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5th May '16 11:39:04 PM M84
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* ''Videogame/TheMagicCircle'' is an in-universe example. After waiting ''twenty years'' for the promised sequel to one of her favorite games, Coda joins the developer team as its newest intern to make sure it finally gets done. [[spoiler:She does so by manipulating Ishmael into making a laughingstock of himself at E4 and outright threatens him (along with an entire audience room full of frustrated former fans like herself) into making the game open source. Unfortunately, the fans she brings in to code the game immediately make a huge mess of everything. Ultimately, it's up to you to code a decent "Episode One" to salvage the game. Even then, the game's future remains uncertain since the entire old development team -- along with all of their old baggage and bickering -- returns to "help" you.]]
4th May '16 4:26:17 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was supposed to premiere in Fall 1989, but initial version pilot episode "Some Enchanted Evening" was deemed atrocious by the executives and staff and had to be redone. The show premiered with the Christmas special first (December 1989), and the first official episode aired was "Bart the Genius" on January 14, 1990, with the redone pilot being aired as the season finale.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was supposed to premiere in Fall 1989, but the initial version of the pilot episode episode, "Some Enchanted Evening" Evening", was deemed atrocious by the executives and staff and had to be redone. The show premiered with the Christmas special first (December 1989), and the first official episode aired was "Bart the Genius" on January 14, 1990, with the redone pilot being aired as the season finale.
24th Apr '16 6:08:44 PM aye_amber
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* Sergio Leone's gangster epic ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (1984). Leone read Harry Grey's novel ''The Hoods'' in 1967, and wanted to adapt it as a follow-up to ''TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. It took Leone 17 years of planning, arm-twisting, fund-procuring and numerous screenplays to bring ''The Hoods'' to the big screen - during which time he directed two other films and produced several others.

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* Sergio Leone's gangster epic ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (1984). Leone read Harry Grey's novel ''The Hoods'' in 1967, and wanted to adapt it as a follow-up to ''TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. It took Leone 17 years of planning, arm-twisting, fund-procuring and numerous screenplays to bring ''The Hoods'' to the big screen - during which time he directed two other films and produced several others.
19th Apr '16 11:18:48 AM erforce
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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. It took a long time before Lucas, Spielberg and Ford agreed on a script - and thus the TrilogyCreep came [[SequelGap 19 years]] after ''Last Crusade''

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. It took a long time before Lucas, Spielberg and Ford agreed on a script - and thus the TrilogyCreep came [[SequelGap 19 years]] after ''Last Crusade''''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''



** ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', which has a story very close to IndianaJones: Creator/StevenSpielberg met the comic after ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' was compared to the series, tried to make a movie but became dissatisfied and did ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' instead, and finally started motion capture (with Creator/PeterJackson's assistance) after ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' was finished.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', which has a story very close to IndianaJones: ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': Creator/StevenSpielberg met the comic after ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' was compared to the series, tried to make a movie but became dissatisfied and did ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' instead, and finally started motion capture (with Creator/PeterJackson's assistance) after ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' was finished.
19th Apr '16 6:16:41 AM PF
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** ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'': the story that inspired it was published in 1969, Creator/StanleyKubrick begun thinking about adapting it in the early 70's (complete with bringing the author to adapt), brought in Spielberg to the project in 1985, and many false-start announcements appeared through the 90's. Then he died in 1999, Spielberg assumed control of the project, and the film finally took off.

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** ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'': the story that inspired it was published in 1969, Creator/StanleyKubrick begun thinking about adapting it in the early 70's '70s (complete with bringing the author to adapt), brought in Spielberg to the project in 1985, and many false-start announcements appeared through the 90's.'90s. Then he died in 1999, Spielberg assumed control of the project, and the film finally took off.



* The Music/GunsNRoses album ''Chinese Democracy'' was a famous example, being released [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses%27_%27Chinese_Democracy%27_released_after_15_years only in 2008]], after 14 years in development (one of the signs it would come out was the song "Shackler's Revenge" being featured in ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'', [[EarlyBirdCameo about two months before the album itself was released.]]), subverting the long-standing joke that China itself would become democratic before ''Chinese Democracy'' was released. And yes, it's BannedInChina. Showing that TropesAreNotBad, the album received mixed but generally positive reviews.

