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17th Feb '18 10:18:07 PM nombretomado
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* Between 1996 and 2002, several pilots were shot for a revival of ''{{Pyramid}}''. The show eventually built up a two-season revival with Donny Osmond as host, although this individual version didn't seem to have its own pilot. After that, several ''more'' pilots were shot over the next decade — one was almost picked up by CBS (''The $1,000,000 Pyramid'') but axed. ''Finally'', the show got greenlit for Creator/{{GSN}} to start in September 2012 as just ''The Pyramid'', but fizzled out only a couple months later. Then over the summer of 2016, ABC decided to pick up a primetime version as ''The $100,000 Pyramid'' as a companion to ''[[Series/FamilyFeud Celebrity Family Feud]]'' and its revival of ''Series/MatchGame''; this version was better-received than the GSN run, and was renewed for a second season.

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* Between 1996 and 2002, several pilots were shot for a revival of ''{{Pyramid}}''.''Series/{{Pyramid}}''. The show eventually built up a two-season revival with Donny Osmond as host, although this individual version didn't seem to have its own pilot. After that, several ''more'' pilots were shot over the next decade — one was almost picked up by CBS (''The $1,000,000 Pyramid'') but axed. ''Finally'', the show got greenlit for Creator/{{GSN}} to start in September 2012 as just ''The Pyramid'', but fizzled out only a couple months later. Then over the summer of 2016, ABC decided to pick up a primetime version as ''The $100,000 Pyramid'' as a companion to ''[[Series/FamilyFeud Celebrity Family Feud]]'' and its revival of ''Series/MatchGame''; this version was better-received than the GSN run, and was renewed for a second season.
16th Feb '18 10:36:38 PM nombretomado
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** ''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 Creator/PhilSpector it was finally released a month after the band broke up under the new name.

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** ''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 Creator/PhilSpector Music/PhilSpector it was finally released a month after the band broke up under the new name.
12th Feb '18 7:16:35 PM nombretomado
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* The rights to the remake of the 1976 movie ''Film/{{Sparkle}}'' were bought by WhitneyHouston's production company in the mid 90's, and Music/{{Aaliyah}} was intended to be cast as the lead. However, after Aaliyah's death in a plane crash in 2001, the film was not produced. In 2005, interest in the remake started again with Creator/RavenSymone in talks to star. In 2011, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the producers of ''Film/JumpingTheBroom'', took on ''Sparkle'' as their next project (with Jordin Sparks in the lead and Houston as her mother) and filming ended in November 2011. The movie was released on August 17, 2012 (sadly, Houston had passed away earlier that year).

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* The rights to the remake of the 1976 movie ''Film/{{Sparkle}}'' were bought by WhitneyHouston's Music/WhitneyHouston's production company in the mid 90's, and Music/{{Aaliyah}} was intended to be cast as the lead. However, after Aaliyah's death in a plane crash in 2001, the film was not produced. In 2005, interest in the remake started again with Creator/RavenSymone in talks to star. In 2011, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the producers of ''Film/JumpingTheBroom'', took on ''Sparkle'' as their next project (with Jordin Sparks in the lead and Houston as her mother) and filming ended in November 2011. The movie was released on August 17, 2012 (sadly, Houston had passed away earlier that year).
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* PaulDini's ''ComicBook/BlackCanary / ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'' graphic novel was first announced in 2006 and was finally released in 2014.

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* PaulDini's Creator/PaulDini's ''ComicBook/BlackCanary / ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'' graphic novel was first announced in 2006 and was finally released in 2014.
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* ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' was planned out and was to be directed by Mark Romanek (of ''OneHourPhoto'' fame), but he left due to not being able to make changes during the writer's strike at the time. Joe Johnston took over and shot the film in spring/summer of 2008 for a fall 2008 release, but was held back until 2010 due to re-shoots by demand of the studio.

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* ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' was planned out and was to be directed by Mark Romanek (of ''OneHourPhoto'' ''Film/OneHourPhoto'' fame), but he left due to not being able to make changes during the writer's strike at the time. Joe Johnston took over and shot the film in spring/summer of 2008 for a fall 2008 release, but was held back until 2010 due to re-shoots by demand of the studio.
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* ''Pantheon High'', an American manga, was published by Creator/{{Tokyopop}}. Unfortunately, Tokyopop stopped publishing--but did not go bankrupt--in 2011, right before the third and final volume was to be released. Since Tokyopop wasn't publishing, they didn't release the volume, but since the company still existed, the authors couldn't get the rights back to have it published somewhere else. Comixology finally picked it up in May 2014, and is now selling all three volumes.

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* ''Pantheon High'', an American manga, was published by Creator/{{Tokyopop}}. Unfortunately, Tokyopop stopped publishing--but did not go bankrupt--in 2011, right before the third and final volume was to be released. Since Tokyopop wasn't publishing, they didn't release the volume, but since the company still existed, the authors couldn't get the rights back to have it published somewhere else. Comixology finally picked it up in May 2014, 2014 and is now selling all three volumes.



