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Encyclopedia > Development hell

"Development hell" is media-industry jargon for a film, television screenplay, or computer program[1] (or sometimes just a concept or idea) getting stuck in development and never going into production. The film industry buys rights to many popular novels, but it may take years for them to make it to the screen, and there may be considerable changes if, in fact, they do ever become movies.[2] For the glossary of hacker slang, see Jargon File. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... Development, in the context of the Film industry, is the process by which a film project progresses (or doesnt) from the germ of an idea to greenlight status, at which point it can go into production. ...



In the case of a film or television screenplay, the screenwriter may have successfully sold a screenplay to a certain set of producers or studio executives, but then new executives can be assigned to the project, and these new executives may raise objections to all the scripts and casting decisions they oversee, mandating rewrites and recasting. As a director and actors become "attached" to the project, further rewrites and recasting may be done, to accommodate the needs of the new talents involved in the project. Should the project fail to meet their needs, they might leave the project or simply refuse to complete it, causing further rewrites and recasting. Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... A film studio is a controlled environment for the making of a film. ... A rewrite in computer programming is the act or result of re-implementing a large portion of existing functionality without re-use of its source code. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ...

Worse still is when a finished project (for example, a television pilot) is sent back for rewrites and recasting, which can often force a project to begin again from scratch. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ...

This process can last for months or years. More often than not, a project trapped in this state will be abandoned by all interested parties or cancelled outright. Hollywood starts ten times as many projects as are released, so many scripts will, of necessity, languish.[3] Many times, this "hell" is caused by the lack of foresight and competing visions of those involved. This revolving door in the film industry happens most commonly with projects that, to some, may have multiple interpretations and affect several points of view.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


Still uncertain production status

Ghostbusters 3 - Hellbent

Originally mentioned by Dan Aykroyd in the early 1990s, the project has been surrounded by several rumors aroused and was confirmed by Aykroyd several times. Eventually, Dan Aykroyd confirmed that the project, which had two drafts of a script similar to the premise of the series Extreme Ghostbusters was not going to happen, due to Bill Murray not wanting another sequel. In 2007, a Ghostbusters video game was confirmed for a fall 2008 release, with Aykroyd and Harold Ramis contributing the script originally developed for the film Ghostbusters 3, though Aykroyd also mentioned the possibility of a third film, unrelated to this script, being done in CGI. Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Extreme Ghostbusters was a sequel/spin-off of The Real Ghostbusters, airing in the fall of 1997. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American comedian and actor. ... Ghostbusters is an upcoming video game based on the 1984 movie of the same name in development for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC, to be published by Sierra Entertainment. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ...


Based on Stephen Marlowe's The Death and Life of Miguel de Cervantes, a fictional autobiography of the famous 16th century Spanish soldier, poet, playwright, and novelist who wrote Don Quixote. The film was originally listed on the Internet Movie Database as scheduled for release in 2008 with an "unknown" status; it has since vanished from the site. Stephen Marlowe (born: Milton S. Lesser 7 August 1928 - ) is an American author of science and Mystery fiction novels. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


A live-action movie version of Metroid was reportedly in development by Lion Rock Productions, based around Samus Aran, along with her early battles with the Metroids and the Mother Brain, with an intended release in 2006.[11] A second attempt was supposedly being made by Hollywood director John Woo.[12], though there have been no recent updates on any progress made. In an issue of Nintendo Dream Magazine, producer Yoshio Sakamoto stated that there was no plan to begin production of the film.[13] The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... Lion Rock Productions is an independent film production company and Hollywood movie studio, founded by John Woo. ... Samus Aran ), is the fictional protagonist of the Metroid video game series. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... For other uses, see John Woo (disambiguation). ... Yoshio Sakamoto is a game designer at Nintendo who was the manager of the companys R&D1 studio and is known as one of the central figures behind the Metroid series of games. ...

Neon Genesis Evangelion

First announced in May 2003 by ADV Films, the live-action adaption of the Japanese anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion has been not since progressed from continued confirmation from ADV and released conceptual art by Weta Workshop Ltd.. 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → A timeline of events in the news for May, 2003. ... ADV Films logo ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... This article is about a proposed live action movie project. ... Animé redirects here. ... Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand, an offshoot of the Weta Workshop physical effects company. ...

Rendezvous with Rama

Morgan Freeman has expressed his desire to produce a film adaption based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel Rendezvous with Rama through his production company, Revelations Entertainment. Dealing with difficulties in procuring funding for the movie [1], the film's release date was upgraded in February 2007 to the year 2009. David Fincher is still listed as its director. [2] Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1972. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Arthur C. Clarke Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE (born 16 December 1917) is a British science-fiction author and inventor, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same... Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1972. ... Revelations Entertainment is an independent movie production company founded by actor Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary in 1997. ... David Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American music video and film director known for his dark and stylish portraits of the human experience, particularly Fight Club and Se7en. ...

Shattered Glass

A sequel to the 1980 Hazel O'Connor film Breaking Glass was filmed in 2002, to be released alongside the DVD release of the original film. When the DVD was eventually cancelled, the film was put on hold and is still waiting for a release date. According to Hazel's website, she was not asked to appear in the sequel, which was set in the late 1980's when the band is brought back together for a reunion album and tour. Hazel OConnor (born 16 May 1955 in Coventry, England) is a British singer and actress. ... Breaking Glass is a 1980 British film starring Hazel OConnor, Phil Daniels, and Jonathan Pryce. ...

