Greetings friends. Cloverfield monster here back again to talk about some amazing stuff. Today's list is on cancelled projects I find the most interesting. There are some projects that were indeed being planned, but eventually just never got past the planning stages. This can also apply to films that ACTUALLY WERE released, but had an entirely different plot originally. Today's list calls out cancelled projects or original versions of released films that never came to be. So, without further ado, let's take a look at these forgotten classics and discover why they were left on the cutting room floor.
Genie (Live Action Film)This was a film in Disney's series of live-action remakes or re-imaginings that were being planned, but ultimately never came to be. Now, whatever your opinion on Disney's remake spree (I strongly predict, 20 years from now, Frozen is going to be remade in live-action), there's no denying that they've actually doing pretty great with them so far, with people even going as far as to say that the live-action remake of Jungle Book is better than the original (whether or not you actually think that is your business). But, this prequel to Aladdin was one I was most interested in. It was supposed to be about how the Genie we all know and love got imprisoned in the lamp in the first place before being found by Aladdin. However, it was eventually scrapped and put on hold and it's uncertain if it'll ever be put back into production. Now, the reason for its cancellation is unknown, but it's a tragedy. The Genie was pretty much almost everyone's favorite character in the Aladdin movies, and it would've been interesting to see him be the star of his very own movie rather than the supporting character. It can WORK. Timon and Pumbaa did it well in their TV series.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3D (1983)
Before I talk about this scrapped project itself, I must say that the history of the "American Godzilla" is a rather strange one. When people think of the American Godzilla, they will think of either the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures series of films started by the 2014 reboot by Gareth Edwards, or they will think of the disastrous 1998 remake by Roland Emmerich. But, few people know there were plenty of other American Godzilla creations before either of those, with an animated series by Hanna Barbera and another animated series continuing the 1998 film's story, as well as various comics by American companies, such as Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, and currently IDW. But, it's also filled with planned films that never made it. For me, the most fascinating case of all was the 1983 planned film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3D by Steve Miner, who did Friday the 13th Part 3 and a couple other horror films. Miner got the rights from Japanese film company Toho to make an American Godzilla movie. It was to be in 3D, and Miner was a genuine fan of the franchise, ready to help it make a HUGE impression on audiences at the time. However, the reason the film never made it was because the planned budget was $30 million. That may not be much today, but in 1983, that number was GARGANTUAN. Studios refused to spend that much money on a Godzilla movie. They viewed the project as nothing more than a "children's film". Kiddie fodder, if you will. And unfortunately, the project got cancelled because of it. It's sad really how people viewed Godzilla in such a condescending manner at the time. But, eventually, thanks to Gareth Edwards and Warner Bros, Miner finally got his wish in making Godzilla popular again amongst American audiences with the 2014 reboot, followed by the Japanese reboot, Godzilla Resurgence, which got a limited American release in October 2016. Not only that, Godzilla is getting his first animated film for release in Japan in 2017, and a sequel to the American reboot in 2019. So, now is a GREAT time to be a Godzilla fan, as the King of the Monsters is making a huge comeback.
The Original Zootopia
Another interesting cancelled project was the original plan for Zootopia. Now, I don't want to go too much into it because everyone here on Disney Wiki, I assume, knows the story. It was originally going to be a much darker tale about how all predators were forced to wear shock collars to keep them from killing everyone, with Nick Wilde being the main character rather than the sidekick. Now, while I'm overall VERY happy with how Zootopia came out, it would've been really interesting to see how the film would've turned out if they had stuck to this plot. Thankfully, we do have a brief glimpse thanks to test footage on Youtube that you can watch here.
Original Fantastic Four 2015 Concept
It's pretty much no secret that Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot was a monumental failure on every level, and that at this point, the only way the franchise can be saved is if Marvel buys it back so that they can play a role in the MCU, as I previously stated in my list of best and worst remakes. But, the original concept of the reboot had an entirely different premise. It also seemed much lighter and just sounded generally MUCH more fun. I don't really know the whole story, but what I know is that it would've had the Fantasticar, the team's mode of transportation, as well as a battle against Mole Man and his army of monsters in New York City, as well as Dr. Doom being portrayed more faithfully and a set up for Galactus at the end. Eventually, it was scrapped in favor of the final product for the same reason as the 1983 Godzilla. It was considered too expensive. Sure, it would've cost a lot of money, but this version sounds much better than what we ended up getting. While I don't know if it would've been better quality wise, it would've been at LEAST more fun, like the Transformers movies. As previously stated, let's hope Marvel buys back the FF movie rights so that we can get a great adaptation of Marvel's first family once and for all.
And now for an honorable mention:
Original Plans for Frozen
This was also fairly interesting. Originally, Elsa was actually going to be the main bad guy of Frozen, but this was eventually scrapped as her famous song, Let it Go, made her seem too likeable. While this original tale with an evil Elsa would've probably been more faithful to the original Snow Queen tale, would've it have made for a better movie? I don't know. But, we'll never know now.
And that's my list of cancelled films or scrapped ORIGINAL CONCEPTS of actually released films. Do you agree with this list? If not, what would YOU have added? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Don't be shy.