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* ''Blue Sky''. Completed in 1990, not released until 1994 due to the bankruptcy of Creator/OrionPictures. By the time it was released, the film's director had been dead for three years.
** Ditto for the film adaptation of ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''

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* The 2008 bankruptcy of Capitol Films (mostly caused by the embezzlement of company funds by head David Bergstein) led to a number of films to either be unreleased or to fade into obscurity due to tangled legal issues.
** The dark comedy ''Nailed'' starring Creator/JessicaBiel and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal; it apparently was such a bad experience that director Creator/DavidORussell refused to finish the film. There was only one 2011 test screening on the former and a 2009 screening at Cannes on the latter (which Kaye says he's still in the process of editing, so that one may well see the light of day eventually). Eventually, ''Nailed'' (now called ''Accidental Love'') was released in 2015 without Russell's involvement.
** Also hit was the crime drama ''Black Water Transit'', directed by Tony Kaye (''Film/AmericanHistoryX'') and starring Creator/LaurenceFishburne. The rights for ''Black Water Transit'' [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/david-bergstein-aramid-lawsuit-settlement-ron-tutor-828822/ have been acquired]], but as of 2016, it still hasn't gotten a general release.
* Dimension Films:
** ''Texas Rangers'' and ''My Boss's Daughter'' (changed from original title "The Guests") were both shelved for over a year owing to the problems at Dimension Studios. The former only got a limited release, though the latter managed to do decent business.
** Dimension Films also delayed horror films ''Demonic'' and ''Clown'' for unknown reasons.
* Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer:
** The found-footage horror film ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' was originally scheduled for release in February 2008, but its release was delayed indefinitely a month before it was to come out, with no explanation given by its distributor. Given that that distributor was MGM, which was just starting to fall apart at the time, it's not difficult to guess why. The film finally saw a VOD release through [=DirecTV=] in 2014, but was pulled shortly thereafter, meaning that the film is not available through any legal channels. A rough cut of the film can be found online, however, and it has been screened at festivals.
** The remake of ''Film/{{Red Dawn|2012}}'' was mostly complete in 2009, but got shelved due to MGM going bankrupt. After the studio solved its financial problems and after a ReCut to replace the [[YellowPeril Chinese villains]] with [[AcceptableTargets North Koreans]] -- it saw a November 2012 release date after being sold to Film District.
** ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' was also a victim of MGM's collapse. It was finished in 2009, but MGM delayed it to do a 3-D conversion, and ''then'' their bankruptcy forced them to abandon those plans. The film was sold to Lionsgate and finally saw the light of day in April 2012, to critical acclaim and box-office success. The delays meant the star of both ''Red Dawn'' and ''Cabin'', Creator/ChrisHemsworth, had [[Film/{{Thor}} a breakthrough role]] during the shelving, and had [[Film/TheAvengers2012 another movie playing]] the same year both delayed films hit theaters.
* Creator/MiramaxFilms:
** Miramax had a glut of films finished in the early 2000s and delayed releasing some of them for several years. Many made nowhere near the money production had cost.
** ''Film/TheGreatRaid'' was one of these.
** ''Underclassman'' was another.
* Creator/OrionPictures:
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''Blue Sky''. Completed in 1990, not released until 1994 due to the bankruptcy of Creator/OrionPictures. By the time it was released, the film's director had been dead for three years.
** Ditto for the film adaptation of ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''.



* The Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/{{Limelight}}'' was pulled from distribution after he was denied re-admittance to the US for allegedly having communist sympathies. Filmed in 1952, finally released in the U.S. in 1972. It had already been released in Europe.
* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' was completed in 1956, but couldn't find a distributor until 1959. That is nowhere near as bad as what happened to Creator/EdWood's follow-up, ''Film/NightOfTheGhouls'', which didn't see the light of day until 1987. The reason? Ed couldn't pay to have the film developed and it was withheld by the lab.
* The Creator/JerryLewis film ''Smorgasbord'' was completed in 1979, and was finally released in 1981 as ''Hardly Working'' to weak box-office and scathing reviews (Creator/RogerEbert gave it zero stars and called it "the greatest non-experience in my moviegoing life.")
* Miramax had a glut of films finished in the early 2000s and delayed releasing some of them for several years. Many made nowhere near the money production had cost.
** ''Film/TheGreatRaid'' was one of these.
** ''Underclassman'' was another.
** Dimension Films had similar problems. ''Texas Rangers'' and ''My Boss's Daughter'' (changed from original title "The Guests") were both shelved for over a year; the former only got a limited release, though the latter managed to do decent business.
* Yuri Kara's movie adaptation of ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' was filmed in 1994 but released in 2011, six years after that ''other'' adaptation by Vladimir Bortko.
* ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles'' premiered to great acclaim at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, but was unable to secure a distributor despite the considerable buzz and the fact that they had Creator/ZacEfron and Creator/ClaireDanes as the stars. It was eventually released to perhaps a dozen cinemas nationwide in November 2009 and almost promptly forgotten (its release on DVD was even ''more'' delayed). Many fans claim that this piss-poor release strategy ended up [[AwardSnub robbing]] co-star Christian [=McKay=] of a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his performance as Creator/OrsonWelles.
* ''Film/TheNutcrackerIn3D'' was filmed in 2007, but not released until 2010. The delay was partly to allow for the afterthought of converting it into a UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie.
* ''Film/RedTails'' suffered in DevelopmentHell from the 80's until 2007, and even after it was in the can and ready to go in 2010 it took another couple years before Creator/GeorgeLucas could find a distributor willing to take it. The reason Lucas gave for both the decades-long hell and this trope was that [[MinorityShowGhetto the cast was mostly black]]. Other sources claim that Lucas was demanding an unreasonably large portion of the international grosses as part of the deal.
* The classic FilmNoir ''Film/TheBigSleep'' was completed in 1944, but the studio shelved it in order to get through their backlog of war movies before WWII ended. This proved to be a very good thing. Before it was released in 1946, scenes were added to capitalize further on the obvious on-screen chemistry of Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/LaurenBacall.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Red Dawn|2012}}'' was mostly complete in 2009, but got shelved due to [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] going bankrupt. After the studio solved its financial problems and after a ReCut to replace the [[YellowPeril Chinese villains]] with [[AcceptableTargets North Koreans]] -- it saw a November 2012 release date after being sold to Film District.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' was also a victim of MGM's collapse. It was finished in 2009, but MGM delayed it to do a 3-D conversion, and ''then'' their bankruptcy forced them to abandon those plans. The film was sold to Lionsgate and finally saw the light of day in April 2012, to critical acclaim and box-office success. (Amusingly, both ''Red Dawn'' and ''Cabin'' star Creator/ChrisHemsworth, who got [[Film/{{Thor}} a breakthrough role]] during the shelving, and had [[Film/TheAvengers2012 another movie playing]] the same year both hit theaters.)
* ''Film/AllAboutSteve'' was shot in 2007, but only got released two years later. (In the meantime, leading man Creator/BradleyCooper made a name for himself and star Creator/SandraBullock had a comeback of sorts, and thus the studio took advantage of it. The DVD tagline is even "What if the girl from ''Film/TheProposal'' goes after the guy from ''Film/TheHangover''?)
* ''Lucky You'' was shot in 2005 and not released until 2007, where it flopped at the box office.

