Movies that have been shelved by Hollywood

Movies that have been shelved by Hollywood

Leslie Grace as Batgirl.  (Warner Bros.)

Leslie Grace as Batgirl. (Warner Bros.)

The recent announcement from Warner Bros Batgirl has been shelved thoroughly, clearly and comprehensively came as quite a shock.

While it wasn’t exactly one of the studio’s more well-known DCEU titles (it was originally slated to be a feature on streaming platform HBO Max), this was still a hefty production, with a reported price of $90 million and parts to a returning one Michael Keaton as Batman and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

While we’re used to studios rethinking release plans for a movie (Come 2 America, Because 5 blood and borate 2 (all originally intended for the big screen only to premiere in streaming), it’s rare for a studio to completely destroy a film.

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So there will be no multiplex release for bat girlnor will it have life on streaming or DVD. bat girlto paraphrase Monty Python, “is no more, it has ceased to be”.

So it’s rare, but not unique. There are many films that have been made, finished and yet for many reasons are still gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.

Here are just some of the films that have been shelved by Hollywood.

The fantastic Four (1992)

Before Tim Stories Fantastic Four 11 Years features this shonky, spunky oddity, produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman, along with German filmmaker Bernd Eichinger. Eichinger had bought the film rights for the Fantastic Four Offered by Marvel in 1986 for a bargain price of $250,000, only the option had a six-year expiration date.

If the producer didn’t get a film in production by December 31, 1992, he would lose the rights, and any renegotiation would mean he spits out more money.

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So in September 1992, Eichinger approached Roger Corman, a producer with a keen eye for frugal filmmaking, with the goal of getting a $1 million film version of it into production The fantastic Four. Except that it was never intended to be released, a fact that was withheld from director Oley Sassone and the cast.

“I was quite amazed,” recalls Joseph Culp, who taught Dr. Victor von Doom starred in the film “because we’d been doing press trips to comic book conventions and magazine circuits and it looked like we were going to get a little release.”

Alex Hyde-White, who played the lead role of Reed Richards, later claimed he went into denial mode, while Sassone felt it most clearly.

“All of us who worked on the film felt like someone stuck an ice pick in our hearts,” he said. The whole grisly story is told in the documentary, Damn it!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four.

Hippie hippie shake (2007)

Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy filming Hippie Hippie Shake in Trafalgar Square in 2007. (Shutterstock)

Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy filming Hippie Hippie Shake in Trafalgar Square in 2007. (Shutterstock)

Hippie hippie shake is proof that it’s possible for even the best stars to have an unreleased movie that stinks their IMDB page. This theatrical adaptation of ’60s counterculture journalist Richard Neville’s autobiography was headlined Cillian Murphy, while Sienna Miller, Hugh Bonneville, Max Minghella, Chris O’Dowd and Daniel Mays are all credited as starring.

It was a troubled production from the start, having eloped with a number of screenwriters before settling on Lee Hall (Billy Elliott). Director Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) then left during post-production, telling The Times, “I worked as long and as hard as I could on the film and then I had to walk away. It was very hurtful.”

Working Title has never commented on why Hippie hippie shake is still on shelves, but even Neville barely gushed about the film before his death, saying, “‘We saw the first cut of the film – Jim, me and other Oz [magazine] Guys – and there was a lot of disappointment… We made a lot of suggestions to the producers… the final cut was a lot better. It wasn’t a work of genius, but it was a film worth seeing.”

The day the clown cried (1972)

US comedian, director and singer Jerry Lewis (L) talks to Pierre Etaix on March 22, 1972 during the shooting of the film

Jerry Lewis (L) talks to Pierre Etaix during filming The day the clown cried he directed the Cirque D’Hiver in Paris. (AFP via Getty Images)

This film about a circus clown imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp and luring Jewish children to their deaths in the gas chambers was a wild left turn for its star and director, Jerry Lewis.

Best known for pratfall comedies, this tonally heterogeneous drama was riddled with problems almost from the start. First, he ran out of money, only Lewis had to reach into his own pocket (to the tune of $2 million) to finish it, while screenwriter Joan O’Brien, upon seeing the finished product, declared it unreleased.

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A blizzard of legal troubles has resulted The day the clown cried has never been shown publicly, but for Lewis it seemed as much to do with the quality of the film as anything else, as he told Entertainment Weekly in 2013, “Nobody’s ever going to see it because I’m embarrassed by the bad work.” “

One of the few who have seen it is Simpsons Voice actor Harry Shearer, who said of the film: “This film is so drastically wrong, its pathos and comedy so utterly misplaced, that you couldn’t better imagine what it really is by imagining what it could be like. ‘Oh dear God!’ – that’s all you can say.”

David Schneider hosted a BBC documentary about the film in 2016, which revealed even more about the most notorious film in Hollywood history.

Cocksucker blues (1972)

Singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, London, May 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, London, May 1972. (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

These days, any supposedly no-holds-barred documentary about a pop star is managed by the record company down to the millisecond, in case anything out of the ordinary makes its way onto the big screen.

Even considering how different things were five decades ago, it’s still hard to imagine what the Rolling Stones were thinking when they hired photographer Robert Frank to document their 1972 tour of America. However, they soon realized their stupidity when they saw the resulting documentary and took Franks to court to prevent it from ever being shown.

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Fifty years after its completion, those who saw it Cocksucker blues describe a film that is even more shocking today than it would have been in 1972. A scene on the band’s private jet depicts, in the words of The New Yorker, “a sex party that makes the airplane scene fashionable The Wolf of Wall Street look stiff.”

The film has been screened occasionally in the years since, but it has never had an official release, and probably won’t as long as Jagger, Richards, and Wyman are still alive.

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