The recent announcement from Warner Bros Batgirl has been completely, unequivocally, completely sidelined it was a real shock.
While it wasn’t exactly one of the studio’s highest-profile DCEU titles (it was actually planned as a feature for the HBO Max streaming platform), it was still a hefty production, with a reported price of $ 90 million. leave for a returning Michael Keaton as Batman and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Although we’re used to studios rethinking movie release plans (2 America is coming, From 5 Blood And Borate 2 they were all originally intended for the big screen, only to be previewed in streaming), that’s a rare thing for a studio to completely kill a movie.
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Hence, there will be no multiplex release for Bad girlnor will it live on streaming or DVD. Bad girlto paraphrase Monty Python, “it’s gone, ceased to exist”.
It is rare, therefore, but not unique. There are many films that have been made, completed and yet, for a multitude of reasons, are still gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.
Here are just a few of the archived films from Hollywood.
Fantastic Four (1992)
Preceded by Tim Story Fantastic Four 11-year-old feature film is this shonky, pound-worthy curiosity, produced by B-film producer Roger Corman, together with German director Bernd Eichinger. Eichinger had bought the film rights for the Fantastic Four off Marvel for a bargain price of $ 250,000 in 1986, only the option had an expiration date of six years.
If the producer hadn’t put a film into production by December 31, 1992, he would have lost the rights and any renegotiation would mean making more money.
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So, in September 1992, Eichinger approached Roger Corman, a producer with a shrewd eye for thrifty cinema, with the goal of running a $ 1 million theatrical version of Fantastic Four. Except it was never to be released, a fact that was kept hidden from its director, Oley Sassone, and the cast.
“I was pretty stunned,” mused Joseph Culp, who played Dr. Victor von Doom in the film, “because we attended press conferences at comic book conferences and magazine publications and it looked like we were getting a little release.”
Alex Hyde-White, who played the lead role of Reed Richards, later claimed he went into denial mode, while Saxon heard it most keenly of all.
“All of us who worked on the film felt like someone put an ice pick in our hearts,” he said. The whole macabre story is told in the documentary, Doomed !: The untold story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four.
Hippie hippie smoothie (2007)
Hippie hippie smoothie it’s proof that it’s possible for even the most famous stars to have an unreleased movie that stinks off their IMDB page. This big-screen adaptation of the autobiography of the 1960s counterculture diary Richard Neville starred in Cillian Murphy, while Sienna Miller, Hugh Bonneville, Max Minghella, Chris O’Dowd and Daniel Mays are all listed as members of the cast.
It was a troubled production from the start, having burned down a string of screenwriters, before settling on Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Director Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The border of reason) then left in post-production, telling the Times, “I worked on the film as long as possible and as hard as possible and then I had to leave. It was very painful.”
Working Title never commented on why Hippie hippie smoothie is still on the shelf, but even Neville, before his death, was not talking about the film, saying, “‘We saw the first cut of the film – Jim, me and others Oz [magazine] people – and there was a lot of disappointment … We gave the producers a lot of suggestions … the final cut was much better. It wasn’t a genius work, but it was a watchable film. ”
The day the clown cried (1972)
This film, about a circus clown who is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp and used to lure Jewish children to death in the gas chambers, was a left turn for its star and director, Jerry Lewis.
Known primarily for pratfall comedies, this erratic-toned drama was plagued with problems almost from the start. First, the money ran out, only for Lewis rummaging in his pocket (in the amount of $ 2 million) to complete it, while, after seeing the finished product, screenwriter Joan O’Brien declared it unworkable.
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A storm of rights issues meant this The day the clown cried it was never publicly screened, but to Lewis it felt like it had to do with the quality of the film like anything else, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2013, “No one will ever see it, because I’m embarrassed about the shoddy work.”
One of the few who has set his sights on us is Simpson voice actor Harry Shearer, who said of the film: “This film is so drastically wrong, its pathos and comedy are so wildly out of place, that you couldn’t, in your fantasy of what it could be, improve on what it really is. ‘My God!’ – that’s all you can say.
David Schneider hosted a BBC documentary on the film in 2016, revealing even more about the most infamous film in Hollywood history.
Blues cocksucker (1972)
These days, any supposedly no-holds-barred documentary about a pop star is micro-managed to the millisecond by the record company, should something unpleasant find its way onto the screen.
Even considering how different things were five decades ago, it’s still hard to imagine what the Rolling Stones were thinking when they hired photographer Robert Frank to chronicle their 1972 US tour. they saw the resulting documentary, taking Franks to court to prevent it from being shown.
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Fifty years after its completion, those who have seen it Blues cocksucker describe a movie that is even more shocking today than it would have been in ’72. One scene, on the band’s private jet, shows, in the words of the New Yorker, “a sexual feast that makes the plane scene in The Wolf of Wall Street you look starchy.
The film screened occasionally over the next several years, but never had an official release, and probably won’t, while Jagger, Richards and Wyman are still alive.
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