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* The Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/{{Limelight}}'' was pulled from distribution after he was denied re-admittance to Because of the US for allegedly having communist sympathies. Filmed in 1952, finally released in the U.S. in 1972. It had already been released in Europe.
* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' was completed in 1956, but couldn't find a distributor until 1959. That is nowhere near as bad as what happened to Creator/EdWood's follow-up, ''Film/NightOfTheGhouls'', which didn't see the light of day until 1987. The reason? Ed couldn't pay to have the film developed
financial issues and it was withheld by the lab.
* The Creator/JerryLewis film ''Smorgasbord'' was completed in 1979, and was finally released in 1981 as ''Hardly Working'' to weak box-office and scathing reviews (Creator/RogerEbert gave it zero stars and called it "the greatest non-experience in my moviegoing life.")
* Miramax had a glut
subsequent bankruptcy of Creator/RelativityMedia, many of their pending films finished in have been put into release limbo, getting tangled with legal and rights issues along the early 2000s and delayed releasing some of them way. TrailerDelay played a role for several years. Many made nowhere near the money production had cost.
most part. Among the victims of Relativity's collapse were:
** ''Film/TheGreatRaid'' was one of these.
** ''Underclassman'' was another.
** Dimension Films had similar problems. ''Texas Rangers'' and ''My Boss's Daughter'' (changed from original title "The Guests") were both shelved
''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for over $3 million (after a year; the former only got a limited release, though the latter biding war with Sony, who managed to do decent business.
* Yuri Kara's movie adaptation of ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' was filmed in 1994 but released in 2011, six years after that ''other'' adaptation by Vladimir Bortko.
* ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles'' premiered to great acclaim at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, but was unable to secure a distributor despite the considerable buzz and the fact that they had Creator/ZacEfron and Creator/ClaireDanes as the stars. It was eventually released to perhaps a dozen cinemas nationwide in November 2009 and almost promptly forgotten (its release on DVD was even ''more'' delayed). Many fans claim that this piss-poor release strategy ended up [[AwardSnub robbing]] co-star Christian [=McKay=] of a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his performance as Creator/OrsonWelles.
* ''Film/TheNutcrackerIn3D'' was filmed in 2007, but not released until 2010. The delay was partly to allow for the afterthought of converting it into a UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie.
* ''Film/RedTails'' suffered in DevelopmentHell from the 80's until 2007, and even after it was in the can and ready to go in 2010 it took another couple years before Creator/GeorgeLucas could find a distributor willing to take it. The reason Lucas gave for both the decades-long hell and this trope was that [[MinorityShowGhetto the cast was mostly black]]. Other sources claim that Lucas was demanding an unreasonably large portion of
get the international grosses as part rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the deal.
* The classic FilmNoir ''Film/TheBigSleep''
Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].
** ''Masterminds'', a comedy starring Creator/KristenWiig and Creator/ZachGalifianakis
was completed in 1944, but supposed to be Relativity's big summer movie with an August 19, 2015 release date. As their financial scars worsen, they pushed it to October 9, 2015 claiming that the studio shelved it in order needed more time to get through promote the film. Despite Relativity's best intentions to release the film during their backlog of war movies before WWII ended. This proved to be a very good thing. Before it was released in 1946, scenes potential sale, the plans got thwacked and they were added forced to capitalize further delay the film for the time being. Foreign distributors were miffed on the obvious on-screen chemistry ordeal. With Relativity exiting bankruptcy, a new date of Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/LaurenBacall.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Red Dawn|2012}}''
September 30, 2016 was mostly complete in 2009, but got shelved due to [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] going bankrupt. After the studio solved its set. Following poor numbers on opening weekend, Relativity found themselves up for sale suggesting that their financial problems and after a ReCut to replace hopes for the [[YellowPeril Chinese villains]] film were a bit too premature.
** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward
with [[AcceptableTargets North Koreans]] -- the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it saw a November 2012 to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, but that date came and went without any sort of theatrical release and currently there is no tentative release date after being sold to Film District.for the film.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' ** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was also originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy fillings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.
** ''Film/JaneGotAGun'' was among the Relativity casualties and it did its TroubledProduction no favors. Originally set for a September 4, 2015 release after its February 20 date got pushed back, the film was removed from the schedule entirely and Relativity had to give up on the rights. The Weinstein Company (who co-produced the film) handled the US release, opening it on January 29, 2016 (when it bombed, giving Creator/NataliePortman the first of two consecutive commercial bloody noses, as ''Film/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' [on which she was one of the producers] opened and underperformed the following week). You can say that Relativity [[IncrediblyLamePun dodged a bullet]] with this one.
** The British thriller ''Autobahn'', AKA ''Collide'', had an October 30, 2015 release planned, but rights mishaps have screwed the film out of release. Sales agent IM Global successfully worked the issues out, with the film scheduled to open on April 1, 2016 by Creator/OpenRoadFilms, though that was then pushed back to August 19th. That date came without the film showing up Stateside; a [[http://deadline.com/2016/09/collide-felicity-jones-nicholas-hoult-open-road-1201828525/ new date]] of February 24, 2017 is now set.
** ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' was another
victim of MGM's Relativity's financial collapse. It was finished in 2009, supposed to come out on September 25, 2015, but MGM delayed it the release was quietly canned. It was set for March 25, 2016, but that date had to do a 3-D conversion, and ''then'' their pushed back now that Relativity has emerged from bankruptcy forced them to abandon those plans. The with a sure fire date of November 18 announced. Later on, the film was sold moved up to Lionsgate September 9th and finally saw replaced the light following title. Upon release, the film was [[EpicFail nothing short of day in April 2012, to critical acclaim and box-office success. (Amusingly, both ''Red Dawn'' and ''Cabin'' star Creator/ChrisHemsworth, who a disappointment]] [[BoxOfficeBomb at the box office]].
** ''Before I Wake''
got [[Film/{{Thor}} a breakthrough role]] during off easy than the shelving, and had [[Film/TheAvengers2012 another movie playing]] the same year both hit theaters.)
* ''Film/AllAboutSteve''
rest. The horror film was shot in 2007, but originally set for May 8, 2015, only got released two years later. (In to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the meantime, leading man Creator/BradleyCooper made a name for himself and star Creator/SandraBullock had a comeback of sorts, and thus release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio took advantage of it. The DVD tagline is even "What if being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the girl studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date.
** Finally, ''Solace'' was picked up by Relativity to be released sometime in 2015. Their bankruptcy ordeal prevented this
from ''Film/TheProposal'' goes after the guy happening and once they were released from ''Film/TheHangover''?)
it they set a September 2, 2016 date for the film. Unfortunately as the year went on, Relativity found themselves unstable again and pulled the release. When their financial issues worsened, they dropped the film completely. Lionsgate/Grindstone [[ChannelHop rescued the film]] and gave it a day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release in December.
* ''Lucky You'' Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany:
** The medical thriller ''Film/{{Awake}}''
was shot in 2005 and but not released until 2007, where it flopped at 2007 due to numerous test screenings that required further re-editing involving subplots that were deleted, and being delayed repeatedly by Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany.
** The Weinstein Company strikes again! They originally set an April 2015 release date for
the box office.animated film ''Underdogs'', but they pushed it back to August 14, 2015 to take advantage of the late summer season. Then the Weinsteins delayed it indefinitely ''a mere week'' before it was set to open for unknown reasons. it wound up going to DirectToVideo and {{Netflix}} on July 19.
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* Creator/HowardHughes:
** The classic western ''Film/RedRiver'' was filmed in 1946 but held for release for two years, in part due to legal problems with Creator/HowardHughes who claimed it was similar to his ''Film/TheOutlaw''. It was actually Montgomery Clift's first film, but ''The Search'' was released first.
** ''Film/Scarface1932'' was completed in 1931, but its release was delayed almost a year due to Hughes' protracted battles with regional censor boards.
** ''The Outlaw'' was completed in 1941, but due to censorship issues, it wasn't released until 1946.
** ''Jet Pilot'' finished filming in 1953 (having started in 1949) and was finally released in 1957 due to Hughes tinkering with the film. By the time it was released, Hughes had sold RKO and Universal distributed the film.
* Two of Music/MileyCyrus's films:
** ''Film/{{LOL}}'' and ''So Undercover'' were both delayed from their 2011 release dates to 2012, the former getting released to very few theaters with little promotion and barely recouping costs, while the latter was released in theaters overseas in 2012 and released Direct-To-Video in the states in early 2013.
* Creator/BrittanyMurphy:
** ''Film/CherryFalls'' was finished in 1999 but shelved by Universal due to Columbine (the studio felt uneasy over the premise of a teenage serial killer that preys on virgins) and later cancelled the theatrical release (it played theatrically in Europe though, where it was a modest performer). The film finally made its US debut in 2000 on the USA Network.
** And this wasn't the only Creator/BrittanyMurphy movie to meet such a fate ''Something Wicked'', her final film, was made in 2009 and released in 2014 five years after her death.
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* ''Film/AllAboutSteve'' was shot in 2007, but only got released two years later. (In the meantime, leading man Creator/BradleyCooper made a name for himself and star Creator/SandraBullock had a comeback of sorts, and thus the studio took advantage of it. The DVD tagline is even "What if the girl from ''Film/TheProposal'' goes after the guy from ''Film/TheHangover''?)
* ''Film/AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane''. The tale of this horror movie's long-delayed American release is a long and tragic one that's almost more famous than the movie itself. Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany spent three million dollars to pick the finished film up for distribution, and planned to give it a wide release in 2007 and then ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' flopped despite large amounts of publicity and a warm reception from critics, along with other big studio horror films around the same time. The Weinsteins, feeling that horror was now an unsound investment, sold the film to Senator Entertainment US, which has since gone out of business, leaving the film in limbo. For years, it didn't see the light of day in America outside of [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegs and film festival screenings]]. Fortunately, the film ''was'' [[ShortRunInPeru released in Britain]], where it proceeded to make back its budget two-and-a-half times over. Even more fortunately, The Weinstein Company bought back the film, settled the legal troubles and got a limited October 2013 theatrical release (following a VOD release the month before) through their Radius label. Examined in detail in [[http://www.goodbadflicks.com/exploring-all-the-boys-love-mandy-lane/ GoodBadFlicks' 183rd episode]].
* ''[[Franchise/{{Amityville}} Amityville: The Awakening]]'' was originally supposed to be released on January 2, 2015, but was delayed indefinitely a few months prior to its release. It was rescheduled for a [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/379455-amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016 April 15, 2016]] release, only to be bumbled up to April 1. Suddenly, the film was delayed yet again and set for a January 6, 2017 release before being shelved again a month before release. It's now set to come out on June 30, 2017.
* Oren Peli's follow-up to ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', ''Area 51'', was filmed in late 2009 but as of 2014, there's been no news of a U.S. release (though the film was scheduled to premiere in Brazil in November 2013, it didn't turn up Stateside). This is especially puzzling since the former grossed over $100 million and Peli has gone on to produce a number of profitable horror films (such as the sequels to ''Paranormal Activity'', ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' and ''Film/{{Sinister}}''). It eventually became available (sproadically) on Netflix.
* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' was filmed in 1941 but unreleased until 1944 due to contractual obligations stating that the film could not be released while the Broadway show on which it was based was still running.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' was shot in 2005, but wasn't released until 2007 because of squabbles between Director Andrew Dominik, who wanted an impressionistic, Creator/TerrenceMalick-esque approach and executives at Warner Bros. who wanted a more action-packed movie. Eventually Creator/BradPitt, producer Creator/RidleyScott and editors Dylan Tichenor, Curtis Clayton and Michael Kahn made and tested various recuts. It's currently unknown who's cut was picked for general release.
* ''Film/AxEm'' was filmed in 1992 and shown a few times in Baltimore, but fell into obscurity until 2002, where it was released straight to video and DVD, where again it fell into obscurity until WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob reviewed it.
* ''Film/BadGirlsFromValleyHigh'', completed in 2000, spent so long on the shelf that by the time it came out in 2005, the production company (The Bubble Factory) had gone out of business and cast members Creator/JanetLeigh and Jonathan Brandis both passed away.
* The classic FilmNoir ''Film/TheBigSleep'' was completed in 1944, but the studio shelved it in order to get through their backlog of war movies before WWII ended. This proved to be a very good thing. Before it was released in 1946, scenes were added to capitalize further on the obvious on-screen chemistry of Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/LaurenBacall.
* ''Film/BigTrouble'' was set to open on September 21st, 2001 and had all of its prints ready for shipment when 9/11 happened. Disney then delayed the film seven months and quietly dumped it by the time the film was released.
* ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'' was shot in 1987 but didn't open until 1989, also a casualty of [=DeLaurentiis=]'s studio going under. The film's director even had to bring Creator/KeanuReeves and Alex Winter in to redub a few lines due to the delay.
* The slasher film ''Film/BloodRage'' was completed in 1983, but the film wasn't released until 1987, when an edited version titled ''Nightmare at Shadow Woods'' turned up in a few theaters. The original version was dumped to VHS the same year.
* ''Film/TheBrainThatWouldntDie'' was filmed in 1959, but ran into trouble finding a distributor and wasn't released until 1962.
* ''Brenda Starr'', the film version of the comic strip of the same name, was shot in 1986 but due to wrangles over distribution it didn't get a release anywhere until 1989, and didn't open in the US until 1992.
* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' was completed in 2008 and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the film underwent reshoots through its original distributor but after said reshoots, the distributor went under. After spending a few months in distribution limbo, Overture Films (now the distribution outlet for Relativity Media) bought the film at a bankruptcy auction for $2 million, released it in March 2010 (four months after the original Thanksgiving date) and made a tidy profit.



* Two of Music/MileyCyrus's films, ''Film/{{LOL}}'' and ''So Undercover'', were both delayed from their 2011 release dates to 2012, the former getting released to very few theaters with little promotion and barely recouping costs, while the latter was released in theaters overseas in 2012 and released Direct-To-Video in the states in early 2013.
* The Creator/CatherineZetaJones film ''Film/TheRebound'' was completed in 2009 and was released to theaters in almost every country except the U.S., then it finally got released to Amazon Instant Video in February 2012.
* ''Film/RepoMen'' was finished in 2008 but not released until 2010.
* ''Film/PhoneBooth'' was completed in 2000 and got delayed in post-production, it was supposed to be released in 2002, but was delayed until 2003 because of the Beltway Snipers rampage.
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' was finished in 2007, but was delayed until 2011 due to the studio being uncomfortable with the scenes depicting drug use.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' went through a legendary delay it was finished in 2007, but delayed because the Weinsteins thought the cancer subplot in the film would make it less profitable, so they hired another director to re-shoot certain scenes, though Kyle Masterson eventually prevailed and managed to get the film a limited theatrical release in 2009 with the subplot intact.
* The Creator/SarahMichelleGellar film ''Possession'' (which was a remake of the South Korean film ''Addicted'') was filmed in 2007 and scheduled for a theatrical release in winter 2008, but the film's distribution company ended up going bankrupt, which caused the release date to get pushed back nearly a dozen times until it was finally released DirectToVideo in March 2010 (and given the lackluster reviews, it's probably for the best).
* ''Film/TrickRTreat'' was supposed to get a theatrical release in October 2007, but it ended up getting pushed back and dumped directly to DVD two years later.

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* Two of Music/MileyCyrus's films, ''Film/{{LOL}}'' and ''So Undercover'', were both delayed from their 2011 release dates to 2012, the former getting released to very few theaters with little promotion and barely recouping costs, while the latter ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' was released in theaters overseas in 2012 and released Direct-To-Video in the states in early 2013.
* The Creator/CatherineZetaJones film ''Film/TheRebound'' was completed in 2009 and was released to theaters in almost every country except the U.S., then it finally got released to Amazon Instant Video in February 2012.
* ''Film/RepoMen'' was finished in 2008 but not released until 2010.
* ''Film/PhoneBooth'' was completed in 2000 and got delayed in post-production, it was supposed
originally intended to be released in 2002, but late 2001, the movie was delayed until 2003 because of the Beltway Snipers rampage.
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' was finished in 2007, but was delayed until 2011 due to the studio being uncomfortable with the scenes depicting drug use.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' went through a legendary delay it was finished in 2007, but delayed because the Weinsteins thought the cancer subplot in the film would make it less profitable, so they hired another director to re-shoot certain scenes, though Kyle Masterson eventually prevailed and managed to get the film a limited theatrical release in 2009 with the subplot intact.
* The Creator/SarahMichelleGellar film ''Possession'' (which was a remake of the South Korean film ''Addicted'') was filmed in 2007 and scheduled for a theatrical release in winter 2008, but the film's distribution company ended up going bankrupt, which caused the release date to get
pushed back nearly a dozen times until to 2003 after the September 11 attacks, as it was finally decided that a satire about the US military would not go over well in the post-attack climate.
* The infamous ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' was completed in 1976, but wasn't
released DirectToVideo until 1979 due to various post-production problems.
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'' was shot
in March 2010 (and given 1993 and intended to be released by MGM, the lackluster reviews, it's probably for film finally opened in 1995 with Gramercy Pictures as distributor (ironically, MGM got the best).
* ''Film/TrickRTreat'' was supposed to get a theatrical release in October 2007, but it ended up getting pushed
rights back and dumped directly to DVD two years later.when they acquired the pre-1996 Polygram library).
* The horror film ''Carnivore'' was completed in 1989 but didn't get released on video until 2000.



* ''Pride And Glory'' was shelved for two years before getting a release date in 2008.

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* ''Pride And Glory'' Brazilian movie ''Chatô'' is an amazing case, as it was shelved mostly filmed in 1998 and 1999, but only got released in 2015 as in-between its director and production company were investigated for two improper use of funds.
* ''[[http://www.southflorida.com/theater-and-arts/sf-fort-lauderdale-film-festival-2016-chief-zabu-20161101-story.html Chief Zabu]]'', an indie political satire about a New York real estate developer who tries to take over a Polynesian island nation, was made in 1986 but never picked up for distribution despite the efforts of writers/directors Zack Norman (who also co-starred in the film) and Neil Cohen, with Norman taking out an ad in ''Variety'' for three
years before advertising the film (which became a RunningGag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''). For a long time, it was assumed to be a [[MissingEpisode lost film]], with Norman, who owned the only copy, not sure if he even still had it in his possession. It was only in 2016 when, thanks to the Presidential run of Creator/DonaldTrump (who the film's protagonist Ben Sydney was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of), Norman and Cohen unearthed his old VHS copy of it in a storage unit and finally had it screened at the Monica Film Center in Los Angeles and at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
* ''The Dark Side of the Sun'' with Creator/BradPitt was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion civil war tore apart the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Andjelo Arandjelovic, who worked on
getting a distribution deal for the film, before it ended up getting released direct-to-video.
* ''Film/TheDeadTalkBack'' was filmed in 1957 but was abandoned after post-production and completely forgotten until 1993 when a copy was discovered in the old offices of its production company. Its first wide exposure came when it was featured as an "experiment" on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin's remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' was filmed in 2001 but a series of legal issues kept it out of theatres until July 2007, where a recut version (disowned by Baldwin) entitled ''Shortcut to Happiness'' played in a few regional markets in the East and South. This version has also appeared on Starz and Netflix but said legal issues have prevented a home video release.
* The English dub of the South Korean animated film ''Dino Time'' was meant to be released theatrically in 2012, but these plans were cancelled, possibly fearing competition from better movies. It went straight to DVD in Australia in 2013, then in 2015 it got released on a Blu-Ray/DVD set in the US and retitled ''Back to the Jurassic'' while in the UK it was released on DVD only and retained the original title.
* ''Film/EightyEightMinutes'' was made in 2005, but got various
release date dates in 2008.2007 overseas until it was released in the United States in April 2008.
* ''Film/TheEntity'' was filmed for a 1981 release but would not open internationally until late 1982 and in the US in February 1983 due to the original distributor going out of business.



