25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made

25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made

26 Sep 2019 (PT)
QUENTIN TARANTINOCHRISTOPHER NOLANTARANTINO

Christopher Nolan has made iconic comic book movies and many of Hollywood's most daring original movies, but what if his most prized script never got to see the big screen? Such is the case with Nolan's Howard Hughes biopic, one of countless unmade movies that became a thing of legend over the years. Most major auteurs have at least one passion project that never got made during their career, if not a handful of projects. In the cases of directors like Ridley Scott and Guillermo del Toro there are too many unrealized projects to count, while in other cases a project goes unmade with one director only to be resurrected with another.

The history of unmade movies is expansive Kubrick's “Napoleon,” for instance, but in taking a look at some of the most epic unmade films developed by today's best working directors one gets a sense that there could be a masterpiece or two waiting in the wings especially with Spike Jonze's “Harold and the Purple Crayon”. Check out some of IndieWire's most desired unmade movies in the list below.

25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made

Christopher Nolan's Howard Hughes Biopic

Nolan began writing a biographical drama about the billionaire tycoon and filmmaker Howard Hughes shortly after he made his major 2002 Hollywood studio debut with the Warner Bros. thriller “Insomnia.” The “Dunkirk” Oscar nominee told The Daily Beast in 2007 that the script for his Hughes biopic was the best thing he'd written, and pre-production got far enough along that Jim Carrey circled the role of Hughes Nolan said Hughes was the role the comedian was “born to play.” The project died once Martin Scorsese's “The Aviator” got ahead of Nolan in the production cycle. Scorsese cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes and Nolan did not want to make a competing biopic on the same subject. The director dropped his Hughes biopic and decided to reunite with Warner Bros. to direct its Batman reboot “Batman Begins.”

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Patty Jenkins' 'Sweetheart'

Patty Jenkins took a 14-year hiatus between feature films “Monster” and “Wonder Woman,” but it was not by her own design. The filmmaker famously was going to direct “Thor 2” before creative differences distanced her from Marvel Studios. Another intriguing project that went unmade was “Sweetheart,” a female assassin movie that Jenkins came on board as director in May 2014. The movie's script from Jack Stanley made the Black List and centered around a female assassin who plans to leave the killing business only to get pulled back after her high school reunion.

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Darren Aronofsky's “Batman: Year One”

Darren Aronofsky has often flirted with major tentpole properties, be it a Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman or “Watchmen” before Zack Snyder came on board, but one that has long piqued the interest of moviegoers is “Batman: Year One.” Aronofsky was announced in 2000 to be directing an adaptation of Frank Miller's comic arc, with Miller writing the script and Aronofsky's regular cinematographer Matthew Libatique serving as DP. Aronofsky was coming off the one-two punch of “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream” and was going to make his studio debut with the Warner Bros.-backed “Batman” movie. The studio was intent on rebooting the “Batman” movie franchise after the poor reception of 1997's “Batman and Robin.” Aronofsky eventually left the project because of scheduling conflicts and the seeds of development got reshaped into Christopher Nolan's “Batman Begins.”

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Charlie Kaufman and Guillermo del Toro's “Slaughterhouse Five”

Guillermo del Toro has long talked about making an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 classic “Slaughterhouse Five.” The “Pan's Labyrinth” director told The Telegraph in 2013 that he was interested in diving deep into Vonnegut's alien race known as the Trafalmadorians, the only problem was that del Toro's collaborator Charlie Kaufman struggled to turn around a script. “Charlie and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book,” del Toro said. “It's just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it's my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there's a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer! I'll work it out.”

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David Lynch's “Ronnie Rocket”

David Lynch got started on “Ronnie Rocket” not long after the breakout success of his 1977 feature debut “Erasherhead.” The planned follow-up movie followed a one-legged detective who enters another dimension and gets stalked by a three-foot tall dwarf who can control electricity. Unsurprisingly, Lynch struggled to find a studio that would take a chance on such a bizarre story. The director put “Ronnie Rocket” on hold and went more mainstream with “The Elephant Man,” but he has often returned to trying to get “Ronnie Rocket' made. Different production companies came and went, including De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and American Zoetrope, while Michael J. Anderson The Man From Another Place in “Twin Peaks” was even cast in the title role. Alas, Lynch has never gotten “Ronnie Rocket” past development.

