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Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? Paperback – February 28, 2012
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"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
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We've all heard the rumors before; whether it was the incredulous reaction many of us had to the notion of Nicolas Cage portraying, `The Man of Steel' in Tim Burton's (ill-fated) Superman Lives or the anticipation of finally seeing Neil Gaiman's immensely popular comic book series, The Sandman adapted to the silver screen...only to have nothing materialize and simply disappear into the annals of history.
In this newly expanded edition, author David Hughes just might agree with the assertion that perhaps Dante should have revised his Divine Comedy to include a 10th Level: Development Hell
In Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?, Hughes recounts the arduous and oft-frustrating movie development process, in which many promising-sounding projects and scripts either never see the light of day or endure years of endless rewrites and a revolving door of actors/actresses, producers, writers and directors - all of whom become continuously attached/detached from a project over time - but not before attempting to place their individual (and usually self-serving) stamp on the project...which, in turn, begins the rewrite process all over again...rinse & repeat.
Hughes did his research and the result it a concise, entertaining and interesting glimpse into how the sausages are made in Hollywood. Each "chapter" is a self-contained anecdote | case study relating to either a project that eventually got made - albeit sometimes over a decade after the original script was submitted - to projects that languished in Development Hell for years and were eventually scraped...Read more ›
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.
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A great look at the excruciating process of getting a film made. It's amazing to think about how many great scripts end up getting watered down or buried entirely by the egos of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan S. Johnson
A behind-the-scenes account of some of the greatest movie never made. A little slow-going and detail-heavy in places, but very entertaining nevertheless. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Lewis
Great book but needs some work on language. Very interesting and good stories told.Published 11 months ago by Claus Holm
Possibly the most boring book I've ever read. I can only get through a few pages before I almost die of boredom. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert
The book reads very much like a history text book on the development process of various films, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by rdkell
"Tales From Development Hell" promises stories of the greatest movies never made, and it delivers. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joel Kramer
The book is little more than a series of brief synopses of scripts and occasional character assassinations that may or may not be accurate. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by B. Reichman
An insiders look at the aborted projects that never made it to screen- not the way you expected, at least- remember Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones? you don't? Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Terry Carpenter
Thoroughly enjoyable tales of some of the great "what ifs?" from our generation of film-making. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Steven Hoveke