to some leaked test footage which had been sitting on a shelf since 2012), with the film finally released on February 2016 to enormous success. And in case you're wondering, [[CanonDiscontinuity no, the final film is not connected to]] ''Origins'' in any way ([[TakeThat besides taking multiple potshots at it]]); it helps that ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' gave ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' a major out by outright {{retcon}}ning ''Origins'' out of the ''Film/XMen'' movie canon.
* Wesley Snipes began campaigning for a ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' film in 1992, and even after he was cast to play the title character in the popular ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', the project was still in various stages of production throughout most of the 90's and the TurnOfTheMillennium. Avi Arad announced a ''Black Panther'' movie as part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse way back in 2005, but nothing came of it until late 2014, when Marvel officially confirmed that a ''[[Film/BlackPanther2018 Black Panther]]'' movie starring Creator/ChadwickBoseman is in the works for 2018 as part of the MCU's Phase 3. Like the Wonder Woman example above, Marvel first introduced the character in another movie (''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'') before spinning him off into his own film in 2018.

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* The ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' movie was announced as far back as 2000; when Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox got their hands on the project, they originally planned it as a spin-off of ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' with RyanReynolds Creator/RyanReynolds reprising his role as the title character. The overwhelmingly negative reception to ''Origins'' nipped these plans in the bud, and though various screenplays still floated around, it wasn't until 2014 that Fox ''finally'' gave the project the greenlight (thanks primarily to the overwhelmingly positive reponse response to some leaked test footage which had been sitting on a shelf since 2012), with the film finally released on February 2016 to enormous success. And in case you're wondering, [[CanonDiscontinuity no, the final film is not connected to]] ''Origins'' in any way ([[TakeThat besides taking multiple potshots at it]]); it helps that ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' gave ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' a major out by outright {{retcon}}ning ''Origins'' out of the ''Film/XMen'' movie canon.
* Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes began campaigning for a ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' film in 1992, and even after he was cast to play the title character in the popular ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', the project was still in various stages of production throughout most of the 90's and the TurnOfTheMillennium. Avi Arad announced a ''Black Panther'' movie as part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse way back in 2005, but nothing came of it until late 2014, when Marvel officially confirmed that a ''[[Film/BlackPanther2018 Black Panther]]'' movie starring Creator/ChadwickBoseman is in the works for 2018 as part of the MCU's Phase 3. Like the Wonder Woman example above, Marvel first introduced the character in another movie (''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'') before spinning him off into his own film in 2018.



* A ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' remake was first announced in 2007, with Kenny Ortega as the director and Zac Efron as Ren. Early reports indicated that it was to be [[RecursiveAdaptation an adaptation of the stage musical]]. Both Ortega and Efron dropped out in 2009, the former due to disagreements with Paramount over the budget and the latter due to Efron not wanting to be typecast in [[Film/HighSchoolMusical musicals]]. Then Efron's replacement, Chase Crawford, backed out due to scheduling conflicts. It finally got to theaters in October 2011, now a straightforward remake rather than a musical.

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* A ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' remake was first announced in 2007, with Kenny Ortega as the director and Zac Efron Creator/ZacEfron as Ren. Early reports indicated that it was to be [[RecursiveAdaptation an adaptation of the stage musical]]. Both Ortega and Efron dropped out in 2009, the former due to disagreements with Paramount over the budget and the latter due to Efron not wanting to be typecast in [[Film/HighSchoolMusical musicals]]. Then Efron's replacement, Chase Crawford, backed out due to scheduling conflicts. It finally got to theaters in October 2011, now a straightforward remake rather than a musical.



** ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' was first recommended by actress Barbara Hershey (who eventually played Mary Magdaelene ''19 years later'') to Scorsese during the making of ''Boxcar Bertha''. Scorsese had always planned on making a film about Jesus, and initially he even considered adapting Robert Graves' ''King Jesus'' before settling on Nikos Kazantzakis' unusual take. ''The Last Temptation'' actually entered pre-production in TheEighties with Aiden Quinn as Jesus and Sting in key roles but Paramount pulled of and cancelled the film. Scorsese then made ''Film/AfterHours'' and followed with ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' whose box-office success he parlayed, successfully, into getting ''The Last Temptation of Christ'' off the ground by the end of the decade.
** ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' was planned since the 70s before finally entering production in the late 90s, releasing in 2002. A good deal of his DVD commentary on the film is devoted to explaining the arduous process. Scorsese's initial plans were considerably radical and ambitious. In the 70s, he planned to make it a collaboration with Music/TheClash, making it a punk musical starring Creator/RobertDeNiro. In the 90s, he considered making it a trilogy. He also stated that it was his hope that the film launch a new genre, a 19th Century Urban Western, with many films set in nascent conurbations, but it didn't quite take off as he expected.

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** ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' was first recommended by actress Barbara Hershey (who eventually played Mary Magdaelene ''19 years later'') to Scorsese during the making of ''Boxcar Bertha''. Scorsese had always planned on making a film about Jesus, and initially he even considered adapting Robert Graves' ''King Jesus'' before settling on Nikos Kazantzakis' unusual take. ''The Last Temptation'' actually entered pre-production in TheEighties with Aiden Quinn as Jesus and Sting Music/{{Sting}} in key roles but Paramount pulled of and cancelled the film. Scorsese then made ''Film/AfterHours'' and followed with ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' whose box-office success he parlayed, successfully, into getting ''The Last Temptation of Christ'' off the ground by the end of the decade.
** ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' was planned since the 70s TheSeventies before finally entering production in the late 90s, releasing in 2002. A good deal of his DVD commentary on the film is devoted to explaining the arduous process. Scorsese's initial plans were considerably radical and ambitious. In the 70s, he planned to make it a collaboration with Music/TheClash, making it a punk musical starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Creator/RobertDeNiro. In the 90s, TheNineties, he considered making it a trilogy. He also stated that it was his hope that the film launch a new genre, a 19th Century Urban Western, with many films set in nascent conurbations, but it didn't quite take off as he expected.



* ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' was written by Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg in the mid-'90s, as a way to prove that they could write a movie script. Years later, after working with Judd Apatow on the short-lived TV series ''Film/{{Undeclared}}'', they pitched the script to him. Originally, Seth Rogen was to play the role of Seth, and he recorded a script reading of the lines back in '02. During the early and mid-2000s, they could not find a company who wanted to distribute the film. The script also went through a few revisions, the whole idea of Seth and Evan going to separate colleges, and the emotional friendship stuff was added in a later revision. Anyway, after the success of ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'', Apatow and Rogen pitched the script to Creator/ColumbiaPictures, and they accepted it. But by this time, Rogen looked too old to play the role of Seth, so they had then-unknown Creator/JonahHill take the role.

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* ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' was written by Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg in the mid-'90s, as a way to prove that they could write a movie script. Years later, after working with Judd Apatow Creator/JuddApatow on the short-lived TV series ''Film/{{Undeclared}}'', they pitched the script to him. Originally, Seth Rogen was to play the role of Seth, and he recorded a script reading of the lines back in '02. During the early and mid-2000s, they could not find a company who wanted to distribute the film. The script also went through a few revisions, the whole idea of Seth and Evan going to separate colleges, and the emotional friendship stuff was added in a later revision. Anyway, after the success of ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'', Apatow and Rogen pitched the script to Creator/ColumbiaPictures, and they accepted it. But by this time, Rogen looked too old to play the role of Seth, so they had then-unknown Creator/JonahHill take the role.