The Six Million Dollar Man

Originally optioned during the mid-1990s; Kevin Smith being amongst the writers who have submitted treatments. After Jim Carrey became attached to the film, the direction of the film changed to become more comedic and ironic. No finalized script has been reached at this time. This article is about the American screenwriter and film director. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ...


In the 1980s, Steven Spielberg bought the movie rights to The Adventures of Tintin, the internationally renowned Belgian comic book created by Hergé (George Remi). Spielberg intended to make three original scripted films, although Roman Polanski (one of the proposed directors) preferred to make a movie of King Ottokar's Sceptre. Between the autumn of 1984 and the spring of 1986, Spielberg rejected several scripts (among them, a script by E.T. writer Melissa Matheson placing Tintin in Africa against ivory dealers while falling in love with a girl). Spielberg is known to have used some intended Tintin storyboard shots for Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Christopher Lambert, Henry Thomas, and the pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio are among those having been considered for the titular role. Both Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery were considered for the role of Captain Haddock. Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... The Adventures of Tintin (French: ) is a series of Belgian comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi (1907–1983). ... Georges Prosper Remi (May 22, 1907 – March 3, 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. ... Roman Polanski (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning film director, writer, actor, and producer. ... King Ottokars Sceptre (Le Sceptre dOttokar) is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé, featuring the young reporter Tintin. ... Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davies. ... Christopher Lambert (born March 29, 1957 as Christophe Guy Denis Lambert) is an American-born French actor. ... Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ...

The project had been abandoned in 1988, but in May 2007, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson announced they would be teaming to direct and produce three back-to-back features of Tintin for DreamWorks, produced in full digital 3-D using performance capture technology. The two filmmakers would each direct at least one of the movies; no information is available for which director would helm the third (Kathleen Kennedy would join Spielberg and Jackson as a producer on the three films, which might be released through DreamWorks Animation).[14] Producer Kathleen Kennedy Kathleen Kennedy (b. ...

Unreleased and in production

Artemis Fowl

The novel series by Eoin Colfer has been considered by several major production companies for a film adaptation, with many leading English actors in mind for the major roles, but no real progress was made for several years. Part of the problem was the age constraint of the main character being twelve years old at the time of the first book taking place, and many actors initially considered for the role grew too old to convincingly play the part while the film project languished in pre-production. It was not until 2007 that a director was confirmed and an official release date was set. The term Artemis Fowl may refer to several things. ... Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen, IPA: )(born May 14, 1965) is an Irish author. ...

Ender's Game

Plans for a movie based on Orson Scott Card's acclaimed science fiction novel have been floating around since 1996, when Card began working with Lynn Hendee and Robert Chartoff of Chartoff Productions to bring it to the screen. It was officially announced in 2002 that Warner Bros. had optioned both Ender's Game and its companion novel Ender's Shadow for a movie that would integrate the story lines of both books, with Hendee as lead producer and Wolfgang Petersen signed to direct. However, progress has stalled since then, with Card and the studio struggling to create a satisfactory script. Several scriptwriters have come and gone, and as of March 2006, Card himself was working on a brand new script not based on any previous drafts. As of July 10, 2007, Ender's Game has entered pre-production[15], though no other information has been released at this time. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Robert Chartoff (b. ... Enders Game (1985) is one of the best-known novels by Orson Scott Card. ... Enders Shadow is a 1999 parallel novel by Orson Scott Card with a plot covering the events in Enders Game from the point of view of a supporting charactor named Bean. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Pre-production is the process of preparing all the elements involved in a film, play, or other performance. ...

Mortal Kombat: Devastation

The MK3 film has been in development hell for numerous years due to the poor reception of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. To make things more complicated, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, the location where the film was supposed to be shot. Christopher Morrison, the director of MK3, claims that the film is currently in the development stage with Threshold Entertainment, Midway, and an independent film studio collaborating in writing the script. The film will also be a reboot to the film franchise. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) was directed by John R. Leonetti. ... Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) was directed by John R. Leonetti. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... Christopher Wingfield Morrison (nicknamed mink) is a British American film director and graphic novel writer. ... Development, in the context of the film industry, is the process by which a film project progresses (or doesnt) from the germ of an idea to greenlight status, at which point it can go into production. ... Threshold Entertainment is Hollywood’s leading Intellectual Property Management and Production Company with licenses to over $100 billion worth of intellectual property. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ...

