10 Major Movies That Got Canceled This Year (And Reasons Behind)
When it comes to the movie business, short-term goals are no longer a simple plan. Studios need to rethink their strategies and plan their sequels, remakes, reboots, and other releases to pave the way into the future. While this may be an excellent way to build sustainable hype, there is also a considerable risk that goes along with it as you never know what unforeseeable obstacles could arise.
Despite the big names or substantial revenue these movies are said to bring in when released, they are definitely no longer set to happen. So, let us take a look at these unexpected bombshells that the box office is blowing up.
10. The Raid 3
This was classed as two of the finest action movies of the decade with The Raid 1 and 2, delivered by Gareth Evans. Sadly, four years on, and the trilogy does not seem to be reaching its completion any time soon. Initially, it was reported that The Raid 3 would take place before part 2 when Evans had hoped to film it in 2018 after a break from martial arts movies. His project while on his break - the period horror Apostle for Netflix - sadly drew him further away from The Raid.
While Evans was doing his rounds for the movie, he explained to Cinema Blend why he was no longer going forward with The Raid: "At one point it was on my radar. I had a full idea. I know what the storyline would have been. But I think enough time has passed now that I think I'm not likely to go back and revisit it. We had a lot of fun making those films, and I think we came to a nice, sort of natural conclusion with [The Raid 2]. And I think sometimes you can have a little bit too much of a good thing."
He then added to Slash Film:
"The Raid 1 and 2 were incredible for me, but I just didn't want to be doing The Raids all the time... It didn't really appeal to me to jump back into that world again."
9. Silver & Black
In 2017, Sony announced that they were planning to make the spider-less Spiderverse with Silver Sable and Black Cat, who were meant to team-up for a big screen outing titled Silver & Black which would be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. This was initially slated to hit cinemas in February 2019 but was pulled from Sony's release schedule in June.
The reason being, Prince-Bythewood was not satisfied with the script, and eventually, in August, they made an official announcement that the film had been entirely canned. This may not be all bad news, because Sony plans to focus on solo films instead, where they can provide us with a variety of stories for characters such as Black Cat. But this remains to be seen. Who knows? Sony may surprise us in the near future.
8. The Crow Remake
You may not have known this, but there has been a recent remake of Brandon Lee's cult classic in the works for over the last ten years. By the time 2016 rolled on, things really got moving when Jason Momoa signed on to be the star of the show, along with Corin Hardy who was set to direct. A year later, Sony agreed to distribute the movie, but there were some production issues, and the involvement of Hardy and Momoa was looking slim.
It was later revealed that Sony's distribution deal had actually not gone according to plan, as there were too many financial and creative differences. Hardy announced on Instagram that he'd come so close to making the film happen, but ultimately, had to walk away in the end. This, of course, implied that he wasn't able to make the movie he and Momoa had planned to. So, with no director, no star, and no distributor, The Crow remake is dead once again.
7. The Silver Chair
The Chronicles of Narnia was a rather decent movie but seemed to diminish. In turn, it led to plans of reboots that were meant to start with The Silver Chair. This may be confusing depending on which order you compare it to when reading the book in the series. Regardless of the logic, the plans to press ahead and create the movie with the veteran filmmaker Joe Johnston, who signed on to direct last year were set in motion.
The Silver Chair was only picked up decades after Voyage of the Dawn Teacher in Narnia times, but only in England last year, when Eustace Scrubb said to be returning. It was announced this year that the streaming giant had purchased the rights to C.S Lewis' series, and they have plans to make films and TV shows based on the works, which means The Silver Chair is taking a backseat for now. So, we guess no more Narnia adventures in the future.
6. Transformers 6
This was indeed one of the most commercially successful film franchises of all time, as two entries seemed to make over a whopping $1bn! But now, Paramount is turning away from the mainline Transformers series. The fifth and most recent entry, The Last Knight, made a measly $605m at the box-office, which was just over half of what Age of Extinction had brought in. This contributed to the sense of exhaustion around the franchise, with Michael Bay promising it'd be his last.
Paramount decided to pull Transformers 6, and after the mediocre box-office performance alongside cynical reviews, it seems that the future lies with the spin-off Bumblebee. They are aiming to create a different kind of movie this time around, with a more character-driven, heartfelt storyline and shorter, a more personal tale. While this may seem good in theory, it certainly appears to be tracking for the lowest-opening in the entire franchise, which will make future films even less likely.
