10 Science Fiction films that never happened

One of the nerdier aspects of my life is jonesing over movies that never happened or could have happened  or theorizing about movies that should happen (think of this as akin to fantasy baseball except you’re deciding on studios, directors, producers, designers, fx houses, screenwriters and actors, etc.). 

In a new article in the Times Online article, David Hughes the author of a new book, The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made, shares his 10 favorites. 

Among them, with some background about each project, are: Vincent Ward‘s Alien 3, Wolfgang Petersen, Andrew Kevin Walker and JJ AbramsSuperman vs. Batman, Steven Spielberg‘s Night Skies, Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars, Phil Kaufman‘s Star Trek: Planet of the Titans, Arthur C. Clarke‘s Childhood’s End, Alfred Bester‘s The Stars My Destination, Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Dune, Ridley Scott‘s I Am Legend and The Outer Limits. 

I think I’m going to have to find a copy of David Fincher’s directors cut for Alien3. Ward, who was a producer on the film, had an interesting take, but I’m not sure it would have been in keeping with the franchise. I always thought it was an unfairly judged movie, regardless.

Recently, I’m a bit surprised they left off either Aronofksy’s or Greengrass’s version of Watchmen, Spielberg and Frank Darabont’s version of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skulls, and Wolfgang Peterson’s attempt at Ender’s Game. [via]

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