Spawn 2

In 2001 on IGN, Michael Jai White had an interview about Spawn 2 and planned to be released any time soon.[16] Then in an interview with Todd McFarlane, he said "Spawn 2 is not going to a super hero film like the first and we may not see Spawn in the film."[17] Then in 2002 Columbia Pictures got the rights to distribute the second Spawn film.[18] Then producer Don Murphy (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) confirmed the Scribe's involvement with the long-in-development sequel.[19] In an interview with Comics2Film on IGN to plug the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, producer Don Murphy spilled the beans about a number of other comic book/genre projects he currently has in development. First, Murphy revealed that The Transformers has already caught the interest of four or five directors after the live-action adaptation of the popular cartoon and toy line was announced. Among those that Murphy cited as being contenders to helm Transformers are Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II), Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) and Joseph Kahn (the forthcoming Torque). Murphy is producing Transformers along with X-Men's Tom De Santo. Murphy was less optimistic, though, about the long-in-development Spawn 2 and Astro Boy, the latter's gestation Murphy calls "beyond frustrating." "First Sony was gonna make it live-action, then they didn't make it live-action because of A.I. Now they spent the last year and half trying to make it [CG] animated," Murphy said. "Of all the projects I have right now it's certainly the most frustrating. I can't tell you what's going on with it because I don't really understand what's going on with it at the moment. It was always Amy Pascal's favorite film. I happen to think whoever made that film would make a lot of money, it would be a big hit, and have a franchise. It's not even that hard. It's Pinocchio." Another Sony-based project of Murphy's is Spawn 2, which Hans Rodionoff has scripted. "Sam and Twitch are prominent characters," the producer revealed. "This movie is smaller and perhaps even cooler and scarier... We turned in the draft to Sony. Sony's a mess. I'm not sure where that stands at the moment. If Sony doesn't make it I'm sure that New Line would want their franchise back."[20] Then in 2006 an interview with Todd McFarlane saying that Spawn 2 has been stuck in "development hell" due to Don Murphy being busy with other films. Todd McFarlane repeated plans for the Torso movie, the new Spawn animation, and the live-action Spawn film he plans to finance, write, produce and direct himself by the end of the year for less than $10 million. The film was inspired by Crash, which McFarlane says made a huge impact on him and shows you can make a successful film for less than $10 million. He is currently trying to get an R rating and a release for the film in late 2008.[21][22] IGN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and professional martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... For the film adaptation, see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (film). ... IGN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Don Murphy (born ca. ... For the 1986 animated film, see The Transformers: The Movie. ... Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. ... Pearl Harbor is an Oscar-winning war film released in the summer of 2001 by Touchstone Pictures. ... Bad Boys II is a 2003 action comedy film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ... Robert Lee Bob Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American movie director, producer and writer. ... For the main character of the same name, see Forrest Gump (character) Forrest Gump is a 1994 drama film based on a 1986 novel by Winston Groom and the name of the title character of both. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ...


The Bodyguard

Lawrence Kasdan delivered the original screenplay in the early 1970s. Designed as a vehicle for Diana Ross and starring Steve McQueen production was announced and then stalled at various points due to changes in cast and the film gained a reputation as the best un-produced script in Hollywood. Eventually, Kevin Costner used his influence to get Kasdan's script produced and the resulting film was a world wide smash when released in November 1992. For other uses, see The Bodyguard (disambiguation). ... Lawrence Kasdan (born 14 January 1949, Miami, Florida) is an American movie producer, director and screenwriter. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an Academy Award-nominated American movie actor, nicknamed The King of Cool.[1] He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to a popular anti-hero persona. ... Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American film actor, director and producer. ...


Originally slated to go into production in the early 1980s, and to star Frank Sinatra, Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli, the film never got past the development stage due to the death of director Bob Fosse.[23] After a successful stage revival, Miramax attempted to produce a film version starring Madonna and Goldie Hawn. Filming was repeatedly delayed over troubles involving developing a suitable script, hiring a director and casting issues, with actresses like Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rosie O'Donnell signing on to the project, only to drop out shortly thereafter. There have been two movies with the title Chicago: Chicago, the 1927 movie (based on Chicago, the 1926 play) Chicago, the 2002 movie (based on Chicago, the 1975 musical) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, director and producer. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was a musical theater choreographer and director. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Miramax is a Big Ten film distribution and production company. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, director and producer. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Nicole Mary Kidman (born June 20, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian [1] actress. ... Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is a South African-American actress and former fashion model. ... Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972[1]) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Rosie ODonnell (born March 21, 1962 in Bayside, Queens, New York) is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning American talk show host, television personality, comedienne, film, television, and stage actress. ...

The project remained in development hell, with various names attached to the project until screenwriter Bill Condon and director Rob Marshall constructed a feasible story concept and found stars willing to remain committed to the project. Eventually, the film was released in 2002, starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. It garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 2002. William Bill Condon (born New York, October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Rob Marshall is a director. ... Renée Kathleen Zellweger (born April 25, 1969) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress. ... Catherine Zeta-Jones (born 25 September 1969) is an Academy Award-winning Welsh actress based in the United States. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Also see the Arab singer Latifa Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy-winning American rapper/singer, model, and Academy Award-nominated actress. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...


This film moved from potential director to potential director (amongst them Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott) throughout the 1970s until David Lynch was placed in control of it. The film was eventually released in 1984, and re-made as a TV miniseries in the late 1990s.[24] Dune is a 1984 science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Alejandro (or Alexandro) Jodorowsky Alejandro Jodorowsky or Alexandro Jodorowsky (IPA: ) (born February 7, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile) is an actor, playwright, director, producer, composer, mime, comic book writer and psychotherapist born to Ashkenazi Jewish parents of Russian origin. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields, South Tyneside) is a British film director and producer. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ...

