Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made (Revised and Updated Edition)

Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made (Revised and Updated Edition)

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Overview

What if I Am Legend had been directed by Ridley Scott, and had starred Arnold Schwarzenegger? What if James Cameron had directed Spider-Man?

This groundbreaking book, now fully updated and revised, tells the story of legendary unmade films. What would Terry Gilliam’s Watchmen have been like, and how did Darren Aronofsky almost end up directing the movie? Why was Nicolas Cage paid $20 million for not playing Superman?

Also covered are Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies, Stanley Kubrick’s Childhood’s End, Philip Kaufman’s Star Trek: Planet of the Titans, Kevin Smith’s Six Million Dollar Man, Tim Burton’s Superman Lives and James Cameron’s Alien 5!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845767556
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,191,956
Product dimensions: 8.18(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

DAVID HUGHES has written about film for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Empire, SKY, GQ, SFX, Dreamwatch, Fangoria and Cinefantastique. He is the author of Virgin’s The Complete Kubrick and The Complete Lynch, and wrote Titan Books’ acclaimed Tales From Development Hell.

Table of Contents

Foreword by HR Giger

Introduction

01 Destination Hell
How Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination Took a Jaunt to Hollywood

02 A Difficult Childhood
The Unmanifested Destiny of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End

03 Where No One Has Gone Before
Philip Kaufman's Star Trek: Planet of the Titans and Other Star Trek Voyages Never Taken

04 Close, But No Cigar-Shaped Object
How the Evil Aliens of Steven Spielberg's Night Skies Were Replaced By a Very Different Extra-Terrestrial

05 The Tourist Trap
How The Tourist Got Lost in 'Development Hell'

06 Profits Of Dune
Unrealised Visions of Frank Herbert's Seminal Science Fiction Fable

07 Twin Freaks
Sci-Fi From Another Place: David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble

08 Alienated
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream. In Hollywood, They Can Hear You - They Just Don't Take Any Notice

09 Lights, Camera, No "Action!"
Even the Self-Styled "King of the World" Couldn't Untangle Spider-Man's Web

10 This Is Legend
How I Am Legend Rose From the Dead

11 Who Watches The Watchmen?
How the Greatest Graphic Novel of Them All Almost Confounded Hollywood

12 Fantastic Journey
Why Getting The Fantastic Four to the Big Screen Proved a Real Stretch for Hollywood

13 The Silver Screen
Silver Surfer Goes to Tinsel Town

14 The Death Of Superman Lives
Why It Took Twenty Years, Nine Writers, Four Directors and Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Make Superman Return

15 The Six Billion Dollar Movie
The Bionic Man Almost Gets a Big Screen Makeover

16 Don't Panic
Twenty-Five Years of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Show of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

17 Thunderbird's Aren't Go
Why the Live Action Thunderbirds Movie Came With Strings Attached

18 Lost In Space
How Dead Star Disappeared Into a Black Hole, Only to Re-Emerge as Supernova

19 Island Of Lost Souls
The Strange and Terrible Story Behind Richard Stanley's The Island of Dr Moreau

20 No Limits
How a Movie Version of the Classic Sci-Fi Show The Outer Limits Proved Beyond the Limits of MGM

21 Get Carter!
John Carter of Mars' Century-Long Journey to the Big Screen

Afterword by Harry Knowles

Acknowledgements and Index of Quotations

Selected Bibliography

Index of Names and Film Titles

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Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made (Revised and Updated Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
andy475uk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating book which charts the non-development of several sci-fi movies which either never got made or eventually got made but not with the original actors, writers or directors involved. An insightful look at the developmental process and a great view of how and why Hollywood fails to bring quality films out regularly from sci-fi properties. As William Goldman so eloquently put it when discussing the movie business - "Nobody Knows Anything"....
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not only an enjoyable read this book gives the reader insight as to how and why movies are made and not made.
jclark88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Hollywood there are always dozens and dozens of film projects that are in various stages of development. Some of those projects eventually make it to the screen while others, for various reasons, languish in development hell for untold ages. This book is their story. I was completely jazzed to get an early copy of an updated edition of David Hughes¿ fantastic book, The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made. As a lifelong film fan and a student of film I have heard countless stories of the movies that never were. Almost every year another movie that I first heard about ages ago finally makes it to the big screen. I can¿t count how many times over the years I¿ve been disappointed by news out of Hollywood. I remember distinctly the first time I heard about I Am Legend being in the works with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star. This was back when Arnold was still a force and the concept sounded incredibly exciting. As the years went by it became obvious that Arnold would never make the movie. Little did I know that it would eventually become a star vehicle for Will Smith (and a huge hit to boot). This is the kind of story David Hughes has crafted in his incredibly addictive book. Every chapter is the story of a film that hasn¿t made it to the screen yet or hasn¿t made it to the screen in the manner in which it was originally conceived. Chock full of juicy tidbits of information, every single chapter in this book could be a book on its own. Some of the stories are classic tales of Hollywood lore that most of us have heard at one time or another while many more contain behind the scenes stories and information that most of us would never heard.I was especially entertained by Chapter 3 which tells of the different Star Treks that were, and, even better, the Star Treks that never came to be. The book itself was first written in 2001, but this latest version is updated with all new and very relevant information. The author removed information about movies that have been made since he first wrote the book and rewrote much of the remaining information. He includes all the latest news even including information on J.J. Abrams¿ Star Trek reboot and James Cameron¿s Avatar (among others). I found the book to be incredibly easy to read. Many of the chapters are short enough to read in a single sitting so I found myself trying to squeeze a chapter in whenever I had a few extra minutes. I read some of it during the commercial breaks while I was watching TV (although I soon found myself more interested in the book than the TV). It would be a perfect book to keep beside the bed (or in the bathroom?). I enjoyed some chapters more than others. I¿m not a big comic book fan so I wasn¿t as interested in the stories of The Silver Surfer or The Fantastic Four, but I did really enjoy the chapter on Watchmen. The movies discussed in the book are basically science fiction, of course, so I¿d say a love of sci-fi movies might be a reasonable prerequisite. However, I think anyone who loves movies will love this book. I highly recommend it.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If there was any doubt in your mind that making movies is an ugly proposition, if there was any doubt that egos drive movies more than talent, if there was any doubt that movies by committee lead to disaster, if there was any doubt that producers and directors and (sad to say) writers inject themselves in a detrimental way, if there was any doubt that writers are held in absolutely no esteem, if there was any doubt¿well, if there was any doubt that, in far too many instances, the final movie you see pales in comparison to what might have been, then this book will quell those doubts.In scenario after scenario, Hughes outlines what went right and (far more often) wrong in the development of science fiction movies throughout history. Some are movies that never made it to the screen (Clarke¿s Childhood¿s End, Burroughs¿s John Carter of Mars, The Bionic Man, and a complete unknown ¿ The Tourist). Others are movies that, in their final incarnations, should not have made it (Dune, The Hitchhiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy, Thunderbirds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau). And others are ones that may have hit or may have missed, but their journeys are fascinating (Watchmen, The Fantastic Four, Superman, and all the Star Trek movies).After a while, the stories start to get redundant as Hughes explores rewrite after rewrite, and crushed dream after crushed dream. Yet it is all intriguing ¿ the names that surface, the tales that die, and, to repeat it, the things that might have been. So read this if you want a taste of how bad Hollywood can be. And read it if you love alternate universes (Tim Burton¿s Superman?) Just read it knowing that you will be entertained and depressed.