Some movie projects were aborted before they could ever make it to the big screen. Here are some of the greatest movies that were never made, in no particular order:
1. “E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears”, 1982 . . . This sequel included a spaceship of carnivorous aliens who kidnap and torture Elliot and his crew, but Steven Spielberg decided it was too dark.
2. “Superman Lives” . . . Yep, the ’90s one starring Nicolas Cage as Superman. Tim Burton was set to direct and Kevin Smith was co-writing the script. All that exists is Nick’s test footage. Shoulda, coulda, woulda been epic.
3. “Newt” . . . This Pixar film was about two newts who were the last of their species. The project was killed because they thought it was too similar to “Rio”.
4. Sylvester Stallone’s “Poe” . . . This Edgar Allan Poe biopic had Sylvester writing and starring, he even did a few costume tests.
5. “Jurassic Park IV” . . . Before “Jurassic World”, this one would have included dinosaur-human hybrids.
6. David Cronenberg’s “Frankenstein” . . . David was known for body horror like “The Fly”. In the ’80s he was going to do his take on “Frankenstein” using some of Mary Shelley’s original ideas.
7. Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon” . . . Stanley was set to make a biopic on the French military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, but he couldn’t convince MGM to produce it.
8. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2” . . . Test footage was made of a CGI Roger, but the project was canceled due to the high cost of hybrid animation and Roger’s indecent tone.
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