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Unproduced Scripts

The Atomizer mk 5

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There are certain projects that I hear about that I wish had been made.These include.......

Crusade (1994) written by Walon Green with revisions by Gary Goldman. To be directed by Paul Verhoevan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger the story involves a thief by the name of Hagen who after being caught stealing from a church is sentenced to death.After faking a miracle he joins the crusader army.That's only a brief part of the plot,for more info read the script here: http://www.scriptdrive.net/index.php?threads/crusade-walon-green-gary-goldman-revisions.52/
Short version of the story it would have been a more honest view of the crusaders and the political times they lived in while being laced with Verhoeven's signature style.

What are some of your favorite unproduced scripts.
 

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There are quite a few unproduced scripts which i wish were made into the films. My personal favorites are;

Shadow Company - By Shane Black and Fred Dekker. An action horror about group of zombie soldiers rising from their graves and destroying one small town during Christmas night. It was actually the first script Shane Black wrote (in 1984) and the final draft was written in October of 1988 and movie was gonna be directed by John Carpenter, produced by Walter Hill and Kurt Russell was gonna play the main role. All those guys were gonna work together to make one badass film but they never did. Such a shame. I still hope that it does gets made in the future.

Gale Force - By David Chappe. Movie that Renny Harlin and Sylvester Stallone were gonna do instead of Cliffhanger but budget and effects problems cancelled it. It was going to be Die Hard in a hurricane type of film about ex SEAL with troubled past who has to defend his home town when during a huge hurricane and flood group of pirates attack the town and start robbing it. Very well written action and character scenes and there's no doubt in my mind that it would have been good film.

Isobar - By Jim Uhls and different drafts were done by Steven E. de Souza and Dean Devlin. Well considering how i already mentioned on other topic some info about very troubled pre-production of this unproduced script, i'll be short with this one. Humanoid or plant like creature gets loose on super fast train and passengers have to fight against it while at the same time dealing with the train which can't stop.

Commando 2 - By Steven E. de Souza and Frank Darabont. Sequel to action classic Commando written in 1989 which would have main hero Matrix fighting against weapons and drug smugglers first in L.A and then in South America. The script has some great action sequences like entire helicopter chase scene with Matrix hanging on one chopper while two others are trying to kill him or entire finale with Matrix and his friend setting entire valley full of cocaine on fire and then crashing into the bad guys mansion with their plane.

Night Skies - By John Sayles. Honestly, while i don't mind E.T, i think Spielberg should had made this movie instead. Back in early 80's he hired Sayles to write a script based on true story about family being attacked by few aliens one night while they are all in their farm. Really solid script and story.

Resident Evil - By George A. Romero. He wrote a script which was much closer to the games and sure as hell much better than all RE movies. It was bloody, action packed and intense script which i still can't believe they refused and instead hired Paul W.S. Anderson to write and direct the film.

Meltdown - By John Carpenter. He wrote the script sometime in 1977 i think, and he described it best, it was Halloween in a nuclear plant type of horror thriller. Basically group of people has to explore a nuclear plant after all of the workers in it disappear, but while they are investigating they get killed off one by one by some psychopath who thinks that god ordered him to punish the world by creating nuclear disaster. The script was later re-written by other writers in mid 90's into Die Hard in nuclear plant type of thriller which would have Dolph Lundgren in main role but once production started it was cancelled due to some problems.

Cold Warrior - By Charles Mondry. Old but still dangerous US spy is forced to do one last mission in Russia where he must find the list of sleeper agents who are committing terrorist attacks. Although his younger partner is trying to help him with mission, at the same time he also needs to keep him under control once body count starts to pile up. Really good script which would have been good thriller. At one point it was going to be directed by Shane Black and with Mel Gibson in main role but the project was cancelled.
 

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Zak Penn's Suspect Zero

Logline: An FBI agent is tasked with finding and arresting a modern Van Helsing, a serial killer of serial killers.

Needs some cleaning up in the dialogue department and some personality for the protagonist Mackleway would go a long way. Either way, it's a significantly better piece of storytelling than the joke production that it ultimately became.

John Logan's I Am Legend

Logline: One dude. An onslaught of zombies. Hilarity ensues.

Simply superb. If I take issue with anything, it's the ending which feels as studio imposed as you can possibly get as it basically spits in the face of the original novel's most crucial point.

The Batchlers' Smoke and Mirrors

Logline: The reclusive "Father of Modern Magic", Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, is called upon by the French government to debunk an Algerian sorcerer who is using his feats of magic to spearhead a civil war.

F*** me. What I would give to visit a parallel universe where this beauty was directed by Steven Spielberg.
 
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Really good picks here. Something you should know about me is that of all the genres of film Sci-fi is one I always come back to the most.That being said I still really appreciate works of any genre. So without further ado.

I am Legend written by John Logan - This one was going to be directed by Ridley Scott and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and featured a character and mood that was a lot more sombre than your average Schwarzenegger picture. The main character doesn't speak until the 1-hour mark.Unlike the source novel they aren't vampires but rather creatures called Hemocytes and Logan created a pseudo love interest who is a Hemocyte who is made more Human as the story progresses.

The Tourist by Clair Noto- A dark noir story about an alien imprisoned on earth.She plans her escape when she hears about the existence of a ship on earth. One particular sequence features a prison camp hidden on earth where the jailor was a creature who it turned out was an entire race in one body.

