Most Hollywood players have a few movies under their belt that never see the light of day. With such variables as financing, studio influence, and big egos commanding a set, even the biggest actors and directors have projects that have gone unfinished or unreleased. Here are 15 filmmaking figures and their movies that never quite made it out of the gate.
In 2000, filming began on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The project reunited the Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas team of Johnny Depp and director Terry Gilliam. A series of accidents built one on top of the other during the film’s shoot—jet planes passing overhead ruined the first day of production, a flash flood took out equipment, and Quixote co-star Jean Rochefort was diagnosed with a double herniated disc midway that forced him to drop out despite years of preparing for his role. As these setbacks compiled, Quixote was finally canceled during production. The documentary Lost In La Mancha chronicles the trials and tribulations of the film, and though production was set to revive in 2010, financing once again fell through.