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17th Jun '18 6:59:48 PM TheGreenHerring
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** While not a Mordeth winner, the 2015 arcade-style mod ''[[https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/Ports/megawads/skuldash Skulldash]]'' was initially created for the Skulltag source port and took "Over Seven Years" to develop, during which Skulltag died and its off-shoot Zandronum took its place. This technically means ''Skulldash'' took so long to make that it outlived its original target engine by just over three years. For all its effort, ''Skulldash'' was met with critical acclaim and [[https://www.doomworld.com/22years/best1.php one of the Cacowards of 2015]].
13th Jun '18 4:27:01 PM costanton11
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* One of the strangest cases of development hell occurred with the film ''Film/PhoneBooth''. Writer Creator/LarryCohen began work on the project in the 1960's as a project for Creator/AlfredHitchcock. After Hitchcock died, the screenplay was shelved until Creator/JoelSchumacher read the screenplay and shot the film on a low budget for two weeks in 2000 (with a then-unknown Colin Farrell and Ron Eldard as the villain). After seeing a rough cut of the film, Fox shelved the project and re-shot Eldard's scenes with [[spoiler: Kiefer Sutherland]]. While the film was on the shelf, Cohen reworked parts of the Phone Booth screenplay, updated the technology and sold ''Film/{{Cellular}}'' to New Line Cinema (which was released in 2004) with ChrisEvans in the lead role. Eventually, Fox scheduled ''Phone Booth'' for November 15th, 2002, only to delay it after the Beltway Sniper shootings occurred. Finally, the film was rescheduled for April 4th, 2003 and managed to be a hit at the box office.

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* One of the strangest cases of development hell occurred with the film ''Film/PhoneBooth''. Writer Creator/LarryCohen began work on the project in the 1960's as a project for Creator/AlfredHitchcock. After Hitchcock died, the screenplay was shelved until Creator/JoelSchumacher read the screenplay and shot the film on a low budget for two weeks in 2000 (with a then-unknown Colin Farrell and Ron Eldard as the villain). After seeing a rough cut of the film, Fox shelved the project and re-shot Eldard's scenes with [[spoiler: Kiefer Sutherland]]. While the film was on the shelf, Cohen reworked parts of the Phone Booth screenplay, updated the technology and sold ''Film/{{Cellular}}'' to New Line Cinema (which was released in 2004) with ChrisEvans Creator/ChrisEvans in the lead role. Eventually, Fox scheduled ''Phone Booth'' for November 15th, 2002, only to delay it after the Beltway Sniper shootings occurred. Finally, the film was rescheduled for April 4th, 2003 and managed to be a hit at the box office.
6th Jun '18 3:17:03 PM MarkFlrs
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* Fiat (now ''Fiat Chrysler Autombobiles'') at one time, teased the return of their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo Alfa Romeo]] brand to the United States and Canada by 2007. It returned in North America in 2008, after a 15 year absence from the market, by initially offering the limited production [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_8C_Competizione 8C Competizione]] sports car. Now Alfa Romeo sells the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_4C 4C]], a small mid engine sports car, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Giulia_(952) Giulia]], a luxury sport sedan, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Stelvio Stelvio]], a luxury compact crossover SUV, in both the United States and Canadian markets. What other models will come to North America remains to be seen, most likely to be an SUV slotting above the Stelvio and two sports cars, both of which resurrect the ''GTV'' and the ''8C'' nameplates.