Freddy vs. Jason

In 1988, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was originally supposed to be the film in which Freddy and Jason clash. Plans fell through when Paramount Pictures, who owned the Jason Voorhees character and the Friday the 13th series at the time, and New Line Cinema, who owned the Freddy Krueger character and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, couldn't reach an agreement. Fifteen years later in 2003, the film was able to be made when New Line bought the rights to the Jason Voorhees character in 1993. Nevertheless, a script was still not chosen until 2003. Freddy vs. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series of slasher films. ... DVD cover for Friday the 13th:From Crystal Lake to Manhattan Friday the 13th is a popular series of American slasher films. ... New Line redirects here. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... Cover art for the first film A Nightmare on Elm Street is a series of horror films that were exceptionally popular in the 1980s. ... Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series of slasher films. ...


Dino De Laurentiis spent $9 million for the screen rights to novelist Thomas Harris' sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, but the ending was considered "too grisly." During this film's development hell, playwright David Mamet and screenwriters Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) and Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs) worked on producing a satisfactory screenplay.[25] Hannibal is a 2001 film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. ... Agostino De Laurentiis, usually credited as Dino De Laurentiis, (born August 8, 1919) is an Italian movie producer born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples. ... This article is about the author Thomas Harris. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. ... Steven Zaillian (born on 30 January 1953 in Fresno, California, USA) is an American screenwriter, film director, editor and producer, of Armenian descent. ... This article is about the movie. ... Ted Tally is an American playwright and screenwriter, best known for the play Terra Nova and the screenplay for the film The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. ...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The film was in development hell from 1982 until it was finally green-lighted in 2003, two years after Douglas Adams, the author of the novel and the screenplay, had died. Adams once remarked, "Getting a movie made in Hollywood is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it." [3] The film was eventually made and released in 2005. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ...

The Phantom of the Opera

An Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to languish in years of development, production on the film began in the early 1990s, with original stage stars Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. However, when Brightman and Lloyd Webber divorced, the project stalled. Various directors including Shekhar Kapur and stars such as John Travolta and Antonio Banderas came and went, before the film was finally produced in 2004 directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler.[26] The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 Joel Schumacher directed film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Harts internationally successful 1986 stage musical, which is in turn based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Michael Crawford (right) as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do Ave Em Michael Crawford, OBE (born Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith, 19 January 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire), is an English actor and singer. ... Sarah Brightman (born August 14, 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress and dancer. ... Shekhar Kapur, born 6 December 1945 is a renowned film director and producer from India. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer, best known for his leading roles in films such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction. ... José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born August 10, 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor and singer who has starred in high-profile Hollywood films including Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, Mariachi sequels, Philadelphia, The Mask of Zorro, and the Shrek sequels. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Emmanuelle Grey Emmy Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress and singer. ... Gerard James Butler (born November 13, 1969) is a Scottish actor known to American audiences for his portrayal of King Leonidas in 300 and The Phantom in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera. ...

A Scanner Darkly

A film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly had been in development for years. According to the book Dark Knights & Holy Fools, director Terry Gilliam was interested in directing an adaptation of the book, but was unable to secure funding, and so the project was abandoned. At one point, Charlie Kaufman was tagged to adapt the screenplay, but when the project changed hands, Kaufman was no longer involved.[27] In 2006, an animated version directed by Richard Linklater using the rotoscoping process was released. A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 film by Richard Linklater based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction. ... A Scanner Darkly is a 1977 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Richard Rick Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an Academy Award nominated American film director and writer. ... Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animated films. ...

Superman Returns

A remake/additional film of Superman,[28] titled Superman Lives, was initially proposed by producer Jon Peters; it was to be directed by Tim Burton and would star Nicolas Cage. This project was ultimately canceled, though there are several known versions of the script that took on possible storylines, such as Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday and his resurrection, departing from the established storyline at varying degrees. For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jon Pagano Peters (born on 2 June 1945 in Van Nuys, California to Jack Peters and Helen Pagano) is a former hairdresser turned movie producer. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Doomsday is a character in the DC Comics Universe, a super-villain best known for fighting and killing Superman in the Death of Superman storyline published in 1993. ...

Director Kevin Smith is said to have written a script for this picture and in interviews has discussed several alleged elements of his involvement with the project including the producer's insistence that Superman could not fly. Wolfgang Petersen was attached to develop a joint Superman/Batman film, Batman vs. Superman, but this also fell through. This article is about the American screenwriter and film director. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... The Superman film series currently consists of five superhero films based on the fictional DC comics character of the same name. ...

A second script by J.J. Abrams had various directors attached with Brett Ratner, and McG actually commissioning set designs. In 2004, it was announced that production would start on a new script with Bryan Singer as director; this version was released in 2006. It has been said by producers and director Bryan Singer that a 2009 sequel is going ahead.[29] Jeffrey Abrams (also credited as J.J. Abrams) (born in 1966) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television producer, writer, actor, composer and director. ... Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director and music-video director. ... Joseph McG McGinty Nichol (born November 30, 1968) is an American film producer and director. ... Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. ...


Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy is the name of the long-awaited sixth studio album by the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. When released, it will be the band's first album of original studio material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II in 1991. For the political movement in the Peoples Republic of China, see Chinese democracy movement. ... Guns N Roses is a band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... For other uses, see Use Your Illusion (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Use Your Illusion (disambiguation). ...