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune - Need I say more?

John Carter by Jon Favreau & Mark Fergus - Favreau wanted to concentrate more on Carter's encounter with the Thark's and not on piling in stuff from the later books.He also wanted to include more practical effects such as make-up and animatronics.

Alien 3 written and directed by Vincent Ward - While I don't have the same seething hatred of Alien 3 as some people (the assembly cut takes a film that was very disappointing and makes it only kind of disappointing).I'm still curious about Vincent Ward had planned with this entry.Complete with wooden planets and Christian symbolism.

The Fantastic Four by Michael France - Michael France wrote a stellar draft for Chris Columbus that does more justice to Marvel's first family than any of Twentieth Century Fox's recent outings (as for the Corman film I would say that it makes up for budgetary shortcomings with a surprising amount of charm).It explores the family dynamic well and the friendship between Reed and Doom has some actual heft.It's the same amount of fun that France injected into his scripts for Cliffhanger and Goldeneye.

Indiana Jones and the city of the gods by Frank Darabont - His script was actually a lot better in my opinion anyway to how the Crystal skull turned out.Marion is proper Marion.Her husband is the villain in cahoots with ex-nazis, Soviets and a South American dictator.I did really like the idea of the ex-Nazi character dying when Hitler materializes before him and destroy's him Raider's style.
 

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King Conan: Crown of Iron, by John Milius

It has some problems, namely too many subplots, Conan being a bit of a wuss for most of it, and it feels more like a dry run for Rome than anything, but it has that sense of mythic grandeur the original film had, and could have been something with one or two rewrites.
 

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John Carter by Jon Favreau & Mark Fergus - Favreau wanted to concentrate more on Carter's encounter with the Thark's and not on piling in stuff from the later books.He also wanted to include more practical effects such as make-up and animatronics.
I was a big fan of the Fergus/Favreau draft of John Carter and not so much the all over the place theatrical version. Not sure what went wrong there but we all got shortchanged in the process.
 

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I was a big fan of the Fergus/Favreau draft of John Carter and not so much the all over the place theatrical version. Not sure what went wrong there but we all got shortchanged in the process.
I still liked the movie we eventually got.But you're absolutely right we did get shortchanged.
 

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King Conan: Crown of Iron, by John Milius

It has some problems, namely too many subplots, Conan being a bit of a wuss for most of it, and it feels more like a dry run for Rome than anything, but it has that sense of mythic grandeur the original film had, and could have been something with one or two rewrites.
Milius did do one rewrite I know of where he supposedly tightened it up a lot (i.e.: made it cheaper), but that version hasn't turned up online yet.
 

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Milius did do one rewrite I know of where he supposedly tightened it up a lot (i.e.: made it cheaper), but that version hasn't turned up online yet.
I heard that too.The Milius draft that I have has a wicked drawing of Conan on the front page.
 

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LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER by Bragi Schut

Excellent concept, taking the very brief description of Dracula's sea voyage from Transylvania to London and creating a whole ALIEN-like story out of it.

This has been in development with several directors, including David Slade, and actors mentioned like Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley. No doubt, being an ocean-set period piece it would be very expensive to make. Hopefully someone pushes it through eventually.
 

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LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER by Bragi Schut

Excellent concept, taking the very brief description of Dracula's sea voyage from Transylvania to London and creating a whole ALIEN-like story out of it.

This has been in development with several directors, including David Slade, and actors mentioned like Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley. No doubt, being an ocean-set period piece it would be very expensive to make. Hopefully someone pushes it through eventually.
Yeah it's stuck in development hell as far as I know.The script is fantastic,as you said a very Alien vibe.It was good enough to entice Viggo Mortensen onboard but I think he's dropped out.
 

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Milius did do one rewrite I know of where he supposedly tightened it up a lot (i.e.: made it cheaper), but that version hasn't turned up online yet.
Yeah, I've been trying to get my hands on the rewrite for a while now.
 

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Really good picks here. Something you should know about me is that of all the genres of film Sci-fi is one I always come back to the most.That being said I still really appreciate works of any genre. So without further ado.


John Carter by Jon Favreau & Mark Fergus - Favreau wanted to concentrate more on Carter's encounter with the Thark's and not on piling in stuff from the later books.He also wanted to include more practical effects such as make-up and animatronics.


Hi, Sorry but are you saying you have this? I only own another version that I got from here a little while ago but would really love to read this if you have it.
 

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I don't have that script I'm afraid.Most of my information comes from Io9 and The greatest sci-fi movies never made by David hughes.Excellent book.I too woud love to read that draft of John Carter.
 

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LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER by Bragi Schut

Excellent concept, taking the very brief description of Dracula's sea voyage from Transylvania to London and creating a whole ALIEN-like story out of it.

This has been in development with several directors, including David Slade, and actors mentioned like Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley. No doubt, being an ocean-set period piece it would be very expensive to make. Hopefully someone pushes it through eventually.


So it's about the crew trapped on the ship with a hungry Dracula?
 

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I'll have to agree with Logan's I Am Legend draft. It's a strong, readable script, that's elegant in its simplicity. The film would have been a genuine work of art if produced.

And I just read Last Voyage of the Demeter based on its mention in this thread. Wow, that actually was really good. It did remind me just a bit of The Thing prequel because of certain elements, but it's much better than that, thankfully.