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Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? Paperback – February 28, 2012
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"Fascinating and irreverent... thoroughly readable and full of keen insights." - Wall Street Journal
"Belongs on every cinephile’s bookshelf." - Misprinted Pages
"... truly great and frustrating stories." - Slash Film
"An essential read for anyone wanting to gain an insight into the workings of Hollywood movie business." - Bad Haven
"...a fantastically well researched book." - Fandom Post
"Required reading for anyone who calls themselves a movie buff." - Playlist STL
"...dense with information and incredible trivia." - Hollywood Chicago
"If you love movies, this book will give you an aneurysm." - io9
"A great read that deserves the A rating I bestow upon it." - 8 Days A Geek
"Tales From Development Hell is a definite must-read for any film buff, film student, and filmmaker (aspiring or current). But it’s also entertaining for casual readers, and anyone who has ever watched a movie. It’s entertaining and informative, gets you worked up with frustration and excitement ... 5 out of 5." - Nerd Locker
"Tales from Development Hell is super-well-researched and contains the fascinating true stories of, unquestionably, some of the greatest movies that haven't (at time of writing) been made." - Making The Movie
"Will keep you turning the pages with fascination – and at times – high amusement." - Chevron One
"A well-crafted, riveting read for all movie-geeks and fan boys and girls." - Good Girls Gone Geek
"By the last page, you'll be left wanting even more. Amazing." - Comic Book Movie
"Truly a "big budget" book at a low budget price, David Hughes gives movie lovers a lot of bang for their buck as they traverse the many stages of Development Hell." - Cool Ass Cinema
"A well-researched and entertaining read." - LA Times Pop Candy
About the Author
David Hughes has written about film for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Empire, GQ, SFX, Fangoria and Cinefantastique. He is the author of Virgin's The Complete Kubrick and The Complete Lynch, and wrote Titan Books' acclaimed The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made.
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I am currently reading the author's previous book "The Best Sci-Fi Films Never Made." While not as tightly written, it contains the same detailed backgrounds and information as this volume and I'm enjoying it just as much.
I can honestly say I hope he continues to mine these fantastic stories of films that never quite made it.
This I as a must read for anyone interested in "how the sausage is made" in Hollywood.
That said, the last chapter is pointless, as the author decides to take an entire chapter and tell the story of his hardships with getting his own projects made. It's dull and adds very little that is worthy of the stories that were told throughout the rest of the book. If it didn't have that last chapter, I feel it would have been a stronger book.
I do recommend this if you are interested in some lost great films, and the process in which they fell apart.