Sometimes, a movie sounds like a good idea on paper, but then for whatever reason, it just never seems to make it off the ground floor. This is known as development hell, and some movies have been trapped it in it for years before the film either goes into production or someone finally gives up. But often times, a studio will toil away until they've found just the right forward momentum, which can take a loooooong time. Certain projects can take decades before they make it into theaters. At some point, we have to wonder if the film will ever escape the fires of development.

There are a lot of different reasons for why a movie never seems to leave development hell. Maybe the source material is too difficult, too vast, to nail down into one screenplay or maybe scheduling conflicts from actors and directors force it back to the drawing board. When you're paying close enough attention, you notice that certain movies always seem to work their way back into the news cycle, only to once again return from whence it came. These are the movies that make you roll your eyes and think, "Yeah, this is never happening," and you can find 12 of those very projects right here on this list.

Bad Boys 3

There have "been conversations" about a Bad Boys 3 for years now, which is the Hollywood version of tentatively making lunch plans with your friends that can be cancelled at any minute. The project seemed to pick up some serious steam when Joe Carnahan was brought in to write and direct the third film, which would reunite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. But just as it saw the light, Bad Boys 3 (also known as Bad Boys for Life) was dragged back down to hell when Carnahan had to leave the project to focus his time elsewhere. With Will Smith's increasingly busy schedule, the window for Bad Boys 3 is likely to remain shut.


Movies based on anime have proven to be extremely hard to adapt. Recent examples like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note failed to really land with fans, and while both movies endured their fair amount of controversy, that isn't stopping Warner Bros. from trying to tackle the king of all anime movies: Akira. A live-action film based on the highly influential 1988 film has been in development since 2002 but has never been able to secure a director for long. At one point, a version of the script for Akira leaked online, which seriously deviated from the source material and included heavy-handed 9/11 references and characters with misogynistic undertones -- not a great sign things were going well. Most recently, Warner Bros. reportedly pursued Jordan Peele, but he (wisely) declined the offer to direct.

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