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[[folder: Anime and Manga adaptations]]
* The live-action ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie was originally announced in 2003 by Creator/ADVFilms but nothing has come of it since then, apparently due to the insane costs of pulling the series off correctly in live-action compared to actual interest in such an endeavor. The collapse of ADV and the general decay of the American anime market didn't help it, either. Who's actually still involved remains up in the air, but the last time they said anything about it, the producer of ''Appleseed Ex Machina'', Creator/JohnWoo, was a producer and they were looking for more. That was in 2008.
** Apparently, the producers got so far as that they needed Creator/StudioGainax to hand over the rights so they could finally get moving... and that's when things fell apart. When ADV went to buy the rights they had optioned, Gainax backed out, citing certain unfulfilled conditions. The producers lost their window with the studio (at least for the moment), and ADV is now suing Gainax over the rights. This happened Q3 2011, and no word has been heard since. Hideki Anno's Studio Khara later gained all rights to Eva, and it is currently devoted to ''Rebuild of Evangelion''.
** Since then, the concept has seen the light of day as ''Film/PacificRim'', which has many, many similarities to ''Evangelion''.
* ''Film/BattleRoyale''. In June 2006, producers Neil Mortiz and Roy Lee announced that they had the green light to go ahead with the movie, which would, indeed, retain the "high schoolers killing each other" theme, and that New Line Cinema had given a tentative release date of 2008. Aside from the Virginia Tech Massacre making New Line nervous about the themes, they still haven't acquired the rights to make the film in the first place and apparently don't wish to try. A television adaptation was planned for The CW, but was later scrapped.
* The American live-action adaptation of ''Anime/WickedCity''.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. A while back, there was a trailer, but nothing more has been even whispered about it. Technically, it was a concept trailer, used to pitch the idea to studios to get them interested in the project. The girl playing Seras in the trailer was a hired model. However, the company developing the film pulled the trailer from their site and Website/YouTube, indicating things may have not gone in favour of the project.
* The live action ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' film, due to rights issues between the American rights holders (they own the names) and the Japanese rights holders (they own the likenesses). This seems to have been settled and there were rumors that Paramount and Relativity would team up on an adaptation back in Spring 2011, but it was eventually abandoned in favor of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce''. Said series ended up getting canceled after one season, leaving the franchise in limbo for years.
** [[http://deadline.com/2016/11/voltron-david-hayter-live-action-film-universal-dreamworks-animation-1201848630/ Things seem to be looking up as of 2016]]. With Creator/{{Universal}} buying Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (the current owners of the ''Voltron'' franchise) and the unprecedented success of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', Universal seems to be dead set on starting a ''Voltron'' multimedia franchise, going full-steam ahead with the movie and Creator/DavidHayter rumored to be attached as scriptwriter.
* The live-action ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' film was announced sometime between 2005-2007, but nothing has come of it since. Creator/KeanuReeves (who is supposed to playing the lead character, Spike Spiegel) has given conflicting statements about his involvement in it.
* The ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' live-action film has been this for a long time, with WarnerBros acquiring the rights back in ''2002'', and more and more prospective producers passing on the project (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was once attached). Pretty much every young actor in Hollywood has been considered for roles in the movie (notably, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, Creator/ChrisEvans, Creator/GarrettHedlund, and Creator/KristenStewart). Creator/GeorgeMiller has confirmed that he turned down an offer to direct. Currently, WarnerBros has Marco Ramirez (Netflix's ''Daredevil'') attached to write with ChristopherNolan possibly involved in some way, and Justin Lin (''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' creator), David Sandberg (''Film/LightsOut''), and Creator/JordanPeele (''Film/GetOut'') all in talks to direct.
* A ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' live action film was announced in 2008 by Harmony Gold and Warner Bros. A certain Creator/TobeyMaguire was said to be producing it. Also heavily hyped was the announcement that Lawrence Kasdan (yes, the same one who wrote ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and ''Film/TheBodyguard'') had written a script. Things were looking up until the fans were informed that Mr. Kasdan's script was handed over to Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (writers of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and ''Herbie Fully Loaded'') for a rewrite. The script was then handed to another writer named Tom Rob Smith for yet another rewrite. Given the questionable sanity involved in not just going with a script by a lauded screenwriter (let alone entrusting it to a two mediocre writers and then one nobody to "rewrite") ''Robotech'' fans were no longer optimistic that the film would be worth seeing if it was ever made. The rights were sold to Sony in 2015, completely abandoning the original project. Sony hopes to develop a franchise out of the property, but whether it actually happens remains to be seen. James Wan (''Film/{{SAW|I}}'', ''Film/FastAndFurious'') is currently attached to direct, but as his plate is already full through 2018 with ''[[{{Film/Aquaman}} Aquaman]]'' and a sequel to ''TheConjuring'', the Hell will definitely continue for a least few more years.
* ''Star Blazers'' was originally licensed by Disney. Somehow the script was leaked over the internet and the feedback was universally negative. Their treatment would have included almost none of the the characters from the series and would have turned the Star Force into a ragtag band of misfits. The Yamato/Argo would have been renamed Arizona (allegedly after the WWII American ship sunk at Pearl Harbor) and constructed under Mount Rushmore. Given the location, this was not, unlike the anime, a spaceship built from the wreck of a sunken WWII ship. Thus, naming the ship after a sunken WWII ship was for no discernable reason in this case. Disney allowed the film license to expire. Christopher [=McQuarrie=] announced in 2011 that he was currently working on a script for Skydance Productions. It remains to be seen whether an American ''Star Blazers'' film even remains viable given the 2010 Japanese production of a live action theatrical ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' (the source material for ''Star Blazers)''. In a December 2012 interview, [=McQuarrie=] said that a script has been completed but no one can agree on what direction the film should go.
* The rights for a live-action Hollywood Franchise/LupinIII film were purchased back in 2003, and ads for the manga mentioned "soon to be a major motion picture!"...but nothing ever came of it.
* In the late 90s, Disney was in talks to make a live action movie based on ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' featuring Creator/GeenaDavis as Queen Beryl (and, depending on the source, Creator/AliciaSilverstone or Creator/KirstenDunst rumored for the title role). At the time, Disney owned DiC, the then-US licensors of the ''Sailor Moon'' franchise. Save Our Sailors later reported that the project had been canceled to due to Kodansha, the Japanese publishers of the original manga, refusing to sell the rights. Not helping was the failure of two superhero films at then-rival Creator/WarnerBros, ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/{{Steel}}'', at the box office, the underperformance of the series itself in syndication, and the fact that both Davis and Silverstone (if the latter is credited as the one Disney was seeking for the title role) had recently starred in damaging box office bombs, including one of the two aforementioned superhero film {{Genre Killer}}s.
* A Hollywood live-action/CGI film based on the manga series ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' was announced in 1999 by Jim Henson Studios and Don Murphy's production company to be distributed by NewLineCinema. They confirmed it again in 2005, but nothing has been heard since. As with ''Star Blazers'', the Japanese live-action franchise may have mooted the need for this film.
* The ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' sequel. It was being whispered about during promotion for the film, and it appears to end on a SequelHook, but the poor critical and commercial reception have apparently shelved it. Fox still holds the film rights to the franchise, despite not moving forward with the sequel. Their contract gives them a distribution stake in any future ''Dragon Ball'' films, live action or animated, and Creator/FUNimation had to go through them to license ''Battle of Gods'' and ''Resurrection 'F'''.
* A live action adaptation of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' was announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for a 2012 release. The rights were purchased by Cubix International in Singapore, and the project was set up to be a co-production with various companies in the UK, China, Canada, and Australia, with the film itself being shot in Sydney under a $30 million budget, and options for three sequels. The writers and designers from the original anime were also in contact with the production team about maintaining consistency, and the film was confirmed to have a multi-ethnicity cast. There was even a Malaysian filmmaking reality show where part of the grand prize package was being hired to work on this movie. The first promo images were released in 2009, and then... nothing.
* A Hollywood live action film based on ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was optioned in the late 90s, but nothing ever came of it.
* Sony Pictures registered many domains relating to a Hollywood ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' film back in 2014, but nothing ever came of it. There's now word that Warner Bros. is in talks for the film rights.
* Probably following the huge success superhero movies still enjoy, iIn 2015 there were talks for [[http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/imagine-ent-japans-anew-tiger-bunny-adaptation-1201614519/ a live action film]] based on ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', with none other than Creator/RonHoward as one of the producers. IMDB lists it as "in development" for 2019, and writer Ellen Shanman was attached to it as a screenwriter, but nothing else is known about it.
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[[folder: Comic book and Comic Strip adaptations]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Considering that the person interested in filming it was [[ExecutiveMeddling Jon]] [[GiantSpider Peters]], though, it may be fortunate that this film never got off the ground. One of the proposed scripts is available online. The script Creator/RogerAvary and the guys behind ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' worked on was a pretty sweet blending of the first two collections and the "Endless gather again for the first time" scene from ''Season of Mists''. But then the script was sent in for rewrites under Jon Peters, and Creator/NeilGaiman called the script not only the worst ''Sandman'' script he'd seen, but one of the worst scripts he'd ever seen.
** The film adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' spin-off ''Death: The High Cost Of Living'' has also been in development hell for several years. IMDB has a release date of 2013 (as of April 2011), but there's not even a ''production company'' attached yet.
** As of December 2013, the film adaptation is going into production with Warner Bros. Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt are producers and Jack Thorne was announced as scriptwriter in February 2014. It is strongly rumoured that Levitt may direct and star in the film as well.
** However in March 2016, Levitt left the project sitting CreativeDifferences with Creator/NewLineCinema and Thorne went with him. Eric Heisserer was hired to filled in the screenwriter position, but he too left the project in November for similar reasons. [[http://www.indiewire.com/2016/11/sandman-neil-gaiman-adaptation-loses-writer-again-eric-heisserer-1201743813/ He stated]] that ''The Sandman'' would be better fit as a TV series rather than a movie.
* There's a lot of [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] films that appear to have stalled.
** ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' sequel went through this for awhile, and was ultimately canceled, with a [[Film/PunisherWarZone reboot]] produced instead. Once the reboot bombed Creator/LionsGate gave up and let the rights revert back to Marvel, who opted to introduce Punisher in ''{{Series/Daredevil2015}}'' instead of doing another Punisher movie yet.
*** Owing to the amazing reception the Punisher received, a standalone Punisher series has been greenlit for Netflix.
** The proposed ''ComicBook/LukeCage'' film, canceled after Sony decided to return the rights to Marvel to focus more on their [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries rebooted]] ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' series. Marvel later announced that {{Creator/Netflix}} was doing a ''Luke Cage'' series set in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** The fourth ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' [[Film/BladeTrilogy movie]], which lapsed into this after the much-maligned ''Film/BladeTrinity'' failed to meet New Line Cinema's financial expectations and star Creator/WesleySnipes sued the studio and the film's director over being cut off the filmmaking processes and casting decisions. In 2008, [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison]] for tax evasion, [[ScrewedByTheLawyers directly resulting in Marvel revoking the film license from New Line/Warner Bros.]] [[FranchiseKiller and killing their franchise]] due to NLC/WB being deemed unable to produce a fourth film on time without Snipes. While Marvel has stated they have no plans to introduce him to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Snipes has expressed interest in reprising his role should a reboot move forward.
** One recurring ''Film/XMen'' film rumour was a prequel for ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Many postponings later, it became officially dead with the production of ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', which covers much of the same ground (the ''Magneto'' writer even got [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie a story credit for ''First Class'' despite his script never even being touched by that film's crew]]).
*** Among many other X-Men related projects following ''First Class'', one that suffered the most in development hell was a solo Comicbook/{{Gambit}} film. Announced in 2014 with Creator/ChanningTatum attached and supposedly set for release in 2016, it lost a director, a release date and is overall pretty stalled.
** ComicBook/SubMariner. Failed plans to make a film go as far back as 1997, though for the longest time the film rights to the character were owned by UniversalPictures and out of Marvel's reach. As of late 2014, the rights have apparently reverted back to Marvel Studios, with hopes that the character could be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime in the future, though some contracts with other companies still need to be done with first, according to some Marvel representatives.
** ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'': In 1998, Annex Entertainment, Gribouille and Kaleidoscope Media Group considered the ''Micronauts'' toys for an animated series. The original plan for an animated series would have been in association with Marvel. That series would have been based on the Creator/MarvelComics. That project never got past a few conceptual illustrations. In 2012, Creator/JJAbrams announced that he was developing the Micronauts as a movie franchise for Creator/{{Paramount}}. However, Marvel is not involved with this movie, so fans are being warned that this will be a total reimagining as they are unable to use any of the characters, concepts, names, and situations created by Creator/BillMantlo.
