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Unproduced Scripts

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Predators, by Robert Rodriguez
There is some decent action here, and a number of okay ideas, all buried under a massive pile of random nonsense that had me scratching my head at least once every few pages. I seriously wonder what Rodriguez was smoking when he wrote this.
 
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What really sucks about this script IMO, is that the plot idea is actually pretty interesting, and it could have been so much better. Why they couldn't do that in both the script and the final film is beyond me.
 
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It's really messed up how the only character who really stands out is Cadillac, and that's only because he's always either eating or talking about eating. And JC would have been better without that pointless twist, especially since Rodriguez was supposedly writing him with Van Damme in mind. Even Dutch is just kind of there. He's barely anything like Dutch.
 
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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, by Chris Columbus and Carlo Carlei
This was an interesting read. Aside from some rough dialogue and plot points I could have done without (like Kingpin running for Mayor), it was pretty good. And damn, it tries to cram in a ton of well known Daredevil stuff, and mostly succeeds.
 
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Doctor Who: The Movie, by Johnny Byrne
This is a fairly decent sci-fi adventure story, with some good action and a well done, interesting climax. The beginning really needed to calm down, though, as it throws a lot at the audience, giving them little time to breathe and figure out what's going on. The structure was also bit too episodic and rambling, too, and the villains were fairly unimpressive.

Interestingly, Kingpin becomes mayor in the new Daredevil run going on right now. I wonder if the comic writer read this script?
That or both parties were fond of the mayor subplot in Batman Returns.
 
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Two not for sharing scripts I've read lately:

Bride of Frankenstein, by Anne Rice
Pretty decent on the whole. It's the most Universal-y of any contemporary Frankenstein script I've read, and uses ideas and material from all over the original movies. Rice also does a really smart thing by briefly exploring just what the consequences of using a brain grown in a jar for the Bride would be, leading to a somewhat similar yet still very different take on the original film's ending. I could have done without the rather unnecessary side story with Elizabeth writing a novel about what's going on, though, and I really could have been done without Rice describing the Monster as having the sexuality and menace of the Hulk. o_O

Death Note, by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry
This is much, much better than the film Adam Wingard ended up making. It adapts the original material more closely in some areas, the characters are handled much better, and the suspense is killer. The third act finale is surprisingly close to what ended up in the movie, only here it actually works. It's much less convoluted, nowhere near as over the top (no ******* Chicago playing, thankfully), and stuff like L chasing Light on foot with a gun makes a lot more sense. And Light's arc is similar, and handled much better.
 
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The Narrow Caves, by S. Craig Zahler

This was a creepy slow burn horror, slowly building up the tension until things go crazy in the third act. It ends up being very reminiscent of early Lovecraft stories like Arthur Jermyn and Lurking Fear, and ends on one hell of a bang. My only real criticism is that Gregory's history is revealed in a very odd fashion, and is structured weirdly.
 
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Robotech: Arrival of the Siege Machines, by S. Craig Zahler
This wasn't awful, but was't great, either. The characters weren't set up well enough, and the whole thing was very long at 145 pages, and felt it. It did have some decent spectacle action scenes, though, and almost every Zentraedi death was brutal as hell.
 
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Halloween 666: The Origin, by Phil Rosenberg
This had one or two decent-ish ideas, but too much of it is just weird and random. The virtual reality device that's basically a magic exposition tool is especially WTF worthy. And while I don't mind the idea of the crazy reverend from Halloween 4 turning out to be the Man in Black, it feels very tacked on and doesn't really do anything to resolve the cliffhanger from Halloween 5.
 
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Commando II, by Steven E. de Souza, revisions by Frank Darabont
This first half of this takes a bit too long to set up the plot, and a lot of the War on Drugs dialogue is pretty cringey, but the overall package is very good and the second half is stuffed full of crazy action.
 
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And yet they never made it into a movie, just like Arnold's other great cancelled projects like Crusade and I Am Legend, and instead we got pieces of shit like Junior.
 
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Specially if they used David Webb Peoples script. It has some minor issues, but i'd rather see that one being turned into a film than De Souza's script.
Now, IMO, Peoples’ script is memorable, Souza’s, meh, it tried like a generic action film. But Milius’s version was I thought the strongest.
 
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