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Martin Scorsese's “Dino”

Martin Scorsese has long wanted to make a Dean Martin biopic titled 'Dino.” The director bought the rights to Nick Toches' book of the same name way back in 1992 and brought on his “Goodfellas” and “Casino” screenwriter Nicolas Pileggi to write the screenplay. Rumor had it Scorsese was ready to cast “Dino” sometime around 1997 and was planning to cast Tom Hanks as Martin and John Travolta as Frank Sinatra, plus Hugh Grant, Adam Sandler, and Jim Carrey in supporting roles. Scheduling conflicts and budget negotiations between Scorsese and Warner Bros. delayed the project, so Scorsese went off to make “Gangs of New York” with Miramax instead. “Gangs” ended up being a lengthy production and by the time Scorsese was finished Warner Bros. had dropped “Dino” from development.

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Lynne Ramsay's “Jane Got A Gun”

The behind-the-scenes drama on “Jane Got A Gun” made headlines in 2013 when director Lynne Ramsay refused to show up on the first day of production and then dropped out of the movie after spending a year in development. Rumor has it Lynne feuded with producer Scott Steindorff over the shooting schedule and, most importantly, control of the final cut. Steindorff quickly brought Gavin O'Connor on to direct, but the final product was delayed numerous times by The Weinstein Company and passed over by critics upon release.

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Guillermo del Toro's “At the Mountains of Madness”

Perhaps Guillermo del Toro's most devastating lost project is “At the Mountains of Madness,” an adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft novella that was for years del Toro's passion project. The movie was being developed at Universal with some heavyweight producers attached including James Cameron, but a key creative disagreement derailed the horror film from ever happening. As del Toro told Collider, “We thought we had a very good, safe package. It was $150 million, Tom Cruise and James Cameron producing, ILM doing the effects, here's the art, this is the concept, because I really think big-scale horror would be great. But there was a difference of opinion; the studio didn't think so. The R [rating] was what made it. If 'Mountains' had been PG-13, or I had said PG-13 ... I'm too much of a Boy Scout, I should have lied, but I didn't.”

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Spike Lee's “Save Us Joe Louis”

One of Spike Lee's passion projects has always been “Save Us Joe Louis,” a drama about the rivalry between the eponymous African-American boxer and German fighter Max Schmelling that took place just before World War II. “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg worked on a script for the movie and Lee was attached to direct as early as 2001. The director went on to make “25th Hour” and “Inside Man,” but he maintained that “Joe Louis” would always be shot. Lee has cited David Lean as a source of directorial inspiration for the project. The project seemed to be moving forward in a big way when Terrence Howard was cast in the lead role in 2006, but the historical drama failed to get off the ground as Lee continued developing and directing other projects.

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Quentin Tarantino's “Killer Crow”

Tarantino is famous for talking about projects and then years later abandoning them. Look no further than “Killer Crow,” a feature film script he wrote that was carved out of his massive original screenplay for “Inglourious Basterds.” In the original “Basterds” screenplay, Brad Pitt's character Lt. Aldo Raine comes across a platoon of black soldiers who are also on a mission of revenge. Tarantino's “Killer Crows” screenplay centered on this platoon as they attempt to exact revenge on the white officers who screwed them over in the military. Tarantino has admitted the “Killer Crow” script would need another polish if it were to ever be made into a feature. Considering Tarantino still plans to retire after 10 movies and his ninth feature, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has been released, it appears unlikely “Killer Crow” will ever get made.

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Quentin Tarantino's “Double V Vega”

Following the breakout success of “Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino eyed a prequel to the movie that would bring together the sibling characters of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” John Travolta and Vic Vega in “Reservoir Dogs” Michael Madsen. “The only thing I did know was the premise,” Tarantino told Cinema Blend this year. “I had a premise. It would've taken place in Amsterdam, during the time Vincent was in Amsterdam. He was running some club for Marsellus Wallace in Amsterdam, he was there for a couple years. In some point during his two years spent running that club, Vic shows up to visit him and it would've been their weekend. Exactly what happened to them or what trouble they got into I never took it that far.”

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Baz Luhrmann's Alexander the Great Epic

Oliver Stone's “Alexander” is one of the most notorious flops of the 2000s, but moviegoers were originally set to get another Alexander the Great film epic. Baz Luhrmann announced in 2002 he was developing an Alexander the Great movie along with his “Romeo + Juliet” leading man Leonardo DiCaprio. Stone's movie was already in development at the time with Colin Farrell, so Luhrmann struggled to get the financing budget he needed to see his vision through. Some reports estimated Luhrmann was looking for a $150 million production budget. The project collapsed under its own ambitions, with Luhrmann and DiCaprio reuniting years later for the director's “The Great Gatsby” adaptation.