The Beach Boys' Smile

Smile is an album by the Beach Boys, and perhaps the most famous unreleased rock and roll album of all time. The project was intended by its creator Brian Wilson as the follow up to The Beach Boys' influential album Pet Sounds (1966), but was never completed in its original form. The project was resurrected in 2003 and a newly recorded version was released by Beach Boys composer and leader Wilson in 2004. During the 37 years since its cancellation, Smile had acquired a considerable mystique, and bootlegged tracks from the never-completed album circulated widely among Beach Boys collectors. Many of the tracks that were originally recorded for Smile were eventually placed on subsequent albums. Smile (sometimes spelled with the idiosyncratic partial capitalization SMiLE) is an album by the Beach Boys, and perhaps the most famous unreleased rock and roll album of all time. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... Smile is a solo album by Brian Wilson, with lyrics by Van Dyke Parks. ...

Video games

Games with uncertain production status

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Unofficially announced in December 2004, this game never made it to production. Instead the development studio working on the project, EA Los Angeles, went on with Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.[30] EA Los Angeles (formerly DreamWorks Interactive) was founded in 1995. ...

Duke Nukem Forever

Forever is the sequel to the 3D Realms first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D on the PC, which was released in January 1996. Forever was announced in April 1997 and as of 2007 is currently still in development. The long development period has been put down to lack of manpower early in the project, game engine changes, content remakes and team members leaving during the development. In 2006, 3D Realms said they were firmly on track to getting the game into production. No release dates have been set since 2001, when they stated that Forever would be released "when it's done"[4]. No new media have been released since 2001 with the exception of a small in-game screenshot which appeared as part of a job advertisement in 2007. GameFAQS went as far as to saying in a poll of the day, that Duke Nukem Forever will be in development, "forever". It was announced, possibly to some disappointment, that all original work on the game planned for 1997 has been completely scrapped. Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) is a first-person shooter video game being developed by 3D Realms, and is the next game in the Duke Nukem series. ... 3D Realms is the name of a computer game publisher and developer based in Garland, Texas. ... This article is about video games. ... Duke Nukem 3D is a first-person shooter computer game developed by 3D Realms and published by Apogee Software. ...

Elite IV

It will be a sequel to 1984's Elite, that Braben and his former associate, Ian Bell, wrote primarily for the BBC Micro. Two other sequels, Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, were released in the 1990s, during which time Braben and Bell had an acrimonious falling out. Elite is a seminal space trading computer game, originally published by Acornsoft in 1984 for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers. ... Ian Bell (born 1962 in England) is a game programmer, game designer and game producer. ... The BBC Microcomputer System was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers Ltd for the BBC Computer Literacy Project operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Frontier: Elite 2 is a computer game written by David Braben and published by Gametek. ... First Encounters is a video game released in 1995. ...

Features promised for Elite 4 include Newtonian gravity, realistic star systems and the ability to land on planets. The law of universal gravitation states that gravitational force between masses decreases with the distance between them, according to an inverse-square law. ... A planet (from the Greek πλανήτης, planetes or wanderers) is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that produces very little or no energy through nuclear fusion. ...

Elite 4 is considered by many to be vaporware, meaning it looks unlikely that it will ever appear. It was first proposed in 1998, and while many games these days can take several years to complete (for example, Frontier took five and a half years) there have been no formal previews, screenshots, press releases or progress reports since. A pair of character screenshots, technical background on a real-time animation system, and a brief discussion of its implications for character nuance, were included in an Edge magazine feature on animation circa 2000. The only details about the game provided by the developers are found in a brief FAQ on Frontier Development's site which does not appear to have been updated since 2001. Vaporware is software or hardware product which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge, either with or without a protracted development cycle. ... A screenshot of the Wikipedia website, taken on Debian GNU/Linux running the X Window system A screenshot, screen dump, or screen capture is an image taken by the computer to record the visible items on the monitor or another visual output device, usually this is a digital image taken... FAQ is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Question(s). The term refers to listed questions and answers, all supposed to be frequently asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic. ...

In September 2005, play.com had a pre-order form for Elite 4, listed as scheduled for release in September 2006. [5] However, Frontier Developments informed a fansite that play.com's release date was merely speculation on their behalf and that no release date had been formally given. [6] Elite fans have, at least, taken some joy that this incident and Frontier Development's response implies the game is still in serious production. Play. ...

Jazz Jackrabbit 3

The awaited sequel for Epic Games' popular platform-shooter Jazz Jackrabbit 2 was developed by World Tree Games using the new Unreal Engine at that time around 1999. Epic Games tried hard to find publishers but failed, and in May 2000 the project was canceled. Since then the early alpha build of the game has been leaked onto the Internet. Furthermore an unofficial FAQ has been published on the internet on the developers' behalf on Jazz2Online.com. Epic Games, also known as Epic and formerly as Epic MegaGames, is a computer game development company based in Cary, North Carolina, United States. ... Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a platform game produced by Epic MegaGames, now known as Epic Games. ... The Unreal Engine is a widely-used game engine developed by Epic Games. ... FAQ is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Question(s). The term refers to listed questions and answers, all supposed to be frequently asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic. ...