* The film adaptation of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series probably holds the record for the longest time a property has been in Development Hell before being released. Originally conceived as an animated film by Creator/BobClampett in 1931 (which would have made it the first ever animated feature film), it was handed from company to company for decades. At various points in the 2000s, Robert Rodriguez, Kerry Conran, John Favreau, and Brad Bird had been attached to direct the project. In 2006, Disney acquired the rights after Paramount's attempt at filming it failed, Paramount having acquired the rights from [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone]] (a Disney label) in 2002. Actual filming began in January 2010, and was released in March of 2012 -- 81 years since the movie was first mooted and just in time for the 100th anniversary of the first published John Carter story (a DVD extra is even titled "A Century Into Making"). The {{Mockbuster}} version by Creator/TheAsylum actually came out a full three years before the ''official'' adaptation did. And because of an [[TaintedByThePreview abysmal US marketing campaign]] coupled with mediocre reviews, it was [[http://movies.yahoo.com/news/john-carter-loss-expected-200m-205152656.html a spectacular box office failure]]. Perhaps its time in Hell was warranted. The film's failure also gave the Burroughs estate the perfect excuse to [[http://www.latinopost.com/articles/9751/20141022/john-carter-2-movie-release-date-news-reboot-coming-disney-loses-property-rights.htm claim that they now have the movie rights and are planning a reboot]] (the franchise is actually in the public domain given it started in 1912, rendering any claims of exclusivity on the part of the Burroughs estate moot).

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* The film adaptation of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series probably holds the record for the longest time a property has been in Development Hell before being released. Originally conceived as an animated film by Creator/BobClampett in 1931 (which would have made it the first ever animated feature film), it was handed from company to company for decades. At various points in the 2000s, Robert Rodriguez, Creator/RobertRodriguez, Kerry Conran, John Favreau, Creator/JonFavreau, and Brad Bird Creator/BradBird had been attached to direct the project. In 2006, Disney acquired the rights after Paramount's attempt at filming it failed, Paramount having acquired the rights from [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone]] (a Disney label) in 2002. Actual filming began in January 2010, and was released in March of 2012 -- 81 years since the movie was first mooted and just in time for the 100th anniversary of the first published John Carter story (a DVD extra is even titled "A Century Into Making"). The {{Mockbuster}} version by Creator/TheAsylum actually came out a full three years before the ''official'' adaptation did. And because of an [[TaintedByThePreview abysmal US marketing campaign]] coupled with mediocre reviews, it was [[http://movies.yahoo.com/news/john-carter-loss-expected-200m-205152656.html a spectacular box office failure]]. Perhaps its time in Hell was warranted. The film's failure also gave the Burroughs estate the perfect excuse to [[http://www.latinopost.com/articles/9751/20141022/john-carter-2-movie-release-date-news-reboot-coming-disney-loses-property-rights.htm claim that they now have the movie rights and are planning a reboot]] (the franchise is actually in the public domain given it started in 1912, rendering any claims of exclusivity on the part of the Burroughs estate moot).



* Warren Beatty spent most of the 1960s trying to make ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', even pitching the idea to FrenchNewWave directors Creator/FrancoisTruffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

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* Warren Beatty Creator/WarrenBeatty spent most of the 1960s trying to make ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', even pitching the idea to FrenchNewWave directors Creator/FrancoisTruffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.Creator/JeanLucGodard.



* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was in development hell for almost a couple of '''decades'''. It was preparing to start filming in 2001 when the September 11th attacks made it unfeasible for the production crew to travel to Australia. By then, Creator/MelGibson lost interest in reprising the role and dropped out of production, which seemed to have made filming almost unlikely until reports in 2009 posited that it would be made without Gibson's involvement. The title role was recast (Tom Hardy replaced Mel Gibson) and started filming in July 2012, where principal photography rolled in Namibia. Filming wrapped up in December of that year, and spent almost three years in post-production before it was finally completed in time for a May 15, 2015 release. Critical and public reaction was almost unanimous in praise, and as a result the ''Film/MadMax'' franchise was successfully rebooted and a fifth film began production almost immediately after ''Fury Road''[='=]s success.

