Nonexistent Films (That I Would Like To Have Seen)

by Slaterson420 | created - 16 Jun 2014 | updated - 01 Sep 2014 | Public

The documentary Jodorowsky's Dune has gotten me thinking about movies that could have been but never were. Whether it be a film that just never got made, lost films, films with lost footage, a film that was meant to be by another director, a sequel that never came around or whatever. Each entry in the list is accompanied by a film that makes sense in association. Some of these are movies I really wish existed. Some of these are probably better left the way they are, but would make for an interesting what if?

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1. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,779 | Gross: $0.65M

Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Dune.

2. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 23,739

Sons of El Topo

3. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 272,523 | Gross: $198.68M

Seorgie Leone's aspired remake of Gone With The Wind.

4. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,504,763 | Gross: $134.97M

Now this movie is undeniably fantastic, but the director first offered the helm wasn't Francis Ford Coppola. It was Sergio Leone. While it would have been interesting to see Sergio Leone's the Godfather, I'm glad we live in a world with Coppola's Godather and Leone's Once Upon a Time in America.

5. The Tiger

Adventure, Drama, Thriller | Announced

Takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers' habitat and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an ... See full summary »

Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Le Tigre, the Jodorowsky's Dune of action movies. It was to be directed by Andrzej Zulawski and starring Dolph Lundgren, it would have been half 80's action classic half arthouse flick.

6. RoboCop (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish

Votes: 209,734 | Gross: $58.61M

RoboCop directed by Darren Arronofsky

7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A machine from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a man and a woman from an advanced robotic assassin to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes

Votes: 362,840 | Gross: $150.37M

James Cameron's Terminator 3

8. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 286,151 | Gross: $119.39M

I love Paul Verhoven and I absolutely adore this movie. David Cronenberg's interpretation could have been really good.

9. Escape from L.A. (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Peter Fonda

Votes: 66,159 | Gross: $25.48M

A real sequel to Escape From New York that isn't a self-satire retread of the first film, as well as the third film in John Carpenter's original planned trilogy.

10. China O'Brien (1990)

R | 86 min | Action

A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet - or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright

Votes: 1,030

The Executioner. A cop movie that was to star Sylvester Stallone Cynthia Rothrock as his partner, to be directed by William Friedkin, produced by Joel Silver and written by Edward Neumeir and Michael Miner.

Hollywood needs more female action heroes.

11. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,733

The version of a Better Tomorrow II John Woo originally intended.

12. Furious 7 (2015)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

67 Metascore

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

Votes: 344,173 | Gross: $353.01M

I do like the F&F franchise. They can be quite a bit of fun, and especially how they revitalized the Fast and Furious name with Five and Six. I was really looking forward to the insane action nonsense of Seven, until the tragic news of Paul Walker's death. The film is destined to be just an awkward little mess.

RIP

13. True Romance (1993)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 195,017 | Gross: $12.28M

Tony Scott was interested in directing Reservoir Dogs, but Tarantino needed that because he could work in that budget, so he gave Scott True Romance. I would like to have seen True Romance as directed by Tarantino, and Reservoir Dogs directed by Scott would have been interesting too.

14. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

80 Metascore

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 39,794

The uncut version of Tod Browning's Freaks.

15. London After Midnight (1927)

Passed | 69 min | Horror

The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams

Votes: 1,133 | Gross: $0.52M

Tod Browning's lost London After Midnight.

16. 4 Devils (1928)

Passed | 100 min | Drama

Four orphans, raised by an aging clown, becomes a high wire act in a circus.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Mary Duncan, Charles Morton, Barry Norton

Votes: 126

F. W. Murnau's lost 4 Devils

17. The Walking Dead (2010– )
Episode: Days Gone Bye (2010)

TV-14 | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, and searches for his family in a world ravaged by the undead.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 19,212

While all in all I'm kinda glad he ended up turning the gig, because the show itself is at best a mediocre zombie soap opera and I'd rather he'd make another Dead movie, George Romero was offered to direct the pilot of the Walking Dead. That could have been interesting. Maybe even awesome.

