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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'', 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.
* ''Film/BattleRoyale''. In June 2006, producers Neil Mortiz and Roy Lee announced that they had the greenlight 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''.
* ''{{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 Youtube, indicating things may have not gone in favour of the project.
* The live action {{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 nothing has been heard since.
** It was eventually abandoned in favor of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce''.
* There is little news of the American adaptation of ''Manga/DeathNote'' which was announced in 2008 and said to be released in 2011 (with a rumor around that the protagonist would be played by ZacEfron). A director had just been announced, so it might be a year or two before production starts.
** In July 2014, the previously chosen director Shane Black left the project, citing CreativeDifferences (read: he wanted to stay more faithful to the manga; the studio wanted to [[ExecutiveMeddling change everything]]). The current director attached to the project is Gus Van Sant.
* The live-action ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' film was announced sometime between 2005-2007, but nothing has come of it since. 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 is quickly becoming this, with more and more prospective producers passing on the project. Pretty much every young actor in Hollywood has been considered for roles in the movie.
* There was talk around 2008-9 of a live-action remake of ''GhostInTheShell'', possibly produced or directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg, but he seems to have passed on it in favor of other projects. It finally got a director, writer, and production team in 2014 with ScarlettJohansson attached to star. It's officially set to begin filming in early 2016 with an April 2017 release date set. It seems this might actually become one of the few examples of Hollywood anime/manga adaptations to be SavedFromDevelopmentHell.
* A ''[[{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel]]'' film with director James Cameron. On again off again with rumors as far back as the early 2000s including supposed casting calls for a little girl who could move like a cat ... then nothing. Then he said he was waiting for the technology to catch up to his vision. Then ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. WordOfGod has stated that after he was done with ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' he ''still'' did not believe the technology was ready yet. What is he waiting for? Holodecks?!
* A ''{{Robotech}}'' live action film was announced in 2008 by Harmony Gold and Warner Bros. A certain Tobey Maguire 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 ''{{Smallville}}'' and ''Herbie Fully Loaded'') for a rewrite. The script was then handed to another writer named Tom Rob Smith for yet another rewrite. Just 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 are no longer optimistic that this film will be worth seeing if it is 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 (''{{SAW}}'', ''FastAndFurious'') is currently attached to direct.
* ''StarBlazers'' 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 ''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 Geena Davis as Queen Beryl. At the time, Disney owned DiC, the then-US licensors of the ''Sailor Moon'' franchise. Since then, DiC has lost the series, were dropped by Disney, and were bought out by Cookie Jar Entertainment (who themselves were later bought out by DHX Media), so it's safe to say that any movie production from Disney is dead. The series is now licensed in the US by VizMedia, and no live action film is known to be in development.
* A Hollywood live-action/CGI film based on the manga series ''Manga/{{Parasite}}'' 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.
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[[folder: Comic book and comic strip adaptations]]
* The film version of ''{{Preacher}}'' has been talked about for at least 10 years now. There was a rumor back in the day that it would resurface in 2008--as an HBO series. November, 2013, AMC has been announced to be developing the series now. No debut date has been stated.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Considering that the people interested in filming it were Joel Schumacher and [[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 ''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 Neil Gaiman 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.
* There's a lot of [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] films that appear to have stalled.
** ''ThePunisher'' 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/Daredevil}}'' instead of doing another Punisher movie yet.
** The proposed LukeCage film.
*** The film seems to be dead, since it has since been announced that {{Creator/Netflix}} is doing a Luke Cage series set in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** A ComicBook/BlackPanther movie has been in various stages of development since the 90's, when WesleySnipes was attached to the project. Still waiting...
*** In October 2014 Marvel confirmed the rumours and announced that Black Panther would form part of Phase 3 of the MarvelCinematicUniverse, with ''Film/FortyTwo'' actor Chadwick Boseman cast as T'Challa. The film is currently slated for the 2017 release.
** 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 Wesley Snipes 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. Snipes, who was released from prison in 2013, has stated that he hopes the fourth film, reboot or not, will happen.
