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5 Movies That Were Unexpectedly Canceled

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Hollywood producers and directors sometimes produce movies that are “hit-or-miss”. The ones that miss could gain momentum, but often, producers eventually cancel the in-development projects before they’re ever released in theaters. Some movies are canceled for logical reasons, including an actor’s death. Other films, including these five, are canceled for seriously bizarre reasons.

Bad Rating For ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’

In 2010, director Guillermo Del Toro (of 2017’s The Shape of Water), announced he would be adapting H.P. Lovecraft’s beloved novel, At the Mountains of Madness. Tom Cruise was set to star, but the project was ultimately canceled for one specific reason: the rating. It was rated R, which Universal Studios didn’t abide. Del Toro later commented that he should have lied about the rating and if it was PG-13, we would be watching the movie right now.

Too Much Money For ‘Crusade’

RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven hoped to produce an epic film, Crusade, in the 1990s, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Connelly, and Gary Sinise. It was a promising picture, but Verhoeven demanded $100 million from producers. This unreasonable budget could not be negotiated, prompting Verhoeven to rant to producers. That was the end of the project.

Not Seeing Eye-To-Eye In ‘Superman Lives’

Everyone wants to produce a great superhero film, including Kevin Smith. He collaborated with producer Jon Peters for a project, entitled Superman Lives. Smith tried his best to adhere to Peters’ unusual requests, including that Superman doesn’t wear a suit and he doesn’t fly. The two couldn’t see eye-to-eye on the creative direction. Eventually, the project was scrapped by director Tim Burton for being “too boring.”

No Creativity For ‘Larrikins’

Dreamworks announced in 2013 it would produce an animated musical, Larrikins, in which Aussie comedian Tim Minchin was set to write and co-direct. It would star Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, and Rose Byrne, but the film was never produced. Eventually, Dreamworks pulled the plug because “creatively, it just wasn’t working out well.” If you asked Minchin, however, it was a creative project and he has never forgotten the experience.

’10 Things I Hate About Life’ Got The Axe

10 Things I Hate About You is one of the best movies from the 1990s. It thrust stars Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt into stardom. In 2012, Hollywood was set to produce a sequel, 10 Things I Hate About Life, hoping to target viewers who needed some nostalgia. However, production halted halfway through filming for reasons still unclear, but the film’s expensive budget is likely a cause. We doubt the movie would even be any good without Heath Ledger.

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What’s Going To Happen In ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’?

In April 2019, Lucasfilm debuted the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Illinois. Fans were provided with a sneak peek of the new installment. But it didn’t take long for them to think of their own theories about what to expect. So Many Questions Fans aren’t really prepared...

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When Real-Life Plays A Part In TV Plotlines

Not every show has its plot lined out from the moment the pilot airs, and still, sometimes real-life can get in the way. Even the best laid plans can go awry, and sometimes plotlines are created entirely to accommodate an actor’s unexpected personal issue. From pregnancies to off-set injuries (and of course plenty of on-set injuries), writers are reworking scripts so that you’d never know something else was happening behind the scenes. Think you know why an actor exited a show? We’ll bet you didn’t even realize that some major show plots happened out of serendipity. Read on to find out how in some cases, the truth really is stranger than fiction.

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Why We Haven’t Seen Paris Hilton Lately

Remember the woman who made "That's hot" a household phrase? Paris Hilton has been in the spotlight for more years than we can count, but we haven't been seeing her on screens lately. That's because the famous celebutante has had her hands full with her successful perfume line, her series of award-winning novels, and her new career as a DJ....

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