From Batgirl to Quentin Tarantino’s Lost Comedy: 9 Movies That Were Scrapped During or After Production

It goes without saying that making any movie is a pretty gigantic undertaking.

You have to put together a team of actors, a crew, a script, a director, and you have to make sure the money is there to do it in the first place.

Sometimes, even if all the different components manage to fit into place, something can still go terribly wrong.

The history books are full of projects that never made it to production. But what about those who came to film before being buried?

This could be the result of a terrible accident, a financial problem, or a change in management at a studio.

On August 2, 2022, it was revealed that the planned DC Comics adaptation Bat girl was being pulled from release, despite being filmed in its entirety.

The blockbuster starred Leslie Grace, and would have featured the return of Michael Keaton in the role of Batman.

Here are 11 movies that were scrapped during or after production.

Bat girl

Although it has already been completed and cost $90m (£73.7m) to make, Bat girl was shelved this year, just a few months before its scheduled release.

The DC movie starred Leslie Grace in the title role of Barbara Gordon.

“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC Universe and HBO Max,” said a Warner Bros. Picture spokesperson. “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision is not a reflection of her performance.”

Batgirl has fallen victim to a changing regime at Warner Bros. It was originally made as an HBO Max release, but was reportedly released theatrically.

Leslie Grace in ‘Batgirl’

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Leslie Grace in ‘Batgirl’

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my best friend’s birthday

Quentin Tarantino’s first movie wasn’t actually reserve dogsbut my best friend’s birthdayan amateur black-and-white comedy starring Tarantino and his old video store partner, Craig Hamann.

The film was finished in 1987, five years before reserve dogs bump screens.

While it would not have been given a wide release anyway, the film was damaged in a development lab fire, destroying half the footage.

The film’s entire script and a compilation made from the surviving footage are available online for Tarantino obsessives to explore.

The day the clown cried

Jerry Lewis’s legendary lost film saw the comedian play a German circus clown who is arrested and sent to a concentration camp after ridiculing Hitler.

The few people who saw early cuts of the film were damning in their reviews; The Simpsons star Harry Shearer once wrote, “This film is so radically wrong, its pathos and comedy so out of character that you couldn’t, in your fantasy of what it could be, improve on what it really is.”

Copyright disputes involving producer Nathan Wachsberger meant that the film never saw the light of day.

Who killed Bambi?

Revered film critic Roger Ebert teamed up with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren to pen this punk-rock twist. hard day night.

Russ Meyer was in charge of directing, with the Sex Pistols themselves as protagonists. However, filming was abandoned just days into production.

Those involved have posited several disputed reasons for the film’s collapse, with objections from Fox studios, a personal intervention by 20th Century Fox board member Grace Kelly, and, perhaps most likely, financial struggles variously attributed. leaving the movie.

number 13

Alfred Hitchcock’s first film was in 1922. number 13, a sociopolitical drama. Clare Greet and Ernest Thesiger came together to star as a husband and wife couple.

However, filming was abandoned midway through, after funding fell through.

Alfred Hitchcock pictured in 1926

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Alfred Hitchcock photographed in 1926

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In 2017, Netflix canceled a biopic of the late writer Gore Vidal after its star, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct.

The film was already in post-production. Michael Stuhlbarg, who co-starred as Vidal’s longtime partner Howard Austen, later addressed leaving the film in an interview.

“I understand what’s going on,” he said. “Honestly, we all have some hope that maybe… over time, there will be a chance that people will see it in the light it’s meant to be seen in.”

Bogart slept here

Mike Nichols had been directing this 1975 film, based on a screenplay by Neil Simon, for two weeks when production was shut down for good.

The reason reportedly concerned the film’s star, Robert De Niro, whose Method-inflected acting style failed to mesh with Simon’s dialogue.

Bogart slept here it was later reworked and filmed as the goodbye girl Two years later.

10 things I hate in life

Few canceled films have been as controversial as 10 things I hate in lifea spiritual sequel to Gil Junger’s 1999 hit 10 things i hate about you.

The film, which centers on two characters who meet while trying to take their own lives and fall in love, starred Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonell.

Two months of filming took place in 2012, but had to be abandoned due to Wood’s pregnancy and management changes at the film’s production company.

Although production was supposed to resume in 2013, it never did. The producers have sued Wood for breach of contract, while Wood’s attorney has alleged that he was never properly paid for work already done.

Evan Rachel Wood was set to star in the now-abandoned project

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Evan Rachel Wood was set to star in the now abandoned project

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1, Claudius

Roman epic of 1937 1, Claudius it remains one of the most infamous unfinished films ever (almost) made.

Filming was canceled midway through after one of the stars, Merle Oberon, was injured in a car accident. Some historians and commentators have speculated that the injury was used as a pretext to excuse fierce creative divisions between producer Alexander Korda and the film’s leading man, Charles Laughton.

The film became the subject of the 1965 documentary. The epic that never was.

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