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The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made (Englisch) Taschenbuch – April 2002

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David Hughes' wonderfully readable The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made is not only a fascinating insight into the machinations of the Hollywood production factory, but a true testament to Sci-fi's enduring popularity as a film genre among mainstream audiences. It's amazing how long many of these movies languished in "development hell" and even more amazing how long the people involved hung on, despite the fact that quite often it was perfectly obvious that the project was on its last legs. Movie buffs and Internet users will be familiar with a lot of the tales here which have now practically passed into Hollywood folklore. Using combinations of new interviews and press clippings, quotes and statements Hughes pieces together the development behind some truly major motion pictures which all fell foul of budget constraints, studio nerves or extensive rewrites. And he unearths some real gems about movies that came tantalisingly close to the big screen, only to fail at the last hurdle. There's James Cameron's take on Spider Man (now being filmed by Sam Raimi) that was caught up in years of wrangling over who owned the rights; the live action version of Thunderbirds which would have seen Lady Penelope taking on the villainous Hood in a fist fight and Steven Spielberg's SF horror Night Skies which eventually transformed into ET with a slightly more cuddly alien as its star. Superhero fans will delight in reading about the cheapo version of the Fantastic Four, shot in just under a month, as well as Batman director Tim Burton' s attempts to get Superman to fly again in the ill-fated Superman Lives. There's also contributions from Alien designer HR Giger and Harry Knowles, who runs the Aint-It-Cool movie news Web site, and several pages of rare illustrations from aborted SF movies. This is by far the most well-written and absorbing account of Hollywood's broken dreams and it's truly heartbreaking to read about some of the fantastic films that were so close to becoming reality. Hughes writes with energy and enthusiasm, resulting in a book that movie buffs and Sci-fi fans cannot afford to miss. --Jonathan Weir -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Nice read. Not so much for everybody, but a must read for all sci-fi and film fans. Not complicated, so you can enjoy it as a non-native-speaker.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another brilliant book by David Hughes 15. Januar 2004
Von Not American - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Well, Hughes has done it again. He has written a book that appeals to students of science fiction (of all types, not just films), movies, history, economics, you name it - and has made it completely entertaining and utterly un-putdownable at the same time. Fans of his earlier book on David Lynch will appreciate the chapter on Lynch's two "lost" movies, Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble.
Also, even though this book is only a couple of years old, it is interesting to see what has happened with some of these projects. For instance, Spider Man and Terminator 3 have already been released, Thunderbirds and Alien vs Predator are being filmed right now (Jan 2004), and apparently I Am Legend and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are being cast and actually being made (for sure this time!). I think this proves how fascinating this book is - with any other writing the fact that you are reading about Terminator 3 as a "dead" or "possible future" product would ruin the reading experience. With this book, though, it is still just as fascinating to see why the projects took so long to come to fruition.
So if you have any interest in films, art history, behind the scenes Hollywood gossip, or just a fascinating read, pick up this book NOW. Then go on to read his David Lynch bio, and everything else this man has written. I GUARANTEE you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How Hollywood keeps on failing to make a good Sci - Fi movie 19. September 2002
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A must for all Sci-Fi and film fans (like myself!). I'd always wondered why some of the greatest Sci-Fi stories had never made it to the silver screen and why the one that had were often very disappointing; after reading this book, I now know why!!!
Not only due to you get all the facts and figure regarding the featured "never made" movies, this book lets inside the hearts and mind of the people that tried their hardest to make these movies happen and the studio management idiots that stopped them!
Like movies? Like Sci-Fi books? Want to know why your favourite stories never made it to celluloid? Read this book and find out!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful volume can help steer a critic towards thinking in terms of what might have been instead of what actually is... 12. August 2015
Von Leslie Karen Rigsbey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Author David Hughes understands the history of Western cinema as being a story of corruption, greed, misinformation, illiteracy, and dashed hopes, and he serves up a tremendous hodgepodge of brutal and uncompromising tales about the fractured nature of creativity in terms of the movie business itself. Most poignant are perhaps the fate of Bester's "The Stars My Destination" (what happened to the wealthy guy that wrote the first optioned screenplay adaptation?) translation (his contemporary, A. E. Van Vogt, at least had some vindication in that "...Space Beagle" infected so much of the "Alien" movie's script, but Bester's influence did not fare so well); the aborted Richard Stanley film "Island of Doctor Moreau"--if you have not yet seen the new film "Lost Soul" about the making of this misguided picture, then do yourself a favor and pick up the new 3-disc Blu_Ray (Stanley's vision would have been like no one else's, but that's precisely the problem and worthy of investigation on its own); and certainly the abysmal fate of William Malone's script "Death Star", which ended up as the much more fragmented hit-and-miss picture "Supernova" (2000). I do wish that more would have been included--the original Van Damme-version of 1987's "Predator" (which seems to be a film concept that was overhauled at the eleventh hour), the movie "Passenger" that was sold but apparently never made (and written by Jon Spaihts, who later worked on 2012's unfortunate "Prometheus"), and especially "Brave New World," which is not a book that would be easy to adapt but I'm sure had come up for movie option several times throughout the years. And of course there are numerous other cases which I have not even mentioned, but maybe all of this would have to fill a second (and perhaps even third) volume. Bottom line is that if you are a critic of Hollywood--if you are one who believes that the resulting meal is not always the one that the original chefs intended--then you definitely need to read Hughes. The reviews here on Amazon are not overly hyped. Hughes really does know his stuff, and the research is fascinating. I was particularly struck by the tragic stories behind the "Thunderbirds" movie, and especially the bumpy ride that "I Am Legend" took through Hollywood circles. The Will Smith movie is no classic, but there are many memorable scenes in there--read this book and you'll discover that much of the groundwork for that particular version was already laid long before the final writers and director came on board (tell me you wouldn't like to see Ridley Scott's version!). This really is a fascinating and detailed read! Still, I do wish so much more was here because I know there are numerous other cases out there awaiting rediscovery by historians and film fans alike. A+
P.S. After reading the section about the unfilmable "Outer Limits" attempt, I wanted to add that two of Harlan Ellison's stories--"Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Mefisto in Onyx"--have also been rumored to be in a bidding war for upcoming Hollywood movie adaptations. I read somewhere that Samuel L. Jackson was on board for the latter film, but I have heard no word further about it (actually, there is also a rumor that Denzel Washington's movie "Fallen" was an unauthorized version of this story, but Ellison didn't bring a suit against anyone, and the source material's basis is not explicit...even so, I can see the comparisons). Perhaps due to Ellison's contentious nature (the man thinks that he is a better writer than he is, but he's still fun to hear from), Hollywood has remained reticent in giving the green light to these potentially great science fiction films based upon two pieces of Harlan's fiction (and "Soldier", as you may already know, was adapted into Cameron's film "The Terminator"). Heck, I bet that a separate book could house the story of what happened to "Demon..." on its trip through development hell. Just think of how many horrific tales there are about great science fiction tales that never made it (scripts by John Varley, Jim and John Thomas, Ellison, Heinlein, Cronenberg, etc.). And if you are interested in furthering your knowledge about B-movie and thriller film productions, pick up any Blu-Ray by Scream Factory. These newly restored releases give you your money's (and your movie's) worth!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This isn't a bad book, but... 10. September 2002
Von Taed Wynnell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This isn't a bad book, but it's namesake _The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made_ does a far better job at similar material. There is almost no overlap between the two books, despite the fact that the former book does cover a good deal of science fiction.
Where I think this book fails most is its approach. It's spends a lot of time dealing with production notes on the movies that were made instead (for example, Alien3), instead of the movie that wasn't made (Aliens vs. Predator). Furthermore, it never gets to the key issue -- why would this particular unmade movie have been great?
So, I'd recommend this book only as a follow-on if you've already read the "original".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's a miracle a good film gets made... 24. August 2008
Von Wayne Klein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's a miracle that a good movie gets made. Having seen the machinery at work while at Dino De Laurentiis Productions, I can attest to the fact that when it comes to a movie whatever can go wrong will go wrong and that's BEFORE a single frame has been shot.

Author David Hughes has updated his book so we have the ongoing saga about why good films often don't result from good novels, comic books and original screenplays. Hughes covers the difficult birth of "Spider-Man" a project tied up in legal limbo for over a decade. He also brings to light the long ongoing saga of both Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End which the late writer-producer Phil DeGuere tried to mount for TV as a mini-series only to see cut down several times and how Alfred Bester's classic science fiction novel The Stars My Destination was derailed before it ever had a chance to have a final screenplay written. We also learn about projects that eventually did get produced but after a birth so difficult that the creative team should have been given an epideral to deal with the pain.

The movie business is crazy precisely because just when you think you've learned the rules, you learn there are no rules except that until the film is finally released it might not happen. It's a bizarre world where movie executives and "suits" often have no clue as to the history of a project (or even the history of film as an art and commerical form--when an executive wonders aloud who Alfred Hitchcock was or has never heard of "Citizen Kane" but has the clout to green light a project you know you've entered Porky's Wackyland)or even the history of the world (one executive suggested that the Mayan civilization somehow be featured in a "Star Trek" pitch by noted writer Harlan Ellison that was set before the Dawn of Man. The executive thought it would be cool because he had just read Erik Von Dankien's Chariots of the Gods not thinking about the fact that there were no Mayans nor any other humans for most of Earth's history)and yet influence the making of movies.

As I said it's a miracle when a good film is made because quite simply Hollywood will do absolutely everything it can to screw it up before you and I see it.

Highly recommended.
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