Unfinished Films: Where Can I Buy My Ticket?

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This month  JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (2013) will finally be leaving the festival circuit and getting a wider release on March 21st. Frank Pavich’s new documentary chronicles the long strange and turbulent development of what many consider to be one of greatest unrealized films in cinema history and allows us to imagine what Jodorowsky’s unfinished film might have looked like if it had been completed. Jodorowsky’s unruly vision was based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction opus and featured production design by the Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger and French cartoonist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, a soundtrack by the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd and a cast that included Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear. Pre-production on this big-budget film started in 1974 and millions of dollars were spent before the project eventually fell apart. Unfortunately, Jodorowsky’s story isn’t uncommon and there are thousands of forgotten unmade movies that we’ll never get the opportunity to see although they may not have had the same ambition or scope as the long lost DUNE. With this in mind I decided to compile a list of some particularly intriguing film projects that never made it to the big screen. These are the forgotten dreams of frustrated directors and writers but from time to time I find them unspooling in my head and my imagination has transformed them all into minor and, in some cases, major masterpieces.

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Ken Russell’s DRACULA
Director: Ken Russell
Script: Ken Russell
Cast: Peter O’Toole or musician Mick Fleetwood – Dracula
Oliver Reed – Renfield
Peter Ustinov – Van Helsing
Sarah Miles – Mina
Mia Farrow – Lucy
Michael York or Alan Bates – Johnathan Harker
James Coburn – Quincey Morris

Plot: “As every victim knows, once bitten by a vampire you become one of the undead yourself and cursed with everlasting life which, after a century or two, must become deadly boring unless perhaps you are blessed with a boundless imagination and the skill to turn it into great art. So my Dracula would be a philanthropist with a taste for the blood of genius.” – Ken Russell from Altered States: The Autobiography of Ken Russell

What I Know: Russell wrote a script for his adaptation of Dracula based on Leonard Wolf’s annotated edition of Bram Stoker’s classic tale after making TOMMY (1975). The script knocked around Hollywood for a while but was finally abandoned when backers got wind of the fact that there were other DRACULA productions in the works including John Badham’s big-budget 1979 film starring Frank Langella. Russell eventually got the opportunity to tackle a Bram Stoker story when he made his modern day vampire fable LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (1988) giving us some indication of what his version of DRACULA might have looked like. And it’s worth noting that Russell biographer Paul Sutton found many similarities between Ken Russell’s original DRACULA script and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film suggesting that if Russell’s film has gotten made it might have resembled Coppola’s own interpretation. But I suspect that Russell’s film would have had a lot more imagination and if he’d gotten his away, a much stronger cast.

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Jimmy Sangster’s THE FAIRYTALE MAN
Director: Jimmy Sangster (unconfirmed)
Script: Jimmy Sangster
Cast: Vincent Price – Charles Molsworth

Plot: According to The Hammer Vault the film centered on Charles Molsworth, “A long dead Victorian actor and lower grade demon, dispatched by the Devil to collect the souls of children.”

What I Know: Jimmy Sangster wrote the script in 1973 and thought it was the best thing he’d ever written. It would have been Hammer studio’s first horror film “designed for children” and it also would have been Vincent Price’s first and only film for Hammer. Unfortunately the studio couldn’t procure the financing needed to make Sangster’s movie. He eventually sold his idea to Disney and they produced a badly butchered version of his original script as THE DEVIL AND MAX DEVLIN (1981).

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Samuel Fuller’s FLOWERS OF EVIL
Director: Samuel Fuller
Script: Samuel Fuller, Noel Burch & Mark Goodman
Cast: Unknown

Plot: In The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I’ll Kill You Lisa Dombrowski describes the film as a semi-science fiction version of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata that focused on “a secret society called the Flowers of Evil that enlists beautiful young women who use sex, violence and an enervating vapor to eradicate warfare around the globe.”

What I Know: Fuller tried to get the film made in Paris during the mid-sixties (roughly 1964-1966) and even mentions the production during his cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s PIERROT LE FOU (pictured above). Fuller would have shot the film in France but financing fell through before filming started.

