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16th Apr '18 5:05:24 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was originally planned to have Jeannie with -- guess what? -- light brown hair, mainly to avoid comparisons with the blonde Samantha from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. However, Creator/SidneySheldon, the show's creator, couldn't find one, so the role -- and TV stardom -- fell to blonde-haired Barbara Eden.

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* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was originally planned to have Jeannie with -- guess what? -- light brown hair, mainly to avoid comparisons with the blonde Samantha from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. However, Creator/SidneySheldon, the show's creator, couldn't find one, so the role -- and TV stardom -- fell to blonde-haired Barbara Eden.Creator/BarbaraEden.
7th Apr '18 10:51:39 PM Pisthetairos
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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was one of those that had two pilots. The original pilot, which wasn't picked up, was eventually leaked. In it, Raj and Howard are absent. Leonard and (a much more sexually active) Sheldon befriend a BookDumb but StreetSmart girl named Katie, who they immediately take as a roomate. A fourth character named Gilda, played by Iris Bahr,is a HollywoodHomely female geek and fellow physicist who serves as a LoveInterest for Sheldon. Some of Gilda's traits, such as her dowdiness, intelligence and blase attitude towards sex, were repurposed in the characters of Leslie Winkle and Amy Farrah Fowler.
27th Mar '18 2:22:22 AM LondonKdS
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*** Stargate Atlantis was not conceived originally as a spin-off series, but as a sequel to SG-1. The idea of Atlantis being a lost city of the Ancients was an idea the writers had for a long time, and its discovery was supposed to end SG-1, essentially as a way to move the franchise forward. Atlantis would have been discovered under Antarctica, rather than a distant galaxy, and the Stargate would have become public knowledge. The SGC would have been relocated to Atlantis, with the teams and command being less military in orientation and international in membership. Contact with new alien races and travel between galaxies would have been more commonplace, and the Replicators alongside rouge androids the Ancients built would have been the major villains (probably an inspiration for the Asurans), not the Wraith. Most of this was axed when SG-1 looked like it would not end anytime in the near future, and the basic premise had to be reworked into a spin-off that ran alongside SG-1.

