Tales From Development Hell by David Hughes
The Greatest Movies Never Made?

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"Tales From Development Hell" is thoroughly readable and full of keen insights into the frustrations of industrial moviemaking...
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A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made! 

Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky's Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there so many scripts written over the years for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's fourth Indiana Jones movie? Why was Lara Croft's journey to the big screen so tortuous, and what prevented Paul Verhoeven from filming what he calls "one of the greatest scripts ever written"? Why did Ridley Scott's Crisis in the Hot Zone collapse days away from filming, and were the Beatles really set to star in Lord of the Rings? What does Neil Gaiman think of the attempts to adapt his comic book series The Sandman

All these lost projects, and more, are covered in this major book, which features many exclusive interviews with the writers and directors involved.
 

About David Hughes

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David Hughes is the author of two other Virgin Film titles: Kubrick and Lynch, as well as The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made and The Illustrated Farscape Companion. He has written for, among others, the Guardian, Empire, GQ, The Face and SFX.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Titan Books. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sonny Bunch on Mar 10 2012

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