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Stanley Kubrick’s FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Script: Stanley Kubrick (based on Umberto Eco’s novel)
Cast: Unknown

Plot: Borrowed from the original book synopses: “Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up “the Plan,” a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled—a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.”

What I Know: When Stanley Kubrick died he left behind numerous unfinished film projects but his interest in adapting Umberto Eco’s novel has always intrigued me the most. Eco’s novel is often referred to as “the thinking man’s DaVinci Code” and it happens to be one of my favorite books so I’m sure I would have appreciated Kubrick’s adaptation. Kubrick tried contacting Umberto Eco about making a film based on his book but was only able to reach Eco’s publisher who told him that the writer wasn’t interested in having Foucault’s Pendulum adapted for the screen and wouldn’t consider it unless he was able to script it himself. Unfortunately the two men never got the chance to discuss the project and after the director died, Eco expressed remorse for not allowing the film to move forward. It’s worth noting that Kubrick’s last film, EYES WIDE SHUT (1999), seems to have been somewhat influenced by Foucault’s Pendulum although it was based on Arthur Schnitzler’s novella Dream Story.

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David Cronenberg’s FRANKENSTEIN
Director: David Cronenberg
Script: David Cronenberg (based on Mary Shelley’s novel)
Cast: Unknown

Plot: “It would be a more rethinking than a remake. For one thing I’d try to retain Shelley’s original concept of the creature being an intelligent, sensitive man. Not just a beast.” – David Cronenberg from Cronenberg on Cronenberg.

What I Know: After the success of SCANNERS (1981) producer Pierre David approached Cronenberg about making an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel and the director agreed. Cronenberg planned on updating the story to give it a more contemporary setting and an advertisement was even placed in Variety announcing the project as a “Major Cinematic Event.” Cronenberg went on to make VIDEODROME (1983) with Pierre David but FRANKENSTEIN never materialized.

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Val Guest’s I AM LEGEND
Director: Val Guest
Script: Richard Matheson (based on Matheson’s original novel)
Cast: Peter Cushing,Paul Massie, Stanley Baker, Laurence Harvey and Kieran Moore were supposedly among the actors considered for the role of Robert Neville.

Plot: Borrowed from the book description – “Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The entire population has been obliterated by a vampire virus. Somehow, Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of everything that has happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him constantly.”

What I Know: Producer Anthony Hinds recommended that Hammer films should try adapting Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend for the screen in 1956. Matheson was asked to write the script, which was retitled NIGHT CREATURES and Val Guest was brought on to direct. Right before filming was scheduled to begin the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) rejected the entire project outright due to its explicit nature and told Hammer they wouldn’t be allowed to exhibit the film if it was made. Although never confirmed, it’s highly likely that Peter Cushing would have starred in the film after his recent success in THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957). Hammer tried to get Universal interested in the project but things continued to fall apart. Matheson’s novel was eventually the basis of a number of films including LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964), THE OMEGA MAN (1971) and most recently I AM LEGEND (2007) but a Hammer adaptation with Val Guest at the helm could have been truly spectacular.

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Sergio Leone’s M
Director: Sergio Leone
Script: Sergio Leone (based on Fritz Lang’s 1931 film M)
Cast: Klaus Kinski – Hans Beckert.

Plot: A remake of Fritz Lang’s M (1931) based on the life and crimes of the German serial killer Peter Kürten aka the “Vampire of Düsseldorf.”

What I Know: After completing A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) Leone became interested in remaking Fritz Lang’s M. He had been impressed by Kinski’s unhinged performances in a number of early ‘60s German thrillers or “Krimi” films and wanted him for the starring role. Kinski agreed and the two started making plans to go forward with the film but when funding came through to make a sequel to A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, Leone abandoned his ideas for M. Kinski was offered a choice role in Leone’s next western (FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) but the two never worked together again although Leone only had great things to say about the actor claiming Kinski “was an angel…polite and patient” and had “the obedience of a baby.”