However, a potential revival of the game is under planning. Cliff Bleszinski has announced that he's still interested in offering the project for sponsoring by publishers.[31] Although he doesn't want to reveal too many details about the game, he has announced a potential idea could be the hero Jazz Jackrabbit getting in trouble with the Turtle Mafia. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Shenmue III

This game has been in developmental Hell since the fall of the Dreamcast in 2002. The series has suffered the same fate. It is one of the few games in developmental hell to be a direct story-driven sequel in which the previous installment (Shenmue 2) left the player with the story unfinished (ie: "to be continued"). Sega has made little mention of this sequel, as it was originally planned on the Xbox and industry focus has shifted to the Xbox 360.

Skies of Arcadia 2

Since Sega announced a development plan in 2003 for PS2...there was an under the radar ancipition for it coming out. Some speculation says it would be in development for Wii, because Skies of Arcadia Legends came out for Gamecube.

Games still in production

Fallout 3

An early version of Fallout 3 codenamed Van Buren was developed by Black Isle Studios in 2003. After Interplay Entertainment, the publisher of the Fallout game series and owner of Black Isle, declared bankruptcy, Van Buren was canceled and the rights to Fallout 3 were sold to Bethesda Softworks, the creators of The Elder Scrolls series. No details emerged on the project until June 2007 when a teaser trailer was released. Fallout 3 is a role-playing game[2] that contains elements of real-time and turn-based combat, currently under development by Bethesda Softworks. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Black Isle Studios was a division of the computer and video game developer and publisher Interplay Entertainment, created specifically for the development of computer role-playing games. ... Interplay redirects here. ... Fallout is a series of computer role-playing games produced and published by Interplay. ... Bethesda Softworks, LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company, is a developer and publisher of computer and video games. ... Bethesda Softworks Elder Scrolls 10th anniversary logo from 2004. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Trailer (film). ...


After much hype and an open beta release, the game release was postponed, and the production re-started, nearly from scratch, after poor player reception. Taikodoms interface and graphics Taikodom is a game by the brazilian company Hoplon Infotainment, and is currently undergoing its beta testing stage. ... Hype! is also the name of a documentary film about grunge music. ... Look up beta, Beta in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Released games

Team Fortress 2

This game has been in development since 1998 and was released October 10, 2007. After undergoing several drasticly different iterations, the game now closely resembles the original Team Fortress, but with significant modernizations, gameplay adjustments and a completely different art style. The game was finally released along with The Orange Box, a compilation including Half Life 2, its episodic expansions, and Portal. Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is a multiplayer team-based first-person shooter, developed by Valve Corporation as part of the game compilation The Orange Box. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Team Fortress is a team and class based online multiplayer computer game modification based on id Softwares Quake. ... Orange Box redirects here. ... Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter computer game and the highly anticipated sequel to Half-Life developed by Valve Software. ...


The game, originally announced in March 1997, met with numerous delays and fracturing within development studio Ion Storm before finally being released in April 2000. The game has since been known as one of the major commercial failures of the computer game industry. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A solar wind is a stream of particles (mostly high-energy protons ~ 500 keV) which are ejected from the upper atmosphere of a star (in the case of a star other than the Earths Sun, it may be called a stellar wind instead). ... The computer and video games industry has seen several commercial failures since its birth in the late 1970s, some of which have drastically changed the video game market. ...


Prey has seen several attempts of complete rewrites starting in 1995, right after 3D Realms finished Rise of the Triad. The main developers always left for different reasons, with the self-made engines turning out to be troublesome [7]. The last incarnation by Human Head Studios with the licensed Doom 3 engine has been successful, releasing the game in 2006, eleven years later with positive reviews. Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios and produced by 3D Realms, using a heavily modified version of the Doom 3 engine. ... 3D Realms is the name of a computer game publisher and developer based in Garland, Texas. ... Rise of the Triad: Dark War (acronym is ROTT) is a first-person shooter video game that was first released on February 17, 1995 and developed by Apogee Software (now known as 3D Realms). ... Human Head Studios is a computer game development company located in Madison, WI. Started as a break away company from the developer Raven Software. ... The Doom 3 engine is a computer game engine developed by id Software and first used in the PC game Doom 3. ...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was first announced in late 2001 and its original release date in 2003 was pushed back several times. It was released in March 2007. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is an unreleased FPS computer game. ...

Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard has a somewhat infamous reputation for projects winding up in development hell, whether it is delivering a game 2 years later than intended, or simply canceling development altogether. Every game released by this company since Starcraft has been released more than a year later than originally announced. In recent years Blizzard has stopped including release dates with announcements. The gaming community seems to forgive this behaviour from this particular company because most are of the opinion that when the product is finally delivered it is generally of high quality. Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California. ...


The term "development hell" has also been applied to automobiles - not to be mistaken as a term for concept cars, but for vehicles that either were being developed for production but never produced, or for vehicles which went through many delays before being produced. 1938 Buick Y-Job, the first Concept car A concept car or show car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. ...


