When there’s no more room in Development Hell…
Have you ever heard about an upcoming film, gotten excited about it, and then realized down the road that the project you once couldn’t wait for never actually ended up happening? It happens all the time in the fickle world of Hollywood, where projects often die off with very little fanfare. Hell, just this year a new installment in the Friday the 13th franchise was given the axe.
The upcoming documentary series “Untold Horror” is all about those projects that found themselves trapped in the dreaded Development Hell, and it will feature brand new interviews with filmmakers like George Romero, John Landis, Takashi Miike, and William Lustig. For the first time ever, they will talk in-depth about the projects they *almost* made over the years.
Untold Horror was conceived in the summer of 2015 by Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel as a brand dedicated to answering the question that genre fans often ask: “Whatever happened to that movie?” With additional partners Bob Barrett and Kevin Burke, the documentary series will explore the tantalizing projects that were announced but died in Development Hell, uncover the compelling unannounced projects by our favorite artists that fans have never heard about, and discover just what it would take to bring some of them back to life. The goal is to explore the sometimes tortured relationship between art and commerce in the most compelling genre of them all. Beyond this, the label will form partnerships to bring Untold Horror to other mediums, with a blog, book series, art show, live readings and more.
What happened to David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein? Roger Avery’s legendary Phantasm script? The dozens of George A. Romero projects announced over the years that disappeared? Why couldn’t the combined powers of Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron and Tom Cruise create At the Mountains of Madness? Has there ever been an unmade film with more talent attached to it than The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake? Why did these passion projects die, and what killed them?
Premiere details are coming soon. In the meantime, watch the trailer below.