** Though this is a dub rather than a series, ''Sgt. Frog'' certainly counts. Creator/ADVFilms announced their license of the series in early 2006, then went completely silent about it for two years and never released so much as a cast list, let alone a DVD or anything close (all we got were trailers for the show appearing on some of ADV's releases from 2007, and some of the actors mentioning it in commentaries and convention appearances). Then ADV lost the rights to ''Frog'' — along with nearly 3 dozen other titles — in July 2008. Creator/FUNimation picked up the distribution rights and released a "test episode" on their Website/YouTube channel seeking feedback in late 2008. Response was... less than stellar, so [=FUNimation=] went back to the drawing board to tweak the scripts and casting. The first batch of episodes was eventually released on DVD in September 2009, and some of the episodes of the final version are up on their video portal. Six months later all of Season 1 (split into two "seasons" due to its length) had been released.

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** Though this is a dub rather than a series, ''Sgt. Frog'' certainly counts. Creator/ADVFilms announced their license of the series in early 2006, then went completely silent about it for two years and never released so much as a cast list, let alone a DVD or anything close (all we got were trailers for the show appearing on some of ADV's releases from 2007, and some of the actors mentioning it in commentaries and convention appearances). Then ADV lost the rights to ''Frog'' — along with nearly 3 dozen other titles — in July 2008. Creator/FUNimation picked up the distribution rights and released a "test episode" on their Website/YouTube channel seeking feedback in late 2008. Response The response was... less than stellar, so [=FUNimation=] went back to the drawing board to tweak the scripts and casting. The first batch of episodes was eventually released on DVD in September 2009, and some of the episodes of the final version are up on their video portal. Six months later all of Season 1 (split into two "seasons" due to its length) had been released.



** It has had a crazy situation with this in America, especially if you're talking uncut episodes. Creator/FourKidsEntertainment got the anime in 2004 and it was aired on Toonami severely edited, even by 4Kids standards. 4Kids originally said they would make uncut releases of this and other shows, then that idea suddenly died. Then in 2007 they lost the licence altogether. Then [=FUNimation=] picked up the show and started putting their version on Toonami... which was cancelled after just 25 episodes (they had dubbed over 40 at the time). They started releasing [=DVD=] uncut from the first episode, but certain actors told fans at cons that it was [=FUNimation=]'s worst-performing series (studio reps denied it), leaving doubt as to whether they would even bother releasing the season they aired on Toonami, to say nothing of any episodes after. Time between original licensing of the show and a proper uncut release: over 3 years.
** It gets crazier once you get to the streaming. The online simulcast was announced and was hacked on the very first night, cancelling the event and leaving [=FUNimation=] and Toei talking for months, leaving fans wondering if they'd ever get caught up to Japan (or keep getting [=DVDs=] at all). Then finally, months later, the simulcast came back and is still going strong.

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** It has had a crazy situation with this in America, especially if you're talking uncut episodes. Creator/FourKidsEntertainment got the anime in 2004 and it was aired on Toonami severely edited, even by 4Kids standards. 4Kids originally said they would make uncut releases of this and other shows, then that idea suddenly died. Then in 2007 2007, they lost the licence license altogether. Then [=FUNimation=] picked up the show and started putting their version on Toonami... which was cancelled canceled after just 25 episodes (they had dubbed over 40 at the time). They started releasing [=DVD=] uncut from the first episode, but certain actors told fans at cons that it was [=FUNimation=]'s worst-performing series (studio reps denied it), leaving doubt as to whether they would even bother releasing the season they aired on Toonami, to say nothing of any episodes after. Time The time between original licensing of the show and a proper uncut release: over 3 years.
** It gets crazier once you get to the streaming. The online simulcast was announced and was hacked on the very first night, cancelling canceling the event and leaving [=FUNimation=] and Toei talking for months, leaving fans wondering if they'd ever get caught up to Japan (or keep getting [=DVDs=] at all). Then finally, months later, the simulcast came back and is still going strong.



** Also, the second season finally started airing in the middle of a rerun of the first, with no advertising to speak of, amid official denials from the publisher. It's like they think the fans are masochists, or something.

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** Also, the second season finally started airing in the middle of a rerun of the first, with no advertising to speak of, amid official denials from the publisher. It's like they think the fans are masochists, masochists or something.



* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' was cancelled around the last chapters due to very low ratings and it was finished with a 'Not concluded' note at the end of it, in 2004. It was until 2008 that Shueisha announced that they were releasing a perfect edition of the manga, giving the chance to the author to finish exactly where and how he wanted it to be. The last volume of ''Shaman King: Kang Zeng Bang'' was eventually released in 2010.

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* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' was cancelled canceled around the last chapters due to very low ratings and it was finished with a 'Not concluded' note at the end of it, in 2004. It was until 2008 that Shueisha announced that they were releasing a perfect edition of the manga, giving the chance to the author to finish exactly where and how he wanted it to be. The last volume of ''Shaman King: Kang Zeng Bang'' was eventually released in 2010.



* Whilst its stay in development hell was rather short, ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' does fit. Announced at TGS 2003, and originally targeted for a summer 2004 release, it ended up appearing in its original form in September 2005. The reason, according to [[WordOfGod director Tetsuya Nomura]], was that the movie was originally meant to only be roughly 40-50 minutes long. However, fan interest skyrocketed as soon as the movie was announced, so the script was rewritten and the movie lengthened to accommodate for fan expectation. ''Advent Children Complete'' again deserves a mention: it saw release in April 2009, after being announced at TGS 2006.

