ByRyan Murphy, writer at Creators.co
Ryan Murphy

Who doesn’t love '80s nostalgia? This decade had some of the best pop culture of the twentieth century, and Hollywood knows it. That’s why they’re developing multiple properties based on classic 1980s properties. Alas, so many of these have yet to receive a release date, and remain stuck in the mud of development. Come take a look at what’s possibly on its way out, and what’s being done about it.

10. 'Voltron'

'Voltron' [Credit: Toei Animation]
'Voltron' [Credit: Toei Animation]

Previous attempts were made for years by New Regency and Relativity Media to turn this 1980s into a feature, but all news finally stopped after 2011. Then, quite recently, in November 2016, it was announced that Universal and DreamWorks had acquired the rights and would be working to bring a new film version to the screen, with David Hayter writing.

9. 'Masters Of The Universe'

'He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe' [Credit: NBC Universal TV]
'He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe' [Credit: NBC Universal TV]

After Joel Silver’s attempts to breathe new life out of this '80s toy line did not meet with Mattel’s approval, the company moved on to Sony pictures. In September 2009, Sony hired producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch to create the film.

Mike Finch and Alex Litvak were the first writers hired to write the script, which has subsequently gone through drafts by Richard Wenk, Terry Rossio, Jeff Wadlow and Christopher Yost. In January 2015, Columbia Pictures SVP DeVon Franklin famously tweeted a photo of concept art for Battlecat, garnering interest in the project.

In early 2016, McG was hired to direct. He discussed the film this past August, saying that Kellan Lutz was in consideration for the role, and that makeup testing was being done. Nothing more has been revealed.

8. 'The Legend Of Conan'

'Conan the Barbarian' [Credit: Universal]
'Conan the Barbarian' [Credit: Universal]

Attempts were made to make a third Conan film right after Conan the Destroyer in 1987, but Schwarzenegger’s involvement with Predator led to conflicts that it never recovered from.

In October 2012, one year after the failure of the reboot film, producers Chris Morgan and Frederick Malmberg were announced as producers of The Legend of Conan, a sequel to the original Conan the Barbarian, once again starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. One year later, Andrea Berloff was announced as writing the script. The target production date was in 2015, yet years passed without any fresh announcements. As late as last year, Schwarzenegger assured fans the project was still in development.

The original film teased an aging Conan as king, so Schwarzenegger (now 69) should actually be perfect for the role in this time era.

7. 'Red Sonja'

'Red Sonja' [Credit: Marvel Comics]
'Red Sonja' [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Attempts to make a reboot of Red Sonja by producer Avi Lerner had been made in the past, with Rose McGowan notably cast at one point. This all came to a halt after the related Conan the Barbarian reboot flopped in 2011. However, in February 2015, the same producers hired Christopher Cosmos to write a brand new script.

6. 'G.I. Joe 3'

'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' [Credit: Paramount]
'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' [Credit: Paramount]

In 2015, D.J. Caruso came on board as director of this sequel. Previous scripts by Evan Daugherty, Jonathan Lemkin and Aaron Berg were apparently all thrown out when, that November, Akiva Goldsman was announced to be heading a writers room for the film.

In a recent interview, Caruso revealed that he was developing a script in which the Joes meet the Transformers in the end. However, the studio said that they weren’t quite ready for that. Now that Caruso’s latest film, xXx: Return of Xander Cage has hit theaters, this project may or may not pick up steam.

5. 'Mega Man'

[Credit: Capcom]
[Credit: Capcom]

In September 2015, 20th Century Fox and producer Peter Chernin were announced to be preparing a motion picture. No details have since been given forth, not even to specify if the film would be live-action or animation.

4. 'Beetlejuice 2'

'Beetlejuice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Beetlejuice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write a script for a sequel — which both Burton and Keaton have been enthusiastic about for decades — in 2011. In 2015, Grahame-Smith stated that the script was finished, and that Burton intended to start shooting, with both Keaton and Ryder reprising their roles, by the end of the year. Well, that didn't happen, and in May 2016, Burton cryptically said that he would be willing to do the film "under the right circumstances." Burton is now instead working on the live-action remake of Dumbo.

3. 'Terminator'

'The Terminator' [Credit: Orion Pictures]
'The Terminator' [Credit: Orion Pictures]

A pair of sequels to Terminator: Genisys — following up on the loose ends of that film — were planned and scheduled, but later cancelled due to the film’s poor performance at the box office.

In January 2017, James Cameron — to whom the rights will revert in 2019 — has stated that he is planning to produce a reboot and conclusion to the series, with Tim Miller directing.

2. 'Highlander: The Reckoning'

'Highlander' [Credit: Fox]
'Highlander' [Credit: Fox]

A reboot of the series was announced in May 2008, with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, fresh off the success of co-writing Iron Man, penning the script. Justin Lin (the Fast & Furious franchise) signed on to direct in 2009, and the title was revealed to be Highlander: The Reckoning.

Lin dropped out of the project in 2011, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was later hired. In 2012, Ryan Reynolds was cast as the new Connor MacLeod. However at the end of the year, Fresnadillo dropped out, and the next year, Reynolds followed suit.

Visual Effects Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan signed on to direct in 2013. Two years later, Dave Bautista was cast as Kurgan. In the meantime, Nicolas-Troyan made his directorial debut elsewhere with The Huntsman: Winter’s War, but was still committed to this project. However, in November 2016, Chad Stahelski was hired to replace Nicolas-Troyan.

1. 'Aliens' Sequel

'Aliens' [Credit: Fox]
'Aliens' [Credit: Fox]

I know what you’re thinking: "Alien: Covenant is well on its way to theaters this summer!” No, not that silly prequel — the one you’d actually care about! The actual sequel to 1986's Aliens.

was confirmed in February 2015 to be directing a continuation of the franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. However, late that year, Ridley Scott confirmed that, while he would be producing said film, he would be putting it on the backburner until after Alien: Covenant was released (that film, incidentally, being the first of a planned trilogy).

Last year, Blomkamp shared concept art on Instagram showing a grown-up Newt, thus indicating the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and being a direct sequel to Aliens. Yet just last month, when asked about the film’s chances of going into production, he commented that they were “slim.”

So which of these films seems most likely to soon go into production? And which one would you most like to see? One thing we can all agree on, and that is that Hollywood knows that sells.


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