* The Creator/JohnCusack and Creator/ChowYunFat film ''Film/{{Shanghai}}'' was finished in 2008, but was delayed from getting released anywhere until 2010, when it was released in China and other countries, and was finally released in the US in 2015.
* A month before its scheduled release in theaters, Paramount Pictures announced that it would be shelving the completed ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' until March 2013, supposedly so they could make a 3D conversion as well (along with adding more scenes with Creator/ChanningTatum, who was [[spoiler:killed off in the original cut]], and who had become a big star in 2012 after ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', ''Film/TheVow'' and ''Film/MagicMike''). It was also rumored that the delay was caused by the weak domestic performance of ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' (a fellow Hasbro property), and that the director of ''Retaliation'' didn't know the film was being delayed in the first place.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'' was completed in 2008 but not released until 2010.
* ''Film/NineAndAHalfWeeks'' sat on the shelf for a year after it was finished because the studio couldn't figure out how to market it, nor what they could cut to avoid an R rating.
** Not just that but the original distributor (TriStarPictures) dropped the film due to the content (at the time, their parent company was owned by Coca-Cola and they had a ban on releasing X-rated movies). MGM picked up and opened it in a limited run more than six months after the original release date.

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* The Creator/JohnCusack and Creator/ChowYunFat horror film ''Film/{{Shanghai}}'' ''Film/TheFactory'' was shot in 2009 but studio politics led the film to be shelved until 2013, when it went straight-to-DVD.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' went through a legendary delay it
was finished in 2008, 2007, but was delayed from getting released anywhere until 2010, when it was released in China and other countries, and was finally released because the Weinsteins thought the cancer subplot in the US in 2015.
* A month before its scheduled
film would make it less profitable, so they hired another director to re-shoot certain scenes, though Kyle Masterson eventually prevailed and managed to get the film a limited theatrical release in theaters, Paramount Pictures announced that it would be shelving the completed ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' until March 2013, supposedly so they could make a 3D conversion as well (along 2009 with adding more scenes with Creator/ChanningTatum, who was [[spoiler:killed off in the original cut]], and who had become a big star in 2012 after ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', ''Film/TheVow'' and ''Film/MagicMike''). It was also rumored that the delay was caused by the weak domestic performance subplot intact.
* The movie version
of ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' (a fellow Hasbro property), and that the director of ''Retaliation'' didn't know the film was being delayed in the first place.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'' was completed in 2008 but not released until 2010.
* ''Film/NineAndAHalfWeeks'' sat on the shelf for a year after it
''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' was finished because the studio couldn't figure in 1995 but shelved after a few preview screenings. It got rushed out how to market it, nor what they could cut to avoid an R rating.
** Not just that but the original distributor (TriStarPictures) dropped the film due to the content (at the time, their parent company was owned by Coca-Cola and they had a ban on releasing X-rated movies). MGM picked up and opened it in
a limited theatrical run more than six months after the original release date.five years later due to legal obligations.



* Creator/WilliamFriedkin's death penalty thriller ''Rampage'' was shot in 1987 but didn't open until 1992 due to the Dino [=DeLaurentiis=] company going bankrupt. After Miramax picked it up, Friedkin recut the film and changed the ending (the international release got the original ending) due to his opinions on the death penalty changing since filming it. The film was delayed for so long that Music/EnnioMorricone's score album was out four years before the film was.
* ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'' was shot in 1987 but didn't open until 1989, also a casualty of [=DeLaurentiis=]'s studio going under. The film's director even had to bring Creator/KeanuReeves and Alex Winter in to redub a few lines due to the delay.

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* Creator/WilliamFriedkin's death penalty thriller ''Rampage'' ''The Favour'' was shot filmed in 1987 1990 but released in 1994.
* ''Film/TheFinalTerror'' was originally filmed in 1981, but it was shelved for two years until it was released to cash in on the sudden successes of Creator/DarylHannah and [[Series/TJHooker Adrian Zmed]].
* ''Film/FindingNeverland'' was filmed in 2002 but wasn't released until 2004 as Miramax
didn't want the film to open close to ''Film/PeterPan''. In a case of TropesAreNotBad, the delay helped get the film a number of Oscar nominations (including Best Picture).
* ''Fire on the Amazon'' was filmed in 1990 but not released until 1993 once Creator/SandraBullock started to become famous.
* ''Fireflies in the Garden'' was finished in 2008 but not released until 2011.
* ''Film/{{Foxcatcher}}'' was filmed in 2012 but did not
open until 1992 due to the Dino [=DeLaurentiis=] company going bankrupt. After Miramax picked it up, Friedkin recut the film and changed the ending (the international release got the original ending) due to his opinions on the death penalty changing since filming it. The film was delayed for so long November 2014 (with a premiere at Cannes that Music/EnnioMorricone's score album was out four years before May) as Sony did not like its chances in the film was.
* ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'' was shot in 1987 but didn't open until 1989, also a casualty of [=DeLaurentiis=]'s studio going under. The film's director even had to bring Creator/KeanuReeves and Alex Winter in to redub a few lines due to the delay.
2013 Oscar race.



* Speaking of ''Gambit'', CBS Films initially planned a October 2012 release date for the film only to shelve it without explanation. It ended up bypassing a theatrical run and went DirectToVideo in April 2014.
* A month before its scheduled release in theaters, Paramount Pictures announced that it would be shelving the completed ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' until March 2013, supposedly so they could make a 3D conversion as well (along with adding more scenes with Creator/ChanningTatum, who was [[spoiler:killed off in the original cut]], and who had become a big star in 2012 after ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', ''Film/TheVow'' and ''Film/MagicMike''). It was also rumored that the delay was caused by the weak domestic performance of ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' (a fellow Hasbro property), and that the director of ''Retaliation'' didn't know the film was being delayed in the first place.
* The Creator/SandraBullock[=/=]Creator/GeorgeClooney sci-fi drama ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' was intended to be released for Thanksgiving 2012 and be Creator/WarnerBros' big holiday movie (outside of the co-production of ''Film/TheHobbit''). However, the film's TroubledProduction (due to many actors pulling out and the complex visual effects work causing delays), director Alfonso Cuaron's weak box office track record (his last sci-fi film, ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', was a major box office disaster) and weak test screenings led the studio to shelve the film. It was released October 4, 2013, and did a $55.8 million opening. It went on to gross over 700 million dollars, and win 7 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s including Best Director.
* ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold'' began production in 1962 and was completed in 1963, but then went unreleased for another two years.
* Creator/EliRoth's ''Film/TheGreenInferno'' was completed in 2013 but delayed until 2015 due to Roth's legal issues with original distributor OpenRoadFilms. Creator/BlumhouseProductions swooped in and saved the film.
* The Creator/JerryLewis film ''Smorgasbord'' was completed in 1979, and was finally released in 1981 as ''Hardly Working'' to weak box-office and scathing reviews (Creator/RogerEbert gave it zero stars and called it "the greatest non-experience in my moviegoing life.")



* ''Film/TheDeadTalkBack'' was filmed in 1957 but was abandoned after post-production and completely forgotten until 1993 when a copy was discovered in the old offices of its production company. Its first wide exposure came when it was featured as an "experiment" on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* ''Film/AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane''. The tale of this horror movie's long-delayed American release is a long and tragic one that's almost more famous than the movie itself. Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany spent three million dollars to pick the finished film up for distribution, and planned to give it a wide release in 2007 and then ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' flopped despite large amounts of publicity and a warm reception from critics, along with other big studio horror films around the same time. The Weinsteins, feeling that horror was now an unsound investment, sold the film to Senator Entertainment US, which has since gone out of business, leaving the film in limbo. For years, it didn't see the light of day in America outside of [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegs and film festival screenings]]. Fortunately, the film ''was'' [[ShortRunInPeru released in Britain]], where it proceeded to make back its budget two-and-a-half times over. Even more fortunately, The Weinstein Company bought back the film, settled the legal troubles and got a limited October 2013 theatrical release (following a VOD release the month before) through their Radius label.
** Examined in detail in [[http://www.goodbadflicks.com/exploring-all-the-boys-love-mandy-lane/ GoodBadFlicks' 183rd episode]].
* Creator/SamuelFuller's racism drama ''White Dog'' was filmed in 1982 but Paramount shelved it due to uneasiness over the film's content and it would not be released until it was quietly sneaked onto the Lifetime network (yes, ''that'' Lifetime) in 1987. The film would not see a home video release until 2010, when Creator/TheCriterionCollection released it on DVD.
* ''Old Dogs'' was made in 2007, but it wasn't released until late 2009 because of two delays. First, after the death of Bernie Mac, who had a small part in it (this was the last movie he ever worked on), in August of 2008, and again in early 2009 after the death of star Creator/JohnTravolta's son Jett.
* Creator/StephenSommers' adaptation of the book ''Film/OddThomas'' was finished in late 2011 (after financing issues briefly halted filming in mid 2011) but had difficulty in finding a distributor. When it finally did find one, the film got tied up in legal lawsuits as a result of the marketing department not promoting the film like they were supposed to, it eventually got a DVD release in 2014.



* ''Film/{{Whiteout}}'' was completed in 2007, but didn't get released until September 2009, where it received negative reviews and poor box office returns.
* The horror movie ''Film/SevenThousandFiveHundred'', ''Film/TheGrudge'' director Takashi Shimizu's third English-language movie, was originally scheduled for an August 2012 release (and had trailers released in February 2012) but was pulled from the release schedule by distributor CBS Films a few months before opening. It was then pushed to April 2013, which passed with no release, and star Scout Taylor-Compton tweeted that it would come out in October of 2013. It didn't, but it's reported to come out in October of 2014. [[HistoryRepeatsItself It didn't.]]
** Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, who took over distribution duties for CBS Films, will finally put ''7500'' out of its misery by giving it a [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] release on April 5, 2016.

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* ''Film/{{Whiteout}}'' ''Hippie Hippie Shake'' was finished in 2007 but still has no release date planned. Some say it's because of the film's poor quality (though it did receive some good reviews at screenings), others say it's for insurance reasons due to ''Film/GreenZone'' doing poorly and Universal not wanting to take a loss by releasing the film. Others believe that the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Greer Germaine Greer]] (one of the central subjects of the film) had put the kibosh on the movie herself because she felt it was an inaccurate representation of her life.
* Creator/RobZombie's ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' was finished in 2000 and originally bought by Universal, but they shelved it as they were afraid the film's content would garner an NC-17 rating, so Zombie had to buy back the rights himself and sold it to Lionsgate, who finally released the film in 2003.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' had a CompilationMovie produced in 1953, by linking together "The Benefit", "Breaking the Lease", and "The Ballet" with new bookends and transitions. However, it didn't immediately receive a public release, to avoid competition with another Creator/LucilleBall[=/=]Desi Arnaz comedy, ''The Long, Long Trailer''. After becoming lost for decades, it finally received a screening at a 2001 ''I Love Lucy'' convention, DVD releases in 2007 and 2010, and a Blu-Ray release in 2015.[[note]]CBS Paramount first released the ''I Love Lucy: The Movie'' DVD as the bonus disc of an ''I Love Lucy''/''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' Complete Series boxset, then later sold it by itself. The Blu-Ray release occurred when CBS Paramount included the movie as a bonus feature for ''I Love Lucy'' Season 2.[[/note]]
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'' had a hard time finding distribution after its completion due to films about the music industry being box office poison and the lack of a major lead. Finally, CBS (who ironically shelved the Coen Brothers-written ''Gambit'') picked it up for a December 2013 release.
* ''Film/TheInterview'', a Creator/SethRogen[=/=]Creator/JamesFranco comedy about assassinating UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n leader Kim Jong-un, just barely avoided becoming a victim of this trope. The film sparked outrage from North Korea almost immediately, with Pyongyang referring to it as an "act of war", and hackers (believed by the FBI to have been connected to North Korea, though some cyber-security experts believe it was an inside job from an ex-employee) attacked the servers of the film's studio, Sony Pictures, and released a mountain of emails and personal information. Then, cinema owners were sent an ominous message threatening terrorist attacks against cinemas that chose to screen the film. Sony originally left it up to cinema chains to decide for themselves, but when all five major chains backed out, Sony pulled the film's release. Many people (including President UsefulNotes/BarackObama) felt the decision was a mistake and accused Sony and the theaters of appeasing terrorists, and many petitions to Sony to show the film were created, with at least one gathering hundreds of signatures. The intense backlash convinced Sony to change their minds and gave the film a limited theatrical/VOD release on Christmas day.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending''
was completed in 2013 but wasn't released ''until two years later in 2015'', with Warner Bros. claiming it was done to give the Wachowskis more time to do the effects and the Wachowksis not using that extra time to do re-shoots, instead leaving it in stasis until Warner Bros. finally decided to release it.
* The horror film ''Keep Watching'' starring Creator/BellaThorne was shot back in 2013 but it wasn't picked up for distribution until two years later by Creator/ScreenGems. They set a December 2, 2016 release date for the film and released a poster to boot. Not long later they pulled it from their yearly schedule and aimed for a March 24, 2017 date instead. A little less longer later they pulled the release again and it appears the film will be shelved until further notice. It's almost as if Screen Gems has [[ScrewedByTheNetwork little faith in the movie]].
* The Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/{{Limelight}}'' was pulled from distribution after he was denied re-admittance to the US for allegedly having communist sympathies. Filmed in 1952, finally released in the U.S. in 1972. It had already been released in Europe.
* ''Little Fockers'', the 2nd sequel to ''Film/MeetTheParents'', was released in 2010, however it was filmed in late 2008/early 2009 (in fact, AOL News, at the time had posted on-set photos of the film). Primarily the reason for the delay was due to Dustin Hoffman changing his mind about appearing in the film (originally he opted not to), so the release date was pushed back so scenes with Hoffman's character Bernie could be filmed. The only thing that really sticks out related to the delay is Creator/RobertDeNiro's character being shown using MySpace, a social networking site that had lost a good chunk of popularity to Facebook by 2010.
* ''The Loft'', the remake of the 2008 Belgian erotic mystery film by director Erik Van Looy who also directed the remake, was completed in 2011 with Dark Castle Entertainment picking up the US distribution rights with the intent of releasing the movie through Creator/WarnerBros in early to mid 2012. However in April 2012, the film's producer and Dark Castle studio co-head, Joel Silver, ended his deal with Warner Brothers and leaves thru taking the studio and the movie with him to Universal Studios. The film's release date was pushed back several times by Universal over the next two years until a release date for August 29, 2014 was settled. However, Universal pulled the film from it's schedule TWO MONTHS before release in June 2014. Dark Castle quietly disassociated the movie from it's website with Joel Silver's name removed from the producer credits. The film was eventually released in Belgium in October, Creator/OpenRoadFilms picked up the US distribution rights, and was finally released on January 30, 2015 to scathing reviews, bombed at the box office despite having a $15 million budget, and was pulled from most of the 1,841 theaters after 2 weeks in the theaters.[[note]]Universal still released the film on DVD due to their deal with Open Road.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'' was completed in 1979, but its release was delayed for a year due to a change in distributors. The film was originally produced by Creator/LewGrade and was to be an ITC production, but he pulled the plug due when he realised that the plot involved the IRA. It was then bought by Music/GeorgeHarrison and released through HandMadeFilms.
* ''Lucky You'' was shot in 2005 and not released until
2007, where it flopped at the box office.
* ''Marci X'' was completed in 2000
but didn't get released until September 2009, 2003, where it received opened to mostly negative reviews and poor box office returns.
* The horror movie ''Film/SevenThousandFiveHundred'', ''Film/TheGrudge'' director Takashi Shimizu's third English-language movie, was originally scheduled for an August 2012 release (and had trailers released in February 2012) but was pulled from
did poorly at the release schedule by distributor CBS Films a few months before opening. It was then pushed to April 2013, which passed with no release, and star Scout Taylor-Compton tweeted that it would come out in October of 2013. It didn't, but it's reported to come out in October of 2014. [[HistoryRepeatsItself It didn't.]]
** Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, who took over distribution duties for CBS Films, will finally put ''7500'' out of its misery by giving it a [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] release on April 5, 2016.
box-office.



