8 Movies Hollywood Never Wanted To Make
It happens all of the time: a really cool movie concept is announced, but never seems to appear in theaters. While movie premiere dates usually shift around a bit as they draw near, there are also more unusual instances in which a movie’s schedule shifts by years, or even decades, languishing in creative purgatory. Here are some movies that were stuck in that development hell.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2001-2015)
The fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road took a 14-year detour before it was produced. The film’s first roadblock occurred in 2001 when director George Miller shifted focus to film Happy Feet,with Miller wanting to make something less serious after the events of September 11, 2001. By 2003, the film was given a budget of $100 million but never materialized, with Mel Gibson leaving the project permanently. At one point, the film was developed as an animated feature, but eventually returned to its roots, with filming beginning in earnest in 2012. By 2015, the film was released to critical accolades.