In fact, kinda wish this show lived up to it's potential. It has great source material, great talent backing it up and it's on a great network.

18. Resident Evil (2002)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce

Votes: 237,153 | Gross: $40.12M

Again, rather he'd do another Dead movie, but Resident Evil written and directed by George Romero would also have been an interesting viewing.

19. Martin (1977)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau

Votes: 9,273 | Gross: $0.10M

The lost 2 hour and 45 minute cut of George Romero's Martin.

20. The Wax Mask (1997)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror

Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Stivaletti | Stars: Robert Hossein, Romina Mondello, Riccardo Serventi Longhi, Gabriella Giorgelli

Votes: 1,726

The Wax Mask by it's original intended director, Lucio Fulci.

21. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 150,302 | Gross: $54.24M

The Evil Dead remake directed by Chan-Wook Park

22. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 561,714 | Gross: $32.00M

Whatever film Hitchcock wanted to shoot a scene at Disneyworld in. Walt Disney refused to let him do that because Hitchcock "made that disgusting film Psycho".

23. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 134,071 | Gross: $76.61M

Did you know Poltergeist and E.T. were supposed to be the same movie originally? Isn't that crazy!?

24. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 280,396 | Gross: $78.62M

Stanley Kubrick's A.I. Artificial Intelligence

25. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,140,144 | Gross: $96.90M

The Aryan Papers, Stanley Kubrick's Holocaust movie he decided not to make after the release of Schindler's List.

26. Napoleon (I)

History | Announced

The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, a minor Corsican nobleman that rose through the ranks of the French military to become the youngest general in the nation's history and eventually the first French emperor.

Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon biography epic

27. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006 Video)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty

Votes: 13,404

Superman II completely directed by Richard Donner.

28. Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden

Votes: 264,447 | Gross: $200.08M

Superman Lives written by Kevin Smith.

29. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 663,955 | Gross: $291.05M

Superman Lives written by Kevin Smith (and maybe with all the crazy crap Jon Peters wanted).

30. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,435,786 | Gross: $448.14M

This movie sucks! I wish Nolan was able to do his original idea for the third Batman movie with Heath Ledger returning as the Joker.

31. Justice League (2017)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller

Votes: 352,227 | Gross: $229.02M

Justice League that was going to be directed by George Miller until the writer's strike happened.

32. Ant-Man (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 531,341 | Gross: $180.20M

I'm really disappointed Edgar Wright won't be doing this one.

33. Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 5,419

Mario Bava leaves the movie open ended for a sequel, and then decides not to make one. Why?

34. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 3,916

A version of Rabid Dogs completed by Mario Bava.

35. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 149,748 | Gross: $0.55M

Adaptations of the other volumes of the manga

36. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Votes: 65,219 | Gross: $2.19M

The original Oldboy was technically based off of a manga, although it's different enough from it to be its own work. While Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy ended up being a remake of the South Korean film, originally it was intended to be a more faithful adaptation of the manga directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Will Smith.

37. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 899,648 | Gross: $309.13M

I love Ewoks. I have no problems with Return of the Jedi. But I would have been interested in seeing what it would have been like if Steven Spielberg, David Lynch or David Cronenberg had taken the offer to direct.

38. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 102,812 | Gross: $23.22M

A Pompeii film with special effects by Ray Harryhausen

39. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 22,045

Jason's voyage home

40. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 732,881 | Gross: $303.00M

Just one Hobbit movie, directed by Guillermo del Toro

41. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 28,298 | Gross: $0.92M

Ralph Bakshi's Return of the King

42. Cool World (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

28 Metascore

A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Janni Brenn, Brad Pitt

Votes: 19,706 | Gross: $14.11M

Ralph Bakshi's original vision of Cool World that Kim Bassinger squandered,



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