Unproduced Scripts

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I remember it said it felt too much like Batman Forever in terms of theme and character arc. Though the real reason is likely that the script doesn't yield much of a toy line like they wanted.
Yeah, I'd read that too. I just don't buy it. Batman Forever's hardly a hotbed of theme, but if I had to go digging for one it's... that revenge can consume you if you let it? I'm not seeing the overlap.

The "toyetic" hypothesis seems much more likely. Who wants to knock out toys for a film where the principle cast dies in the first twenty minutes and society descends into chaos before our hero, reborn in his own son's body, rises from the sewers to save the day?

I'd still love to know what Lemkin had in mind for the second half, even if he never got it down. "Bold" doesn't even cover it.
 
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The Chronicles of John Carter: Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

This was pretty good. It was a bit exposition happy early on, and the atmosphere factory plot threatening earth was tacked on and unnecessary, but otherwise this was a solid take on the material.
 
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The Faverau version is still my favorite swing at this project. Not that I hated or really gave a crap about the produced version if I am being honest. It was just ----- Sigh! A shit ton of money wasted on a bland franchise kick-off with a horribly miscast star considering that you could not sell the property by name recognition alone. That was a good idea to whom exactly? All it had going for it was Harry Knowles useless to the masses decade long awareness campaign. The main problem with the Faverau draft was supposedly the over-sized budget. Which they naturally hit in the end on the produced version anyway. It was the "Inspector Gadget" stupidity all over again. Leave it to Disney to find a way to step on it's own dick every last time it tries to adapt a huge IP into mouse house franchise standards. Considering the pointless rant above - raise your hands if you really think they have any actual intention of leaving Deadpool alone on his own Hard-R Marvel off-shoot? Yeah - wait for that to not happen. If the DCU had any balls at all they would Deathstroke the shit out of this impending disaster. Original grade trumps obvious knockoff every time. Liefeld can suck my ass no matter how awesome the outcome of that obvious theft was. #MDCCUTGA (-lready)
 
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you could not sell the property by name recognition alone.
I agree. Disney made so many mistakes on John Carter. Some marketing genius was afraid of using "Mars" in the title because of MARS NEEDS MOMS bombing. So they made the title a character name that 99% of the audience never heard of. Brilliant. They would've done better to name it WARLORD OF MARS. Also, they advertising was all based on "before there was Star Wars, this was Star Wars" and the like.

And don't even get me started about hiring Andrew Stanton to direct it. John Lasseter pressured Disney into it when he was still the 800lb gorilla at the Mouse. Stanton had never directed ANY live action before. They did a big behind the scenes article in which Stanton is quoted as saying that live action directing was "easy" and he "didn't know why others made it sound so hard." Not as easy as he thought, I guess.
 
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BTW, can anyone please share the Favreau version of JOHN CARTER OF MARS? (PM me per Max's new rules) I have Rossio, Krueger and Gale versions, but not Favreau.
 
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Blood Meridian, by William Monahan

It's been a good few years since I've read the book, but this seemed like it got the general gist of it. I do think it was too toned down, though, and the changed ending is just wrong.
 
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I love Blood Meridian, so much, and I, too, really didn't like the change of ending in Monahan's version. I heard Todd Field wrote a draft. Word around the campfire is that Andy Kevin Walker is currently having a stab at it. Gird your loins.
 
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I love Blood Meridian, so much, and I, too, really didn't like the change of ending in Monahan's version. I heard Todd Field wrote a draft. Word around the campfire is that Andy Kevin Walker is currently having a stab at it. Gird your loins.

I didn't hate the Field draft but the Tommy Lee Jones version is still my favorite of the known drafts. AK's take will be ---- uh ----- interesting?
 
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Speaking about William Monahan, does his draft of Jurassic Park 4 with "Willy Wonka kids" exist anywhere? It sounds like a completely different script from Sayles' draft.
 
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The Prisoner, by David Webb Peoples & Janet Peoples

This is a very enjoyable read, with a lot of twists and turns, exciting action, and insane mind games. I do think the set pieces tend to be huge to the point of insanity though, as if the Peopleses decided they wanted to put in every crazy action scene idea they had into one script. The opening car chase alone is so nuts I'm not sure how certain bits would even be filmed. XD
 
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Halloween: The Resurrection by Daniel S Duvall & Fernley Phillips

This is an early spec script for Halloween 8. It picks up after H20, but actually references 4-6 a bit. The only returning character besides Myers is sheriff Brackett. I would say it's a bit better than the H8 we actually got, though not by much.
 
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Captain Blood, by Jonathan Hensleigh - Revisions by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont
Very entertaining swashbuckling pirate story. The four major villains are maybe a bit much, but there is plenty of cool action and set pieces, and the characters are decent as well. Also, it's rather amusing to find out that Darabont recycled the waterfall scene from this in his Indy 4 script, and ultimately made it into Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
 
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Warcraft, by Gary Whitta

This was a very enjoyable fantasy script. I can't speak for how well it follows the game more, but I found it to be a very workable story with good world building, and took a turn didn't see coming. I'm not a huge fan of the magic subway chase early on, though, and I think the big bad monster that shows up in the last ten pages is a bit much. Other than that, this was a good read.
 
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5 Against a Bullet, by Joe Carnahan

This was a very cool, entertaining action script. Some of the characterization could use a tiny bit of tweaking (Frank's change of heart, for example, just sort of happens), but it would make for a strong shoot 'em up type movie. Not really sure if this is still in development or not, can't really find any info on it.
 
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God of War, by David Self

This was a mostly okay translation of the first game's story from what I remember. It could have used some work though, like shortening the twenty-five or so pages of backstory at the beginning. And I'm split on the change to the ending.
 
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Exodus, by Jonathan V. Hludzinski
Not awful, but not great, either. There are some decent parts, but the handling of things like the burning bush and especially the plagues is very silly. And I'm not really a fan of abruptly ending right after the parting of the Red Sea, at least not the way it's done here. Oh, and bonus silly points go to Ramses for screaming "I AM THE PUNISHER!" at one point. XD
 
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