Welcome to “Development Hell”

Imagination Connoisseur, Omar 94, asks why some projects seem to spend so much time “in development” and not get forgotten.

Hi Rob,

I was reading about the production of several movies, noticing how some movies have been in development hell for years, even decades.

Speed Racer was in and out of development since 1992, and finally released in 2008.

Gemini Man was in and out of development since 1997, and finally released in 2019.

That has me wondering how studios can still be aware of projects for so long. I would have figured if a project just couldn’t come together, it was dropped, and something else was looked at, and nobody ever saw or heard of that earlier project again. I guess not, as it seems studios have vaults or archives, like the one from the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and keep shelved projects there and try bringing them back every once in a while.

Thanks, live long and prosper.

– Omar

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