** Marvel had a script and had done some preliminary casting for a movie based on the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' back in 2010, with Music/KekePalmer approached for a role (presumably Xavin). It was ultimately shelved in favor of putting the studios' energies into ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. In 2013 the writer of the script was told that for the time being the film wasn't moving forward, and reassigned to help Shane Black with ''Film/IronMan3'' instead. Time will tell if Marvel ever gets around to making the film (or for that matter, if the Runaways will at least get their own comic again anytime soon).
*** As of 2016, Marvel has announced plans to adapt the original mini-series into a Hulu-exclusive TV series.
** There were plans for Creator/JamesGunn to direct a ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' movie, but project has been officially shelved due to the surprise success of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
** And then of course there's [[TroubledProduction the long and winding road]] to an ''[[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk]]'' sequel, which has been discussed for years. While some actors are under contract or willing to return for the sequel, Norton himself is not, and since ''The Avengers'' recast Creator/MarkRuffalo in the role, the chances of Norton returning are virtually nonexistent. Leterrier has gone back and forth on the decision, but has stated that he's open to directing the sequel. But now Kevin Feige said in 2014 there are no plans for the movie to appear in Phase 3, and Kevin Feige has said for now, Marvel would like to restrict the Hulk and other characters like ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} to the Avengers franchise. [[FromBadtoWorse It only got worse in 2015]] when it was revealed that they have to work with Creator/{{Universal}} to deal with some right issue's before they can even consider doing a hulk film.
*** Creator/GuillermoDelToro}} was making a TV series slated for 2014 release, but both he and Marvel put it on the back-burner for now. He's since said it's unlikely to happen.
** Same goes for the possibility of a ComicBook/BlackWidow solo film. Lionsgate commissioned a script from Creator/DavidHayter back in 2004 before dropping the project, and Kevin Feige has stated that Marvel was in discussions with Creator/ScarlettJohansson for a Black Widow movie as far back as 2010. Nothing has come of the project since. A Twitter hashtag campaign was even started by fans after Marvel announced movies for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], but not Black Widow.
** A ComicBook/NickFury movie written by Andrew Marlowe was announced way back in 2006 as part of the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]]'s first slate of movies. As of 2014, no further movement has been made.
* The ''ComicBook/SinCity'' sequels. After the box office success of the first movie in 2005, Creator/RobertRodriguez announced plans to film the next two installments back-to-back the following year. Creator/FrankMiller was working on a screenplay based on "A Dame To Kill For", with production expected to begin in the summer of 2006. Instead, Rodriguez made ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' with Creator/QuentinTarantino (who collaborated with him on the first ''Sin City''). Nothing more was said about the project until 2010, when Rodriguez announced that production would begin once he had completed work on ''Film/SpyKids 4-D''.
** Rodriguez [[http://specials.msn.com/A-List/Movies/Sin-City-2-announced.aspx?cp-documentid=29614653 announced]] at the 2011 [=ComicCon=] that ''Sin City 2'' was officially back on the table, and that he was working on "refining the script". Not only was the script refined, it was also filmed - ''Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'' was released in 2014....to mixed reviews and tanked ''massively'' at the box office, meaning that the ''Sin City'' franchise may be put in Development Hell yet again.
* The ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie sequel. Michael Jai White even expressed interest in reprising his role. As of 2012, plans for a sequel seem to have all but faded. Ditto for a supposed ContinuityReboot creator Todd [=McFarlane=] keeps mentioning.
* ''[[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Opus: The Last Christmas]]'', which is dead according to Berkeley Breathed.
* Similarly, a ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' movie has been long rumored.
* A film adaptation of ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' has been attempted by creator Scott Adams for years. His most recent efforts date back to at least 2014, where he has kept updates on his writing efforts on his personal blog. Sadly, such efforts may never get past the screenplay level.
* An ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' movie has been discussed for at least fifteen years, whether live-action, animated or CGI animation. In 2008 Warner Bros turned down making a film adaptation due to fear of competing with ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* The previously planned ''Film/JusticeLeague'' film (a serious case of WhatCouldHaveBeen) petered out after a year in development. In 2007, pre-production got underway, with many major names attached to star in the film (including Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart, and Michael Gough as Alfred [reprising his role from the 90's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' franchise]). Numerous problems happened during pre-production (the film's costume designer passed away, a Hollywood writer's strike derailed the script development and there were rumors that director Creator/GeorgeMiller had been canned from the project). Finally, the film was delayed less than ''a month'' before it began shooting and become effectively moribund. Then, with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, specifically ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the studio began again to make the film happen, with [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Justice-League-Movie-What-We-Know-So-Far-32429.html 2013 rumors]] of releasing ''Film/ManOfSteel'' first leadin into an ''Avengers''-like team up of Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/GreenLantern, Franchise/WonderWoman and Franchise/TheFlash. Then, the ''Man of Steel'' sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' was made as a BackdoorPilot to the Justice League (to the point its subtitle is "Dawn of Justice"). [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015/ The Justice League film]] is currently set to release in 2017 with Zack Snyder (from both ''Man of Steel'' and the sequel) directing.
* A live-action adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' was among the projects considered before ''Film/BatmanBegins'' was green-lit. Rumors keep surfacing that the film is still trying to enter development. How many of these rumors are started by hopeful fans is another matter entirely.
* A new ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' film was announced, with a teaser poster announcing a 2009 release date. Since the 2011 ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' tanked at the box office, the film has been on hold. The film supposedly has a new screenwriter as of 2015.
* The new adaptation of ''Film/TheCrow''. Nobody could agree on a script. Stephen Norrington eventually left the project. Then a lawsuit between Harvey Weinstein and RelativityMedia threatened the project again. Relativity won the suit and F. Javier Gutiérrez was named as director in January 2012. And after numerous actor's leaving the project [[note]] Including Creator/BradleyCooper, Creator/TomHiddleston, Creator/LukeEvans and Jack Huston [[/note]] [[http://www.screendaily.com/news/the-crow-remake-suspended/5091129.article the film was halted for good around August 2015]] when the production company, Relativity Media, filed for bankruptcy and was forced to let 75 staff members go and halt any pre-production of ''The Crow'' at Pinewood Cardiff.
** As of Fall 2016, the film is once again set to enter production in January 2017, with Jason Mamoa starring.
* A live-action film of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has been been in the early proposal/planning stages for over a decade now; spearheaded by long-time fan Creator/PatrickStewart, who is the fan-favorite to play Spider Jerusalem. At one point, an animated version was proposed, with Stewart voicing Jerusalem. Ellis and Robertson have indicated that they would like Creator/TimRoth to play the title role; but as of this time, no production has started on any adaptation.
* ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' was in development not too long ago. It seems to have been scrapped in favor of a movie about ''Comicbook/TheDarkness'', with Witchblade making a guest appearance. Although ''The Darkness'' seems to be in DevelopmentHell too, with no news about it for several years.
* The ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' movie has been in development since the summer of 2006, and so far has ''nothing'' to show for it. Somewhat humorously, the Devil's Due ongoing featured "Slated to be a major motion picture by Rogue Studios!" prominently on the cover of its earliest issues; maybe don't advertise it until it's a done deal next time. It still seems to be in the works, with news surfacing as recently as February 2013.
* A ''ComicBook/{{Darkchylde}}'' movie has apparently been in the works since August 2007, but IMDB lists its year of release as (???). Posters, trailers, and stills from the set were released, and Creator/JohnCarpenter was slated to direct, but there has been no news since 2010.
* And, completing the oddly specific "movie adaptation of a horror-themed comic with a teenage female lead going nowhere" trifecta, there's been no news about the ''Dead@17'' movie since a director was attached in 2010.
* An adaptation of Creator/RobLiefeld's ''Comicbook/{{Youngblood}}'' series has been in the works for years, with Creator/BrettRatner (''Film/XMenTheLastStand'') attached as the director, and talk of Creator/RobertPattinson starring as Shaft. As of 2014, Ratner confirmed that the film had been stalled thanks to copyright issues over the original source material.
* Creator/MarkMillar has a lot of announced adaptions, to the point of rivaling Creator/StanLee for having the most adaptions in comic book history [[note]] If you don't count the sequels and remakes, that is [[/note]] Some of them are taking a bit too long to get here though.
** ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' was supposed to get a sequel, yet everyone involved in it got so busy (the director with ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'', the protagonist with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') that the producer has since said the movie "will not happen any time soon if at all." Creator/JamesMcAvoy then admitted that while he is still interested, the time in development hell and the studio's struggles to find a suitable script are all red flags.
** The planned third and final Installment to ''Film/KickAss'' has been up in the air considering the negative reception and poor box office of the sequel, and the fact that hit-girl actor Creator/ChloeMoretz said she was done with the character ain't helping much. However, despite all of that, Creator/MatthewVaughn is in talks of doing a Hit-Girl Prequel and then a third one.
** His religious comic ''ComicBook/AmericanJesus'' has been in talks of getting adapted to film ever since ''ComicBook/KickAss'' was getting press. The last we heard from it was [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=52507 in 2012]] where Millar announced that in a few months he'll be able to talk who his partners are.
*** It has been [[http://www.superherohype.com/news/372451-american-jesus-supercrooks announced that this along with Supercrooks]] will finally be made. But knowing his other movies and their updates, only time will time.
** ''ComicBook/WarHeroes'', a comic that itself has been going through Development hell, was announced in 2008 to be produced by Sony. [[Main/ChirpingCrickets Then Crickets]].
** An adaptation of the super-villain comic ''ComicBook/{{Nemesis}}'' was to be directed by the late Creator/TonyScott and written by Joe Carnahan, but Scott left in 2012 to focus on ''Top Gun 2'', leaving Carnahan to fly solo on this one. Their was a load of back and forth on whether it would get made, considering the rare status of a successful R-rated Superhero film, much less a Super-villain film, but considering the success of ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' and the growing [[Main/CashCowFranchise interest of other Millar properties]], it seems more likely that this will get made, despite the studio change from 20th century fox to Warner Bros.
** A adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Superior}}'', a comic about Simon Pooni, a 12-year old [[Main/ObfuscatingDisability paraplegic who gains super power's]] by a demonic monkey, has been in Creator/MatthewVaughn's hand's since 2010 and has been teased in ''Film/KickAss2'', but still no movement.
** ''ComicBook/SuperCrooks'', a comic that has been described by millar as "A gang of super-villains decide to go and pull the biggest heist of their career in Spain because, let’s face it, there’s no Captain Spain" has also had trouble getting out of here. What make's this more infuriating is that it has a director, [[Film/LosCronocrimenes Nacho Vigalondo]], that is extremely passionate about it and has even released [[http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-teaser-mark-millars-comic-supercrooks-directed-nacho-vigalando/ a trailer for the comic]], but no studio seem's to give it a fair chance. Though there may still be hope considering producer Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Rampart) has [[http://www.superherohype.com/news/372451-american-jesus-supercrooks announced that he would produce it along with American Jesus.]]
* [[http://www.aintitcool.com/node/13385 This article]] (some NSFW pics) talks about the possibility of a ''Ranxerox'' film directed by Chris Cunningham. Ranxerox was an Italian comic book about a human-looking robot who is in a relationship with an underaged girl in a CrapsackWorld full of drugs and violence. You can guess why nothing was said anymore about the project.
* An adaptation of ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' has been discussed. ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' was SavedFromDevelopmentHell however the film project hasn't been discussed since.
* A ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' movie was announced by Fox in 2010, but nothing about it has surfaced since its announcement.
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[[folder: Literature adaptations]]
* ''Literature/{{Eloise}} in Paris'' -- A live-action adaptation of the Eloise book of the same name has been in development since late 2007-2008, and was to star Australian child actress Jordana Beatty for the title role alongside Creator/UmaThurman. A few years later and yet little, if any, development was announced, and Beatty would obviously be too old to play the title character.
* ''Invisible Monsters'', based off of a book penned by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk (of ''Literature/FightClub'' fame), has been in development for forever and a half.
* ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. It had a French version [[note]]Made by Universal's French division in English[[/note]] successfully released in 1966, but those guys over at Hollywood are still stuck on this.
** Justified as nobody can figure out a way to resolve the problem that you can now store entire libraries on a single [[http://xkcd.com/691/ MicroSD Card]].