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* Whilst its stay in development hell was rather short, ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' does fit. Announced at TGS 2003, and originally targeted for a summer 2004 release, it ended up appearing in its original form in September 2005. The reason, according to [[WordOfGod director Tetsuya Nomura]], was that the movie was originally meant to only be roughly 40-50 minutes long. However, fan interest skyrocketed as soon as the movie was announced, so the script was rewritten and the movie lengthened to accommodate for fan an expectation. ''Advent Children Complete'' again deserves a mention: it saw release in April 2009, after being announced at TGS 2006.



* The Louisiana[[note]]now Mercedes-Benz[[/note]] Superdome was another example at its construction. It was originally supposed to break ground in 1968 and be ready to open in time for the 1972 NFL season (with Super Bowl VI that January serving as the final event for Tulane Stadium, which was serving as a temporary home for the New Orleans Saints at the time) and cost $46 million[[note]]in 1968 dollars; now over $312 million[[/note]]. Instead, political wrangling between the developers and Louisiana politicians delayed the groundbreaking until August 11, 1971 and ultimately costing $165 million factoring in inflation, the 1973 Oil Crisis and construction delays. The Superdome would open for the 1975 season, after more construction delays that forced Super Bowl IX (which was intended to serve as the stadium's grand opening) being moved at the last moment to the aging Tulane Stadium, where that game would be played in cold, windy and rainy conditions.

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* The Louisiana[[note]]now Mercedes-Benz[[/note]] Superdome was another example at of its construction. It was originally supposed to break ground in 1968 and be ready to open in time for the 1972 NFL season (with Super Bowl VI that January serving as the final event for Tulane Stadium, which was serving as a temporary home for the New Orleans Saints at the time) and cost $46 million[[note]]in 1968 dollars; now over $312 million[[/note]]. Instead, political wrangling between the developers and Louisiana politicians delayed the groundbreaking until August 11, 1971 1971, and ultimately costing cost $165 million factoring in inflation, the 1973 Oil Crisis and construction delays. The Superdome would open for the 1975 season, after more construction delays that forced Super Bowl IX (which was intended to serve as the stadium's grand opening) being moved at the last moment to the aging Tulane Stadium, where that game would be played in cold, windy and rainy conditions.



* There is a proverb in Finnish language, ''rakentaa kuin Iisakin kirkkoa'' ("to construct like Church of Isaac"), meaning a meticulous, lenghty and never-ending project. The proverb refers to Church of St. Isaac the Dalmatian in St. Petersburg, Russia. Its construction lasted for forty years, from 1818 to 1858.

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* There is a proverb in Finnish language, ''rakentaa kuin Iisakin kirkkoa'' ("to construct like Church of Isaac"), meaning a meticulous, lenghty lengthy and never-ending project. The proverb refers to Church of St. Isaac the Dalmatian in St. Petersburg, Russia. Its construction lasted for forty years, from 1818 to 1858.



* [[http://tinyurl.com/4tdgqpv Gemini Storm]] was created in 2008, but had massive delays since everyone on the project was new to ongoing comics and weren't used to deadlines, especially the colourist. Finally released in March 2010. And then the second issue was on hold until December 2010. According to the notes though, Wood has stopped inking the pages, which has sped up the process and the new colourists are much more reliable.

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* [[http://tinyurl.com/4tdgqpv Gemini Storm]] was created in 2008, but had massive delays since everyone on the project was new to ongoing comics and weren't used to deadlines, especially the colourist. Finally released in March 2010. And then the second issue was on hold until December 2010. According to the notes though, Wood has stopped inking the pages, which has sped up the process and the new colourists colorists are much more reliable.



* PaulDini's ''ComicBook/BlackCanary / ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'' graphic novel was first announced in 2006, and was finally released in 2014.

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* PaulDini's ''ComicBook/BlackCanary / ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'' graphic novel was first announced in 2006, 2006 and was finally released in 2014.



* The ''[[ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer Groo]] vs. [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]'' crossover was originally announced in 2007, but got delayed several times for various reasons, including creator Creator/SergioAragones needing a back operation. It finally came out in 2014, seven years later.

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* The ''[[ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer Groo]] vs. [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]'' crossover was originally announced in 2007, 2007 but got delayed several times for various reasons, including creator Creator/SergioAragones needing a back operation. It finally came out in 2014, seven years later.



* ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' by Creator/JoeQuesada started out as a mini-series in 2003 but repeatedly faced delays in production and release of new issues. It went into hiatus following the 5th issue (September, 2004) and was thought discontinued. The final two issues were published in September-October, 2005, completing at least the introduction of the main characters. Some unresolved subplots were covered in a sequel mini-series in 2008-2009.

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* ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' by Creator/JoeQuesada started out as a mini-series in 2003 but repeatedly faced delays in production and release of new issues. It went into on hiatus following the 5th issue (September, (September 2004) and was thought discontinued. The final two issues were published in September-October, 2005, completing at least the introduction of the main characters. Some unresolved subplots were covered in a sequel mini-series in 2008-2009.



