Batman: The Frightening
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Brandon Gaines
Whoo boy! Everyone got all hot about this script, featuring the Scarecrow. When Batman 5 was still in development, “Batman: The Frightening” was a title being considered. Soon, this fan script surfaced, purporting to be the real deal.

Although two writers, Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias, were credited on the draft, but both denied writing it. The author was later discovered to be Brandon Gaines.

Read some of the news coverage from IGN.

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Sandman
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Based on the mystical, mythical comic series by Neil Gaiman. Ted Elliot has an in depth introduction to his draft over at Wordplayer.com. Avary had a good history of his involvement in the project (working from the Elliot and Rossio script) at Avary.com, but it appears to have been taken down.

Read about this project’s history at CHUD.com

  • Sandman by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
  • Sandman by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Roger Avary (no longer online)
Plastic Man
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Larry and Andy Wachowski
After The Matrix and Speed Racer, the Wachowskis need a challenge. How about the man of Plastic?

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Watchmen
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Sam Hamm
It hasn’t been easy adapting Alan Moore’s epic comic into a satisfying screenplay. Terry Gilliam wanted to do it for awhile. Later there were rumors of a script by David Hayter to be shot in Prague with Darren Aronofsky at the helm, but he left the project. Next up was Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass. As of 2007, director Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) has the project. IMDB credits the new screenplay to David Hayter and Alex Tse.

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Spider-Man
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Scriptment by James Cameron
Remember the huge legal battle over Spider-man? By the time Marvel and Sony had it figured out, Cameron was out of the picture. The final movie did use some of Cameron’s ideas, however. The genetically altered (rather than radioactive) spider and the organic web-shooters had their origins here.

One fan of this scriptment, Daniele Tomasi, has devoted an entire website to it. SpiderCameron.altervista.org features the scriptment in English and Italian, with commentary and storyboards.

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Batman 2
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Sam Hamm
Here’s an early version of Batman Returns. Sam Hamm wrote the first Batman (and has taken a crack at many other comic book movies), so it made sense for him to do a draft of the sequel. The final screenplay was written by Daniel Waters.

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The Fantastic Four (1994)
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Screenplay by Craig J. Nevius and Kevin Rock
Directed by Oley Sassone

An internet favorite! Roger Corman produced this low budget adaptation of the popular comic book. Much of it is awful or laughable, but it has a certain naive charm. The rumor is that Corman was actually paid NOT to release it, because another studio was planning a big budget production. Bootlegs of the film can be found online.

The Fantastic Four trailer from Youtube:

Asylum / Batman Vs. Superman
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Andrew Kevin Walker and Akiva Goldsman
After several failed attempts to get a new Superman off the ground, this crossover was proposed by Andrew Kevin Walker. It was designed to relaunch both the Superman and Batman franchises. I think it’s a great idea. Sure, they’re both good guys, but as anyone who reads the comics knows, the two heroes have conflicting personalities and ideologies.

This screenplay was scrapped when other (separate) Superman and Batman projects came into favor and attached director Wolfgang Peterson left to do Troy.

Years later, an entirely different film was made, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Read reviews at UGO Screenwriter’s Voice and SupermanHomepage.com

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Superman: Man of Steel
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Alex Ford
After Kevin Smith’s Superman Lives was dropped, Alex Ford wrote this script for Warner Brothers. He pitched it as the first of seven movies, which was intriguing, but Ford eventually split with Warners due to creative differences.

This “Man of Steel” is independent from Man of Steel (the proposed sequel to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns) and Man of Steel, the Superman reboot from Zack Snyder.

Read a review of the script at SupermanHomepage.com

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Superman Lives
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Kevin Smith
Smith has been pretty vocal about the horrors of development. For all the hype, I’m not too keen on this script. It has some interesting elements: the death and rebirth of Superman, the presence of both Lex Luthor and Braniac. I liked the way the story just starts without explaining who Superman is — like a comic, or an episode of the animated show. But there is some humor that doesn’t work, and three separate robot characters. That’s at least one too many robots for me.

An entire documentary has been made about the project, entitled The Death of ‘Superman Lives’ What Happened?

The Projection Booth did a great episode on the topic at http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/2015/09/special-report-death-of-superman-lives.html

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