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* The Music/GunsNRoses album ''Chinese Democracy'' was a famous example, being released [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses%27_%27Chinese_Democracy%27_released_after_15_years only in 2008]], after 14 years in development (one of the signs it would come out was the song "Shackler's Revenge" being featured in ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'', [[EarlyBirdCameo about two months before the album itself was released.]]), released]]), subverting the long-standing joke that China itself would become democratic before ''Chinese Democracy'' was released. And yes, it's BannedInChina. Showing that TropesAreNotBad, the album received mixed but generally positive reviews.
18th Apr '16 7:42:08 PM igordebraga
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* The Dr.Dre album known as Detox was first talked about in 2004 or so. Dre ultimately scrapped it and released another album called Compton: The Soundtrack......in 2015.



* ''[[Music/GunsNRoses Chinese Democracy]]'':
** It was a famous example of this until 2008. It's now [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses%27_%27Chinese_Democracy%27_released_after_15_years finally been released]] after 14 years in development, subverting the long-standing joke that China itself would become democratic before Chinese Democracy was released. And yes, it's BannedInChina. Showing that TropesAreNotBad, the album received mixed but generally positive reviews.
** Perhaps inevitably, a song from ''Chinese Democracy'' was released in 2008... on ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'', [[EarlyBirdCameo about two months before the album itself was released.]]

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* ''[[Music/GunsNRoses Chinese Democracy]]'':
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The Music/GunsNRoses album ''Chinese Democracy'' was a famous example of this until 2008. It's now example, being released [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses%27_%27Chinese_Democracy%27_released_after_15_years finally been released]] only in 2008]], after 14 years in development, development (one of the signs it would come out was the song "Shackler's Revenge" being featured in ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'', [[EarlyBirdCameo about two months before the album itself was released.]]), subverting the long-standing joke that China itself would become democratic before Chinese Democracy ''Chinese Democracy'' was released. And yes, it's BannedInChina. Showing that TropesAreNotBad, the album received mixed but generally positive reviews.
** Perhaps inevitably, a song from ''Chinese Democracy'' was released in 2008... on ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'', [[EarlyBirdCameo about two months before the album itself was released.]]
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18th Apr '16 7:22:22 PM igordebraga
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** The Sequel Trilogy was planned since 1975, as Lucas' original idea was for 9 movies (with [[Film/ANewHope the first filmed]] being [[AnachronicOrder the fourth]]). After later being abandoned and denied for several years - ultimately during production of the prequels, as Lucas stated he had no interest in continuing the story as the hexalogy provided a complete HerosJourney for [[FallenHero Anakin/Vader]] - the trilogy was brought back in 2012 after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm. ''Star Wars: Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' was released in December 2015, and ''[[Film/{{Star Wars 8}} Episode VIII]]'' is scheduled to be released in December 2017.

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** The Sequel Trilogy was planned since 1975, as Lucas' original idea was for 9 movies (with [[Film/ANewHope the first filmed]] being [[AnachronicOrder the fourth]]). After later being abandoned and denied for several years - ultimately during production of the prequels, as Lucas stated he had no interest in continuing the story as the hexalogy provided a complete HerosJourney for [[FallenHero Anakin/Vader]] - the trilogy was brought back in 2012 after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm. ''Star Wars: Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' was released in December 2015, and ''[[Film/{{Star Wars 8}} Episode VIII]]'' is scheduled to be released in December 2017. In-between the regular chapters, Disney will release {{Spin Off}}s, starting with ''Film/RogueOne'' in 2016.



*** Then in Late July 2014 Aykroyd was on The Today Show and again claimed that production would begin in Spring 2015, though he was cryptic about it and said it was uncertain who would be involved with it. So, doubt still remains when the development hell will end.''' And then''', it was reported that director [[Film/{{Bridesmaids}} Paul Feig]] is [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/02/paul-feig-ghostbusters_n_5644486.html currently in talks]] to direct a ContinuityReboot, with women playing the Busters themselves. It began filming in June of 2015 to be released for July 2016 .
* A Doctor Strange film has been considered for three decades, with big names like Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro attatched. But as soon as the MCU started up properly, production steamed through from 2010 onward's and is now being released as part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will begin in late 2016 with ''Captain America: Civil War''. Creator/BenedictCumberbatch will play Strange and it will be directed by [[Film/{{Sinister}} Scott Derrickson]].
* The planned ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' film adaptation has been mired in development problems for years. The rights to the franchise were acquired by Legendary in 2006, and Blizzard brought on Sam Raimi to direct. According to interviews, the first script (which was written by Blizzard's in-house writers) didn't go over well with Raimi, and a second script (written by Raimi and screenwriter Robert Rodat) wasn't accepted by Blizzard, who wanted the story to go a different way. After months of back-and-forth, Raimi walked from the project, blaming mismanagement on Blizzard's part. As of early 2013, Legendary announced that Duncan Jones (''{{Film/Moon}}'') became attached to direct and it all became smooth, yet also painfully slow, sailing. The film is now expected to release in June 2016.
* The Brazilian film "Chato"s release went through a long process that started in 1994, with Guilherme Fontes acquiring the film rights to a acclaimed novel, then production started in 1995 with help from none other than Francis Ford Coppola with him promising the press that it would be the greatest film in Brazilian history. The film then started filming in 1998 and then suddenly stopped the next year. That was when the government of Brazil started a investigation which ended with Fontes and the production company being jailed for Improper use of funds, failing to deliver a film project and misuse of the budget provided by the ministry of the culture. They we're then sentenced to 3 years in prison (Later changed to Community service) and had multiple court hearings condemning them to return the money used for the film. And then in November 2015, after years of failed promises and controversies, the film was released. It received decent reviews, but was far from the Phenomenon that it could have been.