* One of the ultimate examples: in the '60s, Creator/RichardWilliams began work on ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', an Arabian nights-esque tale featuring a silent Creator/BusterKeaton style protagonist and a big name star in Creator/VincentPrice. The film languished in production for decades, with Williams steadfastly refusing to give up on it. In fact, pretty much every job he took in the interim was done purely for the money so he could continue working on his [[DoingItForTheArt labor of love]] (which certainly explains the likes of ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''). By the time the film was finally released in a severely compromised form in 1995, the hero had several lines and Price had been dead for two years. Fortunately, there now exists a fan-created version of the film, which uses both footage from the compromised release as well as the animators' own rough animation tests, to better suit the original vision of the story.

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* One of the ultimate examples: in the '60s, Creator/RichardWilliams began work on ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', an Arabian nights-esque tale featuring a silent Creator/BusterKeaton style protagonist and a big name star in Creator/VincentPrice. The film languished in production for decades, with Williams steadfastly refusing to give up on it. In fact, pretty much every job he took in the interim was done purely for the money so he could continue working on his [[DoingItForTheArt labor of love]] (which certainly explains the likes of ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''). By the time the film was finally released in a severely compromised form in 1995, the hero had several lines and Price had been dead for two years. Fortunately, there now exists a fan-created version of the film, which uses both footage footages from the compromised release as well as the animators' own rough animation tests, to better suit the original vision of the story.



* ''Destino'', the unlikely collaboration between Creator/WaltDisney and Creator/SalvadorDali, was first conceived back in 1946, but didn't reach screens until 57 years later. The home video release also counts; a ''Walt Disney Treasures'' set was announced for 2008 but dropped, the short and a making-of documentary eventually appearing as extras on the ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''/''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' Blu-ray release in 2010.

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* ''Destino'', the unlikely collaboration between Creator/WaltDisney and Creator/SalvadorDali, was first conceived back in 1946, 1946 but didn't reach screens until 57 years later. The home video release also counts; a ''Walt Disney Treasures'' set was announced for 2008 but dropped, the short and a making-of documentary eventually appearing as extras on the ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''/''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' Blu-ray release in 2010.



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': An animated Disney adaptation of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' had been in development since the early 1940s when 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.

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': An animated Disney adaptation of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' had been in development since the early 1940s when 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, 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.



* ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve'' suffered a similar ordeal, but in a smaller scale and shorter time period.

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* ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve'' suffered a similar ordeal, ordeal but in a smaller scale and shorter time period.



* The previously planned ''Film/JusticeLeague'' film (a serious case of WhatCouldHaveBeen) petered out after a year in development. In 2007, pre-production got underway, with many major names attached to star in the film (including Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart, and Michael Gough as Alfred [reprising his role from the 90's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' franchise]). Numerous problems happened during pre-production (the film's costume designer passed away, a Hollywood writer's strike derailed the script development and there were rumors that director Creator/GeorgeMiller had been canned from the project). Finally, the film was delayed less than ''a month'' before it began shooting and become effectively moribund. Then, with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, specifically ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the studio began again to make the film happen, with [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Justice-League-Movie-What-We-Know-So-Far-32429.html 2013 rumors]] of releasing ''Film/ManOfSteel'' first leadin into an ''Avengers''-like team up of Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/GreenLantern, Franchise/WonderWoman and Franchise/TheFlash. Then, the ''Man of Steel'' sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' was made as a BackdoorPilot to the Justice League (to the point its subtitle is "Dawn of Justice"). [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015/ The Justice League film]] was released in 2017, after a Troubled Production that led to Joss Whedon took over directing duties from Zack Snyder (from both ''Man of Steel'' and the sequel)to mixed reviews and becoming the lowest grossing film in the DCU to date.



* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' could count as well. The skeleton of the story was ready already in 1936, but the book was published nearly twenty years later, 1954-1955.
* The third book in the Literature/InheritanceCycle took around three years to finish. Then Creator/ChristopherPaolini said the book was too long so he split it in two and still took more time before releasing it. In the acknowledgments for ''Brisingr'', he thanked one person in particular for "giving me a much needed kick-in-the-pants early on" and mentions that without which, he would probably still be working on the book.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' could count as well. The skeleton of the story was ready already in 1936, but the book was published nearly twenty years later, later 1954-1955.
* The third book in the Literature/InheritanceCycle took around three years to finish. Then Creator/ChristopherPaolini said the book was too long so he split it in two and still took more time before releasing it. In the acknowledgments for ''Brisingr'', he thanked one person in particular for "giving me a much needed much-needed kick-in-the-pants early on" and mentions that without which, he would probably still be working on the book.



** In 1989, the show was cancelled pending a revamp...which was attempted in 1996, but rights issues and low US ratings of a TV movie (it was co-produced by Fox) pushed it right back into development hell until 2005.
** The 7-year gap between the original show and the TV movie ''also'' ended up being a case of development hell. Actually, two cases; after the BBC cancelled the show, they were approached by a film company in the UK who wanted to do a theatrical feature, so when Philip Segal approached the BBC about restarting the show as a joint BBC/20th Century Fox venture, the BBC kept putting him off until it became clear that the film company they'd already given the go-ahead to never was going to produce the property. By the time Segal got the BBC on board, the people he'd dealt with at the Fox TV network were no longer there, and the new guys had no enthusiasm for the project, so he had to take it to the network's movie-of-the-week division (which operated separately from the series-production division) to get it made as a one-shot, in hopes of getting it picked up as a series if it did well enough. (Its failure to do so, on the other hand, was just a classic case of ScrewedByTheNetwork, when Fox decided to scheduled it to air in the same time slot as the penultimate, and crucial to the plot, episode of ''Roseanne''.)