* The college comedy ''Film/{{Slackers}}'' was completed in 2000 but didn't get released until 2002.
* ''Film/AxEm'' was filmed in 1992 and shown a few times in Baltimore, but fell into obscurity until 2002, where it was released straight to video and DVD, where again it fell into obscurity until WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob reviewed it.
* The Creator/SandraBullock[=/=]Creator/GeorgeClooney sci-fi drama ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' was intended to be released for Thanksgiving 2012 and be Creator/WarnerBros' big holiday movie (outside of the co-production of ''Film/TheHobbit''). However, the film's TroubledProduction (due to many actors pulling out and the complex visual effects work causing delays), director Alfonso Cuaron's weak box office track record (his last sci-fi film, ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', was a major box office disaster) and weak test screenings led the studio to shelve the film. It was released October 4, 2013, and did a $55.8 million opening. It went on to gross over 700 million dollars, and win 7 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s including Best Director.
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}'' was filmed in 1998, but was shelved until January 2000 due to its TroubledProduction, with the film's director Creator/WalterHill disowning the finished product.
* The Creator/JohnCusack horror film ''Film/TheFactory'' was shot in 2009 but studio politics led the film to be shelved until 2013, when it went straight-to-DVD.
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' was completed in 1993, but wasn't released until September 1995.
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' finished filming in 2004, but didn't come out until March 2006.
* Oren Peli's follow-up to ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', ''Area 51'', was filmed in late 2009 but as of 2014, there's been no news of a U.S. release (though the film was scheduled to premiere in Brazil in November 2013, it didn't turn up Stateside). This is especially puzzling since the former grossed over $100 million and Peli has gone on to produce a number of profitable horror films (such as the sequels to ''Paranormal Activity'', ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' and ''Film/{{Sinister}}'').
** Paramount did submit the film to the MPAA for an R rating back in June, so maybe there's hope.
** [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/377603-oren-pelis-area-51-lives-may/ It's now scheduled for a limited theatrical/VOD release on May 15th.]]
*** As of 2015-2016, it's been sporadically available on Netflix.
* The 2008 bankruptcy of Capitol Films (mostly caused by the embezzlement of company funds by head David Bergstein) led to a number of films to either be unreleased or to fade into obscurity due to tangled legal issues. Two notable unreleased films were the dark comedy ''Nailed'', starring Creator/JessicaBiel and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal, which apparently was such a bad experience that director Creator/DavidORussell refused to finish the film, and the crime drama ''Black Water Transit'', directed by Tony Kaye (''Film/AmericanHistoryX'') and starring Creator/LaurenceFishburne. There was only one 2011 test screening on the former and a 2009 screening at Cannes on the latter (which Kaye says he's still in the process of editing, so that one may well see the light of day eventually). Eventually, ''Nailed'' (now called ''Accidental Love'') was released in 2015 without Russell's involvement.
** The rights for ''Black Water Transit'' [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/david-bergstein-aramid-lawsuit-settlement-ron-tutor-828822/ have been acquired]], but as of 2016, it still hasn't gotten a general release.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin's remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' was filmed in 2001 but a series of legal issues kept it out of theatres until July 2007, where a recut version (disowned by Baldwin) entitled ''Shortcut to Happiness'' played in a few regional markets in the East and South. This version has also appeared on Starz and Netflix but said legal issues have prevented a home video release.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'' was originally supposed to premiere in 2001, but it got pushed back several times until it was finally released in February 2002.

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* The college comedy ''Film/{{Slackers}}'' was completed in 2000 but didn't get released until 2002.
* ''Film/AxEm''
Yuri Kara's movie adaptation of ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' was filmed in 1992 and shown a few times in Baltimore, 1994 but fell into obscurity until 2002, where it was released straight in 2011, six years after that ''other'' adaptation by Vladimir Bortko.
* ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles'' premiered
to video great acclaim at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, but was unable to secure a distributor despite the considerable buzz and DVD, where again it fell into obscurity until WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob reviewed it.
* The Creator/SandraBullock[=/=]Creator/GeorgeClooney sci-fi drama ''Film/{{Gravity}}''
the fact that they had Creator/ZacEfron and Creator/ClaireDanes as the stars. It was intended to be eventually released to perhaps a dozen cinemas nationwide in November 2009 and almost promptly forgotten (its release on DVD was even ''more'' delayed). Many fans claim that this piss-poor release strategy ended up [[AwardSnub robbing]] co-star Christian [=McKay=] of a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Thanksgiving 2012 and be Creator/WarnerBros' big holiday movie (outside of the co-production of ''Film/TheHobbit''). However, the film's TroubledProduction (due to many actors pulling out and the complex visual effects work causing delays), director Alfonso Cuaron's weak box office track record (his last sci-fi film, ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', was a major box office disaster) and weak test screenings led the studio to shelve the film. It was released October 4, 2013, and did a $55.8 million opening. It went on to gross over 700 million dollars, and win 7 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s including Best Director.
his performance as Creator/OrsonWelles.
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}'' ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'' was filmed in 1998, but was shelved until January 2000 due to its TroubledProduction, with the film's director Creator/WalterHill disowning the finished product.
* The Creator/JohnCusack horror film ''Film/TheFactory'' was shot in 2009 but studio politics led the film to be shelved until 2013, when it went straight-to-DVD.
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' was completed in 1993, but wasn't released until September 1995.
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' finished filming in 2004,
2002, but didn't come out in the United States until March 2006.
May 2005 (it was released around the world the previous year) due to the split between Miramax and Disney.
* Oren Peli's It's unclear how much ''Film/MonsterTrucks'', a $115 million comedy about a truck inhabited by a monster, spent actually being produced, given it started filming in 2014 and had complex visual effects of the sort that take years to finish. But the eventual product was a victim of the shelf, being [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/06/01/the_monster_trucks_trailer_will_leave_you_speechless.html moved the release date four times]], ultimately settling for January 2017 - i.e. the very definition of a {{Dump Month|s}}.
* ''Film/Movie43'' began production in 2009 and was intended to ready for a 2010 release. Then original distributor Overture Films sold the rights (and later had everything at the studio but the name sold) to Relativity Media, who continued to keep it in-and-out of production (missing a planned Spring 2012 date) until finally releasing it in 2013.
* ''Film/NineAndAHalfWeeks'' sat on the shelf for a year after it was finished because the studio couldn't figure out how to market it, nor what they could cut to avoid an R rating.
* ''Not Safe for Work'' (Joe Johnston's
follow-up to ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', ''Area 51'', was filmed in late 2009 but as of 2014, there's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'') has been no news of finished since 2012 but has yet to find a U.S. domestic release (though the film was scheduled to premiere in Brazil in November 2013, it didn't turn up Stateside). This is especially puzzling since the former grossed over $100 million and Peli has gone on to produce a number of profitable horror films (such as the sequels to ''Paranormal Activity'', ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' and ''Film/{{Sinister}}'').
** Paramount did submit the film to the MPAA for an R rating back in June, so maybe there's hope.
** [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/377603-oren-pelis-area-51-lives-may/ It's now scheduled for a limited theatrical/VOD release on May 15th.]]
*** As of 2015-2016, it's been sporadically available on Netflix.
* The 2008 bankruptcy of Capitol Films (mostly caused by the embezzlement of company funds by head David Bergstein) led to a number of films to either be unreleased or to fade into obscurity
due to tangled legal issues. Two notable unreleased films were the dark comedy ''Nailed'', starring Creator/JessicaBiel and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal, which apparently was such a bad experience that director Creator/DavidORussell refused to finish the film, and the crime drama ''Black Water Transit'', directed by Tony Kaye (''Film/AmericanHistoryX'') and starring Creator/LaurenceFishburne. There was only one 2011 test screening on the former and a 2009 screening studio politics at Cannes on the latter (which Kaye says he's still in the process of editing, so that one may well see the light of day eventually). Eventually, ''Nailed'' (now called ''Accidental Love'') was released in 2015 without Russell's involvement.
** The rights for ''Black Water Transit'' [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/david-bergstein-aramid-lawsuit-settlement-ron-tutor-828822/ have been acquired]], but as of 2016, it still hasn't gotten a general release.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin's remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' was filmed in 2001 but a series of legal issues kept it out of theatres until July 2007, where a recut version (disowned by Baldwin) entitled ''Shortcut to Happiness'' played in a few regional markets in the East and South. This version has also appeared on Starz and Netflix but said legal issues have prevented a home video release.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}''
Universal (the film was originally supposed to premiere planned for theatrical release and then a straight-to-DVD release in 2001, but it got pushed back several times until it April 2014). The film was finally then released to home video in February 2002.May 2014.
* ''Film/TheNutcrackerIn3D'' was filmed in 2007, but not released until 2010. The delay was partly to allow for the afterthought of converting it into a UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie.



* ''Film/YoureNext'' was filmed in 2011 and had a very well-received premiere at the Toronto Film Festival that September (the film's resulting bidding war would later influence the festival to go for a more youth-oriented style in future years). After Creator/LionsGate won the bid, they announced a Fall 2012 opening with a large-scale release. However, Lionsgate buying Creator/SummitEntertainment and a bad test screening (director Adam Wingard's handheld shooting style has done well with festival audiences but American audiences haven't been keen on it) led Lionsgate to shelve the film and push it back to August 2013.
* ''Marci X'' was completed in 2000 but didn't get released until 2003, where it opened to mostly negative reviews and did poorly at the box-office.
* The horror film ''Carnivore'' was completed in 1989 but didn't get released on video until 2000.
* Creator/JohnHughes' ''She's Having a Baby'' was intended to be ready for a Summer 1987 release but wasn't released until February 1988 due to the director having post-production issues with ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' and him begin unable to concentrate on editing two films at one time.
* ''Touch And Go'' was completed in 1984 but not released until two years later.
* ''Hippie Hippie Shake'' was finished in 2007 but still has no release date planned. Some say it's because of the film's poor quality (though it did receive some good reviews at screenings), others say it's for insurance reasons due to ''Film/GreenZone'' doing poorly and Universal not wanting to take a loss by releasing the film. Others believe that the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Greer Germaine Greer]] (one of the central subjects of the film) had put the kibosh on the movie herself because she felt it was an inaccurate representation of her life.
* ''Film/BadGirlsFromValleyHigh'', completed in 2000, spent so long on the shelf that by the time it came out in 2005, the production company (The Bubble Factory) had gone out of business and cast members Creator/JanetLeigh and Jonathan Brandis both passed away.
* ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'' was filmed in 2002, but didn't come out in the United States until May 2005 (it was released around the world the previous year) due to the split between Miramax and Disney.
* ''Film/CherryFalls'' was finished in 1999 but shelved by Universal due to Columbine (the studio felt uneasy over the premise of a teenage serial killer that preys on virgins) and later cancelled the theatrical release (it played theatrically in Europe though, where it was a modest performer). The film finally made its US debut in 2000 on the USA Network.
** And this wasn't the only Creator/BrittanyMurphy movie to meet such a fate ''Something Wicked'', her final film, was made in 2009 and released in 2014 five years after her death.
* Creator/RobZombie's ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' was finished in 2000 and originally bought by Universal, but they shelved it as they were afraid the film's content would garner an NC-17 rating, so Zombie had to buy back the rights himself and sold it to Lionsgate, who finally released the film in 2003.

