For all the terrible movies that get made, and I'm not talking about the so-so easily-debatable ones, but the over-all abysmal ones, it can be quite funny to see what never made it to the screen, or even in front of a camera. Sure, some adaptations might make fans of the original work nervous, and the films might not be able to measure up, but they would surely be better than some of the alternatives -- From Justin to Kelly, Glitter, etc. Premiere.com has come up with a great list of films that went into development hell and never came out (which is kind of like the list Jette put together this past March). If you're like me, it might remind you of the old days of Corona's Coming Attractions -- a site that used to list all the movie rumblings, some of which became films, and some of which are still waiting to see the light of day.
Premiere's list wouldn't be complete without Wonder Woman, which got so very close with Joss Whedon -- only to stall with rumors of a WWII twist by some unknown writers. (I'm sure that I'm not the only one hoping that her invisible plane doesn't take on Nazi aircraft.) On the more artsy side of things is Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. In April, the director said he was in the "final, final, final negotiations" to get his script back, so maybe this is one film that will ramp up again one day.
There's also some literary powerhouses that lost the power on the way to film heaven like John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, or Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. And how about a claymation faux documentary about the epic race between the turtle and the hare? Or, Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe pulling together the life of Phil Spector (which might just go somewhere after the trial, I'd imagine). There's even The Onion Movie, which was actually made and screened, but reportedly made at least one viewer want to poke their eyes out. The only glaring omission on this list for me is the Heathers sequel, which I first started reading about over at Corona years ago. Last year, it was in the works, but will it ever come to pass?