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Alain Resnais’ THE MONSTER MAKER
Director: Alain Resnais
Script: Alain Resnais & Stan Lee
Cast: Unknown

Plot: “A pop art parody about a frustrated movie producer who seeks creative and spiritual redemption by making a film about pollution.” – Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book

What I Know: The revered French filmmaker sought out Stan Lee in 1971 based on his deep affection for Marvel comic books. The two men became quick friends and Resnais reportedly told Lee, “I have dreamed that when I finally do a movie in English that you will write my first one.” Lee had no idea how to approach a film script but with Resnais’ help the two men collaborated on a number of film ideas together. The first and most intriguing script they finished was THE MONSTER MAKER. They sold it for $25,000 and hoped it would get made into a full-length feature film but that never happened. The project wasn’t a complete loss though. They managed to develop a deep and long-lasting friendship after working together and comic book guru Stan Lee once called the recently deceased director one of his closest and dearest friends.

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Bryan Forbes’ NESSIE
Director: Bryan Forbes (Michael Anderson was also on board at some point)
Script: Bryan Forbes & Chris Wicking
Cast: Unknown

Plot: A rampaging sea monster from the bowels of Loch Ness attacks London.

What I Know: Hammer film’s producer Michael Carreras came up with the idea for this big-budget monster movie in 1976 and presented his plan to an enthusiastic crowd at Cannes. With backing from Columbia, Hammer started working on monster designs with GODZILLA creators at Japan’s Toho studio but after millions were spent on pre-production, Columbia suddenly pulled the plug. Afterward the film’s financial backers began dropping like flies and NESSIE never saw the light of day leaving monster fans around the world to wonder what this intriguing Hammer/Toho co-production might have looked like if it was completed.

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Roy Ward Baker’s THE SAVAGE JACKBOOT
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Script: Don Houghton
Cast: Peter Cushing – Nazi SS Major Otto Kleber
Yul Brynner – Unknown
Jack Palance – Unknown

Plot: A horrific tale of Nazi oppression in France and the French resistance that opposed them on the eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944.

What I Know: This is another unfilmed Hammer production originally proposed by producer Brian Lawrence in 1972. Peter Cushing would have starred in the film as a murderous Nazi war criminal whose vicious behavior eventually leads him to the Nuremberg Trials. In a letter to director Roy Ward Baker, Cushing enthused about the film saying, “I do hope THE SAVAGE JACKBOOT will be made soon. It’s a jolly good story, I think – and always such a pleasure to work with you.” Costumes were designed and advertising materials were created but the film was dependent on getting some big name Hollywood stars to participate and although Yul Brynner and Jack Palance were both asked to join the cast neither would commit to the project and the film was abandoned. Cushing would go on to play a Nazi-like commander named Grand Moff Tarkin in STAR WARS (1976).

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Jacques Tourneur’s WHISPERING IN DISTANT CHAMBERS
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Script: Jacques Tourneur
Cast: Unknown

Plot: “The story, told by a narrator to a group of little girls, concerns an American multimillionaire who brings advanced technology into a British haunted house in order to test for signs of life and death. The millionaire’s recording devices succeed in capturing the voices of the legion of the dead.” – Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall

What I Know: According to Tourneur’s biographer Chris Fujiwara, WHISPERING IN DISTANT CHAMBERS would have been the director’s “personal testament” and “the fullest exposition of his belief in parallel worlds.” Tourneur completed a rough treatment for the film in 1966 and approached AIP (American International Pictures) as well as Hammer hoping they’d be willing to in produce his film. Sadly, no one was interested and WHISPERING IN DISTANT CHAMBERS never got made.

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Many other talented directors left us with well-documented unfinished film projects including Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Federico Fellini, David Lean and Joseph Losey, just to name a few. But it would take more than one blog post to cover them all. In the mean time feel free to share some of your own dream tickets below.

32 Responses Unfinished Films: Where Can I Buy My Ticket?
Posted By evan dorkin : March 13, 2014 11:15 pm

These are killing me.

