From Batgirl to Quentin Tarantino’s Lost Comedy: 11 Movies That Were Smashed During or After Production

It goes without saying that making any film is a huge undertaking.

You have to assemble a team of actors, a crew, a script, a director – and you also need to make sure there is money to make it in the first place.

Sometimes, even if all the different components fall into place, something can still go catastrophically wrong.

The history books are littered with projects that never managed to make it into production. But what about the people who made it as filming before being buried?

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

On August 2, 2022, it was revealed that the planned DC Comics adaptation of Batgirl was being pulled from release – despite having already been filmed in its entirety.

The blockbuster starred Leslie Grace, and featured the return of Michael Keaton as Batman.

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

bat girl

Despite already being completed and costing $90 million to make, Batgirl was shelved just months before its release this year.

Leslie Grace played the lead role of Barbara Gordon in the DC film.

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

video of the day

Batgirl has fallen victim to a changing regime at Warner Bros. It was originally intended as an HBO Max release, but was reportedly scheduled for a theatrical release.

my best friend’s birthday

Quentin Tarantino’s first film was not actually Reservoir Dogs, but My Best Friend’s Birthday, an amateur black and white comedy starring Tarantino and his old video store colleague Craig Hyman.

The film ended in 1987, five years before Reservoir Dogs hit the screens.

Although it could not be released widely, a fire in the development laboratory damaged the film, destroying half the footage.

An anthology composed of the film’s full script and the rest of the footage is available on the Internet for Tarantino obsessives to explore.

the day the clown cried

The comedian played a German circus clown who is arrested and sent to a concentration camp after ridiculing Hitler in Jerry Lewis’ famous lost film.

Some who saw the early cuts of the film were poor in their assessment; The Simpsons star Harry Shearer once wrote: “This movie is so wrong, its pathos and its comedy so wildly wrong, that you can’t in your imagination what it might be like, what it really is.”

Copyright disputes involving producer Nathan Waksberger meant 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 write this punk-rock spin on Hard Day’s Night.

Russ Meyer was attached to direct, with Sex Pistols starring himself. However, filming was abandoned only a few days into production.

Several disputed reasons for the film’s downfall included objections from Fox studios by those involved, personal interference from 20th Century Fox board member Grace Kelly, and – perhaps most likely – variously responsible financing for the film’s abandonment. conflicts are included.

number 13

Alfred Hitchcock’s first film was 1922’s Number 13, a socio-political drama. Claire Greet and Ernest Thesiger were linked to the star as a husband and wife couple.

Filming was abandoned midway, however, after financing fell through.

triangle cloth

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

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

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

Bogart slept here

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

The reason was reportedly related to the film’s star Robert De Niro, whose methodical style of acting failed to match up with Simon’s dialogue.

Bogart Sleeps Here was later reworked and filmed two years later as The Goodbye Girl.

10 things i hate about life

Few canceled films have proved as controversial as 10 Things I Hate About Life, a spiritual sequel to Gil Junger’s 1999 hit 10 Things I Hate About You.

The film, which centers on two characters who meet while attempting to take their own lives and fall in love, was to star Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonnell.

Filming took two months in 2012, but had to be abandoned due to Wood’s pregnancy and a change in management at the film’s production company.

Although production was supposed to resume in 2013, it never happened. The producers have sued Wood for breach of contract, while Wood’s attorney alleges that he was never paid enough for work already completed.

I, Claudius

The 1937 Roman epic I, Claudius is (almost) one of the most notoriously unfinished films ever made.

Filming was called off partially after one of the stars, Merle Oberon, was injured in a car accident. Some historians and commentators have speculated that the injury was used to excuse the fierce creative split between producer Alexander Korda and film head Charles Laughton.

The film became the subject of the 1965 documentary The Epic That Never Was.