The best thing about the digital revolution is that there are almost no rules. Like independent films in the early ’90s, creators are using available technology to push boundaries and reinvent the way things are done. Thus, the rise of the e-book and the availability of self-publishing now allows a superfan to create their own digital scrapbook of their favorite writer/director/podcaster/author.
It’s common in popular culture to claim that someone is ruining their legacy.
We are living in the age of the podcast. Old media individuals (including the incomparable Howard Stern) may call them “losers” and scoff at audience size or ad revenue, but podcasts are both the present and the future. One look at the phenomenon of Serial proves that.
I am a Ben Affleck defender, so much so that my latest book was partially inspired by the fact that I wanted to defend him so I dedicated a chapter to him (the racial undertones in the hatred for his relationship to Jennifer Lopez are all too real). I think he’s underrated as an actor and he’s going to make a great Batman.
This was a long week.
It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them and pursuing other avenues of work.
Here is a short list of just some my favorite what ifs in the film industry:
- What if Will Smith had not turned down the lead roles in The Matrix and Django Unchained?
- What if Marvel Studios had not let Jon Favreau cast Robert Downey Jr. as the lead in Iron Man?
- What if Quentin Tarantino had gotten his dream cast for Pulp Fiction?
- What would The Dark Knight Rises had been if Heath Ledger had lived?
- What if Jim Carrey and Steven Spielberg had made Meet the Parents (Carrey is the one that came up with the last name of “Focker”)?
- What if Jack Nicholson had not turned down the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather?
- What if Marlon Brandon had reprised his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II?
- What if Francis Ford Coppola had not waited so long to make The Godfather Part III?
- What if Robert Duvall’s salary demand not have prevented him from starring in Godfather III?
- What if Paramount had made Godfather III starring John Travolta and directed by Sylvester Stallone?
- What if Robert De Niro hadn’t dropped out of the role of Frank Costello in The Departed?
- What if Tim Burton had made Superman Lives (with Nicholas Cage as Superman and possibly Jim Carrey as Brainiac)?
- What if the ending of I Am Legend not been changed?
- What if Molly Ringwald had not turned down the lead role in Ghost?
- What if Leonardo DiCaprio had not turned down the role of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights?
- What if Forrest Gump had been made with any of the studio’s first three choices as the titular character – John Travolta, Bill Murray or Chevy Chase?
- What if Eric Stoltz had not been replaced by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future?
- What if Brad Pitt had played the lead in Memento?
- What if David Lynch had directed Return of the Jedi?
- What if George Lucas had not changed the ending of Return of the Jedi (originally titled Revenge of the Jedi)?
- What if Lucas had let others direct (and write) the prequels?
- What if Brandon Lee and River Phoenix had lived?
- What if Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company had not forced filmmakers to flee to Hollywood, California?
Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
In the mid-to-late ’90s, Warner Brothers began development of a revival of Superman. Kevin Smith even wrote a script for it before Tim Burton became attached and brought in his own writers. He immediately cast Nicholas Cage as Clark Kent and there are rumors that Jim Carrey was in talks to portray Brainiac.
The project never took off for a variety of reasons, a major one being the fact that Batman & Robin was so awful that Warner Brothers decided to remove itself from the entire comic superhero universe for a few years. So Joel Schumacher, who has made some great movies in his life, ruined not only Tim Burton’s Batman franchise but also his Superman franchise.
Still, this is a fascinating film about a film that was never made. Seeing Nicholas Cage with the giant S logo on his chest and listening to what they had planned makes one wonder how it all would have turned out.
Update: The film has been ripped off YouTube so here’s the trailer:
Previously in Documentary Tuesday:
Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for stopping by. So, with the start of October, I decided to try something new.
This should’ve been Clerks II
Christopher Pierznik is the author of nine books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.