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*** Stargate Atlantis ''Stargate: Atlantis'' was not conceived originally as a spin-off series, but as a sequel to SG-1. The idea of Atlantis being a lost city of the Ancients was an idea the writers had for a long time, and its discovery was supposed to end SG-1, essentially as a way to move the franchise forward. Atlantis would have been discovered under Antarctica, rather than a distant galaxy, and the Stargate would have become public knowledge. The SGC would have been relocated to Atlantis, with the teams and command being less military in orientation and international in membership. Contact with new alien races and travel between galaxies would have been more commonplace, and the Replicators alongside rouge androids the Ancients built would have been the major villains (probably an inspiration for the Asurans), not the Wraith. Most of this was axed when SG-1 looked like it would not end anytime in the near future, and the basic premise had to be reworked into a spin-off that ran alongside SG-1.
27th Mar '18 2:20:50 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' would have went down a very different road if the writers had their way. Originally it was planned to end after the fifth season, and be continued with a theatrical film which in turn would lead to a sequel series, and if that wasn't picked up, another film. Another plan was to have a series of SG-1 theatrical films run alongside the sequel series to allow it to have its own characters and plots. The series was cancelled by Showtime, but the Sci-Fi Channel picked it up and gave it a sixth season. The writers then planned that season to be SG-1's last, but the ratings were so strong, MGM and Sci-Fi decided to give it another season and axed their plans for the film. So their script was then reworked into a grand series finale, which would lead to the sequel series. The seventh season ended up doing even better than the sixth, and the series was renewed yet again. So finally the script had to be reworked into the two part season finale "Lost City" with the same basic plot of the film, but a lot trimmed out and removed. The ideas and plot elements written for the sequel series were used to create Stargate Atlantis.
** "Lost City" originally was going to have Sam and Jack kiss, when it was planned to be the series finale, as a nod to all the shipping requests and theories among fans, which wouldn't have been the first time. The irony is they were never intended to be a couple, as this was pure fan speculation/wishes, and in fact they had separate love interests intended for them but both characters were eventually axed.
** Originally the entire Goa'uld fleet would have been destroyed at the end of "Lost City" as Anubis would have conquered the entire Goa'uld empire and sent a fleet of hundreds of ships to attack Earth, essentially ending the Goa'uld plotline with a bang. After an 8th season was confirmed, the writers decided to extend the Goa'uld story to the end of that season (which they believed would finally be their last).
* The original press information for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' included a scientist called Dr. Benjamin Ingram, African Canadian. They brought back Dr. Rodney [=McKay=] from SG-1 instead.
** This is because David Hewlett read for the part of Benjamin Ingram and got the part. He then basically said "why don't we just bring my SG-1 character back instead of having me play a different character?" The producers agreed.
* Stargate Atlantis was not conceived originally as a spin-off series, but as a sequel to SG-1. The idea of Atlantis being a lost city of the Ancients was an idea the writers had for a long time, and its discovery was supposed to end SG-1, essentially as a way to move the franchise forward. Atlantis would have been discovered under Antarctica, rather than a distant galaxy, and the Stargate would have become public knowledge. The SGC would have been relocated to Atlantis, with the teams and command being less military in orientation and international in membership. Contact with new alien races and travel between galaxies would have been more commonplace, and the Replicators alongside rouge androids the Ancients built would have been the major villains (probably an inspiration for the Asurans), not the Wraith. Most of this was axed when SG-1 looked like it would not end anytime in the near future, and the basic premise had to be reworked into a spin-off that ran alongside SG-1.
* Tok'ra characters were planned to have a much larger role in the franchise. Lantash was also originally planned to be a main character in Stargate: Atlantis, and start a romantic relationship with Samantha Carter, which is hinted at in SG-1, but was cut short after the character was killed off. Anise, another Tok'ra, was planned to be SG-1's answer to Seven of Nine and be a potential love interest for Jack O'Neill, but after it was discovered the character had no impact on SG-1's ratings, the writers happily dumped the character.
* It looked like the Franchise/StargateVerse was set for a happy ending, with a film planned where the Stargate program was going to be made public. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork But thanks to the SyFy channel]] [[FridayNightDeathSlot messing with Universe's schedule]], [[FranchiseKiller the IP is doomed.]] [[DevelopmentHell It's probably not going to get]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a proper ending.]] With the announcement of reboot films by Roland Emmerich that will ignore the SG-1 continuity, it's a sure fire bet we'll never see this film.
* Had it continued into a third season, the narrative of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' might have jumped a few weeks, a few years or a few hundred years into the future. The writers also didn't intend to leave Park blind forever.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' The Franchise/StargateVerse has a lot of confirmed potential different versions.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** The show
would have went gone down a very different road if the writers had their way. Originally it was planned to end after the fifth season, and be continued with a theatrical film which in turn would lead to a sequel series, and if that wasn't picked up, another film. Another plan was to have a series of SG-1 theatrical films run alongside the sequel series to allow it to have its own characters and plots. The series was cancelled by Showtime, but the Sci-Fi Channel picked it up and gave it a sixth season. The writers then planned that season to be SG-1's last, but the ratings were so strong, MGM and Sci-Fi decided to give it another season and axed their plans for the film. So their script was then reworked into a grand series finale, which would lead to the sequel series. The seventh season ended up doing even better than the sixth, and the series was renewed yet again. So finally the script had to be reworked into the two part season finale "Lost City" with the same basic plot of the film, but a lot trimmed out and removed. The ideas and plot elements written for the sequel series were used to create Stargate Atlantis.
** *** "Lost City" originally was going to have Sam and Jack kiss, when it was planned to be the series finale, as a nod to all the shipping requests and theories among fans, which wouldn't have been the first time. The irony is they were never intended to be a couple, as this was pure fan speculation/wishes, and in fact they had separate love interests intended for them but both characters were eventually axed.
** *** Originally the entire Goa'uld fleet would have been destroyed at the end of "Lost City" as Anubis would have conquered the entire Goa'uld empire and sent a fleet of hundreds of ships to attack Earth, essentially ending the Goa'uld plotline with a bang. After an 8th season was confirmed, the writers decided to extend the Goa'uld story to the end of that season (which they believed would finally be their last).
* ** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
***
The original press information for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' included a scientist called Dr. Benjamin Ingram, African Canadian. They brought back Dr. Rodney [=McKay=] from SG-1 instead.
** *** This is because David Hewlett read for the part of Benjamin Ingram and got the part. He then basically said "why don't we just bring my SG-1 character back instead of having me play a different character?" The producers agreed.
* *** Stargate Atlantis was not conceived originally as a spin-off series, but as a sequel to SG-1. The idea of Atlantis being a lost city of the Ancients was an idea the writers had for a long time, and its discovery was supposed to end SG-1, essentially as a way to move the franchise forward. Atlantis would have been discovered under Antarctica, rather than a distant galaxy, and the Stargate would have become public knowledge. The SGC would have been relocated to Atlantis, with the teams and command being less military in orientation and international in membership. Contact with new alien races and travel between galaxies would have been more commonplace, and the Replicators alongside rouge androids the Ancients built would have been the major villains (probably an inspiration for the Asurans), not the Wraith. Most of this was axed when SG-1 looked like it would not end anytime in the near future, and the basic premise had to be reworked into a spin-off that ran alongside SG-1.
* ** Had it continued into a third season, the narrative of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' might have jumped a few weeks, a few years or a few hundred years into the future. The writers also didn't intend to leave Park blind forever.
** Other franchise possiblities:
***
Tok'ra characters were planned to have a much larger role in the franchise. Lantash was also originally planned to be a main character in Stargate: Atlantis, and start a romantic relationship with Samantha Carter, which is hinted at in SG-1, but was cut short after the character was killed off. Anise, another Tok'ra, was planned to be SG-1's answer to Seven of Nine and be a potential love interest for Jack O'Neill, but after it was discovered the character had no impact on SG-1's ratings, the writers happily dumped the character.
* **** It looked like the Franchise/StargateVerse was set for a happy ending, with a film planned where the Stargate program was going to be made public. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork But thanks to the SyFy channel]] [[FridayNightDeathSlot messing with Universe's schedule]], [[FranchiseKiller the IP is doomed.]] [[DevelopmentHell It's probably not going to get]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a proper ending.]] With the announcement of reboot films by Roland Emmerich that will ignore the SG-1 continuity, it's a sure fire bet we'll never see this film.
* Had it continued into a third season, the narrative of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' might have jumped a few weeks, a few years or a few hundred years into the future. The writers also didn't intend to leave Park blind forever.
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** In 2018, Friedman released pitch documents for both seasons via a [[https://twitter.com/Josh_Friedman/status/976318614444716032 Twitter thread]]. Notably, both seasons went through '''major''' changes compared to their original pitches (for example, the character who eventually became John Henry could have been introduced at the end of S1, as an entirely evil proto-Skynet in an entirely functional Terminator body, named Daedalus), with the general tone of both seasons becoming more morally-ambiguous compared to their pitches. The really big revelation, however, was that the show was intended to have four seasons, with a complex StableTimeLoop personal timeline for John incorporating his death as described in ''T3''.

