Quotes / What Could Have Been

"Why pretend and cry, for something that might have been?
No I'd rather have nothing at all."
Frank Sinatra, "All or Nothing At All"

There was a brief blip where and it probably was never true, but there was a rumor I remember where they were going to cast Robert Redford, and I want to say Paul Newman, as Kirk and Spock. It was a big rumor in the mid-‘70s that they would recast the roles with them and do it as a movie. It probably had no basis in reality. But people were just foaming at the mouth in fan circles. It was just madness, madness! ‘YOU CAN’T DO THAT!’ If they had done that, everything would have been different. It might have worked, but we’ll never know.

I heard a rumor one time that Edward James Olmos was considered as a Captain for Voyager. I'm almost certain that's not true, but it does raise an interesting question of what Commander Adama of Battlestar Galactica would have done in Janeway's place. Well first, I think it's pretty damn obvious we'd see a lot more of Neelix being bludgeoned with a flashlight.

That god damn Draft Day movie was supposed to be about the Bills but then movie producers decided to go with the Browns. I guess even the execs in Hollywood thought that a movie about the Bills having a good draft was too unbelievable.

I mean, really. Only Konami could have Kojima, del Toro, Norman Reedus, and Silent Hill all in one project and still somehow fuck it up.

You know, I'd give good money if this version of the movie could be erased, and I could see the original concept; From what I've heard, it was supposed to be much darker, and Data was supposed to be killed off, by Picard himself. Granted, that would have made it an even bigger T2 ripoff, but at least we'd be spared the pain that is soon to come.

Yahtzee: The Empire Strikes Back, popularly considered the best Star Wars film, wasn't even directed by Lucas.
Gabriel: Y'know, there was a possibility that David Lynch was gonna direct the third one, and God I'd like to visit that dimension for a day.

Jay: James Cameron was putting together a script for a fifth Alien movie that Sigourney Weaver was attached to be in, and Ridley Scott was interested in directing, and then...
Rich: (groans) Oh no.
Jay: ...Freddy vs. Jason was a big hit...
Rich: Oh no!
Jay: ...and then 20th Century Fox decided they were going to abandon the James Cameron/Ridley Scott movie...
Rich: Oh noooo!
Jay: ...and slap together Alien vs. Predator. This movie had a two-month shoot and four-month post-production, and then it was quickly rushed out into theaters.
Rich: That is the most depressing thing I've ever heard! I was ambivalent about this movie; now I hate it!

Chris: ...Batman Triumphant was rumored to involve Harley Quinn as the Joker’s daughter played by Madonna and the Joker coming back in an extended hallucination sequence, it’s probably for the best that it never happened.
David: Was the plan to have Nicholson reprise his role?
Chris: I’m not sure if they were planning on getting Nicholson back or not. I imagine they probably were, though. I mean, it’s not like there could ever be another actor who could do such a great, definitive take with that role, right?
David: Knowing this franchise at this point, they’d have gotten, like, Adam Sandler.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman & Robin

Years before the version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit that we know and love, there was another version, scrapped by Disney in 1983 until Robert Zemeckis revived the concept, building on some of what had come before...Had this version been made, Jessica Rabbit would probably have been the villain and not the toon-fetish we all know today, and [Paul] Reubens might have focused on voice-over work to the detriment of that other bow-tied character he was working on as part of a stage show at the time. So we're probably better off — but it's fascinating to see what could have been.

What makes this role particularly sad is the fact that Raul Julia only agreed to be in Street Fighter because his kids were fans of the game. He had a couple of automatic-awesome movies lined up afterward, including the role of the main villain in Robert Rodriguez's Desperado. But he died very suddenly and never got to do any of them, so his last contribution to the world of cinema ended up being Street Fighter the goddamned movie.

For all that it is hailed as the greatest Peter Davison story and one of the greatest ever, almost nobody suggests including it as the representative story for the Davison era. The consensus seems to be that its greatness is only properly appreciated when you’ve seen the rest of the Davison era...Yes, the story looks great in contrast with everything around it, but that’s not because it pays off any buildup from them. It’s because they were often a complete mess and this story isn’t. Yes, this story looks like an absolute giant compared to the rest of the Davison era, but that’s as much because of their flaws as its merits.

The fact of the matter is that they couldn’t get the Davison era to work until his last story. They drove the best actor they’d had since Troughton away with the crap scripts of Season 20, and by the time they gave him a truly brilliant script he’d already decided to leave.
Dr. El Sandifer on Doctor Who ("The Caves of Androzani")

The thought of WWF vs. WCW was something that fans had wanted since the two companies became the standard bearers for the wrestling industry in North America. Fans would debate who would win a world title showdown between Goldberg and The Rock... Perhaps it was because Vince (MacMahon) never really wanted to acknowledge that WCW was on equal ground with his own creation. He had, after all, refused to even acknowledge their existence on WWF television until the late 1990s, when Nitro was beating Raw's ass in the ratings. They were the only wrestling company to successfully compete with him, and not only that, beat him at his own game. It was a humiliation that a man of Vince’s fragile ego seemed unable to endure. Therefore, it probably shouldn’t have come as much of a shock that when he finally got the chance to pit the two companies “against” each other, that he had the WWF side completely annihilate WCW.

Answer: They didn't return my messages.
Newgrounds FAQ for Ducktalez episode 7

I always find it a little weird looking at art of characters that never came to fruition; it's like looking at the tombstone of someone who never existed.
SCXCR talking about unused character artwork for Bloody Roar

I'm Atton. I actually wasn't supposed to make it into the final game, but I was created at the last minute. Blame my agent. I was actually slated for a spin-off to Jedi Knight, but I don't want to talk about what happened there.
Atton Rand, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords