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George Bell as a look back over some of the most intriguing 'What if?' moments in cinema history.

George Bell
18th November 2019
Image: IMDB and Wikimedia Commons
The process of getting a project the momentum it needs to get into Hollywood is difficult and most end up not being successful. Some of the projects that don’t make it had the potential to be great and their loss is a tragedy. For others, it's probably better that they’ll never see the light of day and others that’ll just make you go “Wait they almost did what?”. This article will focus on the latter of the three with some of the weirdest projects that were almost a reality.

Nicolas Cage as Superman

Before Henry Cavill, there was another who could have potentially donned the red and blue tights of Superman: Nick Cage. Trying to picture the star of The Wicker Man and National Treasure playing the calm, mild-mannered man of steel is hilarious with his eccentric and over the top performances. This is made all the better with the fact that Tim Burton was in line to direct it. Titled Superman Lives the combination of Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton and writer Kevin Smith (Tusk, Daredevil) was sure to make this flick one of the weirdest ever.

Silver Surfer Rock Opera

The only live adaptation we have had of the silver surfer was Laurence Fishburn in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer which was less than well-received. But there was almost another on-screen rendition of the surfer which was more than a bit different: A Silver surfer rock opera. Producer Lee Kramer (Xanadu) desperately wanted to accomplish this in 1980 which would have been scored by Paul McCartney. According to Kramer if it had been made he believes it would have been on the same scale as 2001: A Space Oddessy.

E.T. The extra spooky horror film

One of the most iconic sci-fi movies of the 1980s, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, we got one of the best kid fantasies of all time. However, there were rumours of a sequel that completely changed the tone of the blockbuster into a horror film. The plot was apparently set around the kids getting kidnapped by a new monstrous species of aliens only to be saved by E.T. But not before the kids get tortured…
This sudden change in the genre would have likely traumatized families in theatres expecting another feel-good story about a boy and his alien but rather got another Alien, hence why it got cancelled.

Jack Black as Green Lantern

Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movie is iconic for being one of the worst superhero movies of all time. Hence, while a certainly a bizarre concept, Jack Black playing the green space cop had the potential to be a lot better with it apparently attempting to a be a true comic adaptation with some truly amazing plot points. This includes things like Jack Black’s character moving the Earth out of the way of an asteroid and literally willing Superman into existence.

The Beatles: Lord of the rings

The Beatles are obviously known for their music but they have also had a successful film career with several movies with high ratings. However, one movie that they potentially could have starred in was Lord of the Rings. It’s weird to think that the iconic Peter Jackson trilogy could have gone very differently with members of the legendary band being in key roles of the story. But before you start picturing them as the four hobbits, its crazy to realize that while Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would have played Frodo and Sam, George Harrison and John Lennon would have played Gandalf and Gollum respectively. Trying to picture anyone other than Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis in those roles is impossible and I for one am grateful that this idea was cast into Mount Doom.

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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