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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