Posted By DevlinCarnate : March 13, 2014 11:22 pm

it’s funny,but i was perusing a blog today that had a posting about a half dozen Hammer films that were never made,although they had scripts,actors,announced dates of production,even movie poster mock ups,but somehow fell through the cracks for various reasons( Nessie was one,but the absolute worst was Zeppelins VS Pterodactyls)…of all the films mentioned here that DID get made,i have to admit the Italian Last Man On Earth is my favorite,Vincent Price was perfectly cast in the role,cynical,somber,and not a trace of ham…one can only guess how some of the other productions might have gone,i imagine most would have ended up expensive disasters that may have had cult followings later,no matter how visually stunning or literate they might have seemed at the time…to this day one of my favorite movie going experiences was seeing Friedkin’s Sorcerer on the big screen,unforgettable all these years later,but at the time it was seen as his big budget folly,but i can’t wait for the remastered version coming next month…i suspect a lot of these films,if made,would have suffered the same fate at the box office

Posted By Doug : March 13, 2014 11:45 pm

Kimberly, I hope that you don’t mind if I mix up the post’s intended topic.
I wondered what Carole Lombard’s next film was supposed to be, and I found this at a wiki:
“At the time of her death, Lombard had been scheduled to star in the film “They All Kissed the Bride”; when production started, her role was given to Joan Crawford. Crawford donated all of her salary for the film to the Red Cross, which had helped extensively in the recovery of bodies from the air crash.”
Not an unfinished film, but an unfinished life.
I must say that this post touches one of my weak points-I don’t know much about ‘unfinished films’ aside from watching the Kubrick documentary, how his “Napoleon” film never got beyond pre-production.
There is always so much more to learn; Morlocks is like a free university, and I enjoy ‘sitting at the feet’ of film scholars.

Posted By major dundee : March 14, 2014 12:55 am

Wow, these are fascinating finds … I see you don’t even bother to mention some of the relatively well-known examples — like the Gilliam Don Quixote which there was a fascinating documentary about — or Clouzot’s Inferno — which there was a so-so documentary about a few years ago; however all of the actual footage presented in it, with fabulous photography and a drop-dead Romy Schneider, looked utterly stunning …

Of course in that example it was apparently co-opted into what I understand to be a lesser Chabrol picture — & I guess that kind of re-purposing is quite a common sort of outcome for these kinds of failed, abortive or incomplete projects — as with “A.I”, etc. etc. — no doubt never achieving the original vision

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : March 14, 2014 1:21 am

Thanks for all the feedback! As I mentioned somewhere else, this really is a bottomless topic (the examples are endless) but it’s sure a fun one to dive into. And right now there’s nothing playing at my local multiplex that looks as entertaining as these films.

evan dorkin – I’m killing myself!

DevlinCarnate -LAST MAN ON EARTH is one of my favorite Vincent Price films. It’s a terrific movie and its influence on George romero’s work is pretty remarkable.

Doug – You’re too kind! And feel free to chat about anything here. That story about Lombard & Crawford is incredibly sweet.

major dundee – Clouzot’s INFERNO is a great call! That one completely slipped my mind. As for Gilliam, since I’m a comic book reader I’m actually more curious about his unfinished WATCHMEN project although I really enjoyed the DON QUIXOTE documentary. I think his WATCHMEN film could have been amazing. I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder’s films so I’ve found the current debate raging around WATCHMEN interesting.

Posted By James : March 14, 2014 2:00 am

Another unrealized Sergio Leone film, a real heartbreaker, is Leningrad: The 900 Days. Everything was in place – script, financing, a score to be written by Morricone – except the cast, that I’ve read. Leone wanted Robert DeNiro to play the lead, an American reporter trapped in Leningrad as the Nazi military besieged the city.

Leone died two days before pre-production was scheduled to begin.

Posted By gregferrara : March 14, 2014 2:23 am

This is the movie I’ve always wanted to see but never will – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deep_(unfinished_film)

Posted By Gene : March 14, 2014 2:27 am

Kimberly – All of these sound incredible, but just to see what Jodorowsky might have done (considering El Topo, La Sagrada Montagne, and even Santa Sangre) and then I would have loved to have seen Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear all together. What a surrealistic cast! And Kubrick envisioning Eco – what a loss to the world that having never been realized.