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** In 2018, Friedman Josh Friedman, the show's creator, released pitch documents for both seasons via a [[https://twitter.com/Josh_Friedman/status/976318614444716032 Twitter thread]]. Notably, both seasons went through '''major''' changes compared to their original pitches (for example, the character who eventually became John Henry could have been introduced at the end of S1, as an entirely evil proto-Skynet in an entirely functional Terminator body, named Daedalus), with the general tone of both seasons becoming more morally-ambiguous compared to their pitches. The really big revelation, however, was that the show was intended to have four seasons, with a complex StableTimeLoop personal timeline for John incorporating his death as described in ''T3''.[[note]]John is sent into the future at the end of S2, arriving just after his older future self's death. He spends S3 learning to become a military leader from his older self's colleagues, and at the end of the season is sent back in time by Cameron to Judgement Day, founding and leading the resistance through S4 until he is finally killed by a T-800 that played on his feelings for that model.[[/note]]
26th Mar '18 9:11:31 AM LondonKdS
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* Cameron getting caught in a jeep explosion at the end of the first season of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' was supposedly written in case Summer Glau wanted to leave the role at the end of the series. If she had, the resolution would have been that Cameron had her skin burned off in the fire and regrew a new one for the new actress, either like Cromartie did early in the series or by having similar abilities to the T-X of the third film.

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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
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Cameron getting caught in a jeep explosion at the end of the first season of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' was supposedly written in case Summer Glau wanted to leave the role at the end of the series. If she had, the resolution would have been that Cameron had her skin burned off in the fire and regrew a new one for the new actress, either like Cromartie did early in the series or by having similar abilities to the T-X of the third film.