* Creator/TerryPratchett joked that the road to film for ''Literature/GoodOmens'' had become so long and complicated that even he stopped paying attention. He relied on fans at conventions and signings to keep him posted on the latest news/rumors. One such rumour was that Robin Williams would play the angel.
** [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a311115/neil-gaiman-teases-good-omens-tv-series.html Lo and behold! there is a four part TV series in the works by now.]]
** Dreamworks was going to make a ''[[Literature/NomesTrilogy Bromeliad]]'' movie. Where'd that go?
** And a couple of years ago the big news was that Creator/SamRaimi was directing ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' from a script by Pamela Pettler (who wrote Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''). Since the initial announcement, nothing. Pratchett apparently vetoed a script that "had all the hallmarks of something that had been good, and then [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio had got involved]]", and then told everyone "it probably won't happen." (As of 2013, the latest news on that one is that the rights reverted at around the same time Sir Terry set up his own production company, and Creator/RhiannaPratchett is now writing a script.)
** Creator/TerryGilliam was also going to direct an adaptation of ''Literature/GoodOmens''. A script was completed in 2002, but the project has essentially been in Development Hell ever since. [[note]]It has made it to radio without incident, though.[[/note]]
* ''[[Literature/DonQuixote The Man Who Killed Don Quixote]]'' by Creator/TerryGilliam had this coupled with a TroubledProduction. Gilliam eventually released a documentary about making the film (appropriately titled ''Lost in La Mancha''), but the film itself was never completed. Pre-production resumed in 2009, but as of late 2010, the project appeared to be shelved again due to a collapse of funding.
** Just about every Gilliam film experiences Development Hell one way or another. Says Creator/EricIdle on Terry Gilliam productions, "Go and see them by all means -- but to be in them, fucking madness!"
** As of 2014, Gilliam's seventh attempt at production is underway, this time with Creator/JohnHurt as Quixote and Jack O'Connell as Toby Grisoni, whose character travels back in time and replaces Sancho Panza. Filming is set to begin in January 2015, with the film being released in May 2016. Filming was suspended again in fall 2015 after John Hurt was diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer, and no word has been heard since. Hurt passed away in January 2017.
* The film adaptation of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series probably holds the record for the longest time a property has been in Development Hell before being released. Originally conceived as an animated film by Creator/BobClampett in 1931 (which would have made it the first ever animated feature film), it was finally released as the live-action/CG film ''Film/JohnCarter'' in 2012 - 81 years later. The film was a box office bomb, however, suggesting that perhaps its time in Hell was warranted, and also giving the Burroughs estate the perfect excuse to [[http://www.latinopost.com/articles/9751/20141022/john-carter-2-movie-release-date-news-reboot-coming-disney-loses-property-rights.htm claim that they now have the movie rights and are planning a reboot]] (the franchise is actually in the public domain given it started in 1912, rendering any claims of exclusivity on the part of the Burroughs estate moot).
* There are rumors of a live-action adaptation of ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', which has reputedly been in DevelopmentHell for many years now. According to Creator/PeterSBeagle at SDCC '06, the makers of this alleged adaptation had a cast list and production art on their site for years before they finally admitted that they hadn't actually contacted the agents of ''any'' of the actors on the list. And admitted they may not legally have the rights to do a film anyway.
* Steve Alten's ''{{Literature/Meg}}'', which was supposed to have arrived in 2005. And any other film based on his books, most notably ''The Loch''.
%%* ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama''
* The ongoing tale of the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces''. First of all, the book was only published years after its author's suicide when his mother found a handwritten manuscript. Attempts were made to make a movie starring Creator/JohnBelushi in 1982, [[AuthorExistenceFailure but then Belushi died]]. Then there was going to be one with Creator/JohnCandy in 1994, [[AuthorExistenceFailure but then Candy also died]]. And then one with Creator/ChrisFarley in 1997, but then... well... [[AuthorExistenceFailure yeah]]. Yet another attempt with Will Ferrell seemed to be going well, and had even accrued other big names like Lily Tomlin and Mos Def. Then Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the film's setting.
** At one point, Creator/JohnWaters was being considered to direct an adaptation. Waters himself wrote that it was the one and only time he seriously considered making a film not based on one of his own scripts. Oh, what might have been...
** Speaking about Waters, he had planned to direct a family-oriented Christmas comedy called ''Fruitcake'' about a gay teenager finding acceptance during the holidays for a 2007 release. The film never got made due to financial troubles at production company Capitol Films (unlike Waters' newer projects, this did not have studio backing) and seems to have been locked up due to that company's bankruptcy. Waters hasn't directed since then (but has done many acting roles and live appearances).
* What the hell is up with Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'' movie?
* Apparently, there were plans for a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' movie, but they were dropped when it was considered a gamble in light of the economic recession, due to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the appropriateness of the content of what is ostensibly a children's series]]. The film's status was downgraded from "definitely going to happen", to "not even under consideration". As of late 2016, however, the rights to a movie were obtained and a producer (David Heyman) named, so it's more likely, but not 100% certain.
* The ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' has been in development hell since probably the 80's. At one time there was a TV series that was in production, but it was basically InNameOnly so it never went forward (most people see this as a good thing). A movie was supposed to be released last year (2009), but the date has been pushed back to 2011.
** Warner Brothers optioned ''all 22 volumes'' of the series for a film adaptation in summer of 2014.
* The ''Literature/ElfstonesOfShannara'' and ''Literature/MagicKingdomForSaleSold'' movies. Yes, there are plans. One version of the proposed script for the latter would have given Ben a son and daughter, but Terry Brooks nixed that because their characters weren't developed enough.
* Diane Duane wrote a screenplay for the first book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series and reported that it was in very early development stages on the Young Wizards website back in 2007. As of 2010, there has been no progress whatsoever towards a finished movie.
* There's been talk going around about filming the first installment of Literature/TheWheelOfTime, ''The Eye Of The World'' since the turn of the century, but absolutely nothing has come of it. Probably because nobody likes the implications of filming the first in a series of 14.
* A few years ago, Creator/TomHanks expressed interest in making and starring in film adaptations of Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 2061]]'' and ''3001'', although nothing has been heard of this since.
* It's possible the fourth ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' film will enter this, [[http://www.aslanscountry.com/2011/10/gresham-confirms-waldens-contract-expired/ as the contract of production company Walden Media with the C.S. Lewis estate has expired]].
** C.S. Lewis' estate have given the rights to The Mark Gordon Company [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/chronicles-of-narnia-silver-chair-movie-mark-gordon/ and are now developing an adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheSilverChair''.
* An adaptation of ''Literature/TheBellJar'' by Creator/SylviaPlath has been in the works since at least 2010, if not earlier. It's been pushed back repeatedly and IMDB has very little information that hasn't changed much in all this time. The only screen adaptation of the novel that's been released was back in the 1970s and the few people who've actually seen it will usually tell you that it's terrible, so maybe it's a good thing this will probably never be released.
* An adaptation of the ''Literature/MaximumRide'' books was announced by Creator/SummitEntertainment in 2010 with Catherine Hardwicke (director of the first ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movie) set to direct. Cut to 2012 and it looks like that the project has been quietly canceled (due to Creator/LionsGate buying Summit, ''Literature/AlexCross'' (from the same author) flopping at the box office and Lionsgate/Summit choosing to adapt the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' series instead). Then screenwriter for the movie also died March 2013.
* In 2011, Sony and MGM had plans to remake the sequels to ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' and were going to shoot them back-to-back. But despite hiring Steven Zallian to write the screenplays, the disappointing box office (Sony had expected the first film to be their successor to ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' and spent millions marketing it) combined with Creator/DavidFincher's refusal to direct and the decline of the book series' popularity have shelved these sequels for the time being.
* A live-action adaptation of Lloyd Alexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series was once hinted at by Disney around a decade ago, but with nothing to back it up.
* An adaptation of the young adult horror novel ''Killer Pizza'' was announced by {{MGM}} in 2011 with Adam Green set to write and direct. Very little has been heard about the project since.
* An ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' adaptation has been talked about and rumored since at least 2001. A script has even been written and a director even signed on to do the film but it has never come through. It seems though the film might be back on track with Walt Disney Pictures.
* The adaptation of Sister Souljah's urban fiction novel ''The Coldest Winter Ever''. The adaptation was rumored as far back as 01 or 02. But nothing ever came of it. Then in 05 Creator/JadaPinkettSmith tried to get it off the ground as a producer but it fell through.
* ''Atuk'' based on a book by Canadian author, Mordecai Richler was never filmed and is linked to a curse in which the actors who signed onto to star in it all met with untimely ends.
* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is probably the most legendary literary example.
* Every few years, there's a rumored adaptation of Creator/GeorgeMacdonaldFraser's ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' books. In 1970, actor/producer Stanley Baker optioned rights to the first book, for a project that never materialized. In 2007 Celtic Films announced a made-for-TV adaptation of ''Flashman at the Charge'' with Creator/ColinFirth. This was apparently [[AuthorExistenceFailure derailed by Fraser's death]]. Most recently, in 2011 rumors surfaced of a film featuring Creator/MichaelFassbender - rumors Fraser's estate denied. Besides the difficulties of adapting the novels, from the period setting to their politically incorrect tone, that the one extant Flashman film, 1975's ''Royal Flash'', flopped at the box office likely weighs heavily in studios' minds.
** Then in March 2015, [[http://variety.com/2015/film/news/flashman-movie-george-macdonald-fraser-ridley-scott-peter-chernin-1201446608/ it looks like it's happening again]].
* Adaptations of both ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' and ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' have supposedly been in works since 2008-9. No news since.
* From Classic Hollywood, there was Creator/JohnFord's production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany''. Ford was a lifelong fan of Conan Doyle's novel and spent decades trying to adapt it for the screen. He came closest in 1960, when he contracted with Samuel Bronston for a production which was to film in Spain with Creator/JohnWayne, Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/AlecGuinness. But pre-production became mired in budget wrangles, with Conan Doyle's estate demanding an exorbitant fee for the film rights. After several years in limbo the project fell through, but Ford never gave up on ''White Company''. As late as 1973 he announced it as a future project, but Ford's deteriorating health prevented it from getting past the idea stage.
* For about a decade now, various Hollywood studios have been wanting to produce a faithful adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' that would take advantage of modern special effects, and possibly start a new franchise or cinematic universe of ''Literature/LandOfOz''-related films. This ''shouldn't'' be too hard, since the original novel is in the public domain. Despite this, no project has entered production, though there's talk of a mini-series. Instead, various films have been been made that tie into the more well-known [[Film/TheWizardOfOz 1939 musical film]], the most notable being ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''.
* In 2010, some very early conceptual work was leaked for a live-action/CGI ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' movie, with ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' director Shane Acker at the helm. After three years, it dropped off the radar and what little information about it that's since come teeters between this or cancellation.
* Back in 2011, an adaptation of ''Literature/ThirteenReasonsWhy'' was announced with Music/SelenaGomez in the lead role. Three years have elapsed and nothing's happened, so it's safe to say the movie's stuck here. Indeed, a Creator/{{Netflix}} mini-series has recently been announced with Gomez set to executive produce, suggesting a [[ReTool retool]] occurred.
* In 2010, Creator/StevenSpielberg signed on to direct a film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Robopocalypse}}'', with Drew Goddard writing the screenplay. Speilberg's studio, Creator/DreamWorks, was set to finish the film for a 2013 release by Creator/TouchstonePictures (owned by Creator/{{Disney}}) domestically, then it was bumped to 2014 after financial issues at [=DreamWorks=] plagued the project and led to to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox jumping on board. Then, [=DreamWorks=] announced the film had been shelved indefinitely thanks to script disagreements and continuing financial strives. Now, with [=DreamWorks=]' deal with Disney expiring and moving to Creator/{{Universal}} in 2016, and major restructuring at [=DreamWorks=], the project may finally be coming off the ground.
* Michael Cimino spent much of the '70s and '80s trying to make ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' into a film, with Creator/ClintEastwood playing Howard Roark. Then ''Film/HeavensGate'' happened.
* The last film in The Divergent Series, ''Ascendance'', has officially entered this due to ''Allegiant'' flopping at the box office. There's been talk of making a television film or miniseries rather than a theatrical release, but Creator/ShaileneWoodley's stated disinterest in doing another installment makes even that questionable.
* In 2002 [=DreamWorks=] bought the rights to Donald Hamilton's ''Matt Helm'' novels. In 2008 Paramount acquired the rights and in 2009 it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci would write a screenplay with Creator/StevenSpielberg as a possbile director. It seems that the project has since died.
