For every great movie there are hundreds of ideas that get left on the cutting room floor. Some of those ideas would have been spectacular to see brought to life, while others probably should've never been thought of in the first place. For example, this week we learned a lot about the world of Star Trek, from Sulu being gay in Star Trek: Beyond to Star Trek: The Motion Picture being an almost completely different movie. Toady, we'll be taking a look at five movies that had amazing (or not so amazing) ideas cut from the final product. Let's jump right in!
5. Star Trek - Kirk Almost Battled Jesus Christ - Yes, Really
The legendary man behind the world of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, wanted to make a completely different first film than what we ended up seeing. In the original script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Roddenberry wrote some "mildly erotic, mid-life crisis stuff" according to author Michael Jan Friedman who wrote the novelization of the movie following Gene's death. One of the weirdest parts of the original script took place during the climax in which "Kirk had a fistfight with an alien who had assumed the image of Jesus Christ."
In other drafts of the screenplay that would become Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the crew of the Enterprise welcomed Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, and Hitler to the ship. This version would have seen the Enterprise going back to the 1930s and inadvertently preventing the events of WWII and JFK's assassination. Personally, that sounds rather exciting, but it would take another six rejected scripts and a TV series pitch before Star Trek: The Motion Picture received the green light.
4. Frozen - Elsa Was Almost An Evil Villain Rather Than The Heroine
In the original story the hit Disney movie is based on, the Snow Queen was a very, very evil person. When adapting Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Disney sought to keep the character of Elsa as the main protagonist of the film. For the longest time, the film's first rounds of concept art kept portraying Elsa as a villain.
However, as husband and wife songwriting duo Robert and Kristen Lopez were struggling to write a song that showed Elsa in a bad light (a la Scar's "Be Prepared" in The Lion King) they came up with an idea to have Elsa go through a transformation. That idea would bloom into the hit song "Let It Go" which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Song.
I think we can all say we're glad that they decided to let it go and make Elsa a misunderstood individual and the heroine of the story rather than the villain.
3. Jurassic Park III - It Was Almost A Teen Slasher In The Making
The Jurassic Park franchise has seen its fair share of odd ideas that didn't make it into the final product (including the dino-human hybrids originally planned for Jurassic World). Jurassic Park III, however, faced some of the most difficult setbacks as it neared the start of production. Just five weeks prior to the start of filming, Jurassic Park III had the plot completely rewritten. One of the original scripts featured a group of teenagers stranded on Isla Sorna and being systematically hunted by a bloodthirsty dinosaur.
Then the idea was pitched that pteranodons would attacking the main land and Alan Grant would investigate the attacks. This idea was working pretty well and the production team even made some set pieces. However, just weeks before filming, the rescue plot was added. The original set pieces were still used in the final product even though some of them didn't fit in so well with the new plot. All of these changes might explain why Jurassic Park III turned out to be the lowest rated film in the franchise.
2. The FIRST Batman V Superman - Batman's Fiance Is Killed
Over a decade before Batman V Superman hit our screens, Warner Brother's sought to bring the epic duo to the big screen. This version of the iconic storyline would have starred Christian Bale as Batman and Josh Hartnett as Superman. This also explains the seemingly prophetic image seen in I Am Legend.
It was meant as an inside joke by writer Akiva Goldsman, who wrote the script for both I Am Legend and the Batman vs Superman film we never got. The script Goldsman wrote had a Superman that had recently divorced Lois Lane and a Batman who was about to marry his longtime partner, Elizabeth Miller, when she was violently murdered by Joker. For some reason, Batman blames Superman for her death and the two face off against each other.
However, it is soon revealed that someone else entirely was behind the whole plot, and the two decide to team up to bring the mastermind down. The plans were scrapped in order to create a standalone Batman movie (the Christopher Nolan trilogy) and a standalone Superman movie written by J.J. Abrams called Superman: FlyBy. Unfortunately, we never got to see this version of Batman vs Superman (which sounds like it might have had a plot just as muddled as Batman V Superman) or the Superman movie J.J. Abrams wanted to make.
1. Robin Hood Remake - Was Almost More Like CSI: Nottingham
Of all the changes made on the list, this movie is the one I wish hadn't been changed at all. The original script was so good that Russell Crowe signed on immediately. Crowe had agreed to do the movie before a studio even purchased the script with his star status causing a bidding war between studios before Universal Pictures secured the rights. After that, iconic director Ridley Scott was hired and the movie was set to be a hit. And then...everything changed. So what exactly was the movie supposed to be about?
Originally, Russell Crowe was supposed to play a more sympathetic version of the Sheriff of Nottingham. According to Universal Chairman Marc Shmuger:
"The script had the sheriff of Nottingham as a 'CSI'-style forensics investigator, set in medieval times. It was really well written, but Ridley's interest took him in a different direction."
The movie would have seen Crowe's sheriff trying to solve the murders Robin Hood committed and bring the man in tights to justice. Unfortunately, numerous rewrites were undertaken and a straightforward Robin Hood origin story was produced instead.
Clearly, some of these script changes were clearly made for the better, whereas others, such as Nottingham, would have been amazing to see brought to the big screen. Which of these films would you have most liked to see? Which ones are you glad were changed? Let me know in the comments below!