Tales From Development Hell (New Updated Edition): The Greatest Movies Never Made?

Tales From Development Hell (New Updated Edition): The Greatest Movies Never Made?

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by David Hughes
     
 

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A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made! 

Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky's Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there so

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Overview

A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made! 

Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky's Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there so many scripts written over the years for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's fourth Indiana Jones movie? Why was Lara Croft's journey to the big screen so tortuous, and what prevented Paul Verhoeven from filming what he calls "one of the greatest scripts ever written"? Why did Ridley Scott's Crisis in the Hot Zone collapse days away from filming, and were the Beatles really set to star in Lord of the Rings? What does Neil Gaiman think of the attempts to adapt his comic book series The Sandman

All these lost projects, and more, are covered in this major book, which features many exclusive interviews with the writers and directors involved. 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fascinating and irreverent... thoroughly readable and full of keen insights." - Wall Street Journal

"Belongs on every cinephile’s bookshelf." - Misprinted Pages

"... truly great and frustrating stories." - Slash Film

"An essential read for anyone wanting to gain an insight into the workings of Hollywood movie business." - Bad Haven

"...a fantastically well researched book." - Fandom Post

"Required reading for anyone who calls themselves a movie buff." - Playlist STL

"...dense with information and incredible trivia." - Hollywood Chicago

"If you love movies, this book will give you an aneurysm." - io9

"A great read that deserves the A rating I bestow upon it." - 8 Days A Geek

"Tales From Development Hell is a definite must-read for any film buff, film student, and filmmaker (aspiring or current). But it’s also entertaining for casual readers, and anyone who has ever watched a movie. It’s entertaining and informative, gets you worked up with frustration and excitement ... 5 out of 5." - Nerd Locker

"Tales from Development Hell is super-well-researched and contains the fascinating true stories of, unquestionably, some of the greatest movies that haven't (at time of writing) been made." - Making The Movie

"Will keep you turning the pages with fascination – and at times – high amusement." - Chevron One

"A well-crafted, riveting read for all movie-geeks and fan boys and girls." - Good Girls Gone Geek

"By the last page, you'll be left wanting even more. Amazing." - Comic Book Movie

"Truly a "big budget" book at a low budget price, David Hughes gives movie lovers a lot of bang for their buck as they traverse the many stages of Development Hell." - Cool Ass Cinema

"A well-researched and entertaining read." - LA Times Pop Candy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857687234
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,244,604
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Hughes has written about film for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Empire, GQ, SFX, Fangoria and Cinefantastique. He is the author of Virgin's The Complete Kubrick and The Complete Lynch, and wrote Titan Books' acclaimed The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made

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Tales From Development Hell (New Updated Edition) 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I wish that I had previewed the book before buying. This really is just the same story told over and over again with different names, titles, and Hollywood figures, which seem to serve no purpose other than to create false importance and increase the book's index a few extra pages. Disappointing.