Though we're in the middle of a boom period for comic book movies, it's probably best to think of 2019 as the start of a new era for the genre (and let's be honest, that's what it is now). With the coming confirmation of Disney's acquisition of Fox's movie properties, we're going to see a whole new host of movies under the Marvel Studios banner, plus we have the post Avengers: Endgame shake-up to look forward to.
And in the wider blockbuster conversation, there are some unbelievable releases on their way and even more yet to be announced, no doubt. It's a good time for popcorn vendors as much as film fans and we could be in for quite a twelve months at the cinema and in news circles.
But it won't all be plain sailing. Last year saw the cancellation of some hotly anticipated movies - like the Mad Max sequel, Boba Fett and The Raid 3 - despite how much fans might have wanted to see them and chances are they won't be the last. Movies slip in and out of development hell and are cancelled all the time, after all, but even knowing that, the fact that 9 pretty major projects have already bit the dust this year is still somewhat shocking.
Let's hope it's not too much of a sign of things to come.
10. Silver Surfer
What We Knew
Silver Surfer is arguably the strangest of the recently cancelled movies, because only very recently, there was talk of Adam McKay writing a project for the near future. And back in February 2018, THR reported that Fox were "going 100 miles per hour" to get the movie off the ground - at which point they had comic writer Brian K. Vaughn involved with the script.
Whether those two projects are one and the same remains to be seen, since there is some thinking that the McKay project might be set for the MCU. That seems strangely advanced, considering the slow-down in Fox projects around the deal, but it's not out of the realms of possibility.
Other than Vaughn's involvement, there was very little of substance announced.
Why It Was Cancelled & The Future
The film has been cancelled as part of Fox and Disney's deal, according to Twitter source and claimed industry insider DanielRPK. It makes sense given Disney's presumed reluctance to sanction movies they had no say in at the planning stages, but it's a shame.
As for the future? Well, McKay told MTV that he had had conversations that might still lead to something, if not THIS version of the movie:
There actually has been some discussion about Silver Surfer. My agent certainly woke up. They were excited. We're in the middle of, you know, backing Vice right now, but, who knows, maybe in a couple months it could pop up. I really am excited about that idea. So, we'll see what happens.