Audiences meet many classic film characters in media res, with their lives, goals, and personalities firmly established. Going this route makes the likes of Dirty Harry or Han Solo feel like people with a rich history that extends beyond the screen. The suggestion of unseen adventures informing these characters before we knew them can’t help but compel the imagination. Though such personalities work so well because of their undefined points of origin, that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from regularly engaging in franchise extensions in the form of origin stories. Over the years, everyone from Wolverine to “Dumb & Dumber” leads Harry and Lloyd have gotten prequels explaining so much about characters that weren’t crying out for backstory. Note: Venom : Let There Be Carnage 2021 Streaming
Despite this constant fixation on these kinds of prequels, even Hollywood hasn’t been able to bring every proposed origin story movie into reality. For every “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” there are countless other origin story projects that just never got off the ground. These titles, some focusing on characters as iconic as John McClane and Yoda, never made it to the big screen due to a wide variety of factors ranging from shifts in movie studio management to creative disputes between behind-the-scenes figures. While the real reasons these origin story movies never got made vary greatly, they all share the quality of making you grateful such superfluous projects never got fully realized.
X-Men Origins: Magneto
Today, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is a widely-derided punchline whose largest legacy is inspiring jokes in “Deadpool” and the radically different creative direction for “The Wolverine” and “Logan.” Initially, however, there were plans by 20th Century Fox to use this project as a way to kick off a whole series of “X-Men Origins” movies, each chronicling a single mutant’s origin story. Wolverine was the first mutant to get a prequel adventure and there were originally plans for Magneto to also get a feature in this series. In April 2007, it was announced David S. Goyer would helm a “Magneto” movie, which was planned to build off a script penned by Sheldon Turner. Read More: Mourir peut attendre 2021 Streaming
That shouldn’t be a surprising pick for those familiar with the original trilogy of “X-Men” movies. Not only was Magneto a prominent part of those films, but he also had a distinctive origin story full of drama that could hold up an entire movie. The project got far enough to even inspire Ian McKellen to express interest in returning to the role in some capacity. However, increased interest in the idea of an “X-Men: First Class” movie led Fox to take many of the ideas from this “Magneto” movie and just incorporate them into that 2011 ensemble prequel film. The negative critical reception to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” also caused Fox to second-guess the development of more installments in the “X-Men Origins” series — like the original plans for “Magneto.” More: After – Chapitre 3 2021 Streaming
Bride of Frankenstein
Universal was so convinced that its 2017 take on “The Mummy” would launch the Dark Universe franchise as a major property that the studio set into motion the second installment in this series, “Bride of Frankenstein.” Set to be directed by Bill Condon, who previously helmed a movie about original “Bride of Frankenstein” filmmaker James Whale called “Gods and Monsters,” this new take on the origins of that famous lady monster was rumored to star Angelina Jolie as the titular creature, with Javier Bardem officially signed on to portray Frankenstein’s monster. Note: BAC Nord 2021 Streaming
While the project assembled some buzzy players, this new “Bride of Frankenstein” would soon hit an insurmountable roadblock. The exceedingly disappointing box office of “The Mummy” immediately cast a dark shadow over all Dark Universe properties, including “Bride of Frankenstein.” Four months after “The Mummy” debuted, the start date for “Bride of Frankenstein” was delayed and the project sent back to development hell. Two years later, Condon revealed to Collider that Universal’s trepidation over the budget and scope of “Bride of Frankenstein” also caused it to get shelved. All that confidence in “The Mummy” didn’t just backfire on that Tom Cruise vehicle, it also had the domino effect of preventing the “Bride of Frankenstein” from coming to life once again on the big screen. More: Dune 2021 Streaming