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was in development hell for almost a couple of '''decades'''. It was preparing to start filming in 2001 when the September 11th attacks made it unfeasible for the production crew to travel to Australia. By then, Creator/MelGibson lost interest in reprising the role and dropped out of production, which seemed to have made filming almost unlikely until reports in 2009 posited that it would be made without Gibson's involvement. The title role was recast (Tom Hardy (Creator/TomHardy replaced Mel Gibson) and started filming in July 2012, where principal photography rolled in Namibia. Filming wrapped up in December of that year, and spent almost three years in post-production before it was finally completed in time for a May 15, 2015 release. Critical and public reaction was almost unanimous in praise, and as a result the ''Film/MadMax'' franchise was successfully rebooted and a fifth film began production almost immediately after ''Fury Road''[='=]s success.



* The truly bizarre story of ''Dark Blood'': The movie was, by director George Sluizer's estimation, "80 percent finished" when shooting wrapped up for the night on October 30, 1993, the night that the film's star, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose. Much of what was left to be filmed consisted of interior shots requiring close-ups of Phoenix's character, so the filmmakers and the insurance company were left to conclude that there was no cost-efficient way to salvage the movie, at which point the investors were paid out and ownership of the movie transferred to the insurers themselves. In 1999, no longer willing to pay to warehouse the film, the insurance company was set to destroy it, but Sluizer [[NoodleIncident somehow]] rescued the footage. Flash forward to Christmas Day, 2007. Sluizer collapses suddenly while vacationing in the French Alps and was evacuated to a local hospital, then driven five '''hours''' to a cardiovascular hospital to be treated for...an acute aortic dissection, which normally kills a person within five '''minutes'''. While he's recovering, he comes to the decision that he has to complete this movie, and starts soliciting donations on what amounts to the Dutch equivalent of {{Kickstarter}}. Ultimately, the decision was made to fill in the narrative gaps using a voiceover, with Sluizer considering using an actor but eventually deciding to do it himself. The film premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival on September 27, 2012--nearly ''nineteen years'' after the death of its star.

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* The truly bizarre story of ''Dark Blood'': The movie was, by director George Sluizer's estimation, "80 percent finished" when shooting wrapped up for the night on October 30, 1993, the night that the film's star, River Phoenix, Creator/RiverPhoenix, died of a drug overdose. Much of what was left to be filmed consisted of interior shots requiring close-ups of Phoenix's character, so the filmmakers and the insurance company were left to conclude that there was no cost-efficient way to salvage the movie, at which point the investors were paid out and ownership of the movie transferred to the insurers themselves. In 1999, no longer willing to pay to warehouse the film, the insurance company was set to destroy it, but Sluizer [[NoodleIncident somehow]] rescued the footage. Flash forward to Christmas Day, 2007. Sluizer collapses suddenly while vacationing in the French Alps and was evacuated to a local hospital, then driven five '''hours''' to a cardiovascular hospital to be treated for...an acute aortic dissection, which normally kills a person within five '''minutes'''. While he's recovering, he comes to the decision that he has to complete this movie, and starts soliciting donations on what amounts to the Dutch equivalent of {{Kickstarter}}. Ultimately, the decision was made to fill in the narrative gaps using a voiceover, with Sluizer considering using an actor but eventually deciding to do it himself. The film premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival on September 27, 2012--nearly ''nineteen years'' after the death of its star.



* Creator/JohnHuston had wanted to make ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' since the 1940s. The proposed stars went from Creator/ClarkGable and Creator/HumphreyBogart, to Creator/BurtLancaster and Creator/KirkDouglas, to Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/PeterOToole, to Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/RobertRedford, to finally, Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/MichaelCaine.



* Haim Saban had been trying to get a network to pick up an Americanized version of ''SuperSentai'' for ''years'', but no one had faith in the idea. He finally got his lucky break as the then president of Fox Kids had previously had tried to do the same thing before but failed. Thus ''PowerRangers'' was created, and the rest is history.

