Thursday, January 29, 2015
8 documentaries about notable movies that never happened
For instance, what if Steven Spielberg had made “American Sniper” instead of Clint Eastwood? Spielberg was originally slated to direct the biopic and planned to take the movie in a different direction.
Last year I noticed the emergence of a subcategory of documentaries about interesting movies that were planned but never completed. In some cases, these movies were ultimately shot by other filmmakers who put their own spin on the material. Some never made it past pre-production.
What follows is a list of documentaries in the subgenre about movies that could have been. Some of these documentaries are still in production or pending release.
Wikipedia, Entertainment Weekly and the Verge.)
Entertainment Weekly and Wikipedia.)
Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four
The documentary is expected to be released this year. (See articles by Indiewire and Comic Book Resources.)
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
IMDb, Geek Tyrant and another by GeekTyrant.)
A World War II Fairytale: The Making of Michael Mann’s The Keep
Shock Till You Drop.)
Those are some recent examples of the documentary subgenre. But there have been others before them.
Lost in La Mancha
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days
The Epic That Never Was
IMDb and the New York Times.)
Let me know if I missed any other good examples.
Update (July 16, 2015): Check out more documentaries about movies that were never made.