It goes without saying that making any movie is hard work.
You have to put together a team of actors, a crew, a script, a director – and you need to make sure that money is there to make money in the first place.
Sometimes, even when all the different components are fixed in place, something can go terribly wrong.
The history books are littered with projects that never went into production. But what made it as far as filming before being buried?
This could be the result of a terrible accident, a financial hardship or a change of management at a studio.
On August 2, 2022, it was revealed that DC Comics’ planned Batgirl film adaptation had been delayed – despite being filmed in its entirety.
The blockbuster stars Leslie Grace and will feature the return of Michael Keaton as Batman.
Here are 11 films that were scrapped during or after production.
Despite being completed and costing $90 million to make, Batgirl was put on hold this year, just months before its scheduled release.
The DC film stars Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon.
“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects a change in strategy by our management as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros Picture spokesperson said. “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect her performance.”
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Batgirl has fallen victim to a regime change at Warner Bros. It was originally made as an HBO Max release, but was supposed to have a theatrical release.
My best friend’s birthday
Quentin Tarantino’s first film wasn’t actually Reservoir Dogs, but My Best Friend’s Birthday, an amateur black-and-white comedy starring Tarantino and former video store associate Craig Hamann.
The film was completed in 1987, five years before Reservoir Dogs hit theaters.
Though it didn’t get a wide release anyway, the film was damaged in a fire at the development lab, destroying half of the footage.
The full screenplay of the film and a collection made from surviving footage are available on the internet for Tarantino enthusiasts to explore.
The day the clown cried
Jerry Lewis’s film The Lost Legend sees the comedian playing the role of a German circus clown who is arrested and sent to a concentration camp after taunting Hitler.
Their assessments of the number of people who saw the film’s early cuts made them nervous; The Simpsons star Harry Shearer once wrote: “This movie is so gravely, ill, and its comedy is so misplaced, that you can’t, in your imaginations, be what it is. what it could be, how to really improve it.”
A copyright dispute involving producer Nathan Wachsberger meant that the film never saw the light of day.
Who killed Bambi?
Respected film critic Roger Ebert teamed up with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren to write this punk-rock shot on Hard Day’s Night.
Russ Meyer was in direct, with the Sex Pistols starring themselves. However, filming was abandoned just days after production began.
Various controversial reasons for the film’s demise were given by those involved, with objections from Fox Studios, personal interference from 20th Century Fox board members, Grace Kelly, and – most likely – financial struggles are all attributed to the film being left unfinished.
Alfred Hitchcock’s first film was 1922’s Number 13, a sociopolitical drama. Clare Greet and Ernest Thesiger bonded to the star as a married couple.
However, filming was abandoned halfway through, after financial resources dried up.
In 2017, a biopic about the late writer Gore Vidal was canceled by Netflix after its star, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct.
The film was in post-production. Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Vidal’s longtime collaborator, Howard Austen, later spoke about the film’s abandonment in an interview.
“I understand what’s going on,” he said. “Honestly, we all have some hope that maybe… over time there will be an opportunity for people to see it in the light in which it is supposed to be seen.”
Bogart sleeps here
Mike Nichols spent two weeks directing this 1975 film, based on a script by Neil Simon, when production halted.
The reason is said to be related to the film’s star, Robert De Niro, whose methodical acting style doesn’t match Simon’s lines.
Bogart Slept Here was later remade and filmed as The Goodbye Girl two years later.
10 things I hate about life
Few canceled movies have been as controversial as 10 Things I Hate About Life, the spiritual sequel to Gil Junger’s 1999 hit 10 Things I Hate About You.
The film focuses on two characters who meet while trying to take their own lives and fall in love, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonell.
Two months of filming took place in 2012, but had to be abandoned due to Wood’s pregnancy and a change of management at the production company.
Although production was slated to resume in 2013, it never happened. The producers sued Wood for breach of contract, while Wood’s attorney alleges that she was never adequately paid for the work completed.
1937 Roman Epic I, Claudius remains one of the most notorious unfinished films ever (almost) made.
Filming was halted after one of the stars, Merle Oberon, was injured in a car crash. Some historians and commentators have speculated that the trauma was used as an excuse to justify a bitter creative split between producer Alexander Korda and the film’s lead, Charles Laughton.
The film became the subject of the 1965 documentary The Epic That Never Was.
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