Motion film production is a risky business. Individuals can think outside of the box. They imagine fantastic sagas starring the best actors, and they know deep down in their hearts that their vision will pay off in a boffo film business or a slew of Academy Awards. These risks can sometimes pay handsomely. They usually end up biting the dust. Life throws a wrench in the works. Studio management changes, chiefs, and journalists leave, and people unexpectedly pass away. There aren’t any accreditations. In any case, this does not stop us from imagining what might have been. The following are fifty tempting would could-should to in that soul.
Doris and Ronald played the Robinsons in “The Graduate”?
This video is a collection of “what ifs,” particularly concerning Mrs. Robinson’s projection. Mrs. Robinson was considered for Jeanne Moreau, Patricia Neal, and a few others before Mike Nichols chose Anne Bancroft. Still, the most charming possibility was Doris Day’s diabolical pairing with Ronald Reagan. America’s Sweetheart and one of Hollywood’s most reviled traditionalists as models of parental false reverence at the height of the 1960s dissent movement. Day declined because of the film’s sexual content, but the idea of Reagan as a weakened authority figure sparked his imagination. His political ambitions may have been shot straight through his heart. Then he’d be free to portray the terrified, trade-driven civic chairman in “Jaws,” the Murray Hamilton role he was destined to play.
James Cameron made “Spider-Man”?
Pre-Titanic, was James Cameron arranging Leonardo DiCaprio as Peter
Parker/Spider-Man? It may have happened. Carolco acquired the rights to a Spidey film from Menahem Golan’s desperate 21st Century Film Corporation and hired Cameron to bring the famed superhuman to the big screen, beginning with the box office flop “The Abyss.” Cameron had established his standing and later expressed gratitude to “Eliminator 2: Judgment Day” when he presented his finely defined “scripture” in 1993. Golan filed a lawsuit, and this, together with Marvel’s long-term copyright concerns, was enough to keep Cameron off the job. But what if Cameron had worked with DiCaprio on “Insect Man” instead of “Titanic”? That’s a butterfly effect with an infinite number of possible outcomes.
Tom Cruise played Iron Man?
In 1998, the same year that “Edge” reignited interest in Marvel Comics’ massive list, Tom Cruise and producer Paula Wagner began developing “Iron Man” as an established character for the Hollywood genius. It’s self-evident that they’re enthralled. The pieces for Cruise to bite on the back when he leaped at the chance to bite came from an appealing industrialist who chases down an ethical spine but can’t escape his genetic liquor addiction. Parts for Cruise to chew on the back when he jumped at the chance to bite. Voyage’s input provided the second-level character a prominent position at the studios, but the finished product would’ve been a blend of Iron Man and realistic, verifiable technology. He persisted, and Marvel became the best show on the planet in the face of an impossible challenge in resurrecting villain Robert Downey Jr.
Brad Pitt gave Harvey Weinstein a “Missouri whooping”?
Long before Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and sentenced to prison, he came close to being beaten up by Brad Pitt. When Pitt found out that Weinstein had made unwanted approaches toward his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow in 1995, he put him in a tight place, warning him that if he did it again, he’d get a “Missouri whooping.” Consider how the press would have reacted if Pitt had carried through on his promise, with Robert Redford thoroughly destroying a much-despised force player. Although Weinstein’s media machine would have gone into overdrive portraying Pitt as a wild troublemaker with substance abuse issues (or something similar), the rising star’s image was perfect at the time. Weinstein was a year away from winning Best Picture for “The English Patient.” He could have died as a result of this.
The shark worked?
Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” was a notoriously difficult film to make when he was 26. He shot the movie on untamed water, exposing the cast to the strange urges of nature. The mechanical sharks were particularly vulnerable in the face of the harsh filming conditions; their constant breakdown forced Spielberg to shoot around them for a longer time. The shark blade, combined with John Williams’s “duh-dun” theme, became a renowned picture of horror due to this saving use of the creatures in the film’s first two demonstrations. This could have been a completely different, less productive story if the mechanical sharks had worked from the start. This means there will be no “Nearby
Encounters of the Third Kind,” which means there will be no “1941, etc.”
Eddie Murphy co-starred in “Star Trek IV”?
Although there have been numerous high-profile Trekkers in Hollywood roles (such as Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, and Elvis Presley), the stars have rarely shifted for one of them to join Starfleet. Not for Eddie Murphy, who had the opportunity to co-star in Paramount’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” as the studio’s top agreement star. Murphy would have played a modern-day Berkeley astronomer who works with the Enterprise time-traveling squad. This is the work that eventually turned Catherine Hicks into a whale expert. Perhaps William Shatner’s “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” would be rescued. We’ll never know for sure.