If you’ve ever followed a filmmaker for any extended period of time, chances are you’ve thought this at one point or another: “Jesus, this guy works on a million things at a time, and almost none of it gets produced. What gives?” This is especially true for filmmaker show tend to both write and direct their own projects or franchises, and the likes of Guillermo del Toro are not immune.
Sure, he’s gone on to write and direct such films as The Shape of Water, but we’ve also seen plenty of movies slip through his fingers, including the recently-released Pacific Rim Uprising. If this trend has bothered you, don’t worry, del Toro himself is more than aware of the sheer number of projects that haven’t made it in front of cameras. In fact, he recently took to Twitter to share a long list of these movies.
“SCREENPLAYS I have developed, fully written or co-written that have gone unproduced (so far): THE WITCHES, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, THE COUNT OF MONTECRISTO, MEPHISTO’S BRIDGE, PACIFIC RIM 2 (very different), SECRET PROJECT (UNTITLED), SUPERSTITIOUS, NIGHTMARE ALLEY, HAUNTED MANSION, THE HULK pilot, THE BURIED GIANT, THE COFFIN, DROOD, LIST OF 7 (Mark Frost) and a few others…Oh, and WIND IN THE WILLOWS (which I loved)
“The thing is- each script takes about a year, so- more than a decade of work lost (in the case of mountains, much more, since we scouted and designed etc). To be clear these screenplays are WRITTEN, done. Each of them took months or years of my life. Meetings, synopsis, beat sheets and were all written, features- 90-130 pages each. These are not “maybes” or “wish list” items. They are done.”
So as frustrating as this kind of thing is for fans — who have to wait years only for these projects never to happen — you can only imagine how frustrating it is for someone who was actually personally invested in terms of the amount of time and effort put in.
What do you think of this list? Which of these films would you like to see get in front of cameras? Also, does this mean that the Fantastic Voyage film isn’t happening? Hmm…
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SOURCE: Guillermo del Toro