** One recurring Film/{{X-Men}} film rumour was a prequel for SelfDemonstrating/{{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]])
** 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.
** ''Franchise/{{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.
** Comicbook/DoctorStrange: Disney has announced that Dr. Strange will be happening. As of January 2013, it's currently slated as part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will begin in late 2016 with Captain America: Civil War. BenedictCumberbatch will play Strange.
** Marvel had a script and had done some preliminary casting for a movie based on the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' back in 2010. 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 doctor the script for ''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).
** There were plans for James Gunn 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 ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', 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 Mark Ruffalo 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.
** 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 [[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.
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' has been in constant hell for years:
** In 2001, Joel Silver was the producer, asking Todd Alcott to write a script. After blowing through a series of screenwriters in the following years, the project stalled, but appeared to gain traction again in 2005 when Joss Whedon was placed in charge of directing and scripting the film. After nearly two years of no progress on a draft, Whedon left the project on bad terms and it stalled yet again. A spec script was purchased as Whedon departed to ensure the rights didn't revert back, but yet another script was commissioned in 2008.
** David E. Kelley wrote a treatment for a Wonder Woman TV series. It was rejected by NBC, but after seeing the strong initial ratings for Kelley's ''Series/HarrysLaw'' show, they changed their mind. A pilot directed by [=McG=] was produced... and rejected by NBC in May 2011. After seeing the leaked scripts for the project, some Wonder Woman fans consider this a good thing.
** With ''ManOfSteel'' being a huge hit, it's looking more likely that there will finally be a Wonder Woman film.
*** ...''[[http://twitchfilm.com/2013/07/destroy-all-monsters---icky-tricky-wonder-woman.html Maybe]]''
*** It was recently announced that actress Gal Gadot will be appearing as Wonder Woman in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', the sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Her appearance in the sequel would imply plans for either a film of her own or a ''Film/JusticeLeague'' film in the future.
*** In October 2014, DC officially confirmed that they would be using ''Dawn of Justice'' to springboard Wonder Woman into her own movie, set to debut in 2017. There was much rejoicing.
* 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. Frank Miller 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 ''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.
* ''[[BloomCounty Opus: The Last Christmas]]'', which is dead according to Berkeley Breathed.
* Similarly, a ''GetFuzzy'' movie has been long rumored.
* And a ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' movie has been too.
* The planned ''Film/JusticeLeague'' film (in 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 George Miller [''MadMax''] had been canned from the project). Finally, the film was delayed less than ''a month'' before it began shooting and has effectively become moribund.
** With the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, specifically ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the studios are trying 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'' alone before an ''Avengers''-like team up of Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/GreenLantern, Franchise/WonderWoman and Franchise/TheFlash.
*** Then a ''Man of Steel'' sequel based on ''Batman/Superman'' was made into 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 2018 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, specially since the 2011 ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' tanked at the box office.
* The new adaptation of ''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 Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Luke evans 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.
* A live-action film of ''{{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 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 now, 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 RobLiefeld's ''Comicbook/{{Youngblood}}'' series has been in the works for years, with BrettRatner (''Film/XMenTheLastStand'') attached as the director, and talk of 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 adaption's 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 ''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 talk's of doing a Hit-Girl Prequel and then a third one.
** His religious comic ''ComicBook/AmericanJesus'' has been in talk's of getting adapted to film ever since ''ComicBook/KickAss'' was getting press. The latest new's was [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=52507 in 2012]] where Millar announced that in a few month's he'll be able to talk who his partner's are.
** ''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 Tony Scott 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 property's]] by [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox fox]], it seem's more likely that this will get made.
** Am 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.
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[[folder: Literature adaptations]]
* ''{{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 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 Chuck Palahniuk (of ''Literature/FightClub'' fame), has been in development for forever and a half.
* ''{{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 Eric Idle 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 John Hurt 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.
