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Stumpy Pepys
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Potentially good films that never saw the light of day.

Up Against It
Up Against It was one of the options for the third Beatles film, to be written by Joe Orton. Orton's first draft was rejected — although Paul McCartney was an Orton fan, he was reported to have said:

"We didn't do it because it was gay … it wasn't that we were anti-gay – just that we, The Beatles, weren't gay."

Who Killed Bambi?
The Sex Pistol's first movie, written by Roger Ebert and Malcolm McLaren and directed by Russ Meyer.

Only a day-and-a-half's shooting was ever achieved, when 20th Century Fox pulled the funding. The surviving footage features OTF favourite Sting as the leader of a pop group that attacks Paul Cook.

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Terry Gilliam's Cervantes-with-a-twist tale The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which started shooting in 2000, starring Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, and started going wrong when another one of the actors, Jean Rochefort (playing Quixote), fell ill and fell to pieces completely when the expensiveness of Gilliam's ideas, not uncharacteristically, spiralled unchecked. A Heart Of Darkness-style documentary film about the failed film, Lost In La Mancha, did come out in 2002, narrated by one of the cast of the abortive original, Jeff Bridges. Which I haven't seen, but I'd love to.
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Amor de Cosmos
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Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon. Intended to be the follow-up to 2001, it was was the subject of much speculation at the time but eventually died a death due to lack of funding. A full screenplay was discovered a few years back and, apparently, it's pretty easy to see why it never got made. Aside from from the cost of full-scale armies in a non-CGI era, the sexual relationship between Nap and Jo was to be treated in a full-on "Eyes Wide Shut" manner. Something that, even in 1969, was a bit too robust for the money-men.
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Fuzzy Dunlop
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quote:
Sting as the leader of a pop group that attacks Paul Cook
Or sexually assualts Paul Cook, to be more precise. It can be seen in all its 'glory' in Julien Temple's documentary The Filth and the Fury .

In the same vein as Kubrick's Napoleon, Sergio Leone was planning on making a film of the WW2 siege of Leningrad/St. Petersburg before his death. Filming was to take place in Russia with the help of the Red Army, massed tanks and all.

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'Giro City'.

An excellent film exposing political chicanery starring Jon Finch and Glenda Jackson.

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quote:
A Heart Of Darkness-style documentary film about the failed film, Lost In La Mancha, did come out in 2002, narrated by one of the cast of the abortive original, Jeff Bridges. Which I haven't seen, but I'd love to.
Ooh, that was really good, I had forgotten all about that. It's really difficult to watch in some places, because everything that could go wrong--even stuff that in all likelihood would have never happened--did, and you see Gilliam start to lose it. Heart of Darkness was really about Coppola's hubris, but in this instance, Gilliam was the victim of really bad luck.
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About 30 Orson Welles movies.
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Don Malhumorado
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I'm almost certain I used to have 'King Of New York', but it's nowhere to be seen in my collection now. I reckon some cunt has had away with it.
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