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*** Then in Late July 2014 Aykroyd was on The Today Show and again claimed that production would begin in Spring 2015, though he was cryptic about it and said it was uncertain who would be involved with it. So, doubt still remains when the development hell will end.''' And then''', it was reported that director [[Film/{{Bridesmaids}} Paul Feig]] is [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/02/paul-feig-ghostbusters_n_5644486.html currently in talks]] to direct a ContinuityReboot, with women playing the Busters themselves. It starring a [[DistaffCounterpart female crew of Busters]]. This ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' began filming in June of 2015 to be released for July 2016 .
* A Doctor Strange Comicbook/DoctorStrange film has been considered for three decades, with big names like Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro attatched. But as soon as the MCU started up properly, production steamed through from 2010 onward's and [[Film/DoctorStrange is now being released released]] as part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will begin in late 2016 with ''Captain America: Civil War''. Creator/BenedictCumberbatch will play Strange and it will be directed by [[Film/{{Sinister}} Scott Derrickson]].
* The planned ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' film adaptation has been mired in development problems for years. The rights to the franchise were acquired by Legendary in 2006, and Blizzard brought on Sam Raimi to direct. According to interviews, the first script (which was written by Blizzard's in-house writers) didn't go over well with Raimi, and a second script (written by Raimi and screenwriter Robert Rodat) wasn't accepted by Blizzard, who wanted the story to go a different way. After months of back-and-forth, Raimi walked from the project, blaming mismanagement on Blizzard's part. As of early 2013, Legendary announced that Duncan Jones (''{{Film/Moon}}'') became attached to direct and it all became smooth, yet also painfully slow, sailing. The ''Film/WarCraft'' film is now expected to release in June 2016.
* The Brazilian film "Chato"s release went through ''Chatô'' had a long process that started in 1994, with Guilherme Fontes acquiring the film rights to a the acclaimed novel, novel (a biography of media mogul [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assis_Chateaubriand Assis Chateaubriand]], who introduced TV to the country), then production started in 1995 with help from none other than Francis Ford Coppola with him promising the press that it would be the greatest film in Brazilian history. The film then started filming in 1998 and then suddenly stopped the next year. That was when the government of Brazil started a investigation which ended with Fontes and the production company being jailed for Improper improper use of funds, failing as most of the budget came from the Ministry of Culture, and failure to deliver a film project and misuse of the budget provided by the ministry of the culture. project. They we're were then sentenced to 3 years in prison (Later (later changed to Community community service) and had multiple court hearings condemning them to return the money used for the film. And then in November 2015, after years of failed promises and controversies, the film was released. It received decent reviews, but was far from the Phenomenon that it could have been. barely got distributed - possibly due to being OvershadowedByControversy.
18th Apr '16 7:10:53 PM igordebraga
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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' was initially intended to begin production in 2004 for a summer 2005 release, but endured over a decade of development hell as scheduled release dates were pushed back several times while the script went through revisions. The film was eventually released in June 2015 and broke several records during its opening weekend, including the biggest opening weekend in North America, and the highest-grossing opening worldwide, as well as becoming the first film to gross $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend.



* A fourth ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' was initially intended to begin production in 2004 for a summer 2005 release, but soon entered development hell. The producers even considered pulling the plug once the original author Michael Crichton died in 2008. Then in 2011 Spielberg confirmed the fourth movie was on the way, and in 2013 the eventual director of ''Film/JurassicWorld'' was hired. The film was eventually released in June 2015, being as much of a box office behemoth as the original.



** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', helped by the collapse of Creator/{{Carolco|Pictures}}, complicating an already complex rights ownership situation.