* The film adaptation of 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 now [[http://www.latinopost.com/articles/9751/20141022/john-carter-2-movie-release-date-news-reboot-coming-disney-loses-property-rights.htm Burroughs' estate got the rights back and hopes to do another movie]], bringing John Carter back to limbo!
* 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''.
* ''RendezvousWithRama'': Now dead since Morgan Freeman (the rights holder) doesn't want to do it.
* 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 John Belushi in 1983, [[AuthorExistenceFailure but then Belushi died]]. Then there was going to be one with John Candy 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, John Waters 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/{{Cell}}'' movie? Similarly ''TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon''.
** The film adaptation of the ''Dark Tower'' series also comes to mind.
* 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 has been downgraded from "definitely going to happen", to "not even under consideration".
* 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 ''Elfstones of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' and ''[[MagicKingdomOfLandover Magic Kingdom for Sale -- SOLD!]]'' 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 ''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 ArthurCClarke's ''[[TwoThousandOne 2061]]'' and ''3001'', although nothing has been heard of this since.
* It's possible the fourth ''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 ''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 Chronicles of Prydain 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 ''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 Jada Pinkett-Smith 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.
* Directors have been offering to make a film adaptation of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' since its release. When author J.D. Salinger was asked permission, he said no.
* Every few years, there's a rumored adaptation of 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 Colin Firth. 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 John Wayne, Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness. 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 Oz-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.
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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 ''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 Blake's 7]]'' 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 is here, and no mention has ever been made about a third film.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been propositioned for a film several times since the last time he was on the big screen (starring Peter Cushing). The 1996 TV movie doesn't count as it was still considerably low budget. Most attempts were stalled due to the uncertainty of the franchise, especially considering any theatrical movie would have been a total reimagining. One proposal had the Doctor and Master as brothers with Borusa as their father. Another would have reimagined the Daleks as bipedal Terminator style machines. And yet another, more recent proposal wanted to cast Johnny Depp as the Doctor. Currently, David Yates, has propositioned a Doctor Who film despite the lack of official cast or crew on board. There is also the strong apprehension of Who fans against a non-Whoniverse Doctor Who film. 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 AustinPowers films in the late 90s, 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 Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel, 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.
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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.
* ''AmericanMcGeesAlice''. There were even rumors of Tim Burton 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 DevelopmentHell or cancelled outright.
* The ''Franchise/BioShock'' movie project has taken this road because of budgetary concerns, still unresolved as of summer 2010, also due to Gore Verbinski 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 (28 Weeks Later) 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.
* 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.
** Paul W.S. Anderson 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.
* 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 John Carpenter (yes THAT john Carpenter) expressed great interest in directing the film.
* 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 ''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.
** As of may 2013 the film found a new producer in [[http://variety.com/2013/film/news/scott-stuber-game-for-gears-of-war-movie-1200412653/ Scott Stuber]]. So while still in hell it's not really dead yet.
* ''{{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.
** A 90 minute 5 part web series titled Forward Unto Dawn was released to promote the release of VideoGame/Halo4''. A big budget movie is still planned.
** [[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.
* ''{{Hunter}}: The Reckoning''. Rumor has it the project entered Development Hell because Creator/UweBoll 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."
* 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.
* ''{{Onimusha}},'' due to the death of Creator/HeathLedger, who was to have played Roberto Frois from ''Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams''.
* ''PerfectDark'' was announced in 2001 (later changed to a TV series, but still no word).
* 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.
* 50 Cent wanted to make a SaintsRow movie around 2009. Nothing has happened since.
* [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] tried to get ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' into a movie theater back in the mid 1990s. Considering that none of the concepts presented to production staff had anything to do with the video game source material, it's actually a sigh of relief that this movie never even made it to script form. Additional attempts to have it inspired by ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' or the Creator/ArchieComics [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog series]] were even less successful. See WhatCouldHaveBeen for more.
** Creator/{{Sony}} announced a LiveActionAdaptation of ''Sonic'' in 2014, with CGI also planned to be added in the film and supposedly inspired entirely by the video game series. While nothing new has been revealed since then, this could bring hope for the hedgehog finally getting what he had wanted for years.
