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Lord of the RingsMiramax was floored with the success of the Lord of the Ring Trilogy, and they began to formulate a new film. They wanted to squeeze out one last film from the license.  The film was never completed, but the title has been revealed along with the initial plotlines and casting.  That movie…

Lord of the Rings: A Jeweler’s Tale.

The film was to be a buddy comedy with Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee trolling through New York hawking stolen rings.

Along their journey to sell the “one” unsellable ring, the two would encounter the homeless (CGI Characters), mass transportation, and a feisty thin heroin addict (CGI Character).

The plot was further complicated by the impending romance between the two hobbits.  The rest of the plot was illegible.  It was written in what appeared to be Elvish on a paper towel.

Studio execs looking for a hipper and more urban flavor opted to put Gary Coleman and Emanuel Lewis in the featured roles, and Eddie Murphy was slated to play the CGI heroin character with the crazy voice.

The film was halted before production began and never released.  We can only speculate on how amazing this film would have been…

Project Redlight chronicles the movies that never made it in Hollywood.  They were discussed and bandied about, but ultimately a decision was made to pass on them.  The suggested movies are presented here with all of the details known at the time of their cancellation.

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Football Field of Dreams


November 19th, 2007

Football Field of DreamsIn the market for another sports title, Universal Studios began an ambitious project.  A project most people thought was ridiculous.  Trying to match the original success of Field of Dreams, Universal began production on…

Football Field of Dreams

The plot was unimaginative and varied little from the original.

A farmer by the name of Roy Kinsella (Kevin Costner), begins to hear voices telling him to build a football field where a current crop of sunflowers grow.  Much to the amusement of the local townsfolk, Kinsella builds his football field.

The plot strays a bit in the next sequence, in which Roy forgets to put up the goal posts.   There is a two year gap until he hears another voice reminding him that he didn’t “technically” finish the field.  Kinsella completes the job.

After the field’s completion, football legend Bart Starr emerges from the sunflower field and meets Roy.  However, Bart Starr isn’t dead, therefore writers scrambled to rewrite the script to suggest that Starr has Alzheimer’s and has wondered away from his family.

Kinsella then goes on a wild chase to hunt down author John Grisham.  This sequence was to include exploding cars and machine guns.

Roy finally returns to his field, almost bankrupt, with Grisham and Pete Rose.

In the meantime a slew of dead or simply retired players emerge from the sunflower field to begin practicing for the big game.  Only a single game is played, because most of the players get injured.  The players are not in the prime of their lives.

Kinsella is also reconnected with a deceased uncle, Ralph Kinsella, whom he didn’t really care for.

Kostner was to play Roy Kinsella, who was of no relation to Ray Kinsella from the original movie.  Ray Liotta  also signed on to return, but this time as Pete Rose.

The film failed to receive the financial backing needed to film the extravagant action scenes.  The project was shelved…

Project Redlight chronicles the movies that never made it in Hollywood.  They were discussed and bandied about, but ultimately a decision was made to pass on them.  The suggested movies are presented here with all of the details known at the time of their cancellation.

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Terminator IV


October 19th, 2007

Terminator IVArtisan was desperate to recreate the gold they struck when they released Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  They bandied about ideas, and even attempted a marginally successful third film in the series.  However, studio execs weren't satisfied.  They went back to the drawing board and came up with…

Terminator IV: Fired From Kinkos

The plot entertained the idea that Terminator had been roaming around Earth for quite some time, and had become an accepted member of society.

Therefore Terminator needed to adjust to the social norms of the time, learn to cry, and feel human emotions.  The pitch was met with friction.

The studio was leery about turning a bonafied action series into a slapstick comedy, but they forged ahead developing the plot and hiring principles.

In a compromise the writers made the first half of the movie a comedy, while keeping the second half an action film. 

In the first half of the movie, the Terminator begins adjusting to society, which leads to marginal hilarity.  Finally, the Terminator lands a job at Kinkos.  However, the action begins when the Terminator is terminated for jamming the copy machine.  He would later return to avenge his firing with an action packed class action lawsuit. 

Arnold was cast as the Terminator, while Danny DeVito was slated to play his Kinkos boss.

The film was abandoned for unspecified reasons…

Project Redlight chronicles the movies that never made it in Hollywood.  They were discussed and bandied about, but ultimately a decision was made to pass on them.  The suggested movies are presented here with all of the details known at the time of their cancellation.  

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The New Frankenstein Movie


September 5th, 2007

Francis Ford Coppola's FrankensteinAdaptations were all the rage. And after Francis Ford Coppola saw Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, he knew he wanted to do his own remake. Coppola began to pitch his new movie around Hollywood. His movie…

Francis Ford Coppola’s Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

The film gained little traction, but a few details were leaked. Coppola’s plan to cast Keanu Reeves as Frankenstein, fell on deaf ears. He is reported to have said that this was to be Keanu’s “Michael Corleone.” The studios were more interested in having an aging Al Pacino play the role of Frankenstein in a direct challenge to Robert DeNiro. Pacino wanted nothing to do with the picture, citing the film “Jack” several times in his rejection letter.

The studios were also frustrated by Coppola’s insistence in using “butt” shaped costumes, wigs, and props in the production. Studios wanted to avoid the eventual parody onslaught and decided to pass.

It was also believed that the plot structure was to be significantly altered to include a subplot in which Frankenstein’s monster joins a mafia family as some sort of consigliore.

The film never came to fruition, and Coppola struggled to regain his career. Information for this article was furnished by Francis Ford Coppola to drum up some excitement and traction for this project.

Project Redlight chronicles the movies that never made it in Hollywood.  They were discussed and bandied about, but ultimately a decision was made to pass on them.  The suggested movies are presented here with all of the details known at the time of their cancellation.

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Indecent Proposal II


August 9th, 2007

Indecent Proposal II: May I Eat Your Sandwich?After the critical success of Indecent Proposal, producers were anxious to get rolling on a sequel.  They wanted something even edgier, something that would shock and awe.  Unfortunately, the best idea  that came out of those discussions was…

Indecent Proposal II: May I Eat Your Sandwich?

The idea was scrapped quickly, but not before a basic plot structure was drawn up and principle cast members were hired.  The original plot called for the sandwich to be a CG character voiced by Eddie Murphy.  The sandwich owner's part was offered to Delta Burke, but was ultimately gobbled up by Kirstie Alley.  The sandwich suitor, as it were, was written as a vehicle for Rosanne.

The plot didn't stray too far from the original.  Alley's character was to have a seemingly perfect life with her current sandwich (Murphy), until an overweight millionaire (Rosanne) offered one million dollars for a single night alone with the sandwich.  The plot was predictable and the studio had trouble green-lighting any nudity for the film.  

The film was eventually shelved in a back lot dumpster.

Project Redlight chronicles the movies that never made it in Hollywood.  They were discussed and bandied about, but ultimately a decision was made to pass on them.  The suggested movies are presented here with all of the details known at the time of their cancellation.  

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