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** In 1989, the show was cancelled canceled pending a revamp...which was attempted in 1996, but rights issues and low US ratings of a TV movie (it was co-produced by Fox) pushed it right back into development hell until 2005.
** The 7-year gap between the original show and the TV movie ''also'' ended up being a case of development hell. Actually, two cases; after the BBC cancelled the show, they were approached by a film company in the UK who wanted to do a theatrical feature, so when Philip Segal approached the BBC about restarting the show as a joint BBC/20th Century Fox venture, the BBC kept putting him off until it became clear that the film company they'd already given the go-ahead to never was going to produce the property. By the time Segal got the BBC on board, the people he'd dealt with at the Fox TV network were no longer there, and the new guys had no enthusiasm for the project, so he had to take it to the network's movie-of-the-week division (which operated separately from the series-production division) to get it made as a one-shot, in hopes of getting it picked up as a series if it did well enough. (Its failure to do so, on the other hand, was just a classic case of ScrewedByTheNetwork, when Fox decided to scheduled schedule it to air in the same time slot as the penultimate, and crucial to the plot, episode of ''Roseanne''.)



* ''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 Creator/TheHub in early 2012.

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* ''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 canceled 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 Creator/TheHub in early 2012.



* Music/MassiveAttack's next album. For a while at the end of 2006 it had a confirmed release date, which was spring 2007, but it did not come out. Since then, it has no release date at all, the band even dropped the title, ''Weather Underground''. As of now (January 2010) we still don't know when will it come out and what will the title of the album be. They released an EP recently though. It was released in February 2010, and the title is ''Heligoland''.

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* Music/MassiveAttack's next album. For a while while, at the end of 2006 2006, it had a confirmed release date, which was spring 2007, but it did not come out. Since then, it has no release date at all, the band even dropped the title, ''Weather Underground''. As of now (January 2010) we still don't know when will it come out and what will the title of the album be. They released an EP recently though. It was released in February 2010, and the title is ''Heligoland''.



* Slightly odd example as it didn't involve newly recorded material: Music/NeilYoung's ''Archives'' self-curated best-of compilation. First discussed in the late 1980s, and announced several times since. There were rumours that Young had convinced himself that actually releasing them would send him into a terminal writer's block. First massive installment finally came out in 2009.
* Although Music/MeatLoaf has been fairly prolific over his nearly 40 year career, the ''Bat Out of Hell'' series of albums are notorious for their stints in Development Hell. The first, released in 1977, is still considered one of the greatest albums of all time. ''Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell'' wasn't released until 1992, however, due to ongoing conflicts between Meat Loaf and songwriter/producer Jim Steinman. And finally, after an almost as long gap, ''Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose'' was released in 2006, which ran into problems including Meat Loaf and Steinman fighting over who owns the rights to the title "Bat Out of Hell" (they were ultimately awarded to Meat Loaf) and only half of the tracks being written by Steinman, and those tracks not being original works, but rather recycled from his work with other musicians and solo projects. When asked to comment on his relationship with Steinman, Meat Loaf once said "Jim and I love each other. We're best friends. It's just our managers and lawyers that can't stand each other, and they're the ones that keep starting all this shit."

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* Slightly odd example as it didn't involve newly recorded material: Music/NeilYoung's ''Archives'' self-curated best-of compilation. First discussed in the late 1980s, and announced several times since. There were rumours rumors that Young had convinced himself that actually releasing them would send him into a terminal writer's block. First massive installment finally came out in 2009.
* Although Music/MeatLoaf has been fairly prolific over his nearly 40 year 40-year career, the ''Bat Out of Hell'' series of albums are notorious for their stints in Development Hell. The first, released in 1977, is still considered one of the greatest albums of all time. ''Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell'' wasn't released until 1992, however, due to ongoing conflicts between Meat Loaf and songwriter/producer Jim Steinman. And finally, after an almost as long gap, ''Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose'' was released in 2006, which ran into problems including Meat Loaf and Steinman fighting over who owns the rights to the title "Bat Out of Hell" (they were ultimately awarded to Meat Loaf) and only half of the tracks being written by Steinman, and those tracks not being original works, but rather recycled from his work with other musicians and solo projects. When asked to comment on his relationship with Steinman, Meat Loaf once said "Jim and I love each other. We're best friends. It's just our managers and lawyers that can't stand each other, and they're the ones that keep starting all this shit."



* Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark's 11th studio album was announced in late 2002 and finally released, after several release dates were announced and retracted, in late 2010, under the title ''History of Modern''. Since Paul Humphreys rejoined the band during that time, a whole new album was recorded with him, and only one of the songs was retained (in rerecorded form). So technically the album that was announced in 2002 is ''still'' unreleased.

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* Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark's 11th studio album was announced in late 2002 and finally released, after several release dates were announced and retracted, in late 2010, under the title ''History of Modern''. Since Paul Humphreys rejoined the band during that time, a whole new album was recorded with him, and only one of the songs was retained (in rerecorded re-recorded form). So technically the album that was announced in 2002 is ''still'' unreleased.