Note: Some models noted here were released into production but have been removed from production. These vehicles all went into mass production at some time.
Dodge Durango Hybrid

In 2000, DaimlerChrysler said that they started development on a hybrid version of the Dodge Durango, just after the release of the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. Dodge claimed that it will have a conventional gas engine powering the rear wheels, and an electric motor powering the front wheels.[32] Dodge originally claimed that it was to be released in 2003, but it never was. Instead, they released a redesigned Durango. The second-generation's hybrid version is slated to go on sale for the 2009 model year. The Dodge Durango is an SUV from Chryslers Dodge brand. ... DaimlerChrysler AG (ISIN: DE0007100000) is a German car corporation and the worlds eighth largest car manufacturer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hybrid Synergy Drive The Toyota Prius is a hybrid electric vehicle developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation, and one of the first such vehicles to be mass-produced and marketed. ...

1998 Eagle Vision

When Chrysler set to redesign its LH cars, they redesigned the Eagle Vision using a nearly different body and components than the Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler Concorde. However, the Eagle Vision was discontinued in 1997, and the Eagle brand was cut in 1998, the same year that the new LH platform cars were released. As a result, the 1998 Eagle Vision fell into development hell, and sat unreleased. It escaped in 1999, when it was released as the Chrysler 300M. The Eagle Vision was a large four-door, full-size, front-wheel drive sedan. ... 1999 Chrysler 300M The LH platform was Chryslers second-most well-known automobile platform after the Chrysler K platform of the 1980s. ... The Eagle Vision was a large four-door, full-size, front-wheel drive sedan. ... The Dodge Intrepid was a large four-door, full-size, front-wheel drive sedan. ... The Chrysler Concorde was a large four-door, full-size, front wheel drive sedan produced by Chrysler from 1993 to 2004. ... Eagle was a marque of automobiles sold in the United States and Canada from 1988 to 1998. ... 300M with redesigned grille For the 1999 model year, DaimlerChrysler revived the 300 name on the 300M. This time it was a front-wheel drive, V6 engined car using the Chrysler LH platform. ...

Ford Mustang III

With fox bodied Mustang sales dropping, Ford decided to replace the rear-wheel drive Mustang with an aerodynamic front-wheel driven model.[33] Ford jointly developed the model with Mazda. Ford planned to release it in 1987, but when it was ready for release, Ford was met with many letters of protest from Mustang fans.[33] As a result, Ford continued production of the rear-wheel drive Mustang, and the Mustang III fell into development hell. The Mustang III escaped development hell in 1989, when it was released as the Probe (a named borrowed from an earlier Ford concept vehicle). The Probe proved largely unsuccessful (despite a redesign in 1994 with more power), and was cut by 1997 (with annual sales hovering around 50,000-60,000 units). The Mustang (in traditional RWD form) continues in production and has recently enjoyed a healthy sales increase thanks to major refresh (on the old platform) in 1994 and 1999, and a complete (retro-themed) redesign in 2005 on a new platform (still front engine, RWD). For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Ford Probe was a coupe produced by Ford, introduced in 1989 to replace the Ford EXP as the companys sport compact car. ...

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was originally under development by American Motors as early as 1983 as a replacement for the Jeep Cherokee.[34] Development was done by 1987, and when then Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca first heard about it, he desperately wanted it, as well as the Jeep brand. As a result, this became the driving force behind a Chrysler buyout of American Motors in 1987. Chrysler originally planned to release the Grand Cherokee in 1988, but Iacocca ordered instead for the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager to be redesigned,[34] and as a result, Chrysler couldn't put the Grand Cherokee into production due to a lack of corporate funds.[34] Because of this, the Grand Cherokee fell into development hell until it was finally released in 1993. The Grand Cherokee turned out to be a resounding success, and is still in production today. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler. ... American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an American automobile company formed on January 14, 1954 by the merger of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company. ... The Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was a monocoque (unibody) compact SUV. It shared the name of the original full-size SJ model, but having no true pickup truck heritage, it actually set the stage for the modern SUV. It was built in Toledo, Ohio in the United States and is still... Lido Anthony Lee Iacocca (born October 15, 1924) is an American industrialist most commonly known for his revival of the Chrysler brand in the 1980s when he was the CEO. Among the most widely recognized businessmen in the world, he was a passionate advocate of U.S. business exports during... For other uses, see Jeep (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The Plymouth Voyager and Plymouth Grand Voyager were minivans marketed by DaimlerChrysler (they were sold by the Chrysler Corporation until 1998). ...

Mercury Sable LTS

With the release of models such as the Buick LeSabre T-Type and the Oldsmobile Touring Sedan, Mercury was developing a luxury touring model to compete with them. This model was to be called the Mercury Sable LTS, and it was to use the suspension, interior, and drivetrain of the Ford Taurus SHO, but not the engine.[35] As a test bed for this model, a special edition 50th anniversary Sable was released with the chassis and drivetrain of the LTS.[35] However, the Taurus SHO turned out to sell more than Ford expected, so they focused most of their funds towards selling and marketing the SHO, and the LTS fell into development hell. The LTS escaped in 1994 when it was added as a top tier model of Sable. However, it was more or less composed of features that were optional on the Sable LS. The Mercury Sable was originally a mid-size car, and is now a full-size car created by the Ford Motor Company and sold under the semi-luxury Mercury brand. ... The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors from 1959-2005. ... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ...