* According to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Vice its Wikipedia article]], the film adaptation of journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir book ''Tokyo Vice'' was supposed to be filmed in Tokyo around 2015, with Creator/DanielRadcliffe taking the role of Adelstein. IMDB still lists it as "In Development", but with no info about it whatsoever.
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[[folder: Theatre adaptations]]
* Rumors of a ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' adaptation have been floating around for over a decade but none have made it to development.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** There has also been a lot of talk about the very popular musical version of ''Wicked'' being made into a movie. It appears to be just that: talk. Oh sure, it's said to be officially confirmed, but only recently have they began looking for a cast, at least three years after the confirmation of it... The fact it's been ''thirteen years'' since ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' made its debut on stage and there has yet to be a movie of it is especially odd considering that the musical itself was actually produced by Universal, which logically should streamline the movie-making process.
** At least two animators at ''Creator/{{Disney}}'' want to see an AnimatedAdaptation. There was an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSlQinKTD8 unofficial storyboard]] of "Defying Gravity" created by an animator has been floating around for a while. There was also another animator who hoped Disney (or at least some animation studio) would pick up the film. A possible third person who does character designing for Disney also made his own concept arts for what he thought ''Wicked'' might look like coming out of Disney as a part of their art portfolio. Sadly, considering the musical ''is'' property of Universal Studios, the chances of Disney getting ahold of such a project is dubious. The blockbuster reception of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has also likely killed the chances of Disney animating ''Wicked''-- the films are [[CounterpartComparison way too similar]], even down to the original Elphaba Creator/IdinaMenzel being the voice of Queen Elsa. It's a joke in both fandoms that ''Frozen'' is the [[SpiritualAdaptation closest thing]] to a ''Wicked'' adaptation we'll see.
** Other things that have been said about making a film are that "they're waiting for the musical ticket sales to taper off", and also that based on the success of the ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' film, a Wicked movie "will be made sooner than later".
** It's been taking so long that Creator/IdinaMenzel herself has expressed that by the time a film starts being made, she and Main/KristinChenoweth (the original Glinda) will probably be too old to believably reprise their roles. And her concern isn't unfounded. Both are still gorgeous of course, but even if filming started right this minute, they'd be [[DawsonCasting playing characters that are supposed to be roughly ''half'' their current age]] (though there is a {{timeskip}} in the musical after Shiz).
** As of March 2014, we've once again received confirmation that a Wicked movie really ''is'' in the works. Except there still is no official staff attached to it.
* There has been talk of a film version of ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' for years, but things have clearly stalled.
* A film version of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' was desired almost as soon as the show made its London and Broadway debuts (1986 and 1988, respectively), but plans fell by the wayside until it was finally released in late 2004.
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[[folder: TV adaptations]]
* The doomed ''Series/RedDwarf'' movie has a complicated history, mostly revolving around budget problems. It came very close to entering production in 2001, to the point where shooting schedules had been worked out and costume tests were being done, but a last-minute yanking of the budget brought the project to a standstill. Several restarts would be attempted over the course of 7 or 8 years, but ultimately nothing would come of it; when the television series (which had ended due to Doug Naylor's desire to focus on making the film) restarted [[spoiler:an early draft of the original script was recycled for the final episode of Series X, however.]]
* There were plans for ''Series/BabylonFive'' made-for-cinema movie. There was a project to produce one in 2004, but it was aborted in 2005. It would have been called "The Memory of Shadows" and involved Galen and an EarthForce intelligence officer tracking down an intergalactic conspiracy that used Shadow technology.
* ''Ripley's Believe it or Not!''
* TheMovie of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** {{Creator/Netflix}} ended up reviving the series before the movie could get anywhere. It's still planned, however. A 5th season is also planned for 2016 with the movie still being M.I.A.
* The rumors about a ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' movie have been circling around since the series ended in 2001. It has been discussed many times by series creator Rob Tapert, who kept saying it was stuck because of legal issues at Universal. Looks like it will never get made, though.
* This is the current and probably permanent location of the proposed film of the television series ''Series/BlakesSeven'' since Paul Darrow (the actor who played Avon) resigned from the project due to "artistic differences".
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' film ''Extinction'' has been put on hold indefinitely. This is due to the cancellation of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and MGM's waning interest in the franchise.
** Same goes for the third ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie, ''Stargate: Revolution'', which would have featured the SGC going public.
* The ''Series/{{Skins}}'' movie. It was supposed to be released in summer 2011, but as of the last report they were having difficulty even just figuring out which characters were going to be in it. While it was originally supposed to focus just on tying up Generation 2's loose ends, they also were trying to shoehorn in a few characters from Generation 1, and then with the additional third generation things became even more complicated. Especially with some fan speculation that the show's sixth series in 2012 may be its last, and the film may be intended as a wrap-up to the ''whole franchise''. As it turned out, said fan speculation was true, and the film ended up shelved to instead make way for three extra-long episodes focusing on Cassie, Cook and Effy years later, concluding the whole show.
* The second ''Series/TheXFiles'' movie ''[[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve I Want to Believe]]'' fell victim to this concept. The show ended in 2002, but the script for the movie ended up in Development Hell for six years. What was ''supposed'' to be a continuation of the MythArc ended up being a drawn-out Monster of the Week episode featuring a psychic. The fans were not pleased. It didn't do well. Now fans are hoping a third movie will wrap up loose threads of the plot. Chris Carter stated that he would make a third ''X-Files'' movie featuring the 2012 invasion promised by the series finale and was to be released in the summer of 2012, if the second ''X-Files'' movie did well. 2012 has come and gone, and no mention has ever been made about a third film. A six-episode season of the TV series was released in early 2016 instead.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been propositioned for a film several times since the last time he was on the big screen (starring Creator/PeterCushing in the 1960s). The 1996 TV movie doesn't count as it was still considerably low budget. Most attempts were during the period when there was no TV series, and were stalled due to the uncertainty over the franchise, especially considering any theatrical movie would have been a total reimagining. One proposal had the Doctor and Master as half-brothers with Borusa as their grandfather. Another would have reimagined the Daleks as bipedal Terminator style machines. And yet another, more recent proposal wanted to cast Creator/JohnnyDepp as the Doctor. Most recently, in 2011, Franchise/HarryPotter director David Yates proposed making a Doctor Who film despite the lack of official cast or crew on board or any interest from the BBC in giving permission. There is also a strong faction of Who fans who are opposed to the idea of a film not taking place in the TV continuity, or worried that a film would overshadow the show. Interestingly, the Doctor's status in the current series as being "Last of the Time Lords." is borrowed from the working sub-title for the late 80s movie proposal.
* A movie based on the short-lived Comedy Central show ''That's My Bush!'' entitled ''Secret of the Glass Tiger'' was proposed some time after its cancellation, although nothing more was heard afterward.
* After the success of his ''Film/AustinPowers'' films in the late 90s, Creator/MikeMyers was in talks do a film based on his old SNL character, Dieter, the German talk show host of ''Sprockets''. However, after being given a year and a half to work on the script, Myers felt it wasn't strong enough and abandoned it. Universal outright forced him to make a different movie so he wouldn't breach his contract, resulting in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat.''
* Of all things, a feature film adaptation of ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' [[http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/popcornbiz/Jamie-Foxx-Writing-Laverne-And-Shirley-Movie--Wait-What-89007762.html was announced in 2010]], with, of all people, Creator/JamieFoxx writing the screenplay. According to series creator Garry Marshall, the movie was to have been something of a DarkerAndEdgier take on the series, updating the setting to the present day and featuring Milwaukee's finest (played by Creator/JenniferGarner and Creator/JessicaBiel, respectfully) having grown up in the streets, with such gems as Laverne's trademark "L", iconically embroidered in the upper right corner of her shirts and sweaters in the series, instead tattooed on her arm. Small wonder that exactly nothing else has been heard about the project since then.
* A ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' movie has been discussed since 1999-2000.
* ''Film/TheFugitive'' was released in 1993, but TPTB had been trying to get it off the ground since 1989.
* Nickelodeon has been planning films for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' and ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' since early 2015. However, nothing has come of these films since then. The reason for Korra being delayed is unknown, but in the case of the Dora, there could be two factors that led to the delay: one, its popularity has been decreasing among its target audience, being beaten in the ratings by shows on rival networks such as ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' [[note]] which despite being aimed at older kids has a huge audience of toddlers [[/note]] and two, the spin-off, [[WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls Dora and Friends: Into The City!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork was poorly treated by the Nick Jr]] after "We Save A Pirate Ship!" aired and had a toy line with poor quality toys.
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[[folder: Video game adaptations]]
* In 2011, an film adaptation of the game ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' was announced with former New Line head Robert Shaye (who has a first-look deal with WarnerBros) set to produce. Nothing has been heard about it since.
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. There were even rumors of Creator/TimBurton directing, probably just because the game appears heavily inspired by his works. A Burton-directed Alice movie has been eventually released for real, but it has nothing to do with the videogame.
* ''ArmyOfTwo'' was set to have a movie adaptation, announced in 2008 and to be released in 2011. Since it's 2013 as of this writing without so much as a word of update on its status, it's safe to say the film is either in Development Hell or cancelled outright.
* The ''VideoGame/BioShock'' movie project has taken this road because of budgetary concerns, still unresolved as of summer 2010, also due to Creator/GoreVerbinski not wanting to compromise the atmosphere for a lighter rating. This also led to the higher ups deciding to film the movie overseas, forcing Verbinski to step down as director due to his attachment to other projects at home. While he may remain as a producer, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'') will replace him as director. In an early 2011 interview, Verbinski implied that the project was dead, in part due to difficulty finding anyone willing to finance it as an R-rated picture (and Verbinski's lack of interest in watering down the material for a PG-13). Fresnadillo has since left the project. Rumors of the film picking back up resurfaced in 2014, when it was revealed Sony had been attached to the project, evidenced by [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/25/bioshock-movie-domains-registered-by-sony their acquisition of several domain names related to the movie]].
* Music/JenniferLopez was in talks with Walden Media to produce the film adaptation of ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' back in 2011. No updates of this project has been made since. Even prior to that rumors have been floating around since the 90s.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' movie seemed to have been this one for some years, and still is, thanks to the [[TVStrikes writers' strike]].
** ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' might actually be one of the rare cases in which DevelopmentHell is good thing. Originally, the script was referred to as a sort of "Dracula Begins" and did away completely with the Vampire Killer. Instead, Simon had a {{BFS}} and everything that makes Castlevania what it is in favor of basically a retelling of Dracula. The current director signed onto the project ''because'' of the Vampire Killer and how the hero can be just as "dangerous and sexy" as the villain. The movie poster revealed in 2009 shows Simon holding a katana as well as the Vampire Killer looking upon Dracula's castle in a similar picture to what is usually used as box art for the games.
** This may be underway now, with James Wan attached as director. But it looks like it won't be anytime soon as he's has other projects in the forefront.
** Creator/PaulWSAnderson is still attached to it somehow, as he was asked about the movie during the promotion of ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution''. He claimed that there's issues over how to properly adapt it, and apparently some rights issues.
** It's recently been announced that Netflix will release a Castlevania animated series written by Creator/WarrenEllis, so ''something'' shook loose.
* A ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' movie has supposedly been in the works since 2007, even having multiple release dates set and the main characters cast. However, with the synopsis constantly being changed and nearly everyone involved dropping out of the project ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Ellis#Death one director even being found dead in his hotel room]]), it's unlikely the movie will ever be finished or released.
* There was a attempt for a ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' film in the early 2000's by Creator/{{Richard Donner}}. The only thing outside of the initial announcement was that it was suppose to be [[MerchandiseDriven tied in with T-shirts and toys]] and that the production company was changed due to the original company having a "absence of plot elements".
* At one point there was talk of a ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' movie.
* The long rumored ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' film seems to have faded away. The last mention of it was in 2011 when attached director D.J. Caruso announced it would be a prequel, and that he was looking over a script treatment. Since then, Visceral Games have indicated that they don't want to rush into a "cash grab adaptation", which is the likely reason for the holdup. Since then Creator/JohnCarpenter (Yes, THAT John Carpenter) expressed great interest in directing the film.
* Around in the late 2000‘s, Electronic Arts announced that a film adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheSims'' is in development at 20th Century Fox with producer John Davis and an animated series based on their title ''VideoGame/MySims'' is stated to be in the works at Creator/FilmRoman. However, several years later, both projects were never materialized for unknown reasons.