* The Music/BigStar [[CoverAlbum tribute album]] ''Big Star, Small World'' was completed and scheduled for a Spring 1998 release by Ignition Records. Ignition went under before it could be released though, and the compilation didn't see the light of day until 2006, when Koch Records bought the rights. As a result, the album ended up an UnintentionalPeriodPiece of sorts: Most of the contributing artists were at their height of popularity in the mid-nineties, and three bands who appeared on the album were long broken up when it came out [[note]] Afghan Whigs, Whiskeytown, and Idle Wilds[[/note]], while two others had managed to break up ''and'' reunite [[note]] Music/GinBlossoms and The Posies[[/note]] during the eight year interim. At the time one of the big draws was to be a new song from Big Star themselves, but the song in question, "Hot Thing", showed up on the compilation ''Big Star Story'' to generally lackluster reception.

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* The Music/BigStar [[CoverAlbum tribute album]] ''Big Star, Small World'' was completed and scheduled for a Spring 1998 release by Ignition Records. Ignition went under before it could be released though, and the compilation didn't see the light of day until 2006, when Koch Records bought the rights. As a result, the album ended up an UnintentionalPeriodPiece of sorts: Most of the contributing artists were at their height of popularity in the mid-nineties, and three bands who appeared on the album were long broken up when it came out [[note]] Afghan Whigs, Whiskeytown, and Idle Wilds[[/note]], while two others had managed to break up ''and'' reunite [[note]] Music/GinBlossoms and The Posies[[/note]] during the eight year eight-year interim. At the time one of the big draws was to be a new song from Big Star themselves, but the song in question, "Hot Thing", showed up on the compilation ''Big Star Story'' to generally lackluster reception.



** The ride itself has an example within it. In the beginning, one of the planned characters/gags in the ride was going to be the "Hatbox Ghost", the groom to the Attic's bride, whose head would disappear from his shoulders and reappear in his hatbox in time with the bride's heartbeat. The figure was produced, and the lighting implemented to create the disappearing trick, but the figure was taken out very shortly thereafter once it was clear that the distance between the riders and the figure was too short to allow the effect to work. Because it was taken out so early and so few people had seen it, the Hatbox Ghost achieved legendary status within the fanbase. His presence endured in the franchise, and in 2015, with decades of technological advancement, the Hatbox Ghost was made again with a more complex digital head-transfer effect and more animation, finally placing him in the ride like he was always supposed to be.

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** The ride itself has an example within of it. In the beginning, one of the planned characters/gags in the ride was going to be the "Hatbox Ghost", the groom to the Attic's bride, whose head would disappear from his shoulders and reappear in his hatbox in time with the bride's heartbeat. The figure was produced, and the lighting implemented to create the disappearing trick, but the figure was taken out very shortly thereafter once it was clear that the distance between the riders and the figure was too short to allow the effect to work. Because it was taken out so early and so few people had seen it, the Hatbox Ghost achieved legendary status within the fanbase. His presence endured in the franchise, and in 2015, with decades of technological advancement, the Hatbox Ghost was made again with a more complex digital head-transfer heat-transfer effect and more animation, finally placing him in the ride like he was always supposed to be.



* ''VideoGame/ChipsChallenge'' 2 by Chuck Sommerville was finally released on May 28, 2015 after a successful five year long negotiation with the trademark owners. It had originally languished for 23 years when the new owners wanted him to fund the publishing.

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* ''VideoGame/ChipsChallenge'' 2 by Chuck Sommerville was finally released on May 28, 2015 2015, after a successful five year five-year long negotiation with the trademark owners. It had originally languished for 23 years when the new owners wanted him to fund the publishing.



* ''[[Videogame/Doom2016 Doom 4]]'' was first announced in 2008, but repeatedly hit delays due to Creator/IdSoftware being bought out by Zenimax, as well as development resources being channeled into ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}''. As the years went on, leaked concept art, screenshots, and later a development video of pre-rendered cutscenes came out from a version of the game that was canned as by [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/24/8839643/bethesda-doom-4-call-of-duty Bethesda's own admission it was basically]] ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of]] [[FollowTheLeader Doom]]''. A completely new version of the game was shown to a tightly controlled private audience at Quakecon 2014 where any video recording was banned. Word from those who saw it was that it was much closer to the first two ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games in style. At E3 2015 the game was finally shown off to the public, now simply titled ''[[RecycledTitle Doom]]'' and finally released on May 13th, 2016.

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* ''[[Videogame/Doom2016 Doom 4]]'' was first announced in 2008, but repeatedly hit delays due to Creator/IdSoftware being bought out by Zenimax, as well as development resources being channeled into ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}''. As the years went on, leaked concept art, screenshots, and later a development video of pre-rendered cutscenes came out from a version of the game that was canned as by [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/24/8839643/bethesda-doom-4-call-of-duty Bethesda's own admission it was basically]] ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of]] [[FollowTheLeader Doom]]''. A completely new version of the game was shown to a tightly controlled private audience at Quakecon 2014 where any video recording was banned. Word The word from those who saw it was that it was much closer to the first two ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games in style. At E3 2015 the game was finally shown off to the public, now simply titled ''[[RecycledTitle Doom]]'' and finally released on May 13th, 2016.