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* ''Film/YoureNext'' Creator/StephenSommers' adaptation of the book ''Film/OddThomas'' was filmed finished in late 2011 and (after financing issues briefly halted filming in mid 2011) but had a very well-received premiere at the Toronto Film Festival that September (the film's resulting bidding war would later influence the festival to go for a more youth-oriented style difficulty in future years). After Creator/LionsGate won the bid, they announced finding a Fall 2012 opening with a large-scale release. However, Lionsgate buying Creator/SummitEntertainment and a bad test screening (director Adam Wingard's handheld shooting style has done well with festival audiences but American audiences haven't been keen on it) led Lionsgate to shelve distributor. When it finally did find one, the film and push got tied up in legal lawsuits as a result of the marketing department not promoting the film like they were supposed to, it back to August 2013.
eventually got a DVD release in 2014.
* ''Marci X'' ''Old Dogs'' was completed made in 2000 2007, but didn't get it wasn't released until 2003, where late 2009 because of two delays. First, after the death of Bernie Mac, who had a small part in it opened to mostly negative reviews (this was the last movie he ever worked on), in August of 2008, and did poorly at again in early 2009 after the box-office.
death of star Creator/JohnTravolta's son Jett.
* The horror film ''Carnivore'' ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' was completed finished in 1989 2001 but didn't get released on video until 2000.
* Creator/JohnHughes' ''She's Having a Baby'' was intended to be ready for a Summer 1987
the release was pushed back to 2003.
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was filmed in 2009,
but wasn't released until February 1988 due 2012 in order for Kenn Viselmann to the director having post-production issues with ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' and him begin unable to concentrate on editing two films at one time.
* ''Touch And Go'' was completed in 1984 but not released until two years later.
* ''Hippie Hippie Shake'' was finished in 2007 but still has no release date planned. Some say it's because of
patent the film's poor quality (though it did receive some good reviews at screenings), others say it's for insurance reasons due to ''Film/GreenZone'' doing poorly and Universal not wanting to take a loss by releasing the film. Others believe that the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Greer Germaine Greer]] (one of the central subjects of the film) had put the kibosh on the movie herself because she felt it was an inaccurate representation of her life.
* ''Film/BadGirlsFromValleyHigh'', completed in 2000, spent so long on the shelf that by the time it came out in 2005, the production company (The Bubble Factory) had gone out of business and cast members Creator/JanetLeigh and Jonathan Brandis both passed away.
* ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'' was filmed in 2002, but didn't come out in the United States until May 2005 (it was released around the world the previous year) due to the split between Miramax and Disney.
* ''Film/CherryFalls'' was finished in 1999 but shelved by Universal due to Columbine (the studio felt uneasy over the premise of a teenage serial killer that preys on virgins) and later cancelled the theatrical release (it played theatrically in Europe though, where it was a modest performer). The film finally made its US debut in 2000 on the USA Network.
** And this wasn't the only Creator/BrittanyMurphy movie to meet such a fate ''Something Wicked'', her final film, was made in 2009 and released in 2014 five years after her death.
* Creator/RobZombie's ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' was finished in 2000 and originally bought by Universal, but they shelved it as they were afraid the film's content would garner an NC-17 rating, so Zombie had to buy back the rights himself and sold it to Lionsgate, who finally released the film in 2003.
interactive technology.



* ''Film/EightyEightMinutes'' was made in 2005, but got various release dates in 2007 overseas until it was released in the United States in April 2008.
* ''View from the Top'' was supposed to be released in late 2001, but was delayed until 2003 due to studios being uncomfortable releasing a film that made fun of flight attendants TooSoon after 9/11.
* ''Film/FindingNeverland'' was filmed in 2002 but wasn't released until 2004 as Miramax didn't want the film to open close to ''Film/PeterPan''. In a case of TropesAreNotBad, the delay helped get the film a number of Oscar nominations (including Best Picture).
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was filmed in 2009, but wasn't released until 2012 in order for Kenn Viselmann to patent the film's interactive technology.
* The movie version of ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' was finished in 1995 but shelved after a few preview screenings. It got rushed out to a limited theatrical run five years later due to legal obligations.
* ''Film/TheBrainThatWouldntDie'' was filmed in 1959, but ran into trouble finding a distributor and wasn't released until 1962.
* ''Film/TheFinalTerror'' was originally filmed in 1981, but it was shelved for two years until it was released to cash in on the sudden successes of Creator/DarylHannah and [[Series/TJHooker Adrian Zmed]].
* ''Not Safe for Work'' (Joe Johnston's follow-up to ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'') has been finished since 2012 but has yet to find a domestic release due to studio politics at Universal (the film was originally planned for theatrical release and then a straight-to-DVD release in April 2014). The film was then released to home video in May 2014.
* ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' was finished in 1988, but shelved for two years following financial difficulties at New World Pictures (although like ''Film/ThePunisher1989'', which was also affected, it did get released on schedule outside North America). Trimark eventually picked it up and gave it a limited release in 1991.
* ''Film/TheEntity'' was filmed for a 1981 release but would not open internationally until late 1982 and in the US in February 1983 due to the original distributor going out of business.



* Disney's live-action comedy ''Superdad'' was made in 1971, but was shelved until it was released, only to flop, in 1973.

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* Disney's live-action comedy ''Superdad'' ''Film/PhoneBooth'' was made completed in 1971, 2000 and got delayed in post-production, it was supposed to be released in 2002, but was shelved delayed until 2003 because of the Beltway Snipers rampage.
* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' was completed in 1956, but couldn't find a distributor until 1959. That is nowhere near as bad as what happened to Creator/EdWood's follow-up, ''Film/NightOfTheGhouls'', which didn't see the light of day until 1987. The reason? Ed couldn't pay to have the film developed and it was withheld by the lab.
* The Creator/SarahMichelleGellar film ''Possession'' (which was a remake of the South Korean film ''Addicted'') was filmed in 2007 and scheduled for a theatrical release in winter 2008, but the film's distribution company ended up going bankrupt, which caused the release date to get pushed back nearly a dozen times
until it was released, only finally released DirectToVideo in March 2010 (and given the lackluster reviews, it's probably for the best).
* ''Pride And Glory'' was shelved for two years before getting a release date in 2008.
* ''Film/ProjectAlmanac'' was filmed in 2013 with a planned February 28, 2014 release date. However, Paramount delayed it ''a few weeks'' before its scheduled release. The film was then released on January 2015 (and it underwent a title change. Prior
to flop, the delay, the original title was ''Welcome to Yesterday'').
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' was completed
in 1973.1993, but wasn't released until September 1995.
* ''Film/RadioFlyer'' was originally intended as Columbia's big movie for the summer of 1991--odd in hindsight given its B-level cast, lack of big special effects, and grim subject matter for a family film. The release date was constantly shuffled due to reshoots, production delays, and finally bad test screenings. Eventually, the film was quietly released in February 1992 and was a critically-savaged BoxOfficeBomb.



* FoundFootage horror film ''Wer'' was shot in 2012, but it got delayed by its distributor Creator/FilmDistrict for unknown reasons. Following the company's closure, the film [[ChannelHop ended up]] with Focus Features and they will be releasing it [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] in September 2014.
* ''Fireflies in the Garden'' was finished in 2008 but not released until 2011.
* ''Film/RadioFlyer'' was originally intended as Columbia's big movie for the summer of 1991--odd in hindsight given its B-level cast, lack of big special effects, and grim subject matter for a family film. The release date was constantly shuffled due to reshoots, production delays, and finally bad test screenings. Eventually, the film was quietly released in February 1992 and was a critically-savaged BoxOfficeBomb.

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* FoundFootage horror film ''Wer'' Creator/WilliamFriedkin's death penalty thriller ''Rampage'' was shot in 2012, 1987 but didn't open until 1992 due to the Dino [=DeLaurentiis=] company going bankrupt. After Miramax picked it up, Friedkin recut the film and changed the ending (the international release got the original ending) due to his opinions on the death penalty changing since filming it. The film was delayed for so long that Music/EnnioMorricone's score album was out four years before the film was.
* ''A Real Young Girl'' (French: ''Une vraie jeune fille'')
by Creator/CatherineBreillat was produced in 1976 but because of its graphic depiction of sexuality (including Charlotte Alexandra exposing her vulva), it has been banned in many countries and was not released to theaters until 2000.
* The Creator/CatherineZetaJones film ''Film/TheRebound'' was completed in 2009 and was released to theaters in almost every country except the U.S., then it finally got released to Amazon Instant Video in February 2012.
* ''Film/RedTails'' suffered in DevelopmentHell from the 80's until 2007, and even after it was in the can and ready to go in 2010 it took another couple years before Creator/GeorgeLucas could find a
distributor Creator/FilmDistrict willing to take it. The reason Lucas gave for unknown reasons. Following both the company's closure, decades-long hell and this trope was that [[MinorityShowGhetto the film [[ChannelHop ended up]] with Focus Features and they will be releasing it [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] in September 2014.
* ''Fireflies in
cast was mostly black]]. Other sources claim that Lucas was demanding an unreasonably large portion of the Garden'' international grosses as part of the deal.
* ''Film/RepoMen''
was finished in 2008 but not released until 2011.
2010.
* ''Film/RadioFlyer'' ''Film/{{Rings}}'', the new sequel to ''Film/TheRing'' had scheduling problems. The film was shot between March and June 2015 and originally scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. The film was pulled from the schedule two months before it was supposed to come out, and rescheduled for April 1, 2016. A month before ''that'' date, it was pushed back to October 28, 2016. A month before it was supposed to come out, it was delayed once again, this time to February 3, 2017.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}''
was originally intended as Columbia's big movie for the summer of 1991--odd supposed to premiere in hindsight given its B-level cast, lack of big special effects, and grim subject matter for a family film. The release date 2001, but it got pushed back several times until it was constantly shuffled due to reshoots, production delays, and finally bad test screenings. Eventually, the film was quietly released in February 1992 and was a critically-savaged BoxOfficeBomb.2002.



* ''Film/ProjectAlmanac'' was filmed in 2013 with a planned February 28, 2014 release date. However, Paramount delayed it ''a few weeks'' before its scheduled release. The film was then released on January 2015 (and it underwent a title change. Prior to the delay, the original title was ''Welcome to Yesterday'').
* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' was filmed in 1941 but unreleased until 1944 due to contractual obligations stating that the film could not be released while the Broadway show on which it was based was still running.
* ''Film/{{Foxcatcher}}'' was filmed in 2012 but did not open until November 2014 (with a premiere at Cannes that May) as Sony did not like its chances in the 2013 Oscar race.
* ''Film/TheInterview'', a Creator/SethRogen[=/=]Creator/JamesFranco comedy about assassinating UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n leader Kim Jong-un, just barely avoided becoming a victim of this trope. The film sparked outrage from North Korea almost immediately, with Pyongyang referring to it as an "act of war", and hackers (believed by the FBI to have been connected to North Korea, though some cyber-security experts believe it was an inside job from an ex-employee) attacked the servers of the film's studio, Sony Pictures, and released a mountain of emails and personal information. Then, cinema owners were sent an ominous message threatening terrorist attacks against cinemas that chose to screen the film. Sony originally left it up to cinema chains to decide for themselves, but when all five major chains backed out, Sony pulled the film's release. Many people (including President UsefulNotes/BarackObama) felt the decision was a mistake and accused Sony and the theaters of appeasing terrorists, and many petitions to Sony to show the film were created, with at least one gathering hundreds of signatures. The intense backlash convinced Sony to change their minds and gave the film a limited theatrical/VOD release on Christmas day.

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* ''Film/ProjectAlmanac'' The horror movie ''Film/SevenThousandFiveHundred'', ''Film/TheGrudge'' director Takashi Shimizu's third English-language movie, was filmed in 2013 with a planned February 28, 2014 release date. However, Paramount delayed it ''a few weeks'' before its scheduled release. The film was then released on January 2015 (and it underwent a title change. Prior to the delay, the original title was ''Welcome to Yesterday'').
* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' was filmed in 1941 but unreleased until 1944 due to contractual obligations stating that the film could not be released while the Broadway show on which it was based was still running.
* ''Film/{{Foxcatcher}}'' was filmed in 2012 but did not open until November 2014 (with a premiere at Cannes that May) as Sony did not like its chances in the 2013 Oscar race.
* ''Film/TheInterview'', a Creator/SethRogen[=/=]Creator/JamesFranco comedy about assassinating UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n leader Kim Jong-un, just barely avoided becoming a victim of this trope. The film sparked outrage from North Korea almost immediately, with Pyongyang referring to it as an "act of war", and hackers (believed by the FBI to have been connected to North Korea, though some cyber-security experts believe it was an inside job from an ex-employee) attacked the servers of the film's studio, Sony Pictures, and released a mountain of emails and personal information. Then, cinema owners were sent an ominous message threatening terrorist attacks against cinemas that chose to screen the film. Sony
originally left it up to cinema chains to decide scheduled for themselves, an August 2012 release (and had trailers released in February 2012) but when all five major chains backed out, Sony was pulled from the film's release. Many people (including President UsefulNotes/BarackObama) felt the decision release schedule by distributor CBS Films a few months before opening. It was a mistake and accused Sony and the theaters of appeasing terrorists, and many petitions then pushed to Sony to show the film were created, April 2013, which passed with at least one gathering hundreds of signatures. The intense backlash convinced Sony to change their minds no release, and gave the film star Scout Taylor-Compton tweeted that it would come out in October of 2013. It didn't, but it's reported to come out in October of 2014. [[HistoryRepeatsItself It didn't.]]
** Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, who took over distribution duties for CBS Films, will finally put ''7500'' out of its misery by giving it
a limited theatrical/VOD [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] release on Christmas day.April 5, 2016.