* Rumors of a ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' movie being in production/already ''existing'' have been floating around since the release of the third game. Fan movies exist, but that seems to be where the trail ends.
* There were rumors that there would be a ''FatalFrame'' movie, but it seems we're in for a long wait.
* The ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' film has hit many road blocks. New Line slashed the film's budget and apparently trimmed back the epic plot elements, requiring a new script to be written. Also, Len Wiseman decided not to direct the film. As of 2011, no one had any idea if the film would come out at all.
** New Line's rights eventually expired in 2016, and were promptly picked up by Creator/{{Universal}}. Production seems to be back on track, with Scott Steuber (who was hired back in May 2013) and Dylan Clark (''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'') attached as producers.
* Sony registered several domain names pertaining to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' movie in 2009. Nothing else was revealed after that.
* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' — the movie, at least. Mostly due to creative control and budgetary constraints/disputes. The resulting collapse of the initial project turned into ''{{Film/District 9}}''. Microsoft has currently stated the project is on hold.
** That said, a 90 minute 5-part web series titled ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'' was released to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', and another one titled ''Film/HaloNightfall'' was released to promote ''The Master Chief Collection'' and ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
** [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2012/04/halo-movie-generation-xbox/ This Wired article]] provides an in-depth view of the drama, and points out that the film's failure to materialize is likely due to Microsoft's inexperience in dealing with Hollywood politics, plus the problems that would be involved with it - minimizing the amount of Conspicuous CGI would be prohibitively expensive, and Hollywood has never done well with more-or-less silent protagonists.
* A film based on ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' had the rights purchased for it before the game itself was released. The last word about it was in 2011, when ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' writer David Milch was said to be writing the script for the film adaptation.
* ''{{Hunter}}: The Reckoning''. Rumor has it the project entered development hell because Uwe Boll bought the film rights to the video game; when White Wolf found out just who was going to be adapting one of their properties for cinema, they basically told him, "Don't you fucking dare."
* A film adaptation of ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'' has been in varying states of development over the years. Early information had Creator/BruceWillis and [[RaceLift Jamie]] [[Creator/JamieFoxx Foxx]] picked to play Kane and Lynch, respectively. A leaked 2007 draft of the script [[http://kotaku.com/5497820/first-impressions-of-the-kane--lynch-movie-script analyzed by Kotaku]] was not received well by fans due to a number of changes from the game, such as Lynch being a [[TheDitz ditzy]] TVGenius instead of an AxCrazy psychopath. Since then, the only news of the film was in late 2013, stating that Creator/GerardButler and Creator/VinDiesel were in talks to play the lead roles and [[Film/{{Hitman}} Skip]] [[Film/HitmanAgent47 Woods]] was writing the script.
* In 2014, it was announced that there would be a film adaptation of the 2013 hit ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', with the original game's creative director Neil Druckmann penning the screenplay. As of 2016, Druckmann mentions that no work has been done for over a year and a half.
* The film adaptation of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has been stuck in limbo for a long time. After being announced as a project by Creator/LegendaryPictures in 2008, nothing moved forward for two years until it was announced that Mark Protosevich (''{{Film/Thor}}'') would be writing the screenplay. In 2011, Protosevich talked about the film, their plans for the script...and then nothing for another year. Protosevich left the project in early 2012, and Morgan Davis Foehl was brought on to revise the screenplay nine months later. Since then, little information has been heard besides vague references to the film being "fresh and new". Rumors abound that there are conflicts over how the game's narrative should be adapted to a film.
* In 2006, Creator/HideoKojima announced a film adaptation of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was in development by Sony Pictures. However, aside from the usual reasons for this trope (budget concerns, who to give the rights to), the fact that Kojima (understandably) was very picky about who should direct the movie caused more than a few hurdles. For a while it seemed like the movie was being scrapped, until Avi Arad (former CEO of Marvel Studios and producer of the movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse) came on board in 2013, reviving the project. Still, as of 2014, they still haven't quite gotten a director or a lead starring actor on board (though the rumor mill is still churning and Sony retains the film rights). Time will only tell...
* The rights to make a ''{{VideoGame/Metroid}}'' movie were sold to two unnamed producers in 2003, who then sold them to John Woo in 2005, with a 2006 release date. Since then, not a word on so much as possible casting has been released, and no one's sure if John Woo even still has the rights or not. Nintendo has stated that they killed the project and the rights likely reverted to them.
* A ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' film was in production for some time and got canceled. Much of the script was reworked for ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* ''Film/MortalKombat: Devastation'', derailed by Hurricane Katrina. The studio had been set up in New Orleans.
** In late 2015, early 2016 it was announced that James Wan would produce a new ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' film for Warner Bros. Whether or not it'll materialize remain to be seen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}},'' due to the death of Creator/HeathLedger, who was to have played Roberto Frois from ''Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams''.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' was announced in 2001 (later changed to a TV series, but still no word).
* Back in 2013, director Creator/JJAbrams and Valve talk into the idea of developing a film adaptation based on ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'' and/or ''{{VideoGame/Half-Life}}'', despite of it’s confirmation by Abrams himself in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVTSO17pvhU footage]] and by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf9YgeMVe-I Clevver News,]] Both projects are very early in development and no studio have been attached to them yet.
* An adaptation of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix'' (based off the third installment, ''Lockdown'') with John Woo as director was announced way back in 2004. Nothing has been heard since.
* Creator/BradPitt was rumored to be interested in developing and star in a film adaptation of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' back in 2010, but since then there’s been radio silence.
* 50 Cent wanted to make a ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' movie around 2009. Nothing has happened since.
* Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of the 2005 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 adventure game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' has announced back in 2009. with Kevin Misher, producer of ''The Scorpion King'' and ''The Interpreter'', was at first negotiating to produce. On May 23, 2012, it was reported that ''Chronicle'' director Josh Trank would be directing the film adaptation. On September 4, 2014, the film might finally move forward to become a reality as Variety reports that ''Mama'' director Andrés Muschietti (who happens to be a fellow fan of the game) will be directing the film along with ''Hanna'' writer Seth Lochhead penning the script after Trank has dropped out due of his commitment to one of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movies. As of 2015, no cast or release date has been announced.
* [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] tried to get ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' made into a movie back in the mid 1990s. Considering that none of the screenplays written for it had anything to do with the video game source material, it's actually a sigh of relief that this movie never made it to the big screen. Additional attempts to have it inspired by ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' or the Creator/ArchieComics [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog series]] following MGM ditching the movie were even less successful. The rights were soon picked up by Creator/{{Sony}} two decades later, and a LiveActionAdaptation blended with CGI was soon announced for a 2018 release. Whether or not that will materialize remains to be seen.
* A ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' movie was advertised in the manual of the 2001 remake. The game ''Spy Hunter: Nowhere To Run'' was supposed to tie-in to this movie, but the film itself appears to be locked into this, if not cancelled outright.
* ''TheSuffering'' was slated for a 2012 release, but nothing has ever appeared hinting that the project even began. Given that the only available info on the project is from 2005-7, it doesn't seem likely.
* The ''Franchise/TombRaider'' reboot film. The film was originally stated to be released in 2013, but has been pushed back repeatedly. In June 2013, Marti Noxon was tapped to write the screenplay, and GK Films has found director Roar Uthaug to work on the film, along with Geneva Robertson-Dworet writing the screenplay. Creator/DaisyRidley was in talks for the lead role, though it eventually went to Creator/AliciaVikander. Filming began in January 2017 for a 2018 release.
* Due to several directors dropping in and out in the course of making the film, ''Uncharted'' is currently an example of this.
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'' remake has been in preproduction for ''years'' with Creator/EddieMurphy among the many people considered as possible candidates for the role of Scott Carey.
* ''Film/NationalTreasure 3'' is becoming this, as IMDB lists a release date of ???? which is usually given to films in Development Hell. Whether it will happen remains to be seen. As of a statement made in 2014, they're still working on the script.
* ''Franchise/UniversalHorror'':
** A remake of ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' has been in on-and-off development since at least the early 1980s, when Creator/JohnLandis tried to launch a production helmed by the director of the original movie, Jack Arnold. In 1995, Creator/PeterJackson was given a choice between helming a new ''Creature'' movie or doing ''Film/KingKong2005''. [[http://www.the-reelgillman.com/news/remake.html This fan site]] shows a stream of news and rumors about a remake going back over ten years. Stephen Sommers, Creator/GuillermodelToro, Brett Rattner, and a crossover with ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, of all things, have all been mentioned at one time or another (plus [[Film/{{Pleasantville}} Gary Ross]], who wrote a script as his father co-wrote the original). The latest would-be director is Breck Eisner (director of ''Film/TheCrazies'' and son of Michael Eisner), but who knows when or if a remake will actually materialize? [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Creature-From-Black-Lagoon-Remake-Gets-Writer-33543.html Again news of it appeared]].
** Universal announced a new ''Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe'' in July 2014, with ''Film/{{The Mummy|2017}}'' as the first installment. Other films will include ''The Wolf Man'', ''Frankenstein'', ''Bride of Frankenstein'', ''The Invisible Man'', and yes, ''Creature from the Black Lagoon''. A ''Van Helsing'' reboot set in the same universe has also been mentioned. Creator/ScarlettJohansson is now in talks to play the female lead.
* ''Film/GetSmart 2'' was announced in 2008 after the release of the first ''Get Smart'' film set for a release in the summer of 2010. Creator/SteveCarell, Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/AlanArkin all claimed they would return, but Carell stated several times later that he wasn't pleased with a script, and rewrites were in place.
* ''Film/TheDamBusters'', a remake of the 1955 classic. Creator/MelGibson bought the rights in the late 1990s but never made much progress past rumors of filming in west England. Peter Jackson obtained the rights a few years ago and rumor has it that filming had begun in 2009. Then Jackson decided to scrap the film and restart in 3-D.
** Guy Gibson's interestingly named dog played a small but significant part that can't be edited out of the film. [[note]]The dog's name was the code-word radioed back to report a successful breach of a German dam[[/note]]. It will be interesting to observe how any remake gets round this.
* The American adaptation of ''Film/{{Infection}}''
* ''TheBadSeed'' remake, not counting the 1985 MadeForTVMovie [[spoiler: (in which, unlike the first film - but like the novel and play - [[TheBadGuysWin the evil little girl's mother kills herself while the girl survives]]).]]
* ''[[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Halloween 9]]'' seemed to have stalled. Once producer Moustapha Akkad died, the 9th film appeared to have died with him. Ironically, the remake of the first film got fast-tracked once he died. That means the fate of John Tate and Molly Cartwell (Michelle Williams), who were PutOnABus at the end of ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' ("Drive down to the Beckers") will probably never be resolved.
** There was even a contest sponsored by Dimension Films at one point that would award one lucky fan with a bit of screen time in this movie. Needless to say, a winner was apparently announced. Said winner was shown on the 30th anniversary documentary, including showing the announcement of her winning. She was an extra in [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} the remake]].
*** Speaking of the remake, it was supposed to have a third installment at one point. ''Halloween 3D'' was announced with a 2012 release date before being shelved and canceled.
** In February 2015, it was announced that Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will be writing the new film along with Malek Akkad and Matt Stein producing. It even went into pre-production as ''Halloween Returns'', with it's storyline supposedly connected to the original series, apparently as yet ''another'' direct sequel to ''Film/HalloweenII1981''.
*** [[http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/the-next-halloween-film-has-been-delayed-for-refiguring-148 It was delayed once again]] resulting from Melton and Dunstan's disagreements with the Weinsteins. [[http://www.halloweendailynews.com/2015/12/halloween-franchise-leaving-weinsteins.html Now the Halloween franchise has been dropped by Dimension and the Weinsteins]], along with Melton and Dunstan's involvement. The rights reverted back to Miramax, and they're shopping the franchise to a new distributor.
** [[http://ihorror.com/john-carpenter-blumhouse-bringing-myers-back-new-halloween-film/ A new Halloween film is now back on the table]] with Blumhouse on board as a producing partner and John Carpenter executive producing. This new film was set for release in Fall 2017, although it's been pushed back to October 19, 2018. [[http://www.blumhouse.com/2017/02/09/david-gordon-green-danny-mcbride-will-directwrite-the-new-halloween-movie-for-blumhouse/ David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are now attached as the director and writer respectively]], with the new film, yet again, set as another followup to the original ''Halloween II''.