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** In 2018, Friedman released pitch documents for both seasons via a [[https://twitter.com/Josh_Friedman/status/976318614444716032 Twitter thread]]. Notably, both seasons went through '''major''' changes compared to their original pitches (for example, the character who eventually became John Henry could have been introduced at the end of S1, as an entirely evil proto-Skynet in an entirely functional Terminator body, named Daedalus), with the general tone of both seasons becoming more morally-ambiguous compared to their pitches. The really big revelation, however, was that the show was intended to have four seasons, with a complex StableTimeLoop personal timeline for John incorporating his death as described in ''T3''.
17th Mar '18 8:27:37 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
** ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' went through several drafts before Creator/EijiTsuburaya settled on the iconic series recognized throughout Japan today. In fact, Ultraman's design was used from a scrapped villain from the predecessor series ''Series/UltraQ''.
*** The first draft was ''[=WoO=]'', a series about the eponymous bug-eyed PluckyComicRelief alien and his friend, a news reporter named Joji Akita. The series formula was that [=WoO=] had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat. The alien's name was recycled for a yeti-like monster, while the concept was revived in 2006 as ''Series/BioPlanetWoo''.
*** Another early draft was ''Redman'', which was about a devil-like alien who fought the monsters from Planet X that destroyed his homeworld at the command of their ruler Red King. Red King stuck around to become one of Ultraman's most popular enemies while the hero's name was recycled for an obscure series of low-low-budget shorts featuring the title hero fighting many ''Ultraman'' monsters.
*** One of the best-known proto-''Ultraman''s was ''Bemlar''. It featured most of the basic ideas; however, Bemlar, the title hero, was a bird-like monster instead. The concept was scrapped under concerns that children wouldn't be sure for what monster to root for. The name was recycled for Ultraman's first opponent while the design was reused for a monster called Hydra.
** ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought off alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' was ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr., having merged with the son of Hayata and Fuji to battle evil space monsters with the help of friendly Earth monsters.

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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
''Franchise/UltraSeries'':
** ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' went through several drafts before Originally, Creator/EijiTsuburaya settled on the iconic intended to pitch a series recognized throughout Japan today. In fact, Ultraman's design was used from a scrapped villain from the predecessor series ''Series/UltraQ''.
*** The first draft was
named ''[=WoO=]'', a series about which starred the eponymous bug-eyed PluckyComicRelief alien and his friend, a news reporter named friend Joji Akita. The series formula was that [=WoO=] had to fight Akita the photographer, and followed their adventures in fighting monsters and avoid avoiding the armed forces who saw him as forces. However, executives at Fuji Television backed out of the project, so Tsuburaya went to Creator/TokyoBroadcastingSystem to pitch a threat. different concept -- ''Series/UltraQ''. The alien's name was recycled for a yeti-like monster, while the ''[=WoO=]'' concept was eventually revived in 2006 as ''Series/BioPlanetWoo''.
*** Another early draft ** Series/{{Ultraman}} was ''Redman'', which was about a devil-like alien who fought the monsters from Planet X that destroyed his homeworld at the command of their ruler Red King. Red King stuck around to become one of Ultraman's most popular enemies while the hero's name was recycled for an obscure series of low-low-budget shorts featuring the title hero fighting many ''Ultraman'' monsters.
*** One of the best-known proto-''Ultraman''s was ''Bemlar''. It featured most of the basic ideas; however,
originally named Bemlar, the title hero, and he was to be in an episode of ''Series/UltraQ'' as a bird-like monster instead. The concept alien hellbent on conquering Earth. But when it came time to create ''Ultraman'', Bemlar the bird-man was scrapped under reused to be the starring hero, who would be the SuperpoweredAlterEgo of Sakomizu, a member of a top-secret kaiju-fighting organization. However, executives voiced concerns that children and casual viewers wouldn't be sure for what who was the good monster to root for. The name and who was recycled for Ultraman's first opponent while the design was reused for a evil monster called Hydra.
once the fight rolled around, so Eiji Tsuburaya and his team decided to create a more humanoid being to fight the monsters.
** The first idea for ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought off alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' Ultra'', so it was eventually changed to ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr., having merged with the son of Hayata and Fuji to battle evil space monsters with the help of friendly Earth monsters. A few more tweaks, and the rest is history.