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Kathryn Bigelow's Joan of Arc Epic “Company of Angels”

Around the time she was making her 1996 science-fiction thriller “Strange Days,” Kathryn Bigelow became attached as the director of 20th Century Fox's historical epic “Company of Angels.” The project was one of three Joan of Arc films being developed at the time and had a script written by Jay Cocks, best known today for his Martin Scorsese collaborations“The Age of Innocence,” “Gangs of New York,” and “Silence.” The project fell apart when Luc Besson came on board as executive producer and demanded Bigelow cast Milla Jovovich in the Joan of Arc role. When Bigelow left “Company of Angels,” Besson stepped in to direct the film himself. Besson and Jovovich's “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” opened theatrically in 1999. Bigelow filed a lawsuit against Besson for breach of contract, claiming he had taken elements of her script for his own film.

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Cary Fukunaga's “It”

Andy Muschietti's two-part “It” franchise has grossed over one billion dollars at the worldwide box office the first installment is the highest grossing horror release ever with $700 million worldwide, but it was originally Cary Fukunaga who was hired to bring Stephen King's horror novel to the big screen. The director left the project in 2015 over “creative differences” with New Line, but in a 2018 GQ interview disclosed that New Line was worried he would not be an open collaborator on the movie. “I think it was fear on their part that they couldn't control me,” Fukunaga said. The filmmaker left the “It” production two weeks before filming was set to begin. Fukunaga was so involved with the movie that he remained credited as a screenwriter when Muschietti's version opened in 2017.

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David Fincher's Eliot Ness Graphic Novel Adaptation

Fincher has had countless unmade projects, including an Arthur C. Clarke adaptation of “Rendezvous With Rama” starring Morgan Freeman, but one project that got close to a reality is “Ness.” The film was an adaptation of the graphic novel “Torso” and had Matt Damon attached to star as Prohibition agent Eliot Ness in a story about the hunt for a Cleveland serial killer. Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams were also circling roles for the movie, which came together as Fincher's follow-up to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The movie died because development took longer than expected and eventually Paramount lost out on the rights to the graphic novel it previously owned. Fincher moved on to “The Social Network.”

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David Fincher's “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

One of David Fincher's most infamous lost projects is “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” an adaptation of the 1870 Jules Verne adventure classic. Fincher was developing the movie with Disney and had locations scouted and a massive budget in place before the project was killed because the director and the studio could not agree on casting. Fincher reportedly wanted Brad Pitt or Channing Tatum for the lead, but Disney apparently was determined to have Chris Hemsworth star. As Fincher told Little White Lies, “You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties. Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters in the film, once we got past one or two names which made them very comfortable, making a movie at that price, it became this bizarre endeavor to find which three names you could rub together to make platinum.”

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George Miller's “Justice League: Mortal”

Long before Zack Snyder's “Justice League” bombed with critics and at the box office, “Mad Max” visionary George Miller was developing his own DC Comics tentpole “Justice League: Mortal.” Miller famously cast Armie Hammer as Batman and Adam Brody as The Flash, but the 2008 Writers Guild of America strike killed the chances of the movie going into production. Hammer told Leonard Min that the movie would've taken the darkest approach to Batman/Bruce Wayne yet. “I wanted this Batman character to be so dark. I was like look, no one — and this was George's idea as well, this was really in the script — but no one ever really shows how truly psychotic this man has to be,” Hammer said. “Like this is a guy who chooses to put on a costume, in all black, and sneak around at night and beat the shit out of people.”

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Ridley Scott's “Blood Meridian”

Ridley Scott's 2013Cormac McCarthy thriller “The Counselor” was not supposed to be the director's first go-around with the esteemed novelist. Following the 2004 release of “Kingdom of Heaven,” Scott and screenwriter William Monahan came on board Paramount Pictures' adaptation of McCarthy's “Blood Meridian.” Many readers have long wondered if a film version of “Blood Meridian” would even be possible given the book's severe violence, and that's ultimately what killed Scott's adaptation. The director confirmed in 2008 that the movie had been killed because the violence just would be impossible to get across on the studio level.