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* Fiat (now ''Fiat Chrysler Autombobiles'') Automobiles'') at one time, teased the return of their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo Alfa Romeo]] brand to the United States and Canada by 2007. It returned in North America in 2008, after a 15 year absence from the market, by initially offering the limited production [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_8C_Competizione 8C Competizione]] sports car. Now Alfa Romeo sells the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_4C 4C]], a small mid engine sports car, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Giulia_(952) Giulia]], a luxury sport sedan, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Stelvio Stelvio]], a luxury compact crossover SUV, in both the United States and Canadian markets. What other models will come to North America remains to be seen, most likely to be an SUV slotting above the Stelvio and two sports cars, both of which resurrect the ''GTV'' and the ''8C'' nameplates.
6th Jun '18 3:16:41 PM MarkFlrs
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* Fiat (now ''Fiat Chrysler Autombobiles'') at one time, teased the return of their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo Alfa Romeo]] brand to the United States and Canada by 2007. It returned in North America in 2008, after a 15 year absence from the market, by initially offering the limited production [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_8C_Competizione 8C Competizione]] sports car. Now Alfa Romeo sells the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_4C 4C]], a small mid engine sports car, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Giulia_(952) Giulia]], a luxury sport sedan, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Stelvio Stelvio]], a luxury compact crossover SUV, in both the United States and Canadian markets. What other models will come to North America remains to be seen, most likely to be an SUV slotting above the Stelvio and two sports cars, both of which resurrect the ''GTV'' and the ''8C'' nameplates.
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2nd Jun '18 11:31:02 AM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. In the documentary ''Film/HeartsOfDarknessAFilmmakersApocalypse'', which chronicles the TroubledProduction, it's mentioned that Creator/OrsonWelles planned to adapt Creator/JosephConrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' in 1939, but it was abandoned in pre-production (Welles made ''Film/CitizenKane'' instead). Creator/FrancisFordCoppola started planning ''Apocalypse Now'' in 1969, the idea being to film it in Vietnam. Unsurprisingly, the studio thought it was too dangerous, what with UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar still going on at the time. The plans were revived in 1975 following Coppola's successes ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. The movie was released in 1979, ten years after Coppola conceived of it and forty years after Welles' initial plans to adapt the novel.
29th May '18 4:27:39 PM comicwriter
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* In 2013, Creator/{{Hasbro}} showed off promotional photos for a Mandarin figure that was intended to be part of the Marvel Legends wave for ''Film/IronMan3''. Despite a prototype being shown off at conventions, the figure wouldn't be released until 2018, when it was included as part of a box set celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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* ''Marvel Legends'':
** Each figure in the Comicbook/{{Onslaught}} wave by [=ToyBiz=] was originally supposed to include a henchman character as a special bonus, such as a Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} agent, a [[ActuallyADoombot Doombot]], a Hand ninja, a Hellfire Club guard, and so on. Rising production costs forced [=ToyBiz=] to abandon the bonus figure idea, but the Skrull soldier and Brood drone designed for the wave were later released as part of Diamond's Marvel Select line.
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In 2013, Creator/{{Hasbro}} showed off promotional photos for a Mandarin figure that was intended to be part of the Marvel Legends wave for ''Film/IronMan3''.''Film/IronMan3'' wave. Despite a prototype being shown off at conventions, the figure wouldn't be released until 2018, when it was included as part of a box set celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
29th May '18 4:04:58 PM comicwriter
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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 when Mattel trademarked the name of the character. Eventually, details leaked that she'd be the first Jewish 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 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.
* In 2013, Creator/{{Hasbro}} showed off promotional photos for a Mandarin figure that was intended to be part of the Marvel Legends wave for ''Film/IronMan3''. Despite a prototype being shown off at conventions, the figure wouldn't be released until 2018, when it was included as part of a box set celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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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 when Mattel trademarked the name of the character. Eventually, details leaked that she'd be the first Jewish 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 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.
4th May '18 12:24:46 AM FirstStrike
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* A live-action ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' series called ''Series/{{Titans}}'' was announced for TNT in 2014, but was stated to no longer be moving forward in January 2016. In May 2017, it was announced that the project had been revived and was now going to air on DC's new digital service.

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* A live-action ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' series called ''Series/{{Titans}}'' was announced for TNT in 2014, but was stated to no longer be moving forward in January 2016. In May 2017, it was announced that the project had been revived and was now going to air on DC's new digital the Creator/DCUniverse streaming service.
2nd May '18 3:09:15 PM Mr.French
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* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'' had been in development since 2007 and was first announced in 2009 with a target release year of 2011. Instead, the game was delayed for several years. It got to the point where fans were wondering if the game had been cancelled. It wasn't until E3 2015 when ''The Last Guardian'' was re-revealed as a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 game, with actual footage, and was finally released in December 2016 to rave reviews.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'' had been in development since 2007 and was first announced in 2009 with a target release year of 2011. Instead, the game was delayed for several years. It got to the point where fans were wondering if the game had been cancelled. It wasn't until E3 2015 when ''The Last Guardian'' was re-revealed as a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 game, with actual footage, and was finally released in December 2016 to rave reviews.2016.
22nd Apr '18 8:44:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' was originally to be made by Universal Pictures for release in 2001 as a live-action/CGI combo film starring Creator/RowanAtkinson.[[note]]He ended up appearing in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie instead.[[/note]] It was scrapped upon the failures of the film versions of fellow Jay Ward properties ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' and ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', but it was revived by [=DreamWorks=] Animation as an all-animated film with a different plot, which was released in March 2014,[[note]]in February in the UK[[/note]] becoming a modest success.[[note]]Grossing over $225 million (3rd highest-grossing movie of 2014 not based in a popular property), it was, however, DW's second lowest-earning CG film.[[/note]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' was originally to be made by Universal Pictures for release in 2001 as a live-action/CGI combo film starring Creator/RowanAtkinson.[[note]]He ended up appearing in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie instead.[[/note]] It was scrapped upon the failures of the film versions of fellow Jay Ward properties ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' and ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', but it was revived by [=DreamWorks=] Animation as an all-animated film with a different plot, which was released in March 2014,[[note]]in February in the UK[[/note]] becoming a modest success.[[note]]Grossing over $225 million (3rd highest-grossing movie of 2014 not based in a popular property), it was, however, DW's second lowest-earning CG film.[[/note]]
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