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** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', helped by the collapse of Creator/{{Carolco|Pictures}}, complicating an already complex rights ownership situation. Rights bought in 1997, Schwarzenegger hired in 2001, movie came out two years later.
17th Apr '16 12:22:40 PM Pichu-kun
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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}}''. ''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.



* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' was originally announced in 2006 as a CGI FracturedFairytale named "Rapunzel Unbraided" about a girl and a pizza delivery boy who were transported into the world of ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'', where the actual Rapunzel and her prince had been [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into animals]]. This concept was abandoned rather quickly and it was turned into a more faithful adaptation. Originally it was meant to look like a watercolor painting (similar to ''WesternAnimation/{{Paperman}}'') however the animation was too expensive and difficult to use, thus it was swapped for a more traditional AllCGICartoon. The original plot was a DarkerAndEdgier GenreThrowback to early Franchise/DisneyPrincess films starring Rapunzel alongside a GentleGiant thief named Bastion however it was lightened up considerably when directors changed. Due to how tasking animating Rapunzel's hair was the movie didn't end up coming out until 2010.
* Since about 2003, there had been talks of doing another WesternAnimation/HeyArnold film known tentatively as "the Jungle Movie" which would find Arnold discovering what really happened to his parents and resolving things with Helga. After the box office failure of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' this was put on the backburner and became a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. Now, after 14 years, it was announced that the movie will finally be made (as a pair of TV movies) with Creator/CraigBartlett at the helm ,scheduled for release in 2017.

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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' was originally announced in 2006 as a CGI FracturedFairytale named "Rapunzel Unbraided" "''Rapunzel Unbraided''" about a girl and a pizza delivery boy who were transported into the world of ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'', where the actual Rapunzel and her prince had been [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into animals]]. This concept was abandoned rather quickly and it was turned into a more faithful adaptation. Originally it was meant to look like a watercolor painting (similar to ''WesternAnimation/{{Paperman}}'') however the animation was too expensive and difficult to use, thus it was swapped for a more traditional AllCGICartoon. The original plot was a DarkerAndEdgier GenreThrowback to early Franchise/DisneyPrincess films starring Rapunzel alongside a GentleGiant thief named Bastion however it was lightened up considerably when directors changed. Due to how tasking animating Rapunzel's hair was was, and the multiple story changes, the movie didn't end up coming out until 2010.
* Since about 2003, there had been talks of doing another WesternAnimation/HeyArnold ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' film known tentatively as "the "The Jungle Movie" which would find Arnold discovering what really happened to his parents and resolving things with Helga. After the box office failure of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' this was put on the backburner and became a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. Now, after 14 years, it was announced that the movie will finally be made (as a pair of TV movies) with Creator/CraigBartlett at the helm ,scheduled helm, scheduled for release in 2017.



* ''[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby Air Ride]]'', in development since 1995 for the Nintendo 64, shelved a few years later and surprisingly resurfaced in 2003 on the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube. Speaking of the pink puffball, the infamous GCN Kirby had been revived in 2011 as ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand''.

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Speaking of the pink puffball, the infamous GCN Kirby had been revived in 2011 as ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand''.



* The very first [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokemon game]] went through a number of title options due to trademark issues and was rejected several times by Creator/{{Nintendo}} who didn't understand the concept. It took some help from Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto to get Nintendo on board. It was also Miyamoto's idea to [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo split the cartridges]] to aid in the trading aspect of the game. They were initially announced in an early form in 1990, and didn't come out until 1996.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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The very first [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokemon game]] went through a number of title options due to trademark issues and was rejected several times by Creator/{{Nintendo}} who didn't understand the concept. It took some help from Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto to get Nintendo on board. It was also Miyamoto's idea to [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo split the cartridges]] to aid in the trading aspect of the game. They were initially announced in an early form in 1990, and didn't come out until 1996.



* The ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers' Neighborhood]]'' spin-off ''[[WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood]]'' was in development for six years before finally arriving.

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* The ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers' Neighborhood]]'' ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' spin-off ''[[WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood]]'' ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' was in development for six years before finally arriving.


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* The ''Dance Pantsed'' special of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was originally slated for a 2013 release but was pushed back to January of 2014 instead.
14th Apr '16 4:50:29 PM Premonition45
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* The ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot was announced by TwentiethCenturyFox in 2009, but the film languished in limbo until a cast and director were finally chosen in 2014, and it is set for release in 2015.

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* The ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot was announced by TwentiethCenturyFox in 2009, but the film languished in limbo until a cast and director were finally chosen in 2014, and it is set for release was released in 2015. [[HereWeGoAgain Unfortunately, it was a critical and financial failure, so now, another reboot is being planned...]]
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