* 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 is still forthcoming.
* ''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 yet to enter any kind of production. In June 2013, Marti Noxon was tapped to write the script, but when production will begin (if it does) is anyone's guess.
* The planned ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' film adaptation has been mired in development problems for years. The rights to the franchise were acquired by Legendary in 2006, and Blizzard brought on Sam Raimi to direct. According to interviews, the first script (which was written by Blizzard's in-house writers) didn't go over well with Raimi, and a second script (written by Raimi and screenwriter Robert Rodat) wasn't accepted by Blizzard, who wanted the story to go a different way. After months of back-and-forth, Raimi walked from the project, blaming mismanagement on Blizzard's part. As of early 2013, Legendary announced that Duncan Jones (''{{Film/Moon}}'') was attached to direct, but whether the project moves forward is anyone's guess.
** The film has a set release date - December 18, 2015. Filming is scheduled to begin in January 2014 and Colin Farrell is in talks for the lead role.
* 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/{{RichardDonner}}. 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".
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[[folder: Miscellaneous sequels, remakes and reboots]]
* The third ''Film/JamesBond'' film starring TimothyDalton, eventually titled ''The Property of a Lady'' -- Creator/{{MGM}} was going through many turmoils, and eventually Dalton's contract expired. Then PierceBrosnan was finally hired (the producers wanted him for the role since the mid-80's but he was tied to ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' due to contractual obligations), and the rest is history (the 6-year gap between ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'' remains the largest of the series).
* ''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.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} 3''. The story behind the proposed third film is as strange as it gets. Rumors of multiple scripts and new Ghostbuster cast members have floated around the internet for years. To give you some perspective as to how long this has been going on, ''Creator/ChrisFarley'' was being considered as a supporting character back in the '90s. Creator/DanAykroyd has reportedly written several scripts over the years, all of which failed to ignite enough interest to start pre-production. At one point, there was apparently a script written where the original team journeyed to a hellish AlternateUniverse UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity called "[=ManHellton=]" (which, in turn, prompted the Russian video game studio [=ZootFly=] to produce a ''GearsOfWar''-esque [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM4cuKgGNvg tech demo]] based on this proposed script in the late '00s). This, in turn, spurred the development and eventual release of ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', which (according to Aykroyd) may as well be the canonical third film.
** Yet, script and cast rumors still continue to float around -- Creator/BenStiller, Bill Hader and Creator/ElizaDushku have all been rumored to be potential replacement candidates. In January 2010, Ivan Reitman announced he was directing the film, and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (''Series/TheOfficeUS'') reportedly wrote a script with Aykroyd and co-creator/co-star Creator/HaroldRamis, that all were very happy with. Yet, there's been no word for years on the status of development. A major part of the delay seems to involve Creator/BillMurray -- as of [[http://screenrant.com/ghostbusters-3-bill-murray-2-aco-99337/ early 2011]], it appeared the production was only waiting on Murray to approve the script before they moved forward with pre-production. The film was slated to start production in 2012, but that year came and went with no news other than the report that new writers were hired to craft yet another script, as well as more back-and-forth on whether Murray would return. Then Reitman began talking about the possibility of a [[ContinuityReboot remake]] for a while, before Aykroyd shifted attention back to the third film in March 2013, in an interview on Canadian television (for a charity project he was doing), saying they have a script (penned by Etan Cohen), they are planning to begin production in fall 2013, and Bill Murray will ''not'' be a part of it at all... more or less, what he's been saying for the past three years. Fall 2013 came and went with very little new news from Aykroyd -- the script is being rewritten ''again'', and this time actors Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are being considered as part of the "new" team of Ghostbusters being brought in alongside the older generation (minus Murray). [[AuthorExistenceFailure Then Harold Ramis died in February 2014.]] Whether ''any'' third film will finally [[JustForPun materialize]] is anyone's guess.