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Edgar Wright's “Ant-Man”

Peyton Reed's “Ant-Man” movies are some of the weakest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which makes many fans wonder what Edgar Wright might have done with the character. Wright's snappy visuals and lively tone would have been a welcome addition for the MCU had the studio and the filmmaker not parted ways over creative differences. What was heartbreaking about Wright's “Ant-Man” split was that he and co-writer Joe Cornish had been developing the superhero movie for a decade when their version of the project was abandoned and polished over by writers Reed, Paul Rudd, and Adam McKay. Both Wright and Cornish still earned screenwriting credits on the theatrical “Ant-Man” release, but it's clear watching it that Wright's vision got chopped to pieces.

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Sofia Coppola's “The Little Mermaid”

Sofia Coppola boarded Universal Pictures and Working Title's live-action “The Little Mermaid” in 2014, but the more expensive the movie's budget became the more Coppola realized she would have to compromise her original vision for the movie. Coppola wasn't interested in making the family-friendly Disney version, but instead wanted to keep the dark elements of the Hans Christian Andersen original. The director told IndieWire the studio wasn't going to spend big money on such a risky pitch, which included filming much of the feature underwater. The filmmaker eventually left after a year of development. The project floated around Hollywood without Coppola, with Chloe Grace Moretz cast as Ariel in 2015, but it never got off the ground.

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Spike Jonze's “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Before production started on “Where the Wild Things Are,” Spike Jonze intended to bring another iconic children's book to the big screen: Crockett Johnson's “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Jonze had been meeting with “Wild Things” author Maurice Sendak, who considered Johnson a mentor, and he spent a year developing the movie and the ways in which he could blend live-action photography and animation in a believable way. Producer John B. Carls teased Jonze's plans for the movie in aninterviewwith The New York Times. The project was dropped two months before production because new executives at TriStar felt Jonze's vision for the movie would be too risky to turn a profit. All that remains is ashort test film.

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Terrence Malick's Che Guevara Biopic

Steven Soderbergh's 2008 biographical drama “Che” first got its start as a Terrence Malick-directed drama. The “Badlands” and “Days of Heaven” filmmaker was obsessed with Che Guevara during his time as a reporter for LIFE magazine and was approached by Soderbergh fresh off “Traffic” at the time to direct a Che biopic. Soderbergh already had his “Traffic” Oscar winner Benicio del Toro lined up to play the title character. Malick began working on the script, which focused exclusively on Che's Bolivian campaign from 1966—67, but Soderbergh revealed Malick's draft was “unreadable.” Producer Bill Pohlad told The Wrap in 2011 that Malick's screenplay was daunting” and not an “easy” read. Soderbergh ended up taking over the project and starting from scratch. Malick's Che feature died and the director went on to work on “The New World.”

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Steven Soderbergh's Leni Riefenstahl Movie

Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have collaborated on films such as “The Informant” and “Contagion,” plus the upcoming Netflix original “The Laundromat,” and for a time the two were planning to make a potentially controversial film about German film director Leni Riefenstahl. The plan was to depict the “Triumph of the Will” director as an aggrieved artist being run into the ground by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. Soderbergh and Burns realized they were walking a thin line and abandoned the script. The two ended up pivoting to their epidemic thriller “Contagion.”

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Hayao Miyazaki's 'Ponyo' Sequel

Hayao Miyazaki does not make direct sequels to his original movies, but he got closer than ever with “Ponyo.” The writer-director heavily considered making a follow-up movie to his 2008 fantasy film, which won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki steered Miyazaki away from his plans for a second “Ponyo” movie because he wanted the filmmaker to adapt “The Wind Rises” manga Miyazaki had written earlier. Rumor has it Miyazaki was unsure whether or not “The Wind Rises” could work as a profitable animated movie the story is a biographical drama about Japanese fighter pilot designer Jiro Horikoshi. Suzuki's convincing worked and Miyazaki dropped his plans for a “Ponyo” sequel.

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Lynne Ramsay's “The Lovely Bones”

The eight years Lynne Ramsay spent between 2011's “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and 2017's “You Were Never Really Here” was made up of a couple of projects that went unmade see “Jane Got a Gun” above. Film4 hired Ramsay to direct its adaptation of “The Lovely Bones,” but the filmmaker was not intending on being faithful toAlice Sebold's award-winning novel. Ramsay told The New York Times she was not a fan of the book's “My Little Pony, she's in heaven, everything's O.K. aspects.” When DreamWorks became interested in co-producing the movie, Film4 dropped Ramsay so that the movie version would follow the book more closely. Ramsay called developing “The Lovely Bones” movie a “debacle” and a“a weird, Kafkaesque nightmare.” Peter Jackson ended up directing the movie.

Source: Indiewire

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25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made
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