Big one I'm dissapointed wasn't made was 'Good Omens', based on the novel by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett (highly recommended if you like to read ). It was going to be a Terry Gilliam movie. Screenplay was all written, they were just trying to get funding though due to the amount of effects needed they had to look to American companies and they weren't interested
If American Mcgee's Alice ever happens. I want it as an animated feature(although, I dont see it happening since parents will be stupid enough to think of it as the Disney version of the story).
Speaking of Terry Prachett. I remember reading that Disney was at one point interested in developing a 2D animated film of the Discworld novel Mort. They ended up not doing it since they couldn't afford the rights. Which was a shame since Mort is my favorite book in the Discworld series, and a few of my friends who worked for Disney told me it would have been true to the book.
Yeah, Disney was planning on doing Mort. However, when they were trying to get the rights to the book. They ended up getting four other Discworld books(or so i'm told). When Disney just wanted mort. Needless to say, thats what put an end to mort.
Speaking of stop-motion, there was a fan-made trailer of American McGee's alice. It was so good that everyone thought it was the trailer for the next game. Even the creator(despite saying it wasn't the game trailer) was impressed by it.
As for movies. I got more animated films to mention that I wish that happened.
Howard the duck- Yeah, the live-action dud that was known by star wars creator George lucas was originally convinced as an animated feature. Universal axed that idea so they can have a live-action movie for the summer release. It was mentioned in the DVD commentary. As much as Disney now wants to pretend Howard never happened. I still wish that one day Howard the duck will get the justice he deserves.
Brad Bird's The Spirit- Back in the 80's, Brad Bird helped out on an animated trailer based off of Will Eisner's comic The Spirit. Will Eisner loved it so much that he wanted an animated feature based off of his comic. Brad wrote a script(which has been described as very faithful to Eisner's comics) and was pitched to Hollywood. However, they liked it, but they rejected the idea of it being animated over live-action. To think. How animation could have been changed if this happened. It would have been a much better movie than the infamous Frank Miller disaster.
Bobby's girl- Also in the 80's. Badboy animation director Ralph Bakshi saw how talented a young artist by the name of John K(who would later be known for creating Ren and Stimpy) was in the terms of cartooning. They both got along well and both agreed that animation was in the shitter at the time. When they were doing New adventures of Mighty Mouse. Ralph and John came up with the idea of an animated feature(which I can assume would be PG-13 rated) called Bobby's girl. It was supposed to be a parody of the teen genre films at the time. Like stuff like The Breakfast Club. I spoke with John K about this a couple of years ago. He said to me that the movie went through a ton of scripts(actual movie scripts, since Tristar wouldn't allow The Bakshi Studio to use storyboarded scripts). Each one that Ralph and John looked over, they took out the parts they found funny and put it in the final script for the film. There was later a fallout with the producer at Tristar(who would later get fired, and the people who replaced him couldnt see the idea of it working out well since it was "different" from most teen comedies). I wish this happened the most, since Ralph Bakshi and John K are both of my favorite cartoonists.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby were planning on starring in a film about Jimmy Durante, Lou Clayton, and Eddie Jackson. It was going to be directed by Frank Capra. I was so disappointed when I found out it never got made.
I have read before that Raimi at one time had a post-apocalyptic Evil Dead 4 idea, I can never seem to find more about that. It was a long time ago when I saw that too, I always envisioned it as Army of Darkness meets Mad Max.
Much as Golden Compass (grrrrrr....it will always be Northern Lights to me) sucked ass and stripped out a lot from the book, I was looking forward to seeing if they redeemed themselves with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Alas, this will never happen now.
...I kinda wish they'll do a proper adaptation of Northern Lights now, with all its religion-based plot intact.
I once heard that they were going to make a computer-animated film called Cat Tale, about a cat that grew up in a town populated by dogs, but that one was cancelled, apparently because of funding problems. I wish that hadn't happened, that would've been interesting to see.
I remember Cat Tale being mentioned a few places on the internet. It looked like it was going to be a animated tv movie(despite that it was planned for theatrical release)
The same studio that was making Cat Tale(Imagi studios) were also making two other animated features. Which were Giantor and Gatchaman. Due to Astro Boy's lackluster performance, all three of these movies were scrapped. I had a feeling Gatchaman(if it was ever was finished) would have been PG13 rated. Which is what the country needs. Adult cartoons instead of kids cartoons in the theaters.
Rendezvous with Rama. They've been definitely making this one any day now fort several years. David Fincher was lined up for it, supposedly, and I liked him as a director for this -- but do you see anyone talking about the effects triumph / Oscar candidate of the year? Nope, me neither.
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I'm with you on "Cool World," naturally!
A few I wished happened?
"Neuromancer." Every few years, someone online announces that this cyberpunk classic will be adapted into a movie, and it keeps getting pushed farther and farther back. First it was supposed to come out 2009, then 2011, and well...I stopped following the news. Most fans seem to be against it becoming a movie, but I think if done right and cast right, it could be AWESOME. The disaster would be if the director wanted to make a "realistic" sci-fi movie, throwing away the dark weird mood the movie had in favor for something more close to home and dull. The right director however would make it look syalized, like "Dark City," "Blade Runner," or "The Crow." The right director would focus on getting the characters and emotional tone right, and not worry too much about being "realistic" or "popular." Oh, and Molly and the Finn would have to be cast very carefully, since they'd have to own every scene they're in. I can think of a few good ones for each, though. (Kate Beckinsale, Mila Jovovich, Anne Hathaway, maybe even Angelina...hell, any action-girl who's good at acting; the Finn would be harder, but someone like Steve Buscemi, or Michael Keaton.)
Oh, and a year or so ago, someone was planning to do a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid," based on Andersen's original sad fairy tale. It was going to be made by the dude who did "Atonement." I was SOOOO excited. The one fairy tale, the one mythical creature, that is ALWAYS snubbed and ignored in the fairy tale market was FINALLY going to get attention!
Know what happened next?
The director said, "I want to wait a few years, until the fairy tale craze dies down. Cuz, like, I want my movie to be laik, unique, or something."
Also, I agree that seeing McGee's Alice get to focus more on the story and tie it further into the lore would have been interesting... I just would really hope that it wouldn't turn into a stupid gore fest. I'd far prefer they just focus on the story arcs in the original or in Madness Returns (which does a rather good enough job explaining what happened beforehand).
I'm honestly a bit curious as to the original Rapunzel idea that was in Disney before it got split off as Enchanted and the 3D animate film. Apparently it was going to be a great deal more unconventional, if I understand correctly.
Also, I'm suspecting the Umbrella Academy: Apocolypse Suite movie is probably down the tubes now. Man... that could have been one wild (at least visually) animated film.