*** Late July 2014 Aykroyd was on The Today Show and again claimed that production would begin in Spring 2015, though he was cryptic about it and said it was uncertain who would be involved with it. So, doubt still remains when the development hell will end.
*** '''Then''', it was reported that director [[Film/{{Bridesmaids}} Paul Feig]] is [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/02/paul-feig-ghostbusters_n_5644486.html currently in talks]] to direct a ContinuityReboot, with women playing the Busters themselves. Whether or not this will be released instead of ''Ghostbusters 3'' remains to be seen.
*** [[http://collider.com/ghostbusters-reboot-paul-feig/ Looks like it may be.]]
* A remake of ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' has been in on-and-off development since at least the early 1980s, when John Landis 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 King Kong]]''. [[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/DraculaUntold'' as the first installment. Other movies will include new versions of ''The Mummy'' (currently slated to be #2 in the series), ''The Wolf Man'' (currently set as #3), ''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. 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. Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin 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. Mel Gibson 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, that film's third installment is stalling. ''Halloween 3D'' was announced with a 2012 release date before being shelved and there are now talks of ''another'' reboot since the remake's sequel did not perform well at the box office (despite it's cult following).
** 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 has now officially gone into production as ''Halloween Returns'', with it's storyline supposedly connected to the original series, possibly as yet ''another'' direct sequel to ''Film/HalloweenII1981''.
* 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 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 Heath Ledger (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 David Cronenberg announced that the project had fallen apart.
* ''The Brazilian Job'', sequel to the 2003 remake of ''[[TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' 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/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]]'', 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 ''{{Fletch}}'' movie has been in the works since 1997, with Creator/KevinSmith once attached to direct and Ben Affleck 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 ''KungPow: Enter the Fist'', 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 ''Alien vs. Predator'' 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=] will soon be occupied with the long-awaited Episodes VII-IX of ''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 apparently 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 Harrison Ford'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.
* A remake of ''Film/TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'' has been in the works since 2001, with EddieMurphy's name often attached. It's still apparently in pre-production.
* 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.
* 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. 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.
** Though now there are currently 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 William Castle film ''Macabre'' for Dark Castle Entertainment (a company he co-founded with Joel Silver) at some point in between the productions of ''ThePolarExpress'' and ''Film/{{Beowulf}}''. 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.
* ''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 third film based on ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' is announced so many times that it's a clear case of this.
* The ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' remake with Ryan Reynolds. The director who was attached eventually left the project due to CreativeDifferences.
* Creator/DavidLean spent most of the '70s trying to get his two-part ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' remake off the ground. He scouted locations in Tahiti, built a replica ship and commissioned Robert Bolt to write the screenplay. The main problem? Money. At various points Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, Joseph E. Levine and even Lean's old sparring mate Sam Spiegel were tapped to produce. But Lean's refusal to rein in the budget or scale back the script scared all of them away from the project. (That Michael Cimino's ''HeavensGate'' was concurrently being made didn't help either.) Robert Bolt's stroke in 1979 finally convinced Lean to abandon the project.
** Eventually the project morphed into ''Film/TheBounty'' (1984), directed by Creator/RogerDonaldson and starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. Though based off Bolt's screenplay, this film was much smaller in both scope and budget than what Lean originally envisioned.
* ''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 very 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 Robert Donat 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 David Lean 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 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 ''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 ''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).
* 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 few years ago a remake of TheRockyHorrorPictureShow was announced but it never happened to to protests from the movie's cult followers who detested the idea that {{MTV}}/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. ParamountPictures purchased the rights to do one in 1985, but sold them to UniversalStudios a few years later. The result was the ''animated'' 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 it's 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 RobertRodriguez entering negotiations with Universal to direct a CGI film for a 2009 release, but the project stalled. In 2012 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.
* 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. Richard Donner 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 ZacEfron attached to star as Jonny Quest and DwayneJohnson attached to star as Race Barron, but once again, the project fizzled. 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 Alec Guinness 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 ''Theater/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".
