[Hellboy 3](movie:466730) isn't happening. It's sad, I know, but both actors and the director have confirmed that we won't get to see Big Red in action again. Hopefully a publicity stunt like the [Aquaman](movie:264237) deal but right now, it seems very, very unlikely.
Anyway, we might as well get on with the post-mortem. What follows is Guillermo del Toro's idea for the movie.
Hellboy was to finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and have him and Liz face that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film.
Sounds friggin' awsome, so of course were not gonna see it.
With the disappointment still burning, here's a look at other cancelled sequel awesomeness.
Gladiator II: Christ Killer
Musician Nick Cave ([Lawless](movie:46034)) was commissioned by Russell Crowe to write their way out of the obvious plot wall of Maximus being 6 feet under. In one interview Cave reportedly asked Crowe about this, to which he replied: "you sort that out".
So the script ran, keeping in continuity with Greek and Roman mythology for a time. The story eventually comes to the time of Jesus Christ and because the Gods in heaven began dying as belief systems shifted towards Christ, some Gods resurrect Maximus from purgatory and recruit him to kill Christ and all his followers.
As the story goes on, Maximus succeeds in killing the "Christ Character" but finds out that this was his own son and that the Gods tricked him. When the Gods resurrected him they made him immortal and so the movie ends with Maximus fighting all the historical battles until modern day.
He becomes an ultimate, immortal warrior; much like Wolverine I suppose.
Crowebar's response to the script was "don't like it mate."
And that's all she wrote.
Back to the Future: Part 2
(I know, I know, just hear me out)
Back in 1985, after the first Back to the Future movie was released and getting all the success, the second was planned. However the one that we got to see wasn't the original idea.
The movie originally was to follow Marty's parents into the sixties and seventies and Lorraine was to be a flower child protester of the Vietnam War, with George following suit.
However, this idea was scrapped when Crispin Glover, who plays George, became very demanding with regards money; so much so that they decided to write him out of the project.
Hence why in the second movie George is dead and the only footage we see of him is re-purposed and unused takes from the first movie.
It also explains why George is upside down from the 'golf course' accident:
In some scenes an actor with a prosthetic face was used. Glover subsequently sued producer Steven Spielberg for using his likeness and won.
Doc has a throwaway line where he tries to figure out why 1955 seems to have such significance, he finishes by saying "on the other hand it could just be a huge coincidence."
Part II is my personal favorite. I think it has elements of Citizen Kane, It's A Wonderful Life and, for essentially a blockbuster, it's very rich in scope and content. It's also quite dark, especially the alternate 1985 scenes which I think really raised the stakes of the movie. Marty realizes that his one action of buying the Almanac for greed has had a ripple effect on the world. Simple but very effective.
The Godfather Part IV
Depending on how well The Godfather Part III was to do at the box office, there was a fourth addition to the series. As the third didn't do so well, for many years the film was never spoken of. However, just before Mario Puzo, the author of the original book, died in 1999 there was news that a fourth script had been in development.
The script, had it come into fruition, would have followed the character of Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) and his reign as Godfather in the Corleone family. He, unlike the rest of the family, willingly gets involved in the drug trade and almost immediately destroys the legitimacy of the Corleone family. In his reign as Don Corleone the family would decline again, he would eventually be hunted down and killed and thus ending the Corleone family.
The movie was to use the flashback technique of the second movie but showing both Vito and Michael and comparing them with Vincent. Francis Ford Coppola has said that the production will not happen without Puzo.
Forrest Gump 2: Gump and Co
Despite the character of Jenny being dead and the first story being a completely rounded one, the studio wished to have another Gump outing.
The planned story was to follow Gump through the eighties and nineties bumping into famous characters the way he did in the first movie. The movie was stopped in its tracks when Tom Hanks gave it a unanimous 'no' saying that it would just be a 'repeat'.
Kill Bill 3: The Final Cut
After the killing of Bill, one would think the series would be over; one would be wrong. Tarantino has spoken many times about the third and final movie in his Bride saga.
The story would follow the character of Sofie Fatale, Lucy Liu's lawyer.
She would raise Vivica Fox's daughter to avenge her mother's death in this final chapter.
However, unlike the other movies on this list, this one still might happen. When enough time passes and the daughter of Vivica gets to a certain age then this might be a good time to return to Kill Bill.
Tim Burton's 3rd Batman
I always get annoyed when thinking about this one. Being such a fan of Burton's Batman, especially Returns, I would have really liked to see where he went with the next one. Reportedly Burton had the idea of bringing back Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent, who appeared in Batman (1989), who would show the Two-face transformation and apparently Robin Williams was earmarked for The Riddler.
The box office of Batman Returns wasn't as good as they'd hoped, though. The reviews thought that the movie was too dark and the NC-17 certificate made it difficult for Warner Bros. to put toys in happy meals with the movie.
The studio kindly asked Burton to make a small movie instead, like another Edward Scissorhands, while they moved onto Joel Schumacher to create their more 'toyetic' Batman Forever.
(The one that was supposed to be made)
Before the universally panned Alien 3, with its prison planet and cartoon-like Xeonomorphs, there was another script. A better script.
Check out what writer Vincent Ward said about it below:
We open in a wooden cathedral. We think it's the Middle Ages. There are monks working behind the scenes, going upstairs through alcoves, then up ladders through attics and lofts. We follow one monk, who emerges through a gantry and looks out through a trap door across the encrusted surface of this environment, a little plain that curves, with a lagoon and a shallow atmosphere. The monk sees a star in the East. It gets closer and closer. Other monks come up the ladders and more people join them over a period of days and weeks. And the star gets closer, until it smashes into the lagoon. The monks believe it is some sort of omen, that it is going to save them in some way. Of course, we know it is something quite different.
Similar to that of previous Alien movies, the Alien egg would have been inside Newt as suggested at the end of Aliens. Newt dies and gives birth to a new Xenomorph and this further adds to Ripley's depression over her own dead child.
The chase and battle scenes would happen in this Buddhist monastery-like planet where the only weapons are pitch forks and wheat shears. The showdown ends up burning up the planet in an effort to kill the alien and partially destroying the land.
It's a year or two later. The flames have been put out. The wheat fields have grown back. You see a line of monks, wearing their cowls and habits, and they're working away, stripping the plants for the wheat. We move down the line and you see one face, and then another, and then you realize that one of the monks is now Ripley. You just see this lean face that has been through all these things. And she has finally found her own sense of community through these men and this isolated place. She's found her own sense of peace.
David Fincher was reported saying to Fox:
I don’t know what you’re doing - Alien is all about dirt and filth and oil and a hardcore technical world, why are we doing this ‘wooden’ thing?
Fox was pleased to hear this as it would've cost them far too much to built the sets and so they went with the prison planet.
That's all well and good, money yada, yada; that old chestnut, but just imagine a Xenomorph chasing you through this:
I shudder to think. This is why it would've been good!
So there you have it folks. I didn't cover all of them, just the ones that I thought had the good production stories.