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : March 14, 2014 2:40 am

Greg – I’ve read a lot about Welles’ THE DEEP (your link took me to a wiki page but I’m gonna assume that’s what you’re referring to? – apologies if I’m wrong!)and we actually might see it some day or at least some hodge-podge semblance of it if they can piecemeal the film together. Of course it won’t be Welles’ original vision but are any of his films? The poor man was constantly fighting to get his projects on the screen as he had envisioned them.

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : March 14, 2014 2:42 am

Gene – “Kubrick envisioning Eco” is a phrase that literally gives me goosebumps. I would have loved to have seen Kubrick adapt any of Eco’s books frankly, even if I am partial to “Foucault’s Pendulum.”

Posted By tdraicer : March 14, 2014 4:53 am

Did I read somewhere about plans to do Kubrick’s script of Napoleon? Or did I just dream that?

And I still want to see the Lynch version of Dune with all the pointless voice-overs removed. I suspect that might be a good movie.

Posted By Doug : March 14, 2014 6:26 am

tdracier: Kubrick always did a lot of research for his films-his attempt to do justice to Napoleon is documented in a few places.
As this post is a about unfinished films, word on the street is that David Lynch is working to ‘finish’ the Twin Peaks story-in the original work we see Laura Palmer and Dale Cooper as they will be 25 years in the future-which would be roughly 2015.
David Lynch is so cool that his mere presence defeated Global Warming.

Posted By Cool Bev : March 14, 2014 1:14 pm

The recent Argo hinged on spies pretending to be making a movie. To make it convincing, they needed a real, filmable project. In real life, that project was a version of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, a sci-fi Buddhist parable.

I don’t know if it would have been any good, but it’s one of my favorite novels. I want to see that more than I want to see Argo.

Posted By Doug : March 14, 2014 2:13 pm

Cool Bev-you live up to your name-I can’t count the number of times I’ve traveled through the Amber series, and Zelazny’s other fiction.

Posted By tdraicer : March 14, 2014 4:44 pm
Posted By Tom Nassisi : March 14, 2014 6:51 pm

Slightly off topic, but I sometimes wonder how sections of film that wound up on the cutting room floor would have turned out. One that immediately springs to mind is 1977’s “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” Cult siren Barbara Steele played a character named Idat who was supposed to appear, I believe, in a dream sequence. Alas, that part never made it to the screen. I often speculate how that sequence might have looked. Considering Steele’s uncanny magnetism, I think it was a loss for the viewer.

Tom Nassisi
Valley Cottage, NY

Posted By Jenni : March 14, 2014 7:18 pm

I’m a bit miffed that Tourneur didn’t get to make his movie! Love his films. Kiimberly, I think you’d better get to work on part 2 of this blog theme!

Posted By kingrat : March 14, 2014 8:04 pm

Wonderful information! Many thanks, Kimberly.

BONNIE AND CLYDE as a Truffaut movie is certainly an intriguing possibility (see Mark Harris’ PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION). George Stevens was considered as a director (he’s a big influence on Warren Beatty’s own directing, isn’t he?), and another possibility was Jean-Luc Godard directing Terence Stamp and Alexandra Stewart. I’m happy with the actual movie, but it would be interested to see the other versions.

Posted By Robert Hubbard : March 15, 2014 1:45 am

I’ve always thought that BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA was merely Coppola trying to emulate Ken Russell…

Posted By tdraicer : March 15, 2014 2:22 am

He certainly wasn’t emulating Bram Stoker.

Posted By James : March 15, 2014 3:20 am

I think Coppola was paying tribute to early, silent-era cinema (among other inspirations) with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, particularly European cinema. There’s certainly visual references to Murnau in the film’s look and, maybe Victor Sjostrom’s The Phantom Carriage, as well (it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, though).

if I remember correctly, there’s a scene in Coppola’s film centered on a magic lantern (a precursor of motion pictures), underlining this theme.