* Even low-budget horror series aren't immune, as the ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' franchise demonstrates. After ''Film/LeprechaunBack2ThaHood'' (2003), treatments were written for ideas with the Leprechaun encountering spring breakers or pirates, even a WildWest setting. Though star Warwick Davis and director Brian Trenchard-Smith were keen on another installment, Lionsgate dragged their feet for years. Instead of making a direct follow-up, Lionsgate ultimately produced ''Film/LeprechaunOrigins'' in 2014, a DarkerAndEdgier franchise reboot starring Dylan Postl (WWE's Hornswoggle), without the involvement of Davis or other members of the original franchise.
* ''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. 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 expecting to receive the rights back once Warner is finished with their fourth movie.
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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. As of September 2013, 18 months after Duff gave birth, the film has yet to enter production.
** And 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.
* The unfinished 1938 production of ''I, Claudius'' was waylaid by an accident involving its lead actress and by the difficulty that Charles Laughton 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 ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft At the Mountains of Madness]]'' -- 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 Hannibal Barca. One with Denzel Washington, another with Vin Diesel. 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 ''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 TheWho has been attempting to put a biopic of his late CrazyAwesome drummer bandmate Keith Moon on the big screen. Robert Downey Jr. was once considered for the lead role before, in Daltrey's words, he read the script and did everything in it. MikeMyers was teased all throughout the 2000s to be playing the man himself, but after it's 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.
* ''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 [[Film/{{Borat}} Sacha Baron Cohen]] and written by TinaFey, was supposed to come out around 2007 or 2008. It's still listed as an upcoming project on both Cohen and Fey's [=IMDb=] pages.
* The ''{{Rifts}}'' movie. 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 [[SilentAgeOfHollywood silent film]] comedian [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]] has been in this state for about three decades. Like the aforementioned ''AConfederacyOfDunces'', it had Creator/JohnBelushi, John Candy and Chris Farley lined up to star in it shortly before their respective deaths. No word has come out of it since.
* The Snoop Dogg 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 WorldWarII, was announced in 2000, with Finnish director Renny Harlin 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.
* There has also been a lot of talk about the very popular musical version of ''Theatre/{{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 ''ten 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.
** There was also a storyboard of "Defying Gravity" created by a Disney animator floating around for a while, but it seems to have disappeared. No indication that it was intended to be part of a movie, either.
*** That was an animator who hoped Disney, or at least some animation studio, would pick up the film. Related, a different 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. Sadly, considering the musical ''is'' property of Universal Studios, the chances of Disney getting ahold of such a project is dubious.
*** 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 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 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]].
*** 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.
*** It has been so long, that some fans are claiming that Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is the closest they will get to a film adaptation.
* The Brazilian movie ''Chatô'' started filming in 1998. It spent a lot of money, led his director to get sued, but no one even knows if it will ever come out! Most recent developments in 2014 had the lawsuit demanding the director to pay back a boatload of money, and him promising to finally release ''Chatô'' in theaters to get a least a bit of that...
* ''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 James Cameron (who wrote a second screenplay) and Steven Soderburgh have signed onto the project and quit.
* The film adaptation of GreenDay's rock opera ''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.
* At one point Paul Greengrass was gonna make a biopic about Martin Luther King's march to Selma, Alabama. But so far nothing. Although rumor has it the project might be back on tract.
* 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 ''The Departed'' its production was announced, putatively directed by Ridley Scott and featuring Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves 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 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.
* After proving to be a dynamic duo in the film classics ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' and ''Film/TheSting'', Hollywood big-shots Creator/RobertRedford and 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}} ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' movie project back in 2012, and despite the [[Film/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 [[Franchise/{{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. Given it's now 2014 and no information about the movie has been released (as well as the franchise spawning a series of successful DTV movies and TV specials), it is 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.
* A [[{{Biopic}} biopic]] about Creator/MaryShelley titled ''Mary Shelly's Monster'' staring 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 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.
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