* The found-footage horror film ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' was originally scheduled for release in February 2008, but its release was delayed indefinitely a month before it was to come out, with no explanation given by its distributor. Given that that distributor was MGM, which was just starting to fall apart at the time (see the ''Red Dawn'' remake and ''The Cabin in the Woods'' above), it's not difficult to guess why. The film finally saw a VOD release through [=DirecTV=] in 2014, but was pulled shortly thereafter, meaning that the film is not available through any legal channels. A rough cut of the film can be found online, however, and it has been screened at festivals.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Amityville}} Amityville: The Awakening]]'' was originally supposed to be released on January 2, 2015, but was delayed indefinitely a few months prior to its release. It was rescheduled for a [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/379455-amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016 April 15, 2016]] release, only to be bumbled up to April 1. Suddenly, the film was delayed yet again and set for a January 6, 2017 release before being shelved again a month before release. It's now set to come out on June 30, 2017.
** Dimension Films also delayed fellow horror films ''Demonic'' and ''Clown'' for unknown reasons. It's quite chronic for the company (as stated above).
* ''A Real Young Girl'' (French: ''Une vraie jeune fille'') by Creator/CatherineBreillat was produced in 1976 but because of its graphic depiction of sexuality (including Charlotte Alexandra exposing her vulva), it has been banned in many countries and was not released to theaters until 2000.
* ''The Dark Side of the Sun'' with Creator/BradPitt was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion civil war tore apart the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Andjelo Arandjelovic, who worked on getting a distribution deal for the film, before it ended up getting released direct-to-video.
* ''The Favour'' was filmed in 1990 but released in 1994.
* ''Fire on the Amazon'' was filmed in 1990 but not released until 1993 once Creator/SandraBullock started to become famous.
* The English dub of the South Korean animated film ''Dino Time'' was meant to be released theatrically in 2012, but these plans were cancelled, possibly fearing competition from better movies. It went straight to DVD in Australia in 2013, then in 2015 it got released on a Blu-Ray/DVD set in the US and retitled ''Back to the Jurassic'' while in the UK it was released on DVD only and retained the original title.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending'' was completed in 2013 but wasn't released ''until two years later in 2015'', with Warner Bros. claiming it was done to give the Wachowskis more time to do the effects and the Wachowksis not using that extra time to do re-shoots, instead leaving it in stasis until Warner Bros. finally decided to release it.
* The medical thriller ''Film/{{Awake}}'' was shot in 2005 but not released until 2007 due to numerous test screenings that required further re-editing involving subplots that were deleted, and being delayed repeatedly by Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany.
* The Weinstein Company strikes again! They originally set an April 2015 release date for the animated film ''Underdogs'', but they pushed it back to August 14, 2015 to take advantage of the late summer season. Then the Weinsteins delayed it indefinitely ''a mere week'' before it was set to open for unknown reasons. it wound up going to DirectToVideo and {{Netflix}} on July 19.
* ''Brenda Starr'', the film version of the comic strip of the same name, was shot in 1986 but due to wrangles over distribution it didn't get a release anywhere until 1989, and didn't open in the US until 1992.
* Because of the financial issues and subsequent bankruptcy of Creator/RelativityMedia, many of their pending films have been put into release limbo, getting tangled with legal and rights issues along the way. TrailerDelay played a role for the most part. Among the victims of Relativity's collapse were:
** ''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a biding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].
** ''Masterminds'', a comedy starring Creator/KristenWiig and Creator/ZachGalifianakis was supposed to be Relativity's big summer movie with an August 19, 2015 release date. As their financial scars worsen, they pushed it to October 9, 2015 claiming that the studio needed more time to promote the film. Despite Relativity's best intentions to release the film during their potential sale, the plans got thwacked and they were forced to delay the film for the time being. Foreign distributors were miffed on the ordeal. With Relativity exiting bankruptcy, a new date of September 30, 2016 was set. Following poor numbers on opening weekend, Relativity found themselves up for sale suggesting that their financial hopes for the film were a bit too premature.
** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, but that date came and went without any sort of theatrical release and currently there is no tentative release date for the film.
** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy fillings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.
** ''Film/JaneGotAGun'' was among the Relativity casualties and it did its TroubledProduction no favors. Originally set for a September 4, 2015 release after its February 20 date got pushed back, the film was removed from the schedule entirely and Relativity had to give up on the rights. The Weinstein Company (who co-produced the film) handled the US release, opening it on January 29, 2016 (when it bombed, giving Creator/NataliePortman the first of two consecutive commercial bloody noses, as ''Film/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' [on which she was one of the producers] opened and underperformed the following week). You can say that Relativity [[IncrediblyLamePun dodged a bullet]] with this one.
** The British thriller ''Autobahn'', AKA ''Collide'', had an October 30, 2015 release planned, but rights mishaps have screwed the film out of release. Sales agent IM Global successfully worked the issues out, with the film scheduled to open on April 1, 2016 by Creator/OpenRoadFilms, though that was then pushed back to August 19th. That date came without the film showing up Stateside; a [[http://deadline.com/2016/09/collide-felicity-jones-nicholas-hoult-open-road-1201828525/ new date]] of February 24, 2017 is now set.
** ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' was another victim of Relativity's financial collapse. It was supposed to come out on September 25, 2015, but the release was quietly canned. It was set for March 25, 2016, but that date had to pushed back now that Relativity has emerged from bankruptcy with a sure fire date of November 18 announced. Later on, the film was moved up to September 9th and replaced the following title. Upon release, the film was [[EpicFail nothing short of a disappointment]] [[BoxOfficeBomb at the box office]].
** ''Before I Wake'' got off easy than the rest. The horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date.
** Finally, ''Solace'' was picked up by Relativity to be released sometime in 2015. Their bankruptcy ordeal prevented this from happening and once they were released from it they set a September 2, 2016 date for the film. Unfortunately as the year went on, Relativity found themselves unstable again and pulled the release. When their financial issues worsened, they dropped the film completely. Lionsgate/Grindstone [[ChannelHop rescued the film]] and gave it a day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release in December.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' had a CompilationMovie produced in 1953, by linking together "The Benefit", "Breaking the Lease", and "The Ballet" with new bookends and transitions. However, it didn't immediately receive a public release, to avoid competition with another Creator/LucilleBall[=/=]Desi Arnaz comedy, ''The Long, Long Trailer''. After becoming lost for decades, it finally received a screening at a 2001 ''I Love Lucy'' convention, DVD releases in 2007 and 2010, and a Blu-Ray release in 2015.[[note]]CBS Paramount first released the ''I Love Lucy: The Movie'' DVD as the bonus disc of an ''I Love Lucy''/''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' Complete Series boxset, then later sold it by itself. The Blu-Ray release occurred when CBS Paramount included the movie as a bonus feature for ''I Love Lucy'' Season 2.[[/note]]
* The slasher film ''Film/BloodRage'' was completed in 1983, but the film wasn't released until 1987, when an edited version titled ''Nightmare at Shadow Woods'' turned up in a few theaters. The original version was dumped to VHS the same year.
* ''Film/{{Warcraft|2016}}'' finished filming mid-2014, was scheduled for December 2015 but delayed to Summer 2016 to avoid competition with ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''.
* Horror film ''Viral'' was originally set for a February 19, 2016 release, but it was shelved by The Weinstein Company. It later only got a limited theatrical release on [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/home-video/3395858/viral-going-infect-people-home-video/ July 29]], alongside a simultaneous VOD release.
* ''Little Fockers'', the 2nd sequel to ''Film/MeetTheParents'', was released in 2010, however it was filmed in late 2008/early 2009 (in fact, AOL News, at the time had posted on-set photos of the film). Primarily the reason for the delay was due to Dustin Hoffman changing his mind about appearing in the film (originally he opted not to), so the release date was pushed back so scenes with Hoffman's character Bernie could be filmed. The only thing that really sticks out related to the delay is Creator/RobertDeNiro's character being shown using MySpace, a social networking site that had lost a good chunk of popularity to Facebook by 2010.
* Brazilian movie ''Chatô'' is an amazing case, as it was mostly filmed in 1998 and 1999, but only got released in 2015 as in-between its director and production company were investigated for improper use of funds.
* Creator/EliRoth's ''Film/TheGreenInferno'' was completed in 2013 but delayed until 2015 due to Roth's legal issues with original distributor OpenRoadFilms. Creator/BlumhouseProductions swooped in and saved the film.

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* The found-footage horror film ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' was originally scheduled for release in February 2008, but its release was delayed indefinitely a month before it was to come out, with no explanation given by its distributor. Given that that distributor was MGM, which was just starting to fall apart at the time (see the ''Red Dawn'' remake and ''The Cabin in the Woods'' above), it's not difficult to guess why. The film finally saw a VOD release through [=DirecTV=] in 2014, but was pulled shortly thereafter, meaning that the film is not available through any legal channels. A rough cut of the film can be found online, however, and it has been screened at festivals.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Amityville}} Amityville: The Awakening]]'' was originally supposed to be released on January 2, 2015, but was delayed indefinitely a few months prior to its release. It was rescheduled for a [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/379455-amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amityville-reawakening-viral-dated-2016 April 15, 2016]] release, only to be bumbled up to April 1. Suddenly, the film was delayed yet again and set for a January 6, 2017 release before being shelved again a month before release. It's now set to come out on June 30, 2017.
** Dimension Films also delayed fellow horror films ''Demonic'' and ''Clown'' for unknown reasons. It's quite chronic for the company (as stated above).
* ''A Real Young Girl'' (French: ''Une vraie jeune fille'') by Creator/CatherineBreillat was produced in 1976 but because of its graphic depiction of sexuality (including Charlotte Alexandra exposing her vulva), it has been banned in many countries and was not released to theaters until 2000.
* ''The Dark Side of the Sun'' with Creator/BradPitt was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion civil war tore apart the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Andjelo Arandjelovic, who worked on getting a distribution deal for the film, before it ended up getting released direct-to-video.
* ''The Favour'' was filmed in 1990 but released in 1994.
* ''Fire on the Amazon'' was filmed in 1990 but not released until 1993 once Creator/SandraBullock started to become famous.
* The English dub of the South Korean animated film ''Dino Time'' was meant to be released theatrically in 2012, but these plans were cancelled, possibly fearing competition from better movies. It went straight to DVD in Australia in 2013, then in 2015 it got released on a Blu-Ray/DVD set in the US and retitled ''Back to the Jurassic'' while in the UK it was released on DVD only and retained the original title.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending''
''Film/{{Shane}}'' was completed in 2013 1951, but wasn't released ''until two years later in 2015'', with Warner Bros. claiming it was done to give the Wachowskis more time to do the effects and the Wachowksis not using that extra time to do re-shoots, instead leaving it in stasis until Warner Bros. finally decided to release it.
* The medical thriller ''Film/{{Awake}}'' was shot in 2005 but not released until 2007 due to numerous test screenings that required further re-editing involving subplots that were deleted, and being delayed repeatedly by Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany.
* The Weinstein Company strikes again! They originally set an April 2015 release date for the animated film ''Underdogs'', but they pushed it back to August 14, 2015 to take advantage of the late summer season. Then the Weinsteins delayed it indefinitely ''a mere week'' before it was set to open for unknown reasons. it wound up going to DirectToVideo and {{Netflix}} on July 19.
* ''Brenda Starr'', the film version of the comic strip of the same name, was shot in 1986 but due to wrangles over distribution it didn't get a release anywhere until 1989, and didn't open in the US until 1992.
* Because of the financial issues and subsequent bankruptcy of Creator/RelativityMedia, many of their pending films have been put into release limbo, getting tangled with legal and rights issues along the way. TrailerDelay played a role for the most part. Among the victims of Relativity's collapse were:
** ''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a biding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].
** ''Masterminds'', a comedy starring Creator/KristenWiig and Creator/ZachGalifianakis was supposed to be Relativity's big summer movie with an August 19, 2015 release date. As their financial scars worsen, they pushed it to October 9, 2015 claiming that the studio needed more time to promote the film. Despite Relativity's best intentions to release the film during their potential sale, the plans got thwacked and they were forced to delay the film for the time being. Foreign distributors were miffed on the ordeal. With Relativity exiting bankruptcy, a new date of September 30, 2016 was set. Following poor numbers on opening weekend, Relativity found themselves up for sale suggesting that their financial hopes for the film were a bit too premature.
** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, but that date came and went without any sort of theatrical release and currently there is no tentative release date for the film.
** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy fillings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.
** ''Film/JaneGotAGun'' was among the Relativity casualties and it did its TroubledProduction no favors. Originally set for a September 4, 2015 release after its February 20 date got pushed back, the film was removed from the schedule entirely and Relativity had to give up on the rights. The Weinstein Company (who co-produced the film) handled the US release, opening it on January 29, 2016 (when it bombed, giving Creator/NataliePortman the first of two consecutive commercial bloody noses, as ''Film/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' [on which she was one of the producers] opened and underperformed the following week). You can say that Relativity [[IncrediblyLamePun dodged a bullet]] with this one.
** The British thriller ''Autobahn'', AKA ''Collide'', had an October 30, 2015 release planned, but rights mishaps have screwed the film out of release. Sales agent IM Global successfully worked the issues out, with the film scheduled to open on April 1, 2016 by Creator/OpenRoadFilms, though that was then pushed back to August 19th. That date came without the film showing up Stateside; a [[http://deadline.com/2016/09/collide-felicity-jones-nicholas-hoult-open-road-1201828525/ new date]] of February 24, 2017 is now set.
** ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' was another victim of Relativity's financial collapse. It was supposed to come out on September 25, 2015, but the release was quietly canned. It was set for March 25, 2016, but that date had to pushed back now that Relativity has emerged from bankruptcy with a sure fire date of November 18 announced. Later on, the film was moved up to September 9th and replaced the following title. Upon release, the film was [[EpicFail nothing short of a disappointment]] [[BoxOfficeBomb at the box office]].
** ''Before I Wake'' got off easy than the rest. The horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date.
** Finally, ''Solace'' was picked up by Relativity to be released sometime in 2015. Their bankruptcy ordeal prevented this from happening and once they were released from it they set a September 2, 2016 date for the film. Unfortunately as the year went on, Relativity found themselves unstable again and pulled the release. When their financial issues worsened, they dropped the film completely. Lionsgate/Grindstone [[ChannelHop rescued the film]] and gave it a day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release in December.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' had a CompilationMovie produced in 1953, by linking together "The Benefit", "Breaking the Lease", and "The Ballet" with new bookends and transitions. However, it didn't immediately receive a public release, to avoid competition with another Creator/LucilleBall[=/=]Desi Arnaz comedy, ''The Long, Long Trailer''. After becoming lost for decades, it finally received a screening at a 2001 ''I Love Lucy'' convention, DVD releases in 2007 and 2010, and a Blu-Ray release in 2015.[[note]]CBS Paramount first released the ''I Love Lucy: The Movie'' DVD as the bonus disc of an ''I Love Lucy''/''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' Complete Series boxset, then later sold it by itself. The Blu-Ray release occurred when CBS Paramount included the movie as a bonus feature for ''I Love Lucy'' Season 2.[[/note]]
* The slasher film ''Film/BloodRage'' was completed in 1983, but the film
wasn't released until 1987, when an edited version titled ''Nightmare at Shadow Woods'' turned up in a few theaters. two years later due to extensive re-editing.
*
The original version Creator/JohnCusack and Creator/ChowYunFat film ''Film/{{Shanghai}}'' was dumped to VHS the same year.
* ''Film/{{Warcraft|2016}}''
finished filming mid-2014, in 2008, but was scheduled for December 2015 but delayed to Summer 2016 to avoid competition with ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''.
* Horror film ''Viral'' was originally set for a February 19, 2016 release, but
from getting released anywhere until 2010, when it was shelved by The Weinstein Company. It later only got a limited theatrical release on [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/home-video/3395858/viral-going-infect-people-home-video/ July 29]], alongside a simultaneous VOD release.
* ''Little Fockers'', the 2nd sequel to ''Film/MeetTheParents'',
was released in 2010, however it China and other countries, and was filmed in late 2008/early 2009 (in fact, AOL News, at the time had posted on-set photos of the film). Primarily the reason for the delay was due to Dustin Hoffman changing his mind about appearing in the film (originally he opted not to), so the release date was pushed back so scenes with Hoffman's character Bernie could be filmed. The only thing that really sticks out related to the delay is Creator/RobertDeNiro's character being shown using MySpace, a social networking site that had lost a good chunk of popularity to Facebook by 2010.
* Brazilian movie ''Chatô'' is an amazing case, as it was mostly filmed in 1998 and 1999, but only got
finally released in 2015 as in-between its the US in 2015.
* Creator/JohnHughes' ''She's Having a Baby'' was intended to be ready for a Summer 1987 release but wasn't released until February 1988 due to the
director having post-production issues with ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' and production company were investigated him begin unable to concentrate on editing two films at one time.
* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production
for improper use of funds.
his following film ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.
* Creator/EliRoth's ''Film/TheGreenInferno'' The college comedy ''Film/{{Slackers}}'' was completed in 2013 2000 but didn't get released until 2002.
* ''Film/ASoundOfThunder''was completed in 2002, but delayed for three years due to flooding in Prague where the film was shot, as well as Franchise Pictures going bankrupt.
* Disney's live-action comedy ''Superdad'' was made in 1971, but was shelved until it was released, only to flop, in 1973.
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}'' was filmed in 1998, but was shelved until January 2000 due to its TroubledProduction, with the film's director Creator/WalterHill disowning the finished product.
* ''Film/TheSwimmer'' starring Creator/BurtLancaster was completed in 1966, but wasn't released for another two years.
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' was finished in 2007, but was
delayed until 2015 2011 due to Roth's legal issues the studio being uncomfortable with original distributor OpenRoadFilms. Creator/BlumhouseProductions swooped in and saved the film.scenes depicting drug use.



