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Creative differences, fire and lots of rumors: there are film projects that have yet to hit the big screen to this day.

What a waste: The nearly finished “Batgirl” movie won’t be shown in theaters or on streaming platforms. Warner Bros. has already invested 90 million US dollars in the project. This is not the first film to suffer this fate.

Sequel to ‘Scoop’: ‘I’m Afraid It’s True’

Warner Bros. recently canceled not only “Batgirl,” but also the 2020 animated movie sequel “Scoop!”. And apparently the creators themselves were the last to know: producer and screenwriter Tony Cervone (55) posted a screenshot on Wednesday headlined the Hollywood Reporter website with the words, “I’m afraid that’s true. […] My heart is beyond broken.”

The secret of Eichinger and the “Fantastic Four”

The first live-action adaptation of 1994’s Marvel superhero team “The Fantastic Four” has yet to see obscurity in theaters. Bernd Eichinger (61) and Roger Corman (96) acted here as producers, the publication was stopped a week before the theatrical release. There are no official reasons for this, but even more rumors. Perhaps Eichinger only shot the film on a $1.5 million budget so as not to lose his production rights, which would otherwise have expired. Other rumors say the movie was so bad that Marvel paid Eichinger not to show it. After all, a documentary emerged from misery: “Doomed!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four”.

The fucking movie: “Hippie Hippie Shake”

‘Hippie Hippie Shake’ was destined to be a hit: Sienna Miller (40) and Cillian Murphy (46) in the lead roles, set in 1960s London and based on a true story. But it wasn’t meant to be. The production was postponed several times for various reasons, the directors and screenwriters changed several times. The third attempt to complete the film came in the fall of 2007 – but director Beeban Kidron (61) also dropped out in 2009 due to “creative differences” in post-production.

In Limbo From a Misstep: “Being Mortal”

Another film with a top notch cast was (or is) “Being Mortal”, which Bill Murray (71), Seth Rogen (40) and Aziz Ansari (39) worked on, among others. Whether the film adaptation of the novel will ever be complete is currently in the stars, however, after Murray misbehaved on set. “I did something that I thought was funny, but it didn’t go well,” Murray said in a Interview with “CNBC” in May. “The movie studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check everything out, investigate and shut down production.” For three months, there has been no news from the project, which was half finished and was due to be released in theaters in 2023.

The Wealthy Filmmaker and the Annoyed Professionals: “Empires of the Deep”

After “Avatar” was a huge hit, Chinese billionaire Jon Jiang reportedly pumped $130 million into a 3D fantasy film called “Empires of the Deep” since 2010. For the scheduled trilogy with role models like “The Lord of the Rings,” filmmaker Jiang wrote the screenplay himself. Otherwise, he seems to have definite ideas about the film – which has led to many arguments with committed Hollywood professionals. Monica Bellucci, actually slated for the lead role, quickly emerged, a total of ten writers revised the script, and several directors left the mammoth project.

Tarantino Burns: “My Best Friend’s Birthday”

A very different fate befell Quentin Tarantino with one of his early films. ‘My Best Friend’s Birthday’ only cost $5,000 but was largely destroyed in a fire. 36 of the film’s original 70 minutes have been screened at film festivals, but can otherwise only be found in the depths of the internet.


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