From Batgirl to Quentin Tarantino’s Misplaced Comedies: 9 Films That Have been Scrapped Throughout or After Manufacturing

It goes without saying that making any movie is a pretty big job.

You have to get a cast, a crew, a script, a director – and you have to make sure the money is there to even do it.

Sometimes, even if all the different components work together, something can still go disastrously wrong.

The history books are full of projects that never made it into production. But what to do with those who filmed themselves before the burial?

It could be the result of a terrible accident, a financial meltdown, or a change in management at the studio.

in 2022 August 2 it turns out that a planned DC Comics adaptation Bat girl was pulled from the run – despite having already been filmed in its entirety.

The film starred Leslie Grace and Michael Keaton would have returned as Batman.

Here are 11 movies that were scrapped during or after production.

Bat girl

Despite the fact that it has already been completed and cost 90 million. USD (£73.7 million), Bat girl was delayed this year, just months before its scheduled release.

Leslie Grace played the lead role of Barbara Gordon in the DC film.

“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects a strategic shift by our management regarding the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros Picture spokesperson said. “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance.”

Batgirl has fallen victim to the changing regime at Warner Bros. It was originally set up as an HBO Max show, but is reportedly set for a theatrical release.

Leslie Grace in Batgirl

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My best friend’s birthday

Quentin Tarantino’s first film actually wasn’t Reservoir dogsbut My best friend’s birthdayAn amateur black-and-white comedy starring Tarantino and his old video store partner, Craig Hamann.

The film was completed in 1987, five years ago Reservoir dogs hit the screens.

Although it would not have been widely released, the film was damaged in a fire in the development lab, destroying half of the footage.

The film’s entire script and stills compilation are available online for Tarantino-obsessed perusal.

The Day the Clown Cried

In Jerry Lewis’s legendary film Lost, the comedian played a German circus clown who is arrested and sent to a concentration camp after mocking Hitler.

Several people who saw early cuts of the film were scathing in their reviews; The Simpsons star Harry Shearer once wrote, “This film is so drastically wrong, its pathos and comedy so wildly inappropriate, that imagining what it might be could not improve what it actually is.”

Copyright disputes involving producer Nathan Wachsberger meant that the film never saw the light of day.

Who Killed Bambi?

Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert co-wrote this punk rock script with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. A hard day’s night.

Russ Meyer was attached to direct and the Sex Pistols themselves starred. However, filming was canceled just days into production.

Various controversial reasons for the film’s demise have been cited by those associated with it: objections from the Fox studio, personal interference from 20th Century Fox board member Grace Kelly, and a possible financing struggle, variously linked to the film’s abandonment.

Number 13

Alfred Hitchcock’s first film was in 1922 Number 13, a socio-political drama. Clare Greet and Ernest Thesiger were attached to the star as a husband and wife couple.

Filming was stopped halfway through, however, after funding ran out.

Alfred Hitchcock pictured in 1926

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the seamstress

In 2017, Netflix canceled a biopic of the late writer Gore Vidal after its star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct.

The film was already in production. Michael Stuhlbarg, who co-starred with Vidal’s longtime partner Howard Austen, later spoke in an interview about turning down the film.

“I understand what’s going on,” he said. “Honestly, we all have some hope that maybe … in time, people will have a chance to see it in the light it was meant to be seen.”

Bogart slept here

Mike Nichols directed this 1975 film. the Neil Simon-scripted film for two weeks, when production was permanently halted.

The reason reportedly has to do with the film’s star Robert De Niro, whose Method-infused acting style didn’t gel with Simon’s dialogue.

Bogart slept here was later remade and filmed as Goodbye girl after two years.

10 things I hate in life

Few canceled movies have proven as controversial as this one 10 things I hate in lifeGil Junger’s spiritual 1999 the sequel to the hit 10 things I hate about you.

The film, which focuses on two characters who meet while trying to take their own life and fall in love, will star Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonell.

A two-month shoot took place in 2012, but had to be abandoned due to Wood’s pregnancy and management changes at the film’s production company.

Although production was supposed to resume in 2013, it never did. The producers sued Wood for breach of contract, and Wood’s attorney claimed she was never properly compensated for the work she had already done.

Evan Rachel Wood was supposed to star in the now-abandoned project

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1, Claudius

1937 Roman epic 1, Claudius remains one of the saddest unfinished films ever (almost) made.

Filming was stopped halfway through after one of the stars, Merle Oberon, was injured in a car accident. Some historians and reviewers have speculated that the injury was used as a pretext to justify acrimonious creative differences between producer Alexander Korda and the film’s lead Charles Laughton.

The film became in 1965. the subject of the documentary The epic that never was.

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