* ''VideoGame/LANoire''. It was released in 2011 after a seven year haitus. One of the reasons behind the delay was because they were trying to master the new technology of facial reading to make the characters look as realistic as possible.

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* ''VideoGame/LANoire''. It was released in 2011 after a seven year seven-year haitus. One of the reasons behind the delay was because they were trying to master the new technology of facial reading to make the characters look as realistic as possible.



* ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Franchise/MegaMan'' was announced sometime in 2013 and its kickstarter goals were met ''well'' beyond expectations. The original release window was 2015, but it was delayed several times due to TroubledProduction, additions/changes to the game during development, and the studio making another kickstarter project at the same time. The game was finally released in 2016 and thanks to the glitches, game design problems, and other issues, there was a lot of HypeBacklash.

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* ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Franchise/MegaMan'' was announced sometime in 2013 and its kickstarter Kickstarter goals were met ''well'' beyond expectations. The original release window was 2015, but it was delayed several times due to TroubledProduction, additions/changes to the game during development, and the studio making another kickstarter project at the same time. The game was finally released in 2016 and thanks to the glitches, game design problems, and other issues, there was a lot of HypeBacklash.



* ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' is a French parody/hommage to ''SuperSentai''. The four first episodes were released from 2000 to 2004. The fourth episode ended by a {{cliffhanger}}, and the fifth (and last) episode was scheduled for 2005, then 2006 or 2007, then no schedule was given. Finally, after 7 years, it was released on 05/05/2012. [[spoiler: it is not the last episode. The sixth (and last) episode is scheduled for the end of 2012.]]
* ''Pottermore,'' an esoteric and unexplained online supplement to the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book series. Originally opened for limited beta testing in July 2011 and scheduled for public release that August, release dates were continually pushed back…and back…and back… until finally it opened to the public on April 14, 2012.

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* ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' is a French parody/hommage parody/homage to ''SuperSentai''. The four first episodes were released from 2000 to 2004. The fourth episode ended by with a {{cliffhanger}}, and the fifth (and last) episode was scheduled for 2005, then 2006 or 2007, then no schedule was given. Finally, after 7 years, it was released on 05/05/2012. [[spoiler: it is not the last episode. The sixth (and last) episode is scheduled for the end of 2012.]]
* ''Pottermore,'' an esoteric and unexplained online supplement to the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book series. Originally opened for limited beta testing in July 2011 and scheduled for public release that August, release dates were continually pushed back…and back…and back… until finally finally, it opened to the public on April 14, 2012.



* ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' aired its pilot in 2011 and was due to air future episodes not soon after. Years passed and nothing ever appeared so many assumed it was canceled, probably due to the controversy involving the timeskip. In 2014 it finally aired as ''Dora and Friends'', having added a male character to the line-up.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' aired its pilot in 2011 and was due to air future episodes not soon after. Years passed and nothing ever appeared so many assumed it was canceled, probably due to the controversy involving the timeskip. time skip. In 2014 it finally aired as ''Dora and Friends'', having added a male character to the line-up.



* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' was supposed to come out around August of 2013 but was pushed back to September of 2015. In the process they changed the art-style from a 2D {{animesque}} style to an AllCGICartoon and changed a lot of plot details (including replacing the male lead and making the series more kid friendly).

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' was supposed to come out around August of 2013 but was pushed back to September of 2015. In the process process, they changed the art-style from a 2D {{animesque}} style to an AllCGICartoon and changed a lot of plot details (including replacing the male lead and making the series more kid friendly).kid-friendly).



* Rumors of a new [[Toys/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]] doll, Rebecca, began to surface in the adult collector community as far back as 1998, when Mattel trademarked the name of the character. Eventually details leaked that she'd be the first Jewish historical, and after that, she seemed abandoned, with dolls such as Native American Kaya and '70s girl Julie (and the entire Best Friends line) appearing instead. Rumors of prototypes of Rebecca being seen by company insiders floated the entire time, with various descriptions given of her appearance, but most of the collecting world have given her up as an idea dumped on the drawing room floor. Following the retirement of Samantha in 2008, American Girl finally confirmed they were producing Rebecca, who was released in May of '09.

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* Rumors of a new [[Toys/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]] doll, Rebecca, began to surface in the adult collector community as far back as 1998, 1998 when Mattel trademarked the name of the character. Eventually Eventually, details leaked that she'd be the first Jewish historical, history, and after that, she seemed abandoned, with dolls such as Native American Kaya and '70s girl Julie (and the entire Best Friends line) appearing instead. Rumors of prototypes of Rebecca being seen by company insiders floated the entire time, with various descriptions given of her appearance, but most of the collecting world have has given her up as an idea dumped on the drawing room floor. Following the retirement of Samantha in 2008, American Girl finally confirmed they were producing Rebecca, who was released in May of '09.