Vector W2

The Vector W2 was first displayed in 1978 by Vector Supercars, which was the effort of entrepreneur Gerald Wiegert to sell an American made supercar. The original W2 prototype was an engineless shell, but it was mobile and production-ready by 1982. Wiegert intended to produce the W2, but never had the money to do it. As a result, the W2 fell into development hell, until it was produced as the Vector W8 ten years later. Vector W2 The Vector W2 was a Concept Car created by Vector Supercars in 1981. ... Vector Motors Corporation is an automobile manufacturer originally based in Wilmington, California. ... Wiegert and his personal car, a Vector W8 Gerald Alden Jerry Wiegert is an automobile designer and manufacturer. ... The Vector W8 was the first American super car, and was produced from 1989 to 1993. ...

Permanently disbanded projects

Ford Ecostar

During the fad for electric vehicles in the nineties, Ford was developing an electric vehicle called the Ecostar, which was based off of the Ford Escort.[36] Although Chrysler and General Motors released their electric vehicles to the public, the Chrysler TEVan and General Motors EV1, respectively, the Ecostar dropped out of public sight as Ford focused on other projects and still hasn't been released. For other uses, see FAD (disambiguation). ... For battery powered passenger automobiles, see battery electric vehicle. ... The Ford Escort was a small family car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1967 through 2003. ... For other uses, including the Chrysler Brand, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Chrysler TEVan The Chrysler TEVan was a battery electric vehicle produced from 1993 to 1995 by Chrysler and was sold primarily to electric utilities. ... EV1 redirects here. ...

Ford GN-34

Ford began a project in the mid 1980s to build a 2 seater "fun car", which was to compete with the Pontiac Fiero and Toyota MR2.[37] Ford had jointly developed an engine for this car with Yamaha, which they locked in a deal with to produce. However, by the late 80s, popularity for the "fun" cars decreased dramatically, and Ford abandoned the project.[37] To use up the engines, Ford put them into the Ford Taurus, thus creating the high performance SHO model.[37] Old Pontiac Fiero Base model Fiero gauge cluster The Pontiac Fiero is a mid-engined sports car that was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1984 to 1988. ... The Toyota MR2 is a two-seat, mid-engined, rear wheel drive sports car produced by Toyota from 1984 until July 2007 when production stopped in Japan, in three different design series. ... Yamaha may refer to: Yamaha Corporation – A manufacturer of a diverse range of musical instruments and electronics. ... The Ford Taurus is a mid-size, front wheel drive car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in North America. ...

Role-Playing Games

Dragon Fist

After starting his own company, Green Ronin Publishing(GR), Chris Pramas announced that GR had been given (or purchased) back the rights to the wuxia-inspired Asian martial arts movies influenced AD&D add-on ruleset and campaign world that he originally wrote for TSR/Wizards of the Coast; and that GR would publish a new version of the game. Son Goku uses this technique to defeat Piccolo and Super Android 17. ... Green Ronin Publishing is a company based in Seattle, WA, USA. They have published several role-playing game related products. ... Wǔxiá (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: , Mandarin IPA: , Cantonese Pinyin: mou5 hap6), literally meaning martial (arts) heroes, is a distinct quasi-fantasy sub-genre of the martial arts genre in literature, television and cinema. ... For other uses, see Dungeons & Dragons (disambiguation). ...

A forum was soon set up at the GR web site (www.greenronin.com) where speculation about which rule-set would be utilized soon arose. Several times during 2004-2006 GR made announcements regarding the game's progress or details regarding its form, but no game has of yet materialized.

Dragon Fist has had a troubled history right from the start. It came right in the transition between AD&D and the (then) new Third Edition rules. This meant that Dragon Fist was never published on paper. It did reach the general public as a free PDF download for a limited time, before it was removed from the WotC website. For other uses, see Dungeons & Dragons (disambiguation). ...

Recently, it has fallen between chairs again, in the aftermath of Green Ronin's troubles with a distributor, and because Green Ronin changed its plans for which ruleset to use.

As of 6 September 2006 the Dragon Fist forum at the Green Ronin website has been locked with the words: "As the game is currently still being developed, and because frankly there's nothing to say about it and this forum is currently only being occasionally used (and then only to complain) I'm locking it up for the time being. The Dragon Fist forum will re-open when there's information about the game that can be shared."

See also

In the film industry, a film is considered shelved if it is not released for public viewing after filming has started, or even completed. ... Film production on location in Newark, New Jersey. ... Vaporware is software or hardware product which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge, either with or without a protracted development cycle. ...


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Development hell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5543 words)
Development hell is media-industry jargon for a movie, television screenplay or computer game (or sometimes just a concept or idea) getting stuck in development and never going into production.
Roger Waters' opera Ça Ira labored in a self-imposed development hell from its conception in 1987 until its release in 2005.
It finally escaped development hell in 2003 and was released worldwide in April 2005, slightly under four years after Adams' death.
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Development hell is media-industry jargon for a movie or television screenplay (or sometimes just a concept or idea) getting stuck in development and never going into production.
The upcoming movie of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was in development hell for over 20 years ever since it was first suggested in 1982.
The next film of the James Bond series appeares to be in a state of development hell as Pierce Brosnan and Quentin Tarrantino both stated an interest in a new adaptation of Casino Royale to take the series in a new direction.
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