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* Haim Saban had been trying to get a network to pick up an Americanized version of ''SuperSentai'' ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' for ''years'', but no one had faith in the idea. He finally got his lucky break as the then president of Fox Kids had previously had tried to do the same thing before but failed. Thus ''PowerRangers'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' was created, and the rest is history.



* The [[Series/TopGearUS U.S. version]] of ''TopGear'' went through three different pilots before finally being picked up. It's now in its third season.

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* The [[Series/TopGearUS U.S. version]] of ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' went through three different pilots before finally being picked up. It's now in its third season.



* ''TheAquabats'' tried for most of the band's existence to get their own TV show. And boy, did they try. And every time they tried, something shot the show down before it could go to air. Once the network got new executives and cancelled the previously-greenlit show. Once the network just stopped talking to them. Once, admittedly, they themselves hated one of the pilots they made. But they just kept trying. It took three pilots, a few networks, numerous network executives, and ''a different band lineup every time'', but finally, after years and years of fighting, ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' got its time on TV on TheHub in early 2012.

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* ''TheAquabats'' ''Series/TheAquabats'' tried for most of the band's existence to get their own TV show. And boy, did they try. And every time they tried, something shot the show down before it could go to air. Once the network got new executives and cancelled the previously-greenlit show. Once the network just stopped talking to them. Once, admittedly, they themselves hated one of the pilots they made. But they just kept trying. It took three pilots, a few networks, numerous network executives, and ''a different band lineup every time'', but finally, after years and years of fighting, ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' got its time on TV on TheHub in early 2012.



* The British miniseries ''Series/OurFriendsInTheNorth'' was based on a play Peter Flannery wrote in 1979. Plans to adapt it for television in the 1980s were stalled for legal reasons, due to at least two characters being based on real people. It finally made it to screens in 1996, by which point a lot more history happened, thus causing the story, (which originally ended with UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher being elected Prime Minister) to be expanded to the (then) present.



** ''LetItBe'' was supposed to have been an early 1969 "back to basics" album called ''Get Back'' (and accompanying [[Film/LetItBe "making of" film]]), with an album cover in which the 1969 Beatles recreated their ''Please Please Me'' album cover in the original setting. With the Troubled Production and band squabbles delaying the album, the cover was scrapped (it was used later in 1973 on the [[GreatestHitsAlbum compilation]] ''1967-1970'') and the album abandoned while the band recorded ''Abbey Road''. With production work (and overdubbed orchestral accompaniment of several songs) by PhilSpector it was finally released a month after the band broke up under the new name.
* PeterGabriel was working on the album ''Up'' for about 7 years - he started working on it in 1995, it was supposed to be "near completion" in 1998, and yet it took four more years to finally see release. Then there's the debut album by the side project Big Blue Ball, which was in production for ''eighteen'' years.

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** ''LetItBe'' ''Music/LetItBe'' was supposed to have been an early 1969 "back to basics" album called ''Get Back'' (and accompanying [[Film/LetItBe "making of" film]]), with an album cover in which the 1969 Beatles recreated their ''Please Please Me'' album cover in the original setting. With the Troubled Production and band squabbles delaying the album, the cover was scrapped (it was used later in 1973 on the [[GreatestHitsAlbum compilation]] ''1967-1970'') and the album abandoned while the band recorded ''Abbey Road''. With production work (and overdubbed orchestral accompaniment of several songs) by PhilSpector it was finally released a month after the band broke up under the new name.
* PeterGabriel Music/PeterGabriel was working on the album ''Up'' for about 7 years - he started working on it in 1995, it was supposed to be "near completion" in 1998, and yet it took four more years to finally see release. Then there's the debut album by the side project Big Blue Ball, which was in production for ''eighteen'' years.
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