* The [[UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen]] airplane. Intended to be a jack-of-all-trades, as the name implies ([=JAS=] = Jakt, Attack, Spaning or Fighter, Attack, Reconnaissance) the project was initiated in 1977. The design was initiated in 1979, and the first prototype rolled out in 1987. It appeared the prototype was, although promising, seriously flawed, and two prototypes were lost (1988 and 1993). Gripen was seriously immature in 1993 on its first contract competition (Finland chose [[CoolPlane F/A-18 Hornets]] instead). It finally entered service in 1997, twenty years after the original concept. It has been developed and improved ever since, and in 2017 it has become fully mature and one of the best all-around light fighters in the world, and Saab has actually earned revenues on Gripen exports. It is now (2017) one of the candidates to supercede the F/A-18 Hornets in the Finnish Air Force - ''25 years after'' the initial competition.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen]] airplane. Intended to be a jack-of-all-trades, as the name implies ([=JAS=] = Jakt, Attack, Spaning or Fighter, Attack, Reconnaissance) the project was initiated in 1977. The design was initiated in 1979, and the first prototype rolled out in 1987. It appeared the prototype was, although promising, seriously flawed, and two prototypes were lost (1988 and 1993). Gripen was seriously immature in 1993 on its first contract competition (Finland chose [[CoolPlane F/A-18 Hornets]] instead). It finally entered service in 1997, twenty years after the original concept. It has been developed and improved ever since, and in 2017 it has become fully mature and one of the best all-around light fighters in the world, and Saab has actually earned revenues on Gripen exports. It is now (2017) one of the candidates to supercede supersede the F/A-18 Hornets in the Finnish Air Force - ''25 years after'' the initial competition.
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** After more delays, Gilliam was able to regain funding for ''Quixote'' in 2016 with Creator/AdamDriver and Creator/JonathanPryce taking over the lead roles of Toby and Quixote respectively. Principle photography finally restarted on March 2017 and wrapped up [[http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/terry-gilliam-wraps-production-on-the-man-who-killed-don-quixote-1201836951/ on June 2017]], fullfilling Gilliam's desire to get his dream project off the ground. The film is set to be released in 2018 from Creator/AmazonStudios.

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** After more delays, Gilliam was able to regain funding for ''Quixote'' in 2016 with Creator/AdamDriver and Creator/JonathanPryce taking over the lead roles of Toby and Quixote respectively. Principle Principal photography finally restarted on March 2017 and wrapped up [[http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/terry-gilliam-wraps-production-on-the-man-who-killed-don-quixote-1201836951/ on June 2017]], fullfilling fulfilling Gilliam's desire to get his dream project off the ground. The film is set to be released in 2018 from Creator/AmazonStudios.
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* Filming for the final entry of The Maze Runner film series was shut down indefinitely due to injuries sustained by the lead actor, but resumed in 2017, the film scheduled to release in January 2018.


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* In 2007, Platinum Dunes announced the GroundhogDayLoop horror film ''Half to Death'', which they eventually ditched after rewrites. Nearly a decade later, the guy responsible for the rewrites was reminded of the film by the original producer, gave his script to Blumhouse (he worked there in the ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' sequels) and it was greenlit, eventually being released as ''Film/HappyDeathDay'' in 2017.
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* The rights to the movie ''Film/OneForTheMoney'', based on the book of the same name by Janet Evanovich, were bought in the late 1990s by TriStarPictures. In early 2010, Lions Gate Entertainment announced that they were going to make the movie with Julie Anne Robinson directing and Katherine Heigl as the main character. The movie was shot from July to September 2010, but for whatever reason wasn't released until January 2012. The movie ended up bombing in theaters and was critically panned.

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* The rights to the movie ''Film/OneForTheMoney'', based on the book of the same name by Janet Evanovich, were bought in the late 1990s by TriStarPictures.Creator/TriStarPictures. In early 2010, Lions Gate Entertainment announced that they were going to make the movie with Julie Anne Robinson directing and Katherine Heigl as the main character. The movie was shot from July to September 2010, but for whatever reason wasn't released until January 2012. The movie ended up bombing in theaters and was critically panned.
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** Martin's decreased writing pace has also raised concerns because the series is being adapted for television as ''Series/GameOfThrones''. At current plans[[note]]The adaptation of ''A Storm of Swords'' has been split across two seasons (2013/14), and the chronology of the ''Feast for Crows[=/=]Dance with Dragons'' conglomerate precludes them being mixed into two seasons[[/note]], the series' final season will air in 2018, leaving only four years for Martin to finish the last two books (it took six years to finish ''A Dance with Dragons''). While Martin believes ''Dance'' was his DarkestHour and the final two books will be easier to produce, he has ''admitted'' concern over getting Book 7 (''A Dream of Spring'') out on time, which isn't precisely easing the fandom's mind. Bantam Books has all but ruled out ''The Winds of Winter'' seeing a 2014 publication date, by the way.

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** Martin's decreased writing pace has also raised concerns because the series is being adapted for television as ''Series/GameOfThrones''. At current plans[[note]]The adaptation of ''A Storm of Swords'' has been was split across two seasons (2013/14), and the chronology of the ''Feast for Crows[=/=]Dance with Dragons'' conglomerate precludes them being mixed into two seasons[[/note]], the series' final season will air in 2018, leaving only four years for 2019, meaning Martin to won't finish the last two books (it took six years to finish ''A Dance with Dragons'').Dragons'') before it airs. While Martin believes ''Dance'' was his DarkestHour and the final two books will be easier to produce, he has ''admitted'' concern over getting Book 7 (''A Dream of Spring'') out on time, which isn't precisely easing the fandom's mind. Bantam Books has all but ruled out ''The Winds of Winter'' seeing a 2014 publication date, by the way.
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