Posted By Richard Brandt : March 15, 2014 6:04 am

Among screenplays that never got produced was one in which Damon Runyon and Bat Masterson cross paths as newspaper reporters; apparently William Hurt and James Cagney were considered for the leads.

Posted By Gamera2000 : March 15, 2014 9:18 pm

Unmade films is one of the great subjects of film history. I can think of countless films I have read about over the years that never saw the light of day.

Kubrick’s unmade Napoleon, one of my all time favorite unmade films, inspired a lavish book from Taschen, since Kubrick’s meticulously researched the subject, and left hundreds of boxes of material. Anthony Burgess wound up working with Kubrick on the aborted project, with Burgess creating his novel Napoleon Symphony from this.

Burgess was also involved in an aborted remake of When Worlds Collide fro Zanuck and Brown back in the mid-70′s that was to be titled Puma (which was to be the invading planet’s code name). Burgess would use this material as part of his novel The End of the World News.

How about King Kong VS Prometheus, the unmade Willis O’Brien project from the early 60′s that would have matched Kong against a Frankenstein Monster. O’Brien left a number of unrealized projects, though the one that always sounded the most exciting was called War Birds. The climax apparently featured men on the back of giant birds, with Triceratops skulls as their seats, battling enemy aircraft over New York City.

I remember that the Old Famous Monsters of Filmland would run a list of all the upcoming genre projects. As it turned out about 95% of these never got made, but it would be a fun read.

Lastly, back in the 70′s with the success of Nashville Robert Altman was going to do a series of films for Dino De Laurentis including a two part adaptation of Ragtime and an adaptation of Breakfast of Champions. The failure of Buffalo Bill and the Indians helped to derail most of this. I actually think Forman’s Ragtime is underrated, but one can’t help but wonder what Altman’s version would have been like.

As far as Jodorowsky’s Dune goes, I would love to have seen the film, but I can’t help think it would have been a visionary mess that would have had little to do with Herbert’s novel.

Posted By Murphy’s Law : March 16, 2014 8:32 pm

Leone is probably the only person to call Klaus Kinski an angel.

Posted By Gayle : March 18, 2014 4:57 pm

Great blog! I wasn’t familiar with these unfulfilled projects and didn’t miss reading about the ones that have already gotten press.

Ken Russell making Dracula with Peter O’Toole as the count. That would have been amazing!

Posted By robbushblog : March 19, 2014 7:35 pm

I’m still waiting on a film version of The Alienist. It was supposed to be made about 15 years ago or so. Still waiting…

Posted By swac44 : March 21, 2014 12:59 am

I have an old Paramount Pictures release calendar which was sent every season to theatres to ballyhoo upcoming titles, and mine, which is from 1926, has an ad for a silent version of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, which was to be produced by C.B. DeMille. Not sure if he was also going to direct, but I’ve since learned that they were planning to use stop-motion animation (as seen by many in The Lost World) for the aliens and their tripods.

I still hold out hope that someday they’ll make a proper War of the Worlds actually set in Victorian England. I love the George Pal film from the ’50s, but I love Wells novel even more.

On a similar note, I wish the film version of Alan Moore’s graphic novel League of Extraordinary Gentlemen hadn’t been so badly botched in film form, as the book’s sequel involves a Wells-like Martian invasion that would have been fun to watch.

Posted By Gamera2000 : March 21, 2014 1:44 am

In Bill Warren’s book Keep Watching the Skies (a look at Science Fiction movies from 1950-1962), there is a plot outline for Cecil B. DeMille’s unmade War of the Worlds, in the entry for the 1953 version. It sounds like it would have been a hybrid of Victorian melodrama and alien invasion film.

Also, Ray Harryhausen left a couple of minutes of test footage of a Martian emerging from a meteorite for an unmade version of War of the World back in 1949. The creature is designed to look like the Martians from the original illustrations of Wells novel.

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Posted By Ceaser : April 8, 2014 1:33 pm

that was a great article.And thanks evrybody for your views. I was most intrigued by the mention of Clouzot’s INFERNO. Can anybody give more information. or give me links to the story.

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