* The remake of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010'' was supposed to start a new franchise, with stars Creator/JackieEarleHaley and Creator/RooneyMara signed on for sequels, but the critical and commercial disappointment of the film stalled future installments, and sent Freddy back to the graveyard once again. Whispers of a new ''Nightmare'' film still pop up, but no such film is known to be in development.
* A remake of ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' was announced in 2009, with a director attached to the project and purportedly having a darker tone than previous versions. No further information has surfaced in the following six years.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Scream}} Scream 5]]''. The fourth film was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy (with Creator/KevinWilliamson writing outlines for the next two films), but after it failed to make money at the domestic box office (though it [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff did well overseas]]), the Weinsteins decided not to make it a top priority. However they keep dropping hints that it's still going to happen, possibly as the conclusion to the whole franchise (since the fourth film ended on something of a cliffhanger). Williamson has said that he's not writing the fifth film, likely because of the ExecutiveMeddling that occurred during the fourth. MTV is currently airing a [[Series/{{Scream}} television adaptation]] with a completely different storyline and set of characters, and now the Weinsteins say there will be no fifth film.
* Hey Paul Reubens, when are you going to make those new Pee-wee Herman movies? At last report, two sequels were being written back-to-back but Herman's stage show has stalled production of said movies.
** He stated in 2013 that a new TV show, and a new film, could happen in 2014. Late ''that'' year, Reubens announced the new film would be produced by Creator/JuddApatow, and in February 2015, he stated it would be exclusive to Netflix, under the title ''Pee-wee's Big Holiday''.
* The sequel to ''Film/DogSoldiers'', which was possibly derailed because of GenderFlip.
** Announced for release on December 20, 2014, with further films coming, in March 2014. It hasn't happened.
* ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' series, yet another horror franchise with a sequel stuck in DevelopmentHell. The fifth (and supposedly final) film was announced as having been completed in March 2014, but no release date was given at the time.
* A remake of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was originally announced in development, but due to the death of Creator/HeathLedger (who had expressed great interest in playing Alex before the project was announced), it is unlikely that production will continue.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}''. Mostly due to the fact that [[ExecutiveMeddling the Weinsteins]] keep rejecting the ideas of every writer and director that has ever been attached to the project.
** One of the projects was turned into [[Film/HellraiserRevelations a sequel]] so that the company can [[AshcanCopy keep their hold]] on [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} the franchise]], returning the remake into development hell.
* A sequel for ''Film/EasternPromises'' was supposed to happen, with Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel reprising their roles, but in the spring of 2012, director Creator/DavidCronenberg announced that the project had fallen apart.
* ''The Brazilian Job'', sequel to the 2003 remake of ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'' has been in the works since 2004 but was never finished due to the inability for the studio to agree on a finalized script. There have been rumors that a script was being considered in 2009, but nothing final. The project is currently still listed as being in development, but there's not even a projected year of release, so don't expect it anytime soon.
** There's also rumors that one of the scripts for this film ended up becoming ''Film/FastFive'', which is plausible, given that the plot for ''The Brazilian Job'' sounds almost identical to that film.
** As of 2010, WordOfGod confirmed that the project is officially dead.
* A third ''Film/{{Fletch}}'' movie has been in the works since 1997, with Creator/KevinSmith once attached to direct and Creator/BenAffleck and even Zach Braff for the title role. [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20342679,00.html This]] ''Entertainment Weekly'' article has all the sordid details.
* ''Tongue of Fury'', the sequel to ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', was announced since the end of the first film in 2002. However, no word of it has ever surfaced. WordOfGod states that Steve Oedekerk is still sifting through a huge library of Hong Kong martial arts films to find the right scenes to lift. There were also rumors of a possible 2010 release.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' has two of these: The sequel film ''Buckaroo Banzai vs. the World Crime League'', which stalled out despite enthusiastic responses from the original cast; and an animated spinoff TV series on Fox, ''Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries''. At this point, they can both be considered dead. The DVD release of the original move was this for about a decade, due to a complicated rights issue that was not resolved until the death of the license holder.
* Even after the under performance of the first ''Film/ReignOfFire'' film, actors from the film still indicated that their still might be a sequel in the works.
* The third ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' film. It helps both franchises went [[Film/{{Predators}} their own]] [[Film/{{Prometheus}} ways]] again.
* A fifth ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie is much rumored by Spielberg, Lucas, Ford and [=LaBeouf=]. Considering that the fourth film was in DevelopmentHell for nineteen years, and that [=LucasFilm=] is occupied with ''Franchise/StarWars'', it's hard to say if anything will come of the fifth film.
** With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, the Star Wars sequel trilogy is out of here (with Disney hot to produce some new films, and the merchandising that goes with them), and they have been talking about more films after those three, at a steady clip (every 2-3 years) into the indefinite future, which makes it harder to fit a Indiana Jones sequel in.
** A fifth film can be made without Paramount's involvement ([[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-takes-control-indiana-jones-663704 Disney has purchased Paramount's distribution rights to future sequels]]), but at this point with Creator/HarrisonFord's age and the poor fan reception to the fourth film it seems more likely any future Indiana Jones film made would likely be a reboot with a younger star.
** Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm said that the film [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/05/disney-kathleen-kennedy-indiana-jones will one day be made in the company]] though there is no script at the moment.
* The remake of ''Film/TheEntity''.
* The remake of ''Film/TheWiz'', which was rumored to star Music/{{Aaliyah}} and R&B singer Ginuwine. This was back in 1999-2000. But the idea seemed to stall even before Aaliyah's untimely death.
** In 2015, NBC aired a live version of the musical, which appears to be unrelated, but makes the idea of another theatrical film less likely.
* The remake of ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'' has been stuck here for a while. Back in 2008, Universal was gearing it up with Creator/RobertRodriguez as the director. Creator/RoseMcGowan was to take the role of Barbarella, but Universal freaked out over the high budget and they didn't think [=McGowan=] was right for the role. Rodriguez was not willing to make any changes, so he shopped the remake to other studios. Further problems came when his backers wanted Barbarella to be aimed for the German audience. Rodriguez didn't like that plan, so he finally gave up in May of 2009. Recently, it was announced that Robert Luketic was to take over the director's chair, but production didn't really get off the ground. Now that the film's proposed producer, Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, has died, the remake now seems really unlikely despite rumors that Creator/AnneHathaway is attached to the remake.
* ''Film/TheGreatKhan'', Sergei Bodrov's follow-up to the 2007 ''Film/{{Mongol}}''.
* A sequel to ''Film/NewJackCity'' has been in development since 1991, when it was announced to begin filming for a Christmas 1992 release. Since then, the project has been off-and-on in development. Most recently, there were plans to make it straight-to-DVD but not much is known yet.
* The remake of ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''. ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' director Kyle Newman was given the greenlight to direct a remake back in 2007. Unfortunately, the studio kept cutting the budget, and the only college in Georgia that would let them film was an all girls school, as the other colleges had previously had bad experiences with film crews. The studios also kept on making demands for things as trivial as the main characters wardrobe, then after the all girls school found out that the film was more "risque" then the crew had let on, they were kicked out and had no money left to finish the movie, so the studio pulled the plug on the remake and nothing has been heard ever since.
* Around 2003, Creator/RobertZemeckis was planning to remake the Creator/WilliamCastle film ''Macabre'' for Dark Castle Entertainment (a company he co-founded with Joel Silver) at some point in between the productions of ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}''. After Zemeckis got heavily into motion capture, he abandoned the project and eventually left Dark Castle to start Imagemovers Digital. Nothing has been heard about the project since.
* The ''Film/{{Clue}}'' remake, first announced in 2006. At first it was announced as a straight remake of the 1985 comedy, then it wasn't, then Gore Verbinski joined the project, then it was a straight remake again, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment then it wasn't again]]. The Wikipedia page for the 1985 film currently lists a release date of 2013. And to make a long story short...
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}} 2'', which would have involved the Jumanji board, after being spotted in the ocean, uncovered by two girls from France, building on [[SequelHook a scene at the end of the film]]. It was scrapped when Chris Van Allsburg wrote ''Film/{{Zathura}}'' as a sequel to the book that inspired the movie, with the intent of making TheMovie based on the book (which ironically is more of a SpiritualSuccessor).
** A full-on remake is now [[http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/08/06/jumanji-reboot-remake-robin-williams-2016/ being planned for a 2016 release]], starring Creator/DwayneJohnson.
* A third film based on ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' is announced so many times that it's a clear case of this. It finally left this with a [[Film/BlairWitch 2016 film]], which was not billed as such (with a different title, even) during the early stages of its marketing.
* The ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' remake with Ryan Reynolds. The director who was attached eventually left the project due to CreativeDifferences.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' was only the last in a long line of proposed T.E. Lawrence biopics, stretching back to the 1920s. Many never got past the idea stage, but a few came close to production:
** Alexander Korda personally contacted Lawrence about a film based on his ''Revolt in the Desert''. After Lawrence's death in 1935, Korda spent several years developing the project: Walter Judd, Leslie Howard, Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/RobertDonat were all possibles for Lawrence. By 1939 the movie was finally ready to shoot, until the outbreak of World War II scrubbed it. Supposedly, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill personally intervened, telling Korda that he didn't want to alienate Turkey in the lead-in to war.
** In the early '50s, Columbia Pictures approached numerous directors to adapt ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'': Creator/JohnFord, Creator/MichaelPowell and none other than Creator/DavidLean among them. None seemed especially interested, though the project kicked around for several years, with such unlikely names as Alan Ladd and Burgess Meredith rumored to play Lawrence.
** Meanwhile, the British Rank Organization developed their own Lawrence movie. The project got under way in the late '50s, with a screenplay by Terence Rattigan and Dirk Bogarde attached to play Lawrence. The movie was set to film in Iraq, before a military coup in 1958 derailed production. Rattigan reconfigured his script into a stage play, ''Ross'', which was successful enough that producer Herbert Wilcox again tried bringing it to the screen. By this time however, Sam Spiegel and David Lean were producing ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. After an exchange of legal threats and lawsuits Wilcox dropped the project. ''Ross'' was [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally adapted in 1970]]... as a low-budget BBC television movie, starring a young Creator/IanMcKellen.
** In early 2013 Creator/RolandEmmerich announced a Lawrence-focused miniseries, supposedly based on Michael Korda's ''Hero''. There's been no news since that initial announcement.
* In the late 2000's, Disney had been planning sequels to surprise hits ''Film/WildHogs'' and ''Film/TheProposal'' but canceled both after the box office failure of ''Old Dogs''. While the former had gone through some development (even having a plot be revealed), the latter seems to have never gotten past talks nor was it known what it would have been about.
* Development of the third ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' film seems to have stalled due to producer Joel Silver jumping ship to Creator/{{Universal}} and the second film not being as successful as WarnerBros had hoped for (Silver and the studio also had a spat over the second film's marketing campaign, which was one of the things that led to Silver's departure).
* ''Double V Vega'', a Creator/QuentinTarantino film that would starred Creator/MichaelMadsen and Creator/JohnTravolta as brothers Vic and Vincent Vega (from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and ''Film/PulpFiction'' respectively), was proposed after the latter film was released, but went unmade due to Tarantino's involvement in other projects (such as ''Film/KillBill'' and ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''), which ultimately left the project unfilmable due to how old the actors has gotten since they originally played the characters.
* In 2010, Creator/SamRaimi and Creator/GuillermoDelToro announced rival production labels (Raimi at Lionsgate, del Toro at Disney) that would produce horror films for younger audiences. Raimi's label even announced its first project (a remake of the 2007 Swedish sci-fi film ''Film/TheSubstitute'') but neither label got past talks due to Raimi's busy schedule and Disney cutting its production slate.
* Apparently someone [[http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/06/columbia-pictures-to-remake-downtowns-matsumoto-hitoshis-dai-nipponjin/ wanted to remake]] the odd sci-fi/comedy/satire ''Film/BigManJapan'', a very unusual choice since it's firmly rooted in Japanese culture (and also contains some kind of jab at the USA in the end). As expected, nothing more than the announcement has ever surfaced.
* Around 2005 a modern-day remake of Sam Peckinpah's ''Film/TheWildBunch'' was announced, to be directed by David Ayer. Years passed without further developments. Then in early 2013 news outlets reported a similar project featuring Will Smith in production.
* As of October of 2013 it's the [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/176981-fede-alvarez-rodo-sayagues-have-walked-away-from-evil-dead-2 sequel to the Evil Dead remake]]. Fede Alvarez, and co-writer Rodo Sayagues have walked away from the project alleging that it was dead. Which is weird cause a few months ago they claim work was already started on the sequel, only to completely do a 180. [[FlipFlopOfGod Are they lying or what?]]