5. City Of Lies
Things never seem to go according to plan at times, as City of Lies, previously known as LAbyrinth, should have been released by now. The film would have starred the method-actor that we love, Johnny Depp, whose role was LAPD Detective Russell Poole, and his job consisted of investigating the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Initially slated for a September 2018 release, the film was only pulled in August due to an ongoing lawsuit between Depp and the movie's location manager.
This then led to a prosecution, this time by Bank Leumi, for unpaid guarantees due to the release being shelved. With two lawsuits, not to mention a constant swirl of controversy around Depp, there's no release date scheduled, and it doesn't look like seeing the light of day anytime soon. This is sad news for those who were eager to see Depp on the right side of the law.
4. Mad Max Sequels
George Miller certainly wowed us with his explosive return of Mad Max back in 2015 and was discussing plans for a sequel almost immediately thanks to its success. Apparently, Miller had ideas for two movies, with one temporarily called Mad Max: the Wasteland, and another likely to be a spin-off centered on Charlize Theron's Furiosa. However, a lawsuit between Miller's production company and Warner Bros led to a delay in production.
The former is suing for unpaid earnings, and the latter has accused them of breaching a contract by producing a two-hour, R-rated movie rather than the 100-minute, PG-13 one which was agreed upon. Now, Miller has put the sequels on hold and instead, turns to focus his attention on Three Thousand Years of Longing, which will star Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. Given the fact that Miller has only directed four movies in the last 20 years, Max Max has certainly been cast out to the wasteland.
3. Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story
Lucasfilm has been trying to make a Boba Fett movie happen for years but has not made it official. Many fans believed that this was about a bounty hunter set in a futuristic environment - a spin-off for the anthology movie that Josh Trank was working on before he was fired. Earlier this year, it seemed that the film was back in development with Logan's James Mangold who was said to write and direct.
However, doubts were circulating once again in the future of Star Wars Stories with Solo's relative box-office failure and fans. Last month, it was reported by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy that the Fett movie was dead. Solo's performance seemed to have knocked it off the sail, and Jon Favreau's in-development The Mandalorian is what actually sent it plunging into the Sarlacc, with Lucasfilm and Disney instead putting their focus on the TV series.
2. All These DC Movies
Warner Bros plans to rebrand the DCEU - or Worlds of DC, and have been in a state of flux for a while now. Their plans seem to be changing with each new setback, and that had led to a number of films being scrapped this year. For starters, Man of Steel 2, which Christopher McQuarrie wanted to direct has been indefinitely scuffed off the slate as WB no longer have plans for Superman for the foreseeable future, even if Henry Cavill hasn't officially left the role, with a Supergirl movie replacing it.
Another victim is Flashpoint, who is said to have scrapped the initial plans for the storyline to convert it to a proper Flash solo. We can't really see Flashpoint without Ben Affleck and Cavill, but that in itself has become an obstacle. Sadly, production was delayed until late 2019 due to Ezra Miller's Fantastic Beasts commitments, and we can certainly understand how the focus could be shifted.
Deathstroke is another one which was reportedly going to be directed by Gareth Evans and star, Joe Manganiello. That, however, was part of the original plans for the DCEU under Zack Snyder, with Justice League set up the Legion of Doom and Deathstroke who were ready to appear in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie. Matt Reeves' film certainly doesn't seem to highlight Affleck at all.
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
With Avengers 4 marking the end of Phase 3 and the MCU as we know it, Guardians of the Galaxy should've been in a superior status to help launch Phase 4. The 2020 release date was expected set up the next 10-20 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; that was until James Gunn's tweets surfaced. With the media making jokes on social networks, such as Twitter. We know that fans can either make or break a movie and in this case, a crew member.
Some of these posts included comments about pedophilia, rape, AIDS, and a number of other tasteless subjects; Gunn was speedily fired by Disney. Whether or not you agree with their decision, the fact of the matter is that Gunn is no longer involved. Even though his script will still be used if the movie happens, but right now, it's rather chaotic. Dave Bautista is no longer interested, and with problems such as Kevin Feige confirming the film now being on hold, it's unlikely we'll see it for another few years.
Are you as disappointed as we are to see that some of our favorite movies won't be released? Which one of these films did you wish could still be shown on the big screen? Are you happy that any of these were scrapped? Let us know. Remember to share this with your family and friends and keep up-to-date with us for more movie madness!
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