* ''The Loft'', the remake of the 2008 Belgian erotic mystery film by director Erik Van Looy who also directed the remake, was completed in 2011 with Dark Castle Entertainment picking up the US distribution rights with the intent of releasing the movie through Creator/WarnerBros in early to mid 2012. However in April 2012, the film's producer and Dark Castle studio co-head, Joel Silver, ended his deal with Warner Brothers and leaves thru taking the studio and the movie with him to Universal Studios. The film's release date was pushed back several times by Universal over the next two years until a release date for August 29, 2014 was settled. However, Universal pulled the film from it's schedule TWO MONTHS before release in June 2014. Dark Castle quietly disassociated the movie from it's website with Joel Silver's name removed from the producer credits. The film was eventually released in Belgium in October, Creator/OpenRoadFilms picked up the US distribution rights, and was finally released on January 30, 2015 to scathing reviews, bombed at the box office despite having a $15 million budget, and was pulled from most of the 1,841 theaters after 2 weeks in the theaters.[[note]]Universal still released the film on DVD due to their deal with Open Road.[[/note]]
* The classic western ''Film/RedRiver'' was filmed in 1946 but held for release for two years, in part due to legal problems with Creator/HowardHughes who claimed it was similar to his ''Film/TheOutlaw''. It was actually Montgomery Clift's first film, but ''The Search'' was released first.
* This often happened with Hughes:
** ''Film/Scarface1932'' was completed in 1931, but its release was delayed almost a year due to Hughes' protracted battles with regional censor boards.
** ''The Outlaw'' was completed in 1941, but due to censorship issues, it wasn't released until 1946.
** ''Jet Pilot'' finished filming in 1953 (having started in 1949) and was finally released in 1957 due to Hughes tinkering with the film. By the time it was released, Hughes had sold RKO and Universal distributed the film.
* ''Film/ASoundOfThunder''was completed in 2002, but delayed for three years due to flooding in Prague where the film was shot, as well as Franchise Pictures going bankrupt.
* ''Film/BigTrouble'' was set to open on September 21st, 2001 and had all of its prints ready for shipment when 9/11 happened. Disney then delayed the film seven months and quietly dumped it by the time the film was released.
* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' was completed in 2008 and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the film underwent reshoots through its original distributor but after said reshoots, the distributor went under. After spending a few months in distribution limbo, Overture Films (now the distribution outlet for Relativity Media) bought the film at a bankruptcy auction for $2 million, released it in March 2010 (four months after the original Thanksgiving date) and made a tidy profit.
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'' was shot in 1993 and intended to be released by MGM, the film finally opened in 1995 with Gramercy Pictures as distributor (ironically, MGM got the rights back when they acquired the pre-1996 Polygram library).
* ''Film/Movie43'' began production in 2009 and was intended to ready for a 2010 release. Then original distributor Overture Films sold the rights (and later had everything at the studio but the name sold) to Relativity Media, who continued to keep it in-and-out of production (missing a planned Spring 2012 date) until finally releasing it in 2013.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' was finished in 2001 but the release was pushed back to 2003.
* ''Film/{{Shane}}'' was completed in 1951, but it wasn't released until two years later due to extensive re-editing.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' was shot in 2005, but wasn't released until 2007 because of squabbles between Director Andrew Dominik, who wanted an impressionistic, Creator/TerrenceMalick-esque approach and executives at Warner Bros. who wanted a more action-packed movie. Eventually Creator/BradPitt, producer Creator/RidleyScott and editors Dylan Tichenor, Curtis Clayton and Michael Kahn made and tested various recuts. It's currently unknown who's cut was picked for general release.
* ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold'' began production in 1962 and was completed in 1963, but then went unreleased for another two years.
* ''Film/TheSwimmer'' starring Creator/BurtLancaster was completed in 1966, but wasn't released for another two years.
* ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' was originally intended to be released in late 2001, the movie was pushed back to 2003 after the September 11 attacks, as it was decided that a satire about the US military would not go over well in the post-attack climate.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'' had a hard time finding distribution after its completion due to films about the music industry being box office poison and the lack of a major lead. Finally, CBS (who ironically shelved the Coen Brothers-written ''Gambit'') picked it up for a December 2013 release.
* Speaking of ''Gambit'', CBS Films initially planned a October 2012 release date for the film only to shelve it without explanation. It ended up bypassing a theatrical run and went DirectToVideo in April 2014.
* ''Film/{{Rings}}'', the new sequel to ''Film/TheRing'' had scheduling problems. The film was shot between March and June 2015 and originally scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. The film was pulled from the schedule two months before it was supposed to come out, and rescheduled for April 1, 2016. A month before ''that'' date, it was pushed back to October 28, 2016. A month before it was supposed to come out, it was delayed once again, this time to February 3, 2017.
* ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'' was completed in 1979, but its release was delayed for a year due to a change in distributors. The film was originally produced by Creator/LewGrade and was to be an ITC production, but he pulled the plug due when he realised that the plot involved the IRA. It was then bought by Music/GeorgeHarrison and released through HandMadeFilms.
* ''[[http://www.southflorida.com/theater-and-arts/sf-fort-lauderdale-film-festival-2016-chief-zabu-20161101-story.html Chief Zabu]]'', an indie political satire about a New York real estate developer who tries to take over a Polynesian island nation, was made in 1986 but never picked up for distribution despite the efforts of writers/directors Zack Norman (who also co-starred in the film) and Neil Cohen, with Norman taking out an ad in ''Variety'' for three years advertising the film (which became a RunningGag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''). For a long time, it was assumed to be a [[MissingEpisode lost film]], with Norman, who owned the only copy, not sure if he even still had it in his possession. It was only in 2016 when, thanks to the Presidential run of Creator/DonaldTrump (who the film's protagonist Ben Sydney was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of), Norman and Cohen unearthed his old VHS copy of it in a storage unit and finally had it screened at the Monica Film Center in Los Angeles and at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
* The infamous ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' was completed in 1976, but wasn't released until 1979 due to various post-production problems.
* The horror film ''Keep Watching'' starring Creator/BellaThorne was shot back in 2013 but it wasn't picked up for distribution until two years later by Creator/ScreenGems. They set a December 2, 2016 release date for the film and released a poster to boot. Not long later they pulled it from their yearly schedule and aimed for a March 24, 2017 date instead. A little less longer later they pulled the release again and it appears the film will be shelved until further notice. It's almost as if Screen Gems has [[ScrewedByTheNetwork little faith in the movie]].
* It's unclear how much ''Film/MonsterTrucks'', a $115 million comedy about a truck inhabited by a monster, spent actually being produced, given it started filming in 2014 and had complex visual effects of the sort that take years to finish. But the eventual product was a victim of the shelf, being [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/06/01/the_monster_trucks_trailer_will_leave_you_speechless.html moved the release date four times]], ultimately settling for January 2017 - i.e. the very definition of a {{Dump Month|s}}.
* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production for his following film ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.
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* ''The Loft'', the remake of the 2008 Belgian erotic mystery film by director Erik Van Looy who also directed the remake, ''Touch And Go'' was completed in 2011 with Dark Castle Entertainment picking up the US distribution rights with the intent of releasing the movie through Creator/WarnerBros in early to mid 2012. However in April 2012, the film's producer and Dark Castle studio co-head, Joel Silver, ended his deal with Warner Brothers and leaves thru taking the studio and the movie with him to Universal Studios. The film's release date was pushed back several times by Universal over the next two years until a release date for August 29, 2014 was settled. However, Universal pulled the film from it's schedule TWO MONTHS before release in June 2014. Dark Castle quietly disassociated the movie from it's website with Joel Silver's name removed from the producer credits. The film was eventually released in Belgium in October, Creator/OpenRoadFilms picked up the US distribution rights, and was finally released on January 30, 2015 to scathing reviews, bombed at the box office despite having a $15 million budget, and was pulled from most of the 1,841 theaters after 2 weeks in the theaters.[[note]]Universal still released the film on DVD due to their deal with Open Road.[[/note]]
* The classic western ''Film/RedRiver'' was filmed in 1946
1984 but held for release for two years, in part due to legal problems with Creator/HowardHughes who claimed it was similar to his ''Film/TheOutlaw''. It was actually Montgomery Clift's first film, but ''The Search'' was released first.
* This often happened with Hughes:
** ''Film/Scarface1932'' was completed in 1931, but its release was delayed almost a year due to Hughes' protracted battles with regional censor boards.
** ''The Outlaw'' was completed in 1941, but due to censorship issues, it wasn't released until 1946.
** ''Jet Pilot'' finished filming in 1953 (having started in 1949) and was finally released in 1957 due to Hughes tinkering with the film. By the time it was released, Hughes had sold RKO and Universal distributed the film.
* ''Film/ASoundOfThunder''was completed in 2002, but delayed for three years due to flooding in Prague where the film was shot, as well as Franchise Pictures going bankrupt.
* ''Film/BigTrouble'' was set to open on September 21st, 2001 and had all of its prints ready for shipment when 9/11 happened. Disney then delayed the film seven months and quietly dumped it by the time the film was released.
* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' was completed in 2008 and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the film underwent reshoots through its original distributor but after said reshoots, the distributor went under. After spending a few months in distribution limbo, Overture Films (now the distribution outlet for Relativity Media) bought the film at a bankruptcy auction for $2 million, released it in March 2010 (four months after the original Thanksgiving date) and made a tidy profit.
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'' was shot in 1993 and intended to be released by MGM, the film finally opened in 1995 with Gramercy Pictures as distributor (ironically, MGM got the rights back when they acquired the pre-1996 Polygram library).
* ''Film/Movie43'' began production in 2009 and was intended to ready for a 2010 release. Then original distributor Overture Films sold the rights (and later had everything at the studio but the name sold) to Relativity Media, who continued to keep it in-and-out of production (missing a planned Spring 2012 date) until finally releasing it in 2013.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' was finished in 2001 but the release was pushed back to 2003.
* ''Film/{{Shane}}'' was completed in 1951, but it wasn't
not released until two years later due to extensive re-editing.
later.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' ''Film/TrickRTreat'' was shot supposed to get a theatrical release in 2005, October 2007, but wasn't released it ended up getting pushed back and dumped directly to DVD two years later.
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' finished filming in 2004, but didn't come out
until 2007 because of squabbles between Director Andrew Dominik, who wanted an impressionistic, Creator/TerrenceMalick-esque approach and executives at Warner Bros. who wanted a more action-packed movie. Eventually Creator/BradPitt, producer Creator/RidleyScott and editors Dylan Tichenor, Curtis Clayton and Michael Kahn made and tested various recuts. It's currently unknown who's cut March 2006.
* ''View from the Top''
was picked for general release.
* ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold'' began production in 1962 and was completed in 1963, but then went unreleased for another two years.
* ''Film/TheSwimmer'' starring Creator/BurtLancaster was completed in 1966, but wasn't released for another two years.
* ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' was originally intended
supposed to be released in late 2001, the movie but was pushed back to delayed until 2003 due to studios being uncomfortable releasing a film that made fun of flight attendants TooSoon after the September 11 attacks, as 9/11.
* Horror film ''Viral'' was originally set for a February 19, 2016 release, but
it was decided that a satire about the US military would not go over well in the post-attack climate.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'' had a hard time finding distribution after its completion due to films about the music industry being box office poison and the lack of a major lead. Finally, CBS (who ironically
shelved the Coen Brothers-written ''Gambit'') by The Weinstein Company. It later only got a limited theatrical release on [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/home-video/3395858/viral-going-infect-people-home-video/ July 29]], alongside a simultaneous VOD release.
* ''Film/{{Warcraft|2016}}'' finished filming mid-2014, was scheduled for December 2015 but delayed to Summer 2016 to avoid competition with ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''.
* ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' was finished in 1988, but shelved for two years following financial difficulties at New World Pictures (although like ''Film/ThePunisher1989'', which was also affected, it did get released on schedule outside North America). Trimark eventually
picked it up for and gave it a December 2013 release.
* Speaking of ''Gambit'', CBS Films initially planned a October 2012
limited release date in 1991.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'' was completed in 2008 but not released until 2010.
* FoundFootage horror film ''Wer'' was shot in 2012, but it got delayed by its distributor Creator/FilmDistrict
for unknown reasons. Following the company's closure, the film only to shelve it without explanation. It [[ChannelHop ended up bypassing a theatrical run up]] with Focus Features and went DirectToVideo they will be releasing it [[DirectToVideo straight to DVD]] in April September 2014.
* ''Film/{{Rings}}'', Creator/SamuelFuller's racism drama ''White Dog'' was filmed in 1982 but Paramount shelved it due to uneasiness over the new sequel to ''Film/TheRing'' had scheduling problems. The film was shot between March film's content and June 2015 and originally scheduled to it would not be released on November 13, 2015. The film was pulled from the schedule two months before until it was supposed to come out, and rescheduled for April 1, 2016. A month before quietly sneaked onto the Lifetime network (yes, ''that'' date, Lifetime) in 1987. The film would not see a home video release until 2010, when Creator/TheCriterionCollection released it was pushed back to October 28, 2016. A month before it was supposed to come out, it was delayed once again, this time to February 3, 2017.
on DVD.
* ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'' ''Film/{{Whiteout}}'' was completed in 1979, 2007, but its release was delayed for a year due to a change in distributors. The film was originally produced by Creator/LewGrade and was to be an ITC production, but he pulled the plug due when he realised that the plot involved the IRA. It was then bought by Music/GeorgeHarrison and released through HandMadeFilms.
* ''[[http://www.southflorida.com/theater-and-arts/sf-fort-lauderdale-film-festival-2016-chief-zabu-20161101-story.html Chief Zabu]]'', an indie political satire about a New York real estate developer who tries to take over a Polynesian island nation, was made in 1986 but never picked up for distribution despite the efforts of writers/directors Zack Norman (who also co-starred in the film) and Neil Cohen, with Norman taking out an ad in ''Variety'' for three years advertising the film (which became a RunningGag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''). For a long time, it was assumed to be a [[MissingEpisode lost film]], with Norman, who owned the only copy, not sure if he even still had it in his possession. It was only in 2016 when, thanks to the Presidential run of Creator/DonaldTrump (who the film's protagonist Ben Sydney was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of), Norman and Cohen unearthed his old VHS copy of it in a storage unit and finally had it screened at the Monica Film Center in Los Angeles and at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
* The infamous ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' was completed in 1976, but wasn't
didn't get released until 1979 due to various post-production problems.
September 2009, where it received negative reviews and poor box office returns.
* The horror film ''Keep Watching'' starring Creator/BellaThorne ''Film/YoureNext'' was shot back filmed in 2013 but it wasn't picked up for distribution until two years 2011 and had a very well-received premiere at the Toronto Film Festival that September (the film's resulting bidding war would later by Creator/ScreenGems. They set a December 2, 2016 release date influence the festival to go for a more youth-oriented style in future years). After Creator/LionsGate won the bid, they announced a Fall 2012 opening with a large-scale release. However, Lionsgate buying Creator/SummitEntertainment and a bad test screening (director Adam Wingard's handheld shooting style has done well with festival audiences but American audiences haven't been keen on it) led Lionsgate to shelve the film and released a poster push it back to boot. Not long later they pulled it from their yearly schedule and aimed for a March 24, 2017 date instead. A little less longer later they pulled the release again and it appears the film will be shelved until further notice. It's almost as if Screen Gems has [[ScrewedByTheNetwork little faith in the movie]].
* It's unclear how much ''Film/MonsterTrucks'', a $115 million comedy about a truck inhabited by a monster, spent actually being produced, given it started filming in 2014 and had complex visual effects of the sort that take years to finish. But the eventual product was a victim of the shelf, being [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/06/01/the_monster_trucks_trailer_will_leave_you_speechless.html moved the release date four times]], ultimately settling for January 2017 - i.e. the very definition of a {{Dump Month|s}}.
* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production for his following film ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.
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15th Apr '17 12:57:29 AM MontyPythonFanatic2
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* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production for his following film, ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.