** A sequel to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' and a third crossover film that would bring the original film series to the same world as the remake series has also apparently been scrapped. The ''Army'' sequel alone may have been scrapped completely in favor of the Starz tv series ''Series/AshVsTheEvilDead'' instead that premiered in 2015.
* A few years ago a remake of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' was announced but it never happened to to protests from the movie's cult followers who detested the idea that {{MTV}}[=/=]Creator/DisneyChannel teen idols would be cast in the lead roles.
* A sequel to ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' was rumored sometime after the release of the first film, but nothing more was heard afterward.
* A live action film based on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has been in development hell for a very long time. Creator/{{Paramount}} purchased the rights to do one in 1985, but sold them to Creator/UniversalStudios a few years later. The result was the ''animated'' film, ''Film/TheJetsonsTheMovie''. A live action film was later discussed in 1995, but nothing happened. In 2001, Rob Minkoff was attached to direct a live action ''Jetsons'' film, but in 2003, it was announced that its script was being reworked and Adam Shankman in talks to direct. In 2004, the script went through another rewrite with Sam Harper, and Shankman still attached to direct. It once again fizzled, but was resurrected again in 2006 with Adam F. Goldberg now attached to write the screenplay and Creator/RobertRodriguez entering negotiations with Universal to direct a CGI film for a 2009 release, but the project stalled. In 2012 Music/KanyeWest of all people was rumored to be involved in a ''Jetsons'' film project in some way, though this was later confirmed to just be a preliminary idea. The film rights are now in WarnerBros' hands. In 2015, they announced that they planned on producing another animated ''Jetsons'' film with Matt Lieberman of SourceFed writing the script. Unfortunately, no live action film is known to be in development at the moment.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** A third ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' film was planned and green-lit during production of the second film, and Matthew Lillard and Creator/LindaCardellini signed on to reprise their roles. After the second film performed less than expected (wasn't a flop though, it still made money, just not as much as the studio hoped), WarnerBros canceled the project. Five years later, two made-for-TV prequels were made with a different cast. There are now talks of a reboot of the series, in addition to a theatrical animated film.
** Speaking of the prequels, there was supposed to be a third one of those as well, with the entire cast signed on. However, the project has gone nowhere. It might have to do with the negative reception ''The Curse of the Lake Monster'' received.
* WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest is another HannaBarbera property with a live action film stuck in development hell for decades. It was first announced in the early 90s when Turner began seriously pushing a revival of the franchise. Creator/RichardDonner expressed interest in directing, with production beginning in 1995 and filming scheduled for 1996, but it never happened. The project was revived in 2006 with Creator/ZacEfron attached to star as Jonny Quest and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson attached to star as Race Barron, but once again, the project fizzled. Creator/RobertRodriguez is now attached to direct a live action ''Jonny Quest'' film, but time will tell on if it actually goes into production.
* In 2000, director Mike Nichols announced he was remaking the British comedy ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'', starring Creator/RobinWilliams (replacing Creator/AlecGuinness as the D'Ascoyne family) and Creator/WillSmith (in the Dennis Price role as the murderous heir). The project bounced around for several years, but a suitable script was never completed, while the director and stars worked on other projects instead.
* The long-mooted ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' remake. When first announced in 2008, Columbia Pictures attached Creator/DannyBoyle to direct and Creator/EmmaThompson write the screenplay, with Creator/DanielDayLewis as Henry Higgins and Creator/KeiraKnightley as Eliza Doolittle. By 2009, Boyle had dropped out of the project, followed by Day-Lewis and Knightley. Then John Madden was announced as director, with Creator/ColinFirth and Creator/CareyMulligan starring. Then Madden left the project after [[ExecutiveMeddling Columbia demanded Madden cast]] Creator/HughGrant as Higgins instead of Firth. Then, after Firth won Best Actor for ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' in 2011 he was reattached to star... by which time Mulligan was tied up shooting ''Film/{{Shame}}'' and ''Film/TheGreatGatsby''. Finally, in 2012 CBS Films threatened to sue Columbia over rights to Lerner and Loewe's musical. As of fall 2014 the movie still hasn't been made, and it doesn't seem likely anytime soon.
* There was a ''Film/ChoppingMall'' remake announced years ago. But so far nothing has come of it. IMDB says it's still "In Development".
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Undeveloped_Star_Trek_projects several unproduced projects]], many of which never got past the proposal stage, although there were two movie projects that had significant preproduction work done before being shelved:
** ''Star Trek: Planet of the Titans'' was one of several ideas to revive the live-action franchise in TheSeventies, but the only one to gain enough traction to move beyond the earliest drafts. Eventually, the project stalled and was ultimately shelved in favor of a new TV series, ''Star Trek: Phase II'', though after extensive preproduction work had been done on the series, it too was shelved in favor of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Two study models of a delta-winged ''Enterprise'' created for ''Planet of the Titals'' (based on designs by Ken Adam and Ralph [=McQuarrie=]) were ultimately used as background ships in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** The proposed Starfleet Academy prequel movie (alternately known as ''Star Trek: The First Adventure'' and ''Star Trek: The Academy Years'') that Harve Bennett had hoped to make as the sixth film was shelved in favor of ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. However, the prevailing feeling around Paramount was that the 25th anniversary movie should feature the original cast, and there were concerns that recasting the classic characters would've been too great of a risk. The original cast was also not happy about being replaced. Some helped spread the false rumor that the film was to be a spoof in the footsteps of ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' In addition, an Academy film would've required all-new sets, costumes, and models, all of which would've been time-consuming to create, while a movie set in the film series' "present" era allowed the reuse of existing assets, making it a lot easier for the film to make the desired December 1991 release date. Bennett would try to sell the project again over the next several years, but Paramount ended up using only the most bare-bones part of the premise - Kirk, Spock, and [=McCoy=] meeting at the Academy - in Creator/JJAbrams' ''Film/StarTrek'' in 2009.
* The ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' remake. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to do the film in 2010, and earlier Vertigo Entertainment had expressed interest in doing a reboot film without series creator Creator/JossWhedon, to much controversy. It was also announced that the film would likely be a remake of the 1992 film and have nothing to do with the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer much better-received TV series]] with Heather Morris and Candice Accola both in talks for the title character, and Kristy Swanson expressing interest in a cameo. Whit Anderson had written a script that was rejected in 2011. That's the last we've heard of the project since.
* The fourth ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie -- Creator/{{Hasbro}} sued Creator/WarnerBrothers and Creator/NewLineCinema to get the film rights to the series back, upset that Warner did not let the rights lapse after the original film was so loose and out of touch with its source material that it flopped both critically and commercially. The fourth film was thought to have been canceled after the lawsuit was filed, but the three parties eventually settled. The fourth movie is now back in production, with Hasbro serving as a co-producer through Allspark Films and expecting to receive the rights back once Warner is finished with their fourth movie.
* The ''Film/PacificRim'' sequel. The film was shelved indefinitely due to a dispute between co-producing studios Creator/LegendaryPictures and Creator/{{Universal}} over creative direction. This culminated in ''Film/KongSkullIsland'' [[ChannelHop jumping ship]] to Creator/WarnerBrothers because Universal refused to allow Legendary to set the stage for a crossover between Film/KingKong and Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, which Legendary had made a [[Film/Godzilla2014 highly successful reboot]] of and wanted to capitalize on that film's success. Despite this, director Creator/GuillermoDelToro stated the film was still moving forward in spite of the ExecutiveMeddling.
* A ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' movie was confirmed to be in development from WarnerBros as a star vehicle for Wrestling/DwayneJohnson. That was back in 2002, and nothing has been heard since.
* ''The Godfather, Part IV''. Paramount has long wanted to make another sequel to ''Film/TheGodfather'', despite the [[Film/TheGodfatherPartIII third film]]'s mixed reception and Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's opposition. In the late '90s, Mario Puzo worked on a script patterned on the second film's parallel storylines: a modern day segment focusing on Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) inheriting the Corleone family, and a flashback to the '30s showing Vito consolidating power in the Prohibition era with help from a young Sonny (with Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio mooted for the role). Puzo's death in 1999 scuttled the project, though his script was later adapted into Ed Falco's novel ''The Family Corleone''. Paramount won rights to the ''Godfather'' franchise from Puzo's estate in a 2012 lawsuit, but there's no indication that a fourth installment's actually going forward.
* A third ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' film was stuck in this state for over twenty-five years. Announcements of ''Ghostbusters III'' (which inevitably fell through every time) were so common that they became a joke within the fandom and among film journalists. By the time Creator/HaroldRamis died in 2014, taking with him any chance of the film being made with the original cast, the only continuation of the series since 1989 had come in the form of [[WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters animated]], [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame video game]], and [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} comic book]] adaptations. By that point, they had to [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}} reboot the franchise]] in order to get the film made at all.
* As IMDB's trivia page for the film and a few other sites report, Columbia purchased the rights for a remake of Swedish comedy film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0339230/ Kopps]]'', about a small town's police force, shortly after the film came out. Creator/AdamSandler's Happy Madison Production was supposedly involved. But the film came out in 2003 and nothing more was heard about the remake since then.
* A fourth ''Film/AustinPowers'' film was announced in 2005 but so far, nothing has come of it yet. Two [[Film/TheCatInTheHat cinematic]] [[Film/TheLoveGuru failures]] [[StarDerailingRole starring Mike Myers]] haven't helped.
* The third ''Film/BillAndTed'' film; Alex Winter and Creator/KeanuReeves have talked about since the early 2010s, a script has been written, and Dean Parisot of ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' has been attached as the director. And yet, nothing. Reeves stated that just about the only thing they need now is the money to actually make the movie, which explains its entry here.
* The re-reboot of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' looks like it will remain stuck here. The film already had a turbulent time trying to get off the ground, which is detailed at length [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/3410743/troubled-history-next-friday-13th/ in this article]], but the biggest blow came in February 2017 when Paramount not only stripped its [[MeaningfulReleaseDate October 13th]] release date, but [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/friday-the-13th-reboot-canceled-paramount-1201979691/ halted production]] ''indefinitely'' as well. Legal and rights issues surrounding the franchise are not helping matters.
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* ''The Story of Bonnie and Clyde'' has been delayed for several years. After Music/HilaryDuff, who was cast as Bonnie, became pregnant, the producers quickly replaced both leads fearing that the film would be delayed further if they waited for Duff to be available. That was back in 2011, and the film has yet to enter production. Given the December 2013 release of the A&E miniseries, Bonnie and Clyde, starring Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch (which may or may not have ever been connected to the Hillary Duff remake), a feature film remake seems unlikely anytime soon.
** Films about the OutlawCouple tend to attract this. An independent project on the pair attempted to get off the ground during TheNineties, and even got as far as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wS7WMOpXo having footage shot for it]], but was unable to secure enough funding to complete the film. There were whispers of another attempt at a film around TheNewTens, but nothing has come of it so far.
* The unfinished 1938 production of ''I, Claudius'' was waylaid by an accident involving its lead actress and by the difficulty that Creator/CharlesLaughton had in getting into Claudius's role. Only a few scenes from the film were ever publicly released in the 1960s. (The DVD release of the TV version of ''Series/IClaudius'' includes a documentary which features this footage.)
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro examples:
** It wasn't until making ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' that he finally got a studio to okay his script for ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' -- a script that apparently had no romantic subplot, a BittersweetEnding, and [[UltimateEvil very vague monsters]], none of which are things producers want. It was also going to have Ron Perlman, apparently; he joked that [[AuthorAppeal del Toro will let him pick the sort of jar he gets to float in]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_the_mountains_of_madness#Film But Universal Studios gave up on it in 2011, and del Toro gave up on it altogether in 2012]].
** He was also planning an adaptation of ''Domu: A Child's Dream'', by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo (better known for ''Manga/{{Akira}}''), which has apparently been called off due to rights issues.
* ''Tulia'' is about an attorney who works on behalf of a group of local black men who are wrongly convicted of their involvement in a drug ring. Likely the politically-charged nature of the story, based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulia#1999_drug_arrests an actual event]], has derailed this project.
* Similarly, ''Pinkville,'' which is about the My Lai Massacre.
* A few years ago there were competing development projects about [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Hannibal Barca]]. One with Creator/DenzelWashington, another with Creator/VinDiesel. Either one could have been interesting. But so far, nothing.
