8 Movies That Escaped Development Hell (And Weren't Worth The Wait)

We did our waiting! 12 years of it!


Making a film isn't all hanging out with pals and making big explosions, as much as directors would probably prefer it that way. Plenty of hard work goes into bringing weird and wonderful creations to life, and trying to distill that precise magical potion of actors, budgets, and an accessible filming schedule into a working movie really is a thankless task. It's like trying to herd a flock of cats, only they're hopped up on catnip and ham slices and probably about 6 foot tall just to make the whole thing even more impossible.

Giant hyperactive monsters aside however, the point remains that many films fall flat on their face before they can get started, and are relegated to the gloomy halls of Development Hell for their efforts. Escaping the place where movies go to die is no small feat, with only a few films able to brag about slipping away from purgatory whilst the rest wait and rot. Looking at you, Gambit.

Sometimes however, this incarceration has often happened for a reason. It's only when the thing manages to rise up against the odds and actually get made that we all realise it wasn't worth half the effort in the first place...

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