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* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production for his following film, film ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.
15th Apr '17 12:56:48 AM MontyPythonFanatic2
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* According to a [[http://reallybradjones.tumblr.com/post/159578286694/speaking-of-shot-on-shitteo-has-that-came-out-yet Tumblr post]] from Creator/BradJones, his film ''Shot on Shitteo'', the very definition of a TroubledProduction, has now, after being completed during pre-production for his following film, ''Jesus, Bro!'' (which was released April 14, 2017), has become subject to this trope, with Jones having no plans one way or the other on releasing the film.
11th Apr '17 11:33:02 AM rjd1922
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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame II'' was put out by Disney in 2002, but it has a copyright notice of 2000.

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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame II'' was put out by Disney in 2002, but it has a copyright notice of 2000.
5th Apr '17 10:02:50 AM StFan
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The act of being 'shelved' is one of the oddities of the movie business. There are many reasons that a completed movie is set aside; a matter of timing, dissatisfaction with the result, corporate restructuring, unexpected copyright problems, etc. It can last anywhere from a couple months to forever.

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The act of being 'shelved' "shelved" is one of the oddities of the movie business. There are many reasons that a completed movie is set aside; a matter of timing, dissatisfaction with the result, corporate restructuring, unexpected copyright problems, etc. It can last anywhere from a couple months to forever.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' was intended to be released in 1997, to tie in with ''Film/BatmanAndRobin.'' The latter's horrendous reception, however, led it to be delayed until March of 1998 (by which time [[TheNewBatmanAdventures Batman's new cartoon]] had already aired a sequel episode to the movie).

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' was intended to be released in 1997, to tie in with ''Film/BatmanAndRobin.'' ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. The latter's horrendous reception, however, led it to be delayed until March of 1998 (by which time [[TheNewBatmanAdventures [[WesternAnimation/TheNewBatmanAdventures Batman's new cartoon]] had already aired a sequel episode to the movie).
2nd Apr '17 1:26:49 PM vexer
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** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, provided that they can find another distributor to help with the release which seems unlikely now.

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** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, provided but that they can find another distributor to help with the date came and went without any sort of theatrical release which seems unlikely now.and currently there is no tentative release date for the film.
31st Mar '17 7:02:43 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Warcraft}}'' finished filming mid-2014, was scheduled for December 2015 but delayed to Summer 2016 to avoid competition with ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''.

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* ''Film/{{Warcraft}}'' ''Film/{{Warcraft|2016}}'' finished filming mid-2014, was scheduled for December 2015 but delayed to Summer 2016 to avoid competition with ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''.



* ''Rings'', the new sequel to ''Film/TheRing'' is having scheduling problems. The film was shot between March and June 2015 and originally scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. The film was pulled from the schedule two months before it was supposed to come out, and rescheduled for April 1, 2016. A month before ''that'' date, it was pushed back to October 28, 2016. [[OverlyLongGag A month before it was supposed to come out]], it was delayed once again, this time to February 3, 2017.

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* ''Rings'', ''Film/{{Rings}}'', the new sequel to ''Film/TheRing'' is having had scheduling problems. The film was shot between March and June 2015 and originally scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. The film was pulled from the schedule two months before it was supposed to come out, and rescheduled for April 1, 2016. A month before ''that'' date, it was pushed back to October 28, 2016. [[OverlyLongGag A month before it was supposed to come out]], out, it was delayed once again, this time to February 3, 2017.



* ''[[Franchise/DoubleDragon Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons]]'' - A [=3D=] remake of the arcade version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragonII Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'' (albeit it [[PolygonCeiling only resembles the arcade original in a vague sense]]) developed by Baruson Interactive was scheduled to be released through the Xbox 360 marketplace in 2011, but had trouble getting approval from Microsoft's quality assurance division ([[SoBadItsGood and for good reasons]]). It was eventually released in early 2013, a few months after the release of the much better received ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'', becoming the most critically panned digital only release on the 360.
* Creator/{{Ubisoft}} currently has a Wii U-exclusive party game that they have already completed, but refuse to release. Considering that the Wii U is on the tail end of its lifespan, having already been discontinued in Japan, it's unlikely that this game will ever see a release (unless Ubisoft can port it to the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, that is).

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* ''[[Franchise/DoubleDragon Double ''Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons]]'' Dragons'' - A [=3D=] remake of the arcade version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragonII Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'' (albeit it [[PolygonCeiling only resembles the arcade original in a vague sense]]) developed by Baruson Interactive was scheduled to be released through the Xbox 360 marketplace in 2011, but had trouble getting approval from Microsoft's quality assurance division ([[SoBadItsGood and for good reasons]]). It was eventually released in early 2013, a few months after the release of the much better received ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'', becoming the most critically panned digital only release on the 360.
* Creator/{{Ubisoft}} currently has a Wii U-exclusive UsefulNotes/WiiU-exclusive party game that they have already completed, but refuse to release. Considering that the Wii U is on the tail end of its lifespan, having already been discontinued in Japan, it's unlikely that this game will ever see a release (unless Ubisoft can port it to the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, that is).
31st Mar '17 6:51:05 AM MitchellProductions
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** Copyright dates indicate season 5 had its episodes completed in 2000, and the final two episodes "April Fool's Day" and "The Journal" (an hour-long special) in 2001. Eight aired in Spring 2000

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** Copyright dates indicate season 5 had its episodes completed in 2000, and the final two episodes "April Fool's Day" and "The Journal" (an hour-long special) in 2001. Eight aired in Spring 20002000.
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27th Mar '17 11:21:14 PM Twentington
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* ''{{O}}'', the modern day retelling of Shakespeare's ''Othello'', was originally supposed to be released in spring 1999, but then Columbine happened, and the thought of releasing a film which featured gun violence amongst high school students so soon afterwards was unthinkable, so the film didn't see the light of day until more then two years later in August 2001.

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* ''{{O}}'', the modern day retelling of Shakespeare's ''Othello'', was originally supposed to be released in spring 1999, but then Columbine happened, and the thought of releasing a film which featured gun violence amongst high school students so soon afterwards was unthinkable, so the film didn't see the light of day until more then than two years later in August 2001.



** Copyright dates indicate season 5 had its episodes completed in 2000, and the final two episodes "April Fool's Day" and "The Journal" (an hour-long special) in 2001. Eight aired in Spring 2000 (not counting the aforementioned "Parents Day"), three in January 2001, five plus "The Journal" in 2002, three in 2003, and the final episode was not aired until June 2004. The commercial failure of the BigDamnMovie in 2002 may have contributed to this.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' was cancelled by Creator/{{UPN}} a few months before it would have aired in the fall of 1998, due to the box office failure of ''Film/BluesBrothers2000''.
* A ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' cartoon was scheduled to premiere on Creator/FoxKids in the fall of 1998, but the bankruptcy of Creator/MarvelComics meant it was not to be.
* The planned ''Franchise/GarbagePailKids'' SaturdayMorningCartoon, 13 episodes of which were actually made, was cancelled by Creator/{{CBS}} before it premiered in 1987.
* Creator/{{Fox}} ordered ''Murder Police'' for 2013-2014, before abruptly cancelling it in October 2013.
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** Copyright dates indicate season 5 had its episodes completed in 2000, and the final two episodes "April Fool's Day" and "The Journal" (an hour-long special) in 2001. Eight aired in Spring 2000 (not counting the aforementioned "Parents Day"), three in January 2001, five plus "The Journal" in 2002, three in 2003, and the final episode was not aired until June 2004. The commercial failure of the BigDamnMovie in 2002 may have contributed to this.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' was cancelled by Creator/{{UPN}} a few months before it would have aired in the fall of 1998, due to the box office failure of ''Film/BluesBrothers2000''.
* A ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' cartoon was scheduled to premiere on Creator/FoxKids in the fall of 1998, but the bankruptcy of Creator/MarvelComics meant it was not to be.
* The planned ''Franchise/GarbagePailKids'' SaturdayMorningCartoon, 13 episodes of which were actually made, was cancelled by Creator/{{CBS}} before it premiered in 1987.
* Creator/{{Fox}} ordered ''Murder Police'' for 2013-2014, before abruptly cancelling it in October 2013.
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