* ''The Sky Is Falling'' has a reputation as one of the greatest screenplays never filmed. Drew [=McWeeney=] wrote about this script from TheNineties [[http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/big-question-what-unfinished-film-do-you-wish-had-happened in an August 2013 Hitfix.com article about films that never made it]]: Two priests GoMadFromTheRevelation of God's '''non'''existence and become AxCrazy, and now the challenge for the authorities is to both stop their rampage ''and'' keep the physical proof of this revelation from becoming known to the rest of the world, lest further mayhem ensue.
* Similarly, Brian Flemming's ''Danielle''.
* The re-release of ''Film/LetItBe''. [[http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/54635/Macca-and-Ringo-say-just-Let-It-Be Sources say]] it will never be released, especially in its original form, as long as Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/RingoStarr are still alive.
* Since at least the early 1990s, Roger Daltrey of Music/TheWho has been attempting to put a biopic of his late CrazyAwesome drummer bandmate Keith Moon on the big screen. Creator/RobertDowneyJr. was once considered for the lead role before, in Daltrey's words, he read the script and did everything in it. Creator/MikeMyers was teased all throughout the 2000s to be playing the man himself, but after its intended release day in 2007 passed, nothing has come of it. Currently, [=IMDB=] lists the film as "Untitled Keith Moon Project", with Mike Myers still attached to the title role.
* ''Literature/TheDionaeaHouse'', a story told virally over the internet from 2004 to 2006, abruptly stops on several cliffhangers at different points in time, apparently because Warner Bros. purchased rights for a film adaptation. According to [[http://listing-index.ebay.com/movies/The_Dionaea_House.html eBay's film listing]], it was supposed to come out in 2007. [=IMDB=] once had a listing for a 2010 release (under the name ''The Residents'' for some reason), but even that has fallen down the Memory Hole.
** According to the creator it's dead for now. Whether or not [[IncrediblyLamePun the door is still open]] for it to be made remains to be seen.
* Something called ''Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill'', starring Creator/SachaBaronCohen and written by Creator/TinaFey, was supposed to come out around 2007 or 2008. It's still listed as an upcoming project on both Cohen and Fey's Website/{{IMDb}} pages.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' movie. Creator/JerryBruckheimer picked up the right in 2004, and has been renewing the option every year, but doesn't seem to have done anything with it yet. Though, considering how other ''Rifts'' spin-offs (like the CCG and the N-Gage video game) went, this may not be a bad thing.
* A {{biopic}} of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood silent film]] comedian [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]] has been in this state for about three decades. Like the aforementioned ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'', it had Creator/JohnBelushi, Creator/JohnCandy and Creator/ChrisFarley lined up to star in it shortly before their respective deaths. No word has come out of it since.
* The Music/SnoopDogg movie ''Black Ice'' has been on and off in development for the latter part of the decade. Snoop said in a recent interview that scheduling and communication issues have caused the delays, but insists that it'll see the light of day.
* A {{biopic}} about Baron Gustaf Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, was announced in 2000, with Finnish director Creator/RennyHarlin attached. The filming has been postponed many times due to budgetary issues. Harlin finally pulled out in May 2011, but it is unclear whether the project will go on without him.
* ''The Minds of Billy Milligan'', the story of a (actual) man with multiple personalities, was adapted into a screenplay called ''The Crowded Room'' by Todd Graff in something like the late 1970s. Dozens of actors, producers and directors including Creator/JamesCameron (who wrote a second screenplay) and Steven Soderburgh have signed onto the project and quit.
* The film adaptation of Music/GreenDay's rock opera ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' has been in development since 2005. Several scripts have been written, and Tom Hanks has expressed interest in producing the film, but nothing definitive has yet been announced. When asked if the movie was truth, lie, or mystery, drummer Tre Cool responded that it was "a true mystery".
* [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5813834 This]] ESPN the Magazine article gives an inside account of the process of getting stuck in Development Hell. David Fleming's tried for years to get his novel ''Breaker Boys'', about an early NFL team whose championship was revoked after bitter lobbying by richer rival team owners, onto the big screen. Fleming sees this as a larger failure than most -- because the movie isn't getting made, the NFL won't be forced to admit its mistake and restore the stolen championship.
** Ultimately, the project was sunk by the failure of ''Film/{{Leatherheads}}'', which studios believed signified there was no money to be made in a movie about football in the 1920s. As the article mentions, ''Leatherheads'' was itself stuck in development hell until Creator/GeorgeClooney stepped into the picture. Fleming's ESPN colleague Rick Reilly wrote the original screenplay in 1991... and it hit theaters in 2008. It's a point of contention between Fleming and Reilly as to who got the worse deal.
* Music/MichaelJackson-related examples:
** GK Films [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/michael-jacksons-thriller-to-be-hideously-transfor,46849/ announced a movie]] based on Music/MichaelJackson's ''{{Thriller}}'' video, with Kenny Ortega set to direct and [[Film/TheHangover Jeremy Garelick]] set to write a script that would have had ''a lot'' of AdaptationExpansion, in 2010.
** Jackson's estate [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/michael-jackson-estate-prepping-film-about-very-sp,65251 was shopping around]] a {{Biopic}} in late 2011, but nothing's been heard of it since. Given that his rise to superstardom was already covered (if sugarcoated) by the Jacksons-sanctioned (and since [[AdoredByTheNetwork ran into the ground by VH-1]]) 1992 MadeForTVMovie ''Jacksons: An American Dream'', and that his estate apparently doesn't want to bring up the mistakes and misfortunes that dominated his later years, there haven't been any takers.
* 20th Century Fox optioned William Monahan's script ''Tripoli'' in 2001, depicting the Barbary Pirate Wars. After Monahan's 2006 Oscar win for ''Film/TheDeparted'' its production was announced, putatively directed by Creator/RidleyScott and featuring Creator/RussellCrowe, Creator/KeanuReeves and Ben Kingsley. Despite periodic claims of future release dates, it still hasn't been made.
* In 2007, a film version of ''The Mayor of Castro Street'', a biography of Harvey Milk, was announced. This was derailed by the successful release of ''Film/{{Milk}}'' the following year.
* In 2006 it was announced that Creator/MartinScorsese would direct an adaptation of Edmund Morris's biography ''The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt'', written by Nicholas Meyer and starring Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as Roosevelt. Ever since it's been on hiatus, with little evidence that the project ever developed beyond the idea stage. Scorsese put ''Rise'' on hold for other projects, before ultimately dropping out as director. Scorsese has said that he's interested in producing the film if someone else would direct, but as of yet no one's taken him up on the offer.
* After proving to be a dynamic duo in the film classics ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' and ''Film/TheSting'', Hollywood big-shots Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/PaulNewman tried for years to do another film that would feature them together. Hope for that third movie died along with Newman in 2008.
* Creator/{{Universal}} announced a live-action Franchise/{{LEGO}} ''Toys/HeroFactory'' movie project back in 2012, and despite the [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie other major LEGO-inspired film]] becoming a huge success, it hasn't been discussed any further. With the toy line being canceled in response to the 2015 return of its [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} much more famous predecessor]], it is doubtful that it will ever be made.
* A live-action film based on the ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' franchise was announced around 2010 and was allegedly going to come out in 2012. With no information about the movie has been released (as well as the franchise spawning a series of successful DTV movies and TV specials), it was most likely cancelled.
** A new animated musical film called ''Boo York, Boo York'' is coming out in 2015. The unreleased film was supposed to be a musical so ''Boo York, Boo York'' might be an attempt to salvage it—or is a jab at it.
** The live-action film seemed to be back on track, as Universal [[http://variety.com/2015/film/news/monster-high-director-ari-sandel-1201623306/ recurited]] Ari Sandel (''Film/TheDuff'') to direct and set it for an October 2016 release. However, with Creator/DreamWorks jumping ship from Disney to Universal that year, its release date was snubbed in favor of [=DreamWorks=]' ''The Girl on the Train''. No new release date has been announced since then.
* A [[{{Biopic}} biopic]] about Creator/MaryShelley titled ''Mary Shelly's Monster'' staring Creator/SophieTurner appears to be currently in this state. The film is expected to be released in 2016, but no new casting information has come up about the film since August 2014. Production was suppose to begin in Fall of 2014, but was delayed to January 2015, with production still failing to begin. As of March 2015, no new information has come up.
* ''The Chronicles of Rick Roll'', a fantasy comedy starring various internet celebrities such as TayZonday, Numa Numa Guy, David After Dentist and WebVideo/ChadVader among many others ([[{{Irony}} though ironically]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot not]] RickAstley of RickRoll fame), was announced back in 2013 and was expected to be released in 2014. Very little of the film's plot and development has ever come up and it ended up getting delayed. Imdb currently lists the film for a 2016 release, though very little else has come up about the film.
* A Music/BlueManGroup movie entitled ''Mind Blast'', in which the original performers enter a creatively congested person to help them express themselves, was announced in 2011, and that was the last time anyone heard about it.
* The ''TabletopGame/CandyLand'' movie. It was initially announced by both Creator/{{Hasbro}} and Creator/{{Universal}} in 2009, but they soon dropped it in favor of ''Film/{{Battleship}}''. The rights were later picked up by Creator/{{Sony}}, who then attached Creator/AdamSandler as star. However, a lawsuit over ownership of the characters for the game kept it from getting greenlit, and then came Sandler's point-blank demands that Sony carve out '''$200 million''' for the project[[note]]After which then-Sony executive Amy Pascal said not-so-subtle things about Sandler that [[http://gawker.com/leaked-asshole-adam-sandler-demanded-200-million-ca-1673559291 got leaked out]] in the Sony hack[[/note]], which Sony bluntly refused. Eventually, Hasbro got tired of waiting for Sony to sort itself out [[http://www.tracking-board.com/tb-exclusive-warner-bros-ready-to-play-adam-sandlers-candyland-game-over-at-sony/ and decided to reboot the project from scratch]], this time at Creator/WarnerBrothers (With Sandler staying on) Time will only tell when the project will be green-lit ''this'' time.
* There are several movies about Creator/HarryHoudini, that were planed but never made:
** In 1932 Creator/RKOPictures considered making a biopic, with Paul Muni in the lead. For legal reasons Houdini's name could not be used, so Harry Houdini became Harry Pinetti. Titled ''Now You See It'' the first screenplay was written by Fulton Oursler, who knew Houdini personally. Oursler's screenplay followed Houdini's life very loosely, and invented many fictional episodes. Then Kubec Glasmon was brought in to write a new screenplay. The project was then shelved, but in 1936 the Pinetti name resurfaced in treatment for a movie called ''Man of Magic'', which had nothing to do with Houdini. That movie was also never made.
** In the mid-30s Houdini's widow, Bess Houdini, approached Creator/ColumbiaPictures about a Houdini biopic, however the studio's president, Harry Cohn, rejected it, claiming, that Houdini's life was not dramatic enough. Then Mrs. Houdini approached Paramount, which in 1936 announced ''Houdini the Great'', with a screenplay by Frank O’Connor and Dore Schary as producer. Schary later commissioned another screenplay by Pierre Collings. Paramount however eventually dropped the project and in 1944 Schary offered it to David O. Selznick. Selznick wanted Creator/AlfredHitchcock to direct it and Creator/CaryGrant or Joseph Cotten to star in it, but the Master of Suspense rejected it. Then William Dieterle was attached to the project as director and Garry Moore as Houdini, but the project soon died out.
** Producer Ray Stark tried to make his own Houdini biopic for many years. In 1969 he announced a stage musical about the King of Handcuffs under the title ''Hocus Pocus''. By 1974 this turned into a movie called ''The Magic Man: The Story of Houdini'', with James Bridges as director and Creator/JamesCaan as Houdini. However the movie went through several screenwriters, as Stark was unsatisfied with them. At one point Stark wanted to turn the movie into a time travel fantasy. Then in the early-90s Stark managed to sign on Creator/RobertZemeckis as director, with Universal and Columbia co-producing the movie. However there was still no script, so in 1992 Zemeckis dropped out. By 1997 Stark managed get a screenplay written by Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson and Creator/PaulVerhoeven signed on as a director, but he soon left the project. Up until his death in 2004 Ray Stark claimed, that he was in talks with Creator/AngLee to direct and Creator/TomCruise to star in his Houdini biopic, but the project went to the grave with him.
** In 1988 a movie called ''Harry's Back!'' was announced, which would have starred Creator/TonyCurtis as a man turning up in present day New York and claiming to be Houdini. The movie was never made. Similarly announced, but never made was ''The Dead of Night'', which would have paired Houdini with Aleister Crowley. The project never went beyond an ad in a 1990 issue of ''Variety''.
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