The Greatest Films Never Made

Joining the dots between my last two posts, I heard an interview with Rudy Rucker recently in which he hinted that Master Of Space And Time; the forthcoming film of his book, to be directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine) with a screenplay by Dan Clowes (Ghost World); is now going to have to be added to the ever growing list of The Greatest Films Never Made.

Already on the list are Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope, the William Gibson scripted Alien 3, Chris Cunningham directing Neuromancer, and about 90% of the projects Terry Gilliam has started.

But top of the list will always be David Lynch‘s Return of the Jedi. Difficult though it might be to believe, George Lucas was a huge fan of Eraserhead and Lynch was his first choice to direct the third film in his mega-bucks Star Wars franchise. Lynch, regrettably, turned it down to make the godawful Dune with Dino DeLaurentiis. First choice for Dune, incidentally, was Ridley Scott, who turned it down to do Bladerunner.

We can only imagine what Lynch might have done with Jabba The Hutt.

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posted March 17th, 2007

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zenbullets said...

There was an interesting article in last week’s Scotland on Sunday on the lost Sean Connery Bond film – Warhead

It was very nearly filmed in 1977, the same year as the Roger Moore Spy Who Loved Me was released, which was probably the last decent effort before the Bond films went into their sharp spiral of decline with Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy etc. through the eighties.

We have Cubby Broccoli to thank for this, both the legal action that put a stop to Warhead and the 10 years of lame Bond films that followed. Cheers Cubby.

Ronald Payne said...

Indeed, “Warhead,” would have made a great James Bond 007 film. For more on this, see “The Battle for Bond,” by Robert Sellars, who has written the definitive book on producer Kevin McClory and his unlimited ambition to make ‘the greatest James Bond film of all time…” For more info, contact (2.) In 1978, I went after McClory in Ireland in hopes of getting a job on the ill fated “Warhead,” this the suggestion of the legendary Dennis Selinger of International Creative Management in London, who was the agent and friend of Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Peter Sellers and Joanna Lumley. For more on this, see “The Untold Stories of 007,” now at the B.A. Wise Consulting blog at

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