Films that never were - but should have been

Films - and TV shows - that for some reason or other never got made, but totally should have been.

(Inspired by all those Nestflix posts.)

A third season of Fawlty Towers.

The sequel to Buckaroo Banzai of course.

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Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League

A prose adventure as told by the Reno Kid to Buckaroo Banzai chronicler E.M. Rauch, this tale follows everyone’s favorite scientist-surgeon-entertainer-daredevil as he sets off on a brand-new hair-raising adventure!

The long-awaited sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is finally here!

Publication Date: October 13, 2021

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The Muppets present Stephen King’s The Shining


Back when vampires were all the rage I’d love to have seen, say, HBO do Tim Powers’ Stress of Her Regard and the sequels as a high budget series.

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I could makes hundreds of responses to this thread. Hey streaming services, wanna-be streaming services, and Hollywood adapt these:

  • Giraffes On Horseback Salad - proposed Salvador Dali film with Harpo Marx
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky version of Dune (of course, there is a documentary on this attempted film)
  • Amber Series by Roger Zelazny
  • Lord of Light or Creatures of Light and Darkness by Zelazny (heck, anything by Zelazny)
  • Dying Earth Series by Jack Vance
  • Any scifi by Jack Vance
  • Lyonesse series by Jack Vance
  • Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
  • Elric
  • Pym by Mat Johnson (I dare you Hollywood)
  • Anything by Imbolo Mbue
  • Movie on the life of 1890s climber Annie Peck
  • Lucifiers Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • Known Space or Gil Hamilton stories by Niven
  • Well World by Jack Chalker
  • The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
  • Ubik by Philip K Dick
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • An Arsonist’s Guide to the Writer’s Homes of New England by Brock Clarke
  • And then we came to the end by Joshua Ferris
  • Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead
  • 7th Sigma by Steven Gould

I have it on pre-order, but sadly, not a film.

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Spaceballs, The Sequel

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An early 1960ies not-for-kids version of Heidi.
Starring Ursula Andress and Lilo Pulver.

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Wouldn’t a prequel be more appro?

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Grass Roots

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We all know how prequel trilogies to space operas work out.

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