What is Development Limbo? Pretty much, it is when a film gets through scripting, casting, and even a few stages, but for whatever reason, loss of funding, a production company backs out, an actor or actress quit, they are put on hold. Several entries on my previous lists have been made, but many still linger in this stage of production. Without further ado, here is my updated list of Movies Stuck In Development Limbo We Want To See:
Dredd 2– Dredd star Karl Urban has stated that poor marketing has led to the stalling of a possible sequel to the comic book movie. However, in 2017, it was announced that a television series was being developed, though no further updates have been given.
The Brazilian Job– This film is a sequel to The Italian Job, the revenge/heist film starring Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg. A sequel had been planned since 2004, but as of 2012, the project has not moved forward, despite Wahlberg saying it was being worked on in 2010.
Breaker Boys- Based on the controversy surrounding the 1925 NFL championship where the Pottsville Maroons had their title revoked after defeating the more popular football team Chicago Cardinals. David Felming, the author of the book of the same name, has been shopping around a script for the film.
Johnny Quest- A live-action adaption of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon would be a real throwback if done right, but it has labored in limbo since the 1990s. In November 2018, Chris McKay was announced as the director, but little more information has been forthcoming.
Rendezvous With Rama- One of the most talked-about films in limbo, this would be an adaption of the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name. It is has been highly anticipated with many names attached, but it never seems to go anywhere.
The Jetsons– With the success of other animated franchises coming to life, you would think that a live-action version of this story of a futuristic family would be on the top of the list. At one point, Kanye West was rumored to be attached, but nothing has happened since 1984.
Day of War- Based on the novel by Cliff Graham, it follows the story of King David from the Bible. It would be a 3-D epic in the vein of 2007’s Beowulf. However, the film’s production has been facing stalls since 2011. The last mention of it was in 2017 but has not been heard from since.
The White Company- Based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, the Sherlock Holmes creator), John Ford had wanted to make this film for some time and since his death, no one else seems interested in his project.
This Present Darkness– This novel written by bestselling author Frank Peretti redefined Christian fiction and forged the way for other Christian authors. A film moved forward and concept art was even drawn, but creative differences caused the film to stall and it has not been developed since then.
King Conan: Crown of Iron- A sequel to Conan the Destroyer, outcast film director John Milius (director of the first Conan film) has many screenplays that have not been touched, including a third one for the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle. With the failure of the remake of Conan the Barbarian, there are rumors that they will return to the original film series, perhaps this one will see the light.
Metroid- A film about the video game armor-clad bounty hunter Samus Aran has been in talks since 2007. One seemed to be getting off pretty well, but it was shelved once again.
Return of Roger Rabbit– Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a breakout film that combined animated with live-action. A sequel and a prequel have all been planned, but it has never moved passed planning stages. Steven Spielberg has seemingly abandoned it.
Carmen Sandiego- At one point, Sandra Bullock was set to star in a Disney film in the 1990s. However, in 2012, Walden Media was set to make a film starring Jennifer Lopez which has been stalled for some time.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake– David Fincher has been trying to get a remake going, but Disney (who owns the rights to the story) is trying to make less expensive films. David Fincher mentioned in 2014 that casting differences led to the breakdown of the project and since then, no advancements have been made.
Blood Meridian– Cormac McCarthy’s “anti-Western” novel has been shopped around as a possible film with James Franco, Ridley Scott, and several other directors attached at one point or another. In May 2016, Franco’s version was moving forward, but almost immediately, it was canceled, but several directors hold up hope that it could be made.
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