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10 Shelved / Unreleased Movies That We'd Love to See

In the world of cinema, there are numerous films that were conceived and even partially produced but never saw the light of day. Here, we delve into 10 such unreleased movies, exploring their intriguing backgrounds and the reasons why they remained in the shadows of the film industry.

1. The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis

This infamous 1972 film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis is a dramatic departure from his usual comedic work. Set in a Nazi concentration camp, the film faced numerous issues, including sensitivity of the subject matter and legal disputes over rights. Its controversial nature has kept it under wraps, with only a few having seen the existing footage.

2. Superman Lives

In the late 1990s, "Superman Lives" was set to revitalize the Superman franchise with Nicolas Cage in the lead role. Despite significant pre-production work, including costume tests, the project was shelved due to escalating budget concerns and creative differences, leaving fans to wonder about what this unique take on Superman could have been.

3. Heart of Darkness

Orson Welles planned to adapt Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" as his first feature film. This ambitious project, intended to be a commentary on fascism, was ultimately abandoned due to budget constraints and Welles' decision to direct "Citizen Kane" instead.

4. Kaleidoscope

In the 1960s, Alfred Hitchcock began working on a daring, avant-garde film titled "Kaleidoscope." This thriller, which featured more explicit content than Hitchcock's previous works, was ultimately rejected by the studio for being too risqué, leading Hitchcock to abandon the project.

5. I, Claudius

This adaptation of Robert Graves' novel, starring Charles Laughton, was set to be a cinematic spectacle. However, after numerous production issues, including an on-set accident and escalating costs, the film was abandoned, and the footage shot remains a glimpse into what could have been a landmark film.

6. Napoleon by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" was envisioned as an epic historical drama, complete with extensive research and ambitious plans. Despite Kubrick's meticulous preparation, the project was shelved due to budgetary concerns and the commercial failure of similar films at that time.

7. Double V Vega

Following the success of "Pulp Fiction," Quentin Tarantino contemplated a prequel focusing on the characters Vic Vega from "Reservoir Dogs" and Vincent Vega from "Pulp Fiction." The project was ultimately sidelined, primarily due to the aging of the actors and Tarantino's evolving interests.

8. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam's project is one of the most famous examples of an unreleased movie, plagued by a series of misfortunes including casting issues, financial problems, and natural disasters. While Gilliam attempted to revive it several times, the original vision of the film remains unrealized.

9. Gladiator 2: Christ Killer

Not the upcoming Gladiator 2 that is due to be released later this year, but an entirely different sequel that, sadly, never came to pass. After the success of "Gladiator," Nick Cave (yes, that Nick Cave) penned a script that involved Maximus in the afterlife, and for a period of time it looked like all involved in the original would be back on board for some heavenly hijinks. Sadly, the project was deemed too far-fetched and ultimately abandoned, leaving fans to ponder on this unconventional concept for a sequel. You can find out more about this abandoned sequel here.

10. Atuk

This adaptation of the novel "The Incomparable Atuk" faced a tragic fate. Linked to a supposed curse, the film saw the untimely deaths of several actors considered for the lead role, including John Belushi and Chris Farley, leading to its indefinite shelving.

These unreleased films represent a fascinating "what if" in cinema history. Each one holds stories of ambition, creative vision, and the often harsh realities of film production. They stand as a testament to the unpredictable nature of filmmaking and the enduring allure of the movies that could have been.

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