We always talk about how there’s so little originality in Hollywood, with everything coming out seemingly a sequel, a remake, a reboot, or based on some other existing property. But there are original ideas floating around Hollywood, and they are ideas that would make for terrific films. The trouble is that, for whatever reason, they can never seem to get past the script stage. Here are some of the best movies you’ll probably never get to see. 7.
The first movie we’ll be talking about is one where, if you read the synopsis, it kind of feels like a fresh new take on the Bill and Ted story. Only instead of people from the future trying to help the hero, a kid named Bob, succeed in helping to shape a Utopian society 1000 years in the future, they want to kill him to prevent it from ever happening. So really, think Bill and Ted meets Terminator. The story is actually a comedy in which a kid’s blog somehow becomes the basis for a perfect civilization hundreds of years from now, and aliens decide that they want none of that and that he needs to be killed. MGM actually purchased the script back in 2008, but six years later there’s been no movement. That’s not exactly a great sign.
Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine
Now here is a script that, based on the success of a film like Her, could actually gain some momentum going forward. Now that’s not to say that this is a movie about a guy falling in love with artificial intelligence, but instead, it’s the story of a cosmonaut named Renko Vega and his relationship with his sentient ship, the Jennifer Nine. So you can see at least some of the similarities there, since the heart and soul of the story is still between a man and a machine. The story revolves around Vega and his ship finding themselves in the dangerous position of being the only ones who can save a group of hostages being held by space pirates. Think Han Solo and the Falcon, if the Falcon could actually talk back to Solo, and you’ve got a little bit of an idea of what we would be getting here. And who wouldn’t pay to see that?
One of the best and potentially most exciting screenplays to have been floated around Hollywood over the past several years is Roundtable, by famed comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan, who currently works on the hit television show Under the Dome and wrote, among other things, the comic series Y: The Last Man. Well, back in 2008 he sold a script called Roundtable to DreamWorks, with the story revolving around Merlin arriving in the present time and trying to recruit a new group of Knights of the Roundtable to protect the world from evil. The people he recruits are in large part former celebrities and athletes, and nerdy scientist types. Which actually segues nicely into the next
And speaking of modern knights, have you ever found it a little funny that there are so many people walking around the United Kingdom with the title of “Sir” before their names? Sir Sean Connery, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Mix-a-Lot. Well, that last one may not be an official title, we’re not entirely sure. Either way, the screenplay Knights takes that concept and asks the question, what would happen if these so-called “knights” were actually called into action to defend their country? It’s an idea that’s so ripe for fantastic comedy it’s almost a wonder it’s never been done before. The story follows a group of such gentlemen, including a former soccer star, a musician, and an entrepreneur and deals with the idea of these men having to fight for Britain. Assemble an A-list of British thespians and this has gold written all over it.