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** [[http://astoundingbeyondbelief.tumblr.com/post/158022660684/believe-it-or-not-winckler-prods-proposed-making Believe it or not,]] American studio Winckler Productions proposed a ForeignRemake of ''Series/UltramanEighty'' in 1987, similar to ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956'' and ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'', that would have starred Creator/AdamWest as a space captain who was Earth's first line of defense against alien invaders.
-->'''William Winckler:''' Adam was willing to do it, we were several years before Sabanís Americanized ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', but the project never happened. Years later I saw Adam backstage at a taping of the ''Tonight Show'' at NBC, and he said to me, ĎBilly, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' stole your idea!í We laughed! Thatís showbiz!
3rd Mar '18 12:03:31 PM NESBoy
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* The original plan for the ending of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', according to Creator/ChuckLorre's vanity card: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight's finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn't. Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too."

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* The original plan for the ending of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', according to Creator/ChuckLorre's vanity card: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight's finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea card, was to have him walk [[BackForTheFinale Charlie]] show up to at the front door in doorstep of the last scene, beach house and ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into bell, before giving the camera and go off audience a speech on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain goes on to rant that these dangers the moral does not apply to him, seeing himself as invincible, only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was for a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a grand piano to fall on him. We thought it was funny. He didn't. Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought kill him (as the CentralTheme of the finale is that was funny too."nobody gets out alive). Creator/CharlieSheen disagreed with the gag, wanting the episode to end with a [[SequelHook hook]] for a SequelSeries called ''The Harpers''. The episode ended up featuring the intended ending, but with a FakeShemp and no speech.
28th Jan '18 9:07:38 PM MagnusForce
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*** The first draft was ''WoO'', a series about the eponymous bug-eyed PluckyComicRelief alien and his friend, a news reporter named Joji Akita. The series formula was that WoO had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat; it was envisioned as something akin to a Japanese version Dr. Who with kaiju. The alien's name was recycled for a yeti-like monster while the concept was revived in 2006 as a separate series called ''Bio Planet WoO''.
*** Another early draft was ''Redman'', which was about a devil-like alien who fought the monsters from Planet X that destroyed his homeworld under their ruler Red King. Red King stuck around to become one of Ultraman's most popular enemies while the hero's name was recycled for an obscure series of low-budget shorts featuring the title hero fighting many ''Ultraman'' monsters.
*** One of the best-known proto-''Ultraman''s was ''Bemlar''. It featured most of the basic ideas like Science Patrol, this time as a top-secret organization disguised as a photography group, and a member of the team who could secretly transform into a giant hero to fight {{Kaiju}} and evil aliens. However, Bemlar, the title hero, was a bird-like monster instead. The concept was scrapped under concerns that children wouldn't be sure for what monster to root for. The name was recycled for Ultraman's first opponent while the design was reused for a monster called Hydra and later, the Nikkatsu Kaiju movie, ''Gappa the Triphibian Monster''.
** ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought of alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' was ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr. (Redman was proposed too, as well as Seven being a HalfHumanHybrid) and he would be helped by the good Earth monsters to fight the evil space monsters.
** Despite what the title suggests, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' does not actually star the original Ultraman, but a different hero named Ultraman Jack. This can be traced back to the fact that Eiji Tsuburaya had decided to make a SequelSeries where Ultraman would return to Earth and remerge with Hayata to continue their monster-fighting career. However, he died before it could come into full fruition, so his son Hajime Tsuburaya rewrote the idea a bit to feature a different hero with a different host, though it would not be until the 80s did Jack officially receive his name.
** The Ultra N Project (''Series/UltramanNexus'' and ''Film/UltramanTheNext'') was intended to be a complete, DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstructi|on}}ve reboot of Tsuburaya's Ultraman, which was having older audiences as their target demographics similar to what they used in ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy''. However, with ''Nexus'' getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, the project abruptly ended and this led to the development of [[LighterAndSofter more family-friendly]] ''Series/UltramanMax'', and Tsuburaya wouldn't make another adult-oriented ''Ultra'' show until [[Series/UltraSevenX three years later]].

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*** The first draft was ''WoO'', ''[=WoO=]'', a series about the eponymous bug-eyed PluckyComicRelief alien and his friend, a news reporter named Joji Akita. The series formula was that WoO [=WoO=] had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat; it was envisioned as something akin to a Japanese version Dr. Who with kaiju. threat. The alien's name was recycled for a yeti-like monster monster, while the concept was revived in 2006 as a separate series called ''Bio Planet WoO''.''Series/BioPlanetWoo''.
*** Another early draft was ''Redman'', which was about a devil-like alien who fought the monsters from Planet X that destroyed his homeworld under at the command of their ruler Red King. Red King stuck around to become one of Ultraman's most popular enemies while the hero's name was recycled for an obscure series of low-budget low-low-budget shorts featuring the title hero fighting many ''Ultraman'' monsters.
*** One of the best-known proto-''Ultraman''s was ''Bemlar''. It featured most of the basic ideas like Science Patrol, this time as a top-secret organization disguised as a photography group, and a member of the team who could secretly transform into a giant hero to fight {{Kaiju}} and evil aliens. However, ideas; however, Bemlar, the title hero, was a bird-like monster instead. The concept was scrapped under concerns that children wouldn't be sure for what monster to root for. The name was recycled for Ultraman's first opponent while the design was reused for a monster called Hydra and later, the Nikkatsu Kaiju movie, ''Gappa the Triphibian Monster''.
Hydra.
** ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought of off alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' was ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr. (Redman was proposed too, as well as Seven being a HalfHumanHybrid) , having merged with the son of Hayata and he would be helped by the good Earth monsters Fuji to fight the battle evil space monsters with the help of friendly Earth monsters.
** Despite what the title suggests, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' does not actually star the original Ultraman, but a different hero named Ultraman Jack. This can be traced back to the fact that Eiji Tsuburaya had decided to make a SequelSeries where Ultraman would return to Earth and remerge with Hayata to continue their monster-fighting career. However, he died before it could come into full fruition, so his son Hajime Tsuburaya rewrote the idea a bit to feature a different hero with a different host, though it would not be until the 80s did Jack officially receive his name.
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** The Ultra N Project (''Series/UltramanNexus'' and ''Film/UltramanTheNext'') was intended to be a complete, DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstructi|on}}ve reboot of Tsuburaya's Ultraman, which was having older audiences as their target demographics similar to what they used in ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy''. However, with ''Nexus'' getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, the project abruptly ended and this led to the development of [[LighterAndSofter more family-friendly]] ''Series/UltramanMax'', and Tsuburaya wouldn't make another adult-oriented ''Ultra'' show until [[Series/UltraSevenX three years later]].later]] while ''Nexus'' would end up being abandoned completely.
** There have been at least two attempts to make an ''Ultraman'' movie in the west:
*** ''Ultraman: The Jupiter Effect'', penned in 1978: The plot has the alignment of all the planets in our Solar System cause major disasters around the world, causing monsters to invade. Ultraman (whose host would have been a NASA astronaut) appears to save the planet. Things would have gotten so tough that the other Ultramen from the franchise would have to show up.
*** ''Ultraman: Hero From The Stars'', proposed in 1983, would have involved highly evolved dinosaurs attacking the Earth after years of waiting, forcing Ultraman inhabit the body of an Earth Defense Soldier to fight back.
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* In the 1980s, there was going to be a TV movie that would unite the casts of Marvel's two biggest live-action shows of the previous decade: ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''The Amazing Spider-Man''.

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* In the 1980s, there was going to be a TV movie that would unite the casts of Marvel's two biggest live-action shows of the previous decade: ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''The Amazing Spider-Man''.''Series/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
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** After being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', Fuller cast Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki from the novels. He changed the character to Chiyoh after becoming worried that Tao was too young to be believable as Mads Mikkelsen's aunt. According to Fuller, this worked out for the best, since bringing Hannibal's childhood friend into the plot opened up new storytelling avenues the writers hadn't previously considered.

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** After being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', Fuller cast Tao Okamoto Creator/TaoOkamoto as Lady Murasaki from the novels. He changed the character to Chiyoh after becoming worried that Tao was too young to be believable as Mads Mikkelsen's aunt. According to Fuller, this worked out for the best, since bringing Hannibal's childhood friend into the plot opened up new storytelling avenues the writers hadn't previously considered.
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