9 Hyped Film Projects That Are Never. Gonna. Happen.
I chuckled earlier when I read about the flickering flame of hope kept alive by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who insists that the property could be resurrected as a feature film on a semi-regular basis. He's not the only one who regularly flogs a filmic pipe dream, though. Here are 9 projects in perpetual development that film bloggers love to write about, but will probably never get a greenlight:
· The Veronica Mars movie
· The Gilmore Girls movie
We adore EW's Michael Ausiello and his love for Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls knows no bounds, but no matter how much he carries water for big-screen versions of both, they ain't gonna happen. The former was snuffed out due to low ratings, then got no farther than a Rob Thomas pitch in the feature world. It's not likely to be resurrected now, out of nowhere, no matter how many romcoms Kristen Bell makes. As for Gilmore, the principal players are all busy, and the TV movie continuation that would be the show's most logical progression is a format that's run out of steam. The closest this property will ever get to the big screen is when Emma Roberts plays Lorelai Gilmore in 2025's Gilmore Girls 3-D.
· Steven Spielberg's Lincoln
Much to the chagrin of Jeff Wells, Steven Spielberg has been intending to make an Abraham Lincoln biopic for the last decade, all to no avail. Some of the best screenwriters in Hollywood have taken cracks at the material, from John Logan to Tony Kushner, and Spielberg's reticence to commit suggests the story is less "passion project" than "something he has no take on." At this point, star Liam Neeson is officially older than Lincoln was at the time of his assassination. If Spielberg really wanted to make Lincoln, he would have done it by now.
· True Lies 2
Sometimes, Tom Arnold is interviewed by a major outlet, and he's asked, "So, what are you working on next?" He knows better than to say, "Well I just did a web short, and I think I might be appearing at a veterinary fundraiser in Jersey next week opposite Jon Gosselin and Tila Tequila." Instead, Arnold reliably claims that True Lies 2 is on the docket, despite the fact that director James Cameron appears to be planning two sequels to Avatar, which could easily take up the better part of a decade. Don't stop believin', Tom.
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