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Films that Director's Never Got to Make or Wanted

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1936 Conan: Fire & Ice (never got further than planning stage due to creator Robert E. Howard's untimely and tragic death)
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1985 After Hours (backed out when Martin Scorsese became interested in project)
1986 The Fly (was to star Michael Keaton but he backed out)
1996 Spawn (backed out)
1997 Superman Lives (was to star Nicolas Cage but studio never greenlit it)
2000 X-men (was considered by studio)
2006 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (backed out
2009 Watchmen (showed interest in doing it)
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1975 All This and World War 3 (backed out - project about Beatles)
1985 Enemy Mine (turned down offer)
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (turned down offer)
1994 Forrest Gump (turned down offer)
1995 Braveheart (turned down offer)
1997 Alien: Resurrection (turned down offer)
2001 The Man who Killed Don Quiote (dream project ruined by thousands of things. Would have starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rouchefort. Watch documentary to see everything go to hell)
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling reportedly wanted Gilliam to direct but studio decided on someone a little more family friendly)
2004 Troy (turned down offer)
2007 Good Omens (it went to development hell)
2009 Watchmen (considered doing it but only as a 12-part series for cable TV)
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1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (had the chance to direct but declined according to himself)
1978 Gates of Heaven (pet cemetery film that he talked about doing for ages and promised to eat his shoe if some film student did his film before himself. He had to eat his shoe)
2005 Brokeback Mountain (had the chance to direct but declined according to himself)
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1936 The Bombing of London (script too controversial and shelved)
1940 Escape (WW2 drama to star Conrad Veidt, Robert Taylor and Norma Shearer as rights to book was bought by MGM and Hitchcock working for Louis B. Mayer was impossible).
1940s 39 Steps II (a kind of follow-up project starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman was planned but he never got the rights from the writer's estate as it proved to be too
expensive).
1940s Hamlet (a modern time version was scrapped due to fear for a lawsuit. The project was planned to star Cary Grant).
1945 Documentary about Nazi crimes and their concentration camps (unfinished but some scenes are to be found in film "Night will Fall" (2014) and "Memory of the Camps" (2014)
1953 The Bamble Bush (adaptation of novel by David Duncan was killed as none of the screen writers could meet Hitchcock wishes of an extraordinary script)
1956 Flamingo Feather (Political thriller set in South Africa would star James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Probably shelved as Kelly got married to Monaco's Rainier).
1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare (was to star Gary Cooper but after numerous try at a script it was deemed that the movie would become a boring court room drama and killed).
1960 No Bail for the Judge (adaptation of novel by Henry Cecil would have starred Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Harvey and John Williams but it seems he lost interest in it when Hepburn ended up pregnant and had to bail out of the movie)
1961 Untitled Disneyland thriller starring James Stewart (killed as Walt Disney banned Hitchcock from ever getting involved with their products after seeing "Psycho".)
1963 Trap for a Solitary Man (a "Lady Vanishes" project based upon the French play Piege Pour un Homme Seul by M. Robert Thomas was planned by never happened).
1964 The Three Hostages (hypnosis thriller where Hitchcock abandoned the project as unfilmable).
1964 Mary Rose (based upon J.M. Barrie's novel. Hitchcock said himself that Universal did not allow him to make this project).
1979 The Short Night (failing health and death, only script published by main writer David Freeman. Possible stars would have been Sean Connery or Clint Eastwood as leads and Liv Ullmann or Catherine Deneuve would probably have starred in it).
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1950/60s I Stole 16 Million Dollars (script was seen as poor and Kirk Douglas refused to do it)
1950/60s The German Soldier (WW2 project, unreleased screenplay
1950/60s The Mosby Rangers (cancelled as the script told about an incestous relationship)
1969 The Lord of the Rings (approached by the Beatles but he saw it as unfilmable. Beatles would probably have played the Hobbits)
1970s Napoleon (planned big historic epic - it's cancellation took him to do "Barry Lyndon" and some war scenes planned for this project was put in that film. Napoleon would have starred Jack Nicholson as Napoleon and probably Audrey Hepburn as Josephine).
1988 Foucault's Pendulum (denied production by writer Umberto Eco who hated the movie version of "The Name of the Rose")
1993 Aryan Papers (shelved when Spielberg released "Schindler's List")
2001 A.I (died during pre-production, finished by Steven Spielberg)
2001 Pinocchio (wanted to make a movie for whole family and especially children before death).
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1990s I am Legend (was eventually abandoned)
1994 Hot Zone (movie about Ebola virus starring Jodie Foster and Robert Redford was abandoned due to the similar production of Outbreak that was being developed)
2005 The Invisible World (drama about abduction of American female journalist in Iraq starring Angelina Jolie was abandoned when the actress became pregnant)
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1984 Starman (was contender to direct it but "The Hunger" was so hated in Hollywood that he didn't get the chance)
1987 Man on Fire (was originally set to direct the 1980s version, but he was seemed to be unexperienced for the task at that time by Hollywood)
1996 Beautiful Girls (decided to back out because he could not do justice to the script as it favored characterization above dramatic event).
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2003 S.W.A.T. (turned down project as it would not be rated R)
2006 X-men: The Last Stand (was considered to direct by studio heads)
2009 X-men Origins: Wolverine (was interested but got to make "Watchmen" instead)
2011 Green Lantern (was considered to direct by studio heads)
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1974 California Split (job went to Robert Altman)
1983 Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (dispute with director's guild)
1988 Big (did not want to take the spotlight from sister who co-wrote script)
1988 Rain Man (went to direct "Indiana Jones and Last Crusade" instead)
1990 Twin Peaks (was set to direct episode 2.1 before David Lynch decided to do it himself)
1991 Cape Fear (gave job to Martin Scorsese)
1998 Deep Impact (was in talks but did "Saving Private Ryan" instead)
1998 The Mask of Zorro (was in talks but did "Saving Private Ryan" instead)
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha (considered doing it)
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1994 Speed (offered but turned down)
1996 The X-Files (planned to direct one episode but refused to join Director's Guild of America)
1997 Men in Black (offered but turned down)
2003 Battle Royale II (was to have a supporting role as President of the U.S. but had scheduling problems to do it)
2016 Westworld (was offered to direct at least one episode but turned it down)
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1958 The Old Man and the Sea (fired - conflict with star Spencer Tracy as Zinnemann wanted to make the movie in real sea and boat)
1963 The Day Custer Fell (too expensive to make a lowbudget version without his involvement "Custer of the West" was made before his film became possible. Toshiro Mifune was set to star as "Sitting Bull")
1969 Man's Fate (pulled a week before shooting. Was to star Max von Sydow, Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann and David Niven.
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List over films I come over that directors never manage to either greenlit financially or